Rising Atlanta-based talent Ci Majr (Ciara Adkins) sits down with Unrecorded to talk all things from upcoming releases to Star Wars…
For those who have never heard of Ci Majr before, who is she and what is her/her music about?
I’m a non-binary singer/songwriter/producer who lives in Atlanta. I love pop music and I love writing pop songs about love. Majority of my songs stem from some experience in a relationship that didn’t go very well. Who am I apart from music? I’m a pretty nerdy/geeky human being who is currently quite obsessed with the Star Wars Clone Wars animated series.
How did you come up with the artist name Ci Majr and did you go through any others before settling on this one?
In college I was in an acapella group and everyone came up with nicknames to get put on these sweatshirts we all had. A lot of our nicknames were somehow related to music and since my name is Ciara and a lot of friends and family call me C, C Major felt natural. After college when I decided to start sharing my own music I stylized it a bit to make it Ci Majr.
What has been the most rewarding/ most enjoyable highlight of your career so far?
Honestly probably creating the EP that ‘Summer Drug’ is a part of. I feel like I’ve had so much music for so long and I’m so excited to be getting this body of work “off of my chest” in a way. I’m just so proud of the songs I’ve written and the people I’ve worked with. My friend, Féz, produced the entire EP and I’ve wanted an excuse to work with him and it honestly turned out even better than I could have ever expected. I’m just so proud of this project and excited to share it with the world. Usually when I’m sharing my music I’m afraid of what people will think of it but with this project and these songs I just know that they’re so good and so ready to be in everyone’s ears.
What have been some major challenges in your music career so far?
I think the most challenging part about being an independent artist is that you have to play so many different roles. You have to be your own manager, social media manager, creative director, videographer, etc. It’s not the most fun because all I want to do is create art and to have people enjoy it, but to get to that point it’s really important to get all of your ducks in a row.
As a black, non-binary, queer artist, are there any particular changes you’d like to see in the music industry in regards to sex, race & gender representations/ inclusivity?
I’d like to see black pop artists not getting the R&B label placed on them unnecessarily. Sometimes it fits but sometimes it really doesn’t. I feel like sometimes once people know you’re black they like automatically try to slap that label on your music. Black pop artists exist! Let us thrive!
What is something you’d like to be better at musically?
I wish I were better at writing basslines. I am blown away by fantastic basslines. Like they can really make a song but I can’t write them for the life of me. Maybe it has something to do with growing up playing piano. I think I’ve got more of an ear for harmonies and chords than the bass. I guess there’s still time to learn though!
What do you think is your strongest/ greatest musical talent?
Imagine sending a message to 15-year-old Ci Majr from Ci Majr today, what would you say to her?
You are different and that’s ok. There’s still a lot that you need to learn about yourself! Keep making music, staying true to yourself, and live it up!
What are you grateful for right now in this moment?
My fiancé! We got engaged on Jan 1, 2021
Physical copies or streaming sites?
Spotify all day every day
What was your most played song of 2020?
A playlist you can’t get enough of?
A dream collaboration
& Lastly, what can fans expect from Ci Majr in the coming year?
My debut EP Side Effects comes out in March. That’s what I’m most excited for!
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