She is back and she is bringing R&B back with her ! Dvyne is here to stay and is not letting anything or anyone get in her way. Just arriving to Los Angeles from the Bay Area of Oakland, CA, She is already in full motion with appearances, acting and her music. Her highly anticipated release of her album "Feel Me' is already stirring some buzz as well as her first single entitled "Pimp Me!" Much of her appreciation for her new and refreshed start is attributed to her fabulous Publicist, Eugenia Wright. Dyvne talks about who she is, why she stopped, why this chocolate fashionista is now "unstoppable" She is simply who she is.... DVYNE!!!
Are you originally from Oakland?
Yes I was born and raised in Oakland, California.
When did you move to Los Angeles?
I just moved to Los Angeles on the first of September this year. Just recently. I have been doing so much because of my publicist, Eugenia Wright.
How has it been so far?
It’s been great. There has been a lot of things going on since I got back. I got Eugenia back, getting interviews, events, press releases and stuff like that.
How did you get started in the music business?
My mother is a jazz singer and I use to listen to her sing. I grew up in the church as well so that had an influence. I was the type of child to perform when company came over. I started off writing songs. When I got the opportunity to go into the studio and sing for the first time, I fell in love. I like the beats, songwriting and just the harmony of music.
Do you play any instruments?
I play a little piano. I never finished my lessons. I am still trying to catch up.
Have you released any albums?
I have not released any. This is going to be my first album that I am going to release which I am picking back up on. I only recorded 8 songs. My first single that I am going to release is entitled “Pimp Me.” It is a hip hop flavor song. My second single that will be out after “Pimp Me” is called “Feel Me” and it is more sexual and it is R&B. You know there are not a lot of R&B songs that is out right now.
What are your feelings about where has all the R&B music has gone to?
R & B was really hot in the 90’s and the early 2000’s. However in the early –mid 2000’s, Hip Hop took over. It is also because of the clubs. When people go to the clubs now they want to hear the music that gets you going, gets you jumping and get you dancing so dance music has taken over which has put R&B in the back seat. A lot of the R&B was for couples. The younger generation is not into R& B but they are into Hip hop. I think R&B should be brought back because it is mellow. It will give the young people another experience. Instead of all that “booty-poppin” music all the time.
What is the title of the album?
The album is entitled “Feel Me” I wrote all the songs on the album. Every song is about an experience that I have been through. Like the song “Pimp Me.” Everyone has been in a relationship not just an intimate one but also with friends and they tried to pimp you which also means take advantage of you. Pimp Me will be the new anthem, “Don’t try to pimp me because I already know the game.”
Is Pimp Me your favorite song off of the album ? If not then which one?
The song that sticks to me is “Feel Me” because of how it starts off. The music is like an Arabian R& B Thing. It is sexual. It is really one of those R&B songs that you can feel while you are driving, working out or just simply having a glass of wine. It is a great R &B songs for couples.
So you mentioned that you are stepping BACK into the scene, what was the reason on leaving in the beginning?
I want to keep it real at all times and I want the people and fans to know that I am a realist . I do not mind talking about my experience because it might help someone else. I was in a bad marriage when I initially came to the music scene. He was also my manager. We went through a very messy divorce. I had to take a step back from the music scene. I had to get my thoughts back together and get all the negativity out of my life. So I came back fresh, renewed and a lot smarter. I have more business sense and I know how to project myself in a better manner. I know how to separate business from my relationship.
What or who was your motivation and inspiration to get back in the business and just do it?
I stayed in contact with my publicist, Eugenia Wright. I would touch basis with her once every 2 or 3 months. She was my motivation because every time I spoke with her she would say, “Dvyne when you come back, I will be ready for you.” It meant a lot that someone still believes that I can come back. I went into a deep state of depression, I gained weight and I did not want to be bothered with anybody. Talking to Eugenia really motivated me to get back. I am in a new relationship. He is a physical trainer. He got me back in shape. This time I am back and I am better than I was before. I am ready to take on Hollywood.
What were some of the challenges and issues that you faced being in the industry specifically as an African American woman? How did you overcome them?
In the beginning for me, it was difficult being a beautiful black woman , not just being a black woman, A beautiful Black woman and being viewed as a sex symbol. People in the industry just want. you to have sex with them or do things just so that you can get a part in a movie or to get them to do a favor. Those were big challenges for me in the beginning. Now I come in full force stating this is how it goes, this it how I am and this is how it’s going to be. I let them know ahead of time so there are no problems in the industry.
What is the release date for “Feel Me”?
I am looking to release the album sometime in January. I am not only launching my music career, I am also launching my acting and modeling career. Whichever one kicks off first, I am diving head in. I just don’t want to limit myself to one thing.
Have you done any acting yet?
I just signed to Central Casting and I just left Paramount Studios meeting with some producers. I do have some projects in the making. I was a television Talk Show host in my hometown in Oakland. I also did a show on BET called “Night Cap” I was doing that before stepping into the music scene.
How do you find balance and do you get personal time?
What I learned this time around which I did not know last time is that I have to take a moment to shut down and meditate. I am very spiritual. I have to take time to see God first in everything. He gives me the strength to multi-task. My spiritual intuition will tell whether or not to jump into a situation.
Are there any affirmations that you live by daily?
I have to pray every morning and every night. I pray at night so that I can get a good night’s rest. I pray every morning so that I can start my day off right and meet the right people.
If you had a message for young women trying to get into the industry, what would that message be?
Stay strong, hold on and you have to believe in yourself. Sometimes your parents may not understand what you are trying to do, or you may have some people who may try to talk you out of it. If this is what you want to do you have to continue to pursue it and people will take you seriously.
What do you like to do besides your music, acting and modeling?
My brother is 33 and he is autistic. He did not talk until he was 10 years old. I wrote a book about my brother and us growing up. I taught him how to read. The book is a true story about his journey from being a young boy to a grown man. This book is really going to inspire. Autism awareness is really hot right now. There are some celebrities that have young children that are autistic such as Jenny Macarthy, Holly Robinson-Peete and Toni Braxton. I just wanted to give insight on them becoming teenagers and entering into adulthood. I have written 22 chapters so far. I definitely want to get this out later on.