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Being a successful college student is no easy task. There are lots of late nights and early mornings involved in a higher-level education. The same could be said for a burgeoning music career. Imagine trying to balance both of these daunting tasks and you have the life of music artist, Phyllisia.

The full-time student and up and coming singer is preparing to graduate and release her debut album within the next few months. She somehow managed to take a few moments from her hectic schedule to discuss what’s going on in her life.

SoJones: How is it juggling school and a music career at the same time?

Phyllisia: I actually think it makes me more disciplined. I’m a full time biology major at the University of Miami and this semester I’m taking 17 credits and it takes up most of my time. I go to school three days a week from 8 to 5 nonstop class and then the rest of the time I’m either working on my music or working out or doing something conducive to one of my two careers, either my education or my music.

I found that even though I thought it would be a hindrance to my music career, it has only because I’ve become more disciplined and manage my time better. Even though they seem like two different things the way that I approach being successful is the same. So I love it and I’m thankful that I’m graduating.

SoJones: How important was it for you to see things through and actually get your degree?

Phyllisia: it was really important there were several times when I questioned it like I don’t think I’m going to be able to or its slowing me down too much right now with my music, but no matter what obstacles I faced that made me question whether or not to keep going I still stuck with it and now that I’m here and I’m almost done I’m so glad because I’m still able to do my music, I’m still doing as much as other up and coming artists, plus I have a degree which is something that I’ll always be able to fall back on no matter what happens.

SoJones: You’re not only a singer; you’re also a songwriter and a trained pianist. How has being so multifaceted helped your music career?

Phyllisia: Those are pretty much the three elements you need as an artist. If you’re lacking one of those elements then somebody else has control and I feel like being a pianist, writing my own material and actually having the voice gives me more control on the type of songs that I make.

Sobe [independent record label] gives me a lot of freedom and input in creating my music, but if you don’t write the song or you don’t play the instrument somebody else controls it and music is about bringing across somebody’s persona and character and I feel people get to know me through my music.

SoJones: So have you completed your debut album?

Phyllisia: It’s not completed, but it’s about 80 percent done right now we just have to fill in some of the remaining spots that we want. As of right now its tentatively scheduled for a late July, early August release, but definitely during the summer.

SoJones: What type of sound can be expected from you on the album?

Phyllisia: There’s going to be a combination of things. Really this album is going to exemplify me as a person. I have so many different sides to me I’m a student I go out and have fun I’m a musician and I have all types of different flavors to me.

SoJones: How do you feel about the female fashion game in hip hop, pop and R&B right now?

Phyllisia: I like it, I feel like now the females in the music industry are branching out and are expressing themselves. We have various different types of style depending on the artist. I feel like there’s more room for different artists to express themselves no matter what type of body you have or weight or height. You can really just do whatever you feel as an artist and I’m so thankful for that.

SoJones: Where would you say you fit in with your own personal style?

Phyllisia: It really just depends on what I’m doing. As far as a student and when I’m at school, it’s very laid back, things that are just comfortable, cute and classy. I’m in Miami, so I can pretty much always wear shorts and little jumpers and basketball shorts, just really comfortable stuff. As for when I’m going out I keep it classy. I never like to show too much, but I do like to keep it sexy.

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