Interview: Trin-i-Tee 5:7
Reflections with Angel & Chanelle: Trin-i-tee 5:7
GRAMMY® Award nominated, Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award and Stellar Award winner Trin-i-tee 5:7 has been the Best Selling Female Gospel Trio in music history. After more than a decade on the music scene, the New Orleans natives and original group members, Chanelle Haynes and Angel Taylor have transitioned Trin-i-tee 5:7 from a trio to a duo. They will debut their new sound in a new project titled, Angel and Chanelle scheduled for release May 3, 2011.
Check out their new single “Over & Over”, by using the media player below”
In the past your lead singles have been very urban (i.e Holla & Get Away, Listen), what made you go with a more traditional sounding lead single this album?
Chanelle: We just wanted to honor our original sound, the beginnings of our group. Plus the single, made us feel good. “Over & Over” has a timeless message that is relevant to today.
One thing, I love you all for, is that your music and lyrics come from the heart and real life experiences. This is especially seen on your last project with, “I Need You” and “I Still Love You”. Can we expect the same on this new album?
Chanelle: Absolutely. You know it’s so easy to sing about the same thing, but we just want to be real. While being “real” and talking about “real things”, we want to lead people to God. The messages in this album are sung about in clever ways.
Angel: Example, we have one song in particular in which we talk about the criticism we endure from the industry.
Will you continue to pay tribute to New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina with this new album?
Angel: Everything is in reference to New Orleans. We kind of bring that with us everywhere we go. It really impacted our lives.
Can you explain this new style you all have been rockin’ lately? Its fresh but at the same time is like a classic throwback.
Angel: The look is Angel and Chanelle, we are just allowing ourselves to be who we are supposed to be.
Chanelle: Angel is very consistent with working out, and my gym is just too far!
Let’s give your fans an inside look at some of your favorite things. What kind of TV shows do you have to watch?
Chanelle: Golden Girls! I like to watch Dr. G (The Autopsy Show). To me, it’s cool how doctors can figure out how people died. I like 48 Hours and crime stories. And anyone who knows me, knows I love Spongebob and Tom & Jerry.
Angel: Sex and the City re-runs are my favorite. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and I am a fan of The Game on BET.
What music will we find on your iPods?
Chanelle: I listen to Billie Holiday and CeCe Winans. When I exercise, I like to listen to Prince.
Angel: The question is, what am I NOT listening to. But right now Brandy and Babyface.
I want to give you both a chance to clarify the biggest misconception about Trin-i-tee 5:7.
Chanelle: We have heard that we are princesses and divas. But the truth is Angel and I are both tom-bois. Angel is probably more of the girly-girl.
Angel: We are both adventurous and down to earth.
What is a piece of advice you live by each and every day?
Chanelle: You know in the beginnings of our career, we weren’t happy. We spent alot of time trying to please other people. Whom the son sets free is free indeed and there is certain peace you can carry when you are free and don’t carry the burden of trying to please others.
What types of things do you do everyday to maintain your happiness?
Chanelle: I journal. Journaling keeps me motivated. I can say things in my journal that I can’t say to people. I recommend that to everyone.
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