Feature: Music Monday

Exclusive Interview: Raquel Redd Drives Us "Right On Track" with New Music Video

Author: Jim Straz
Published: May 14, 2012 at 6:42 am

Raquel Redd is a name that is beginning to wag on people's tongues around the country. Shaking up pop culture with unique style and stellar vocal ability, Raquel Redd is bringing us back to the fun of the 80's music scene. Reminding us of the days when Boy George, Duran Duran and Pet Shop Boys ruled the scene, Redd throws into the mix some Mariah Carey glamor and fans are eating it up.

Raquel Redd debuted the epic music video for the cover version of the Breakfast Club's "Right On Track" featuring the Mister Anderson! mix this week. We think a new star has been born. Watch and enjoy for yourself. After the video, read the special interview and get to know the latest and greatest artist to hit the music scene.


Where did Raquel Redd come from?

Raquel was born on Halloween 2005 in Nashville when I dressed up with some of my co-workers and we took on the town. I remember meeting up with some of my best friends and family members and people not recognizing me. When I moved to West Hollywood and went out for fun again. Clubs started calling and booking me. "And her modeling career took off!"

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

In high school, my best friend Shereka and I decided to skip school. We met up before school and took my car downtown. A few hours later my mom is calling me. I didn’t answer the first 3 calls, but soon realized we had been caught. I later learned that Shereka's brother, who also went to school with us, had gotten sick and called his mom to come get him. She told the school to have Shereka bring him home. When their mom learned Shereka wasn't in school, she immediately asked if I was in class. It took about 15 minutes for her to connect the dots and notify my mom. I started that day with a car, cell phone, and money in the bank. I ended that day with none of those things.

Who inspires you as a performer?

Anybody and everybody! I have my idols - Mariah, George Michael, Beyonce, Patti LaBelle, RuPaul, and I gotta mention Oprah so I get into heaven. Also, a lot of the Queens I've been working with the past few years have really provided a lot of inspiration and support. Not the catty, gossipy Queens that do nothing but turn everybody off. But the artistic, talented, for-the-love-of-art Queens such as Detox, Willam Belli, Rhea Litre, Vicky Vox, Barbie Q., Raven, Morgan McMichaels, Samantha Starr - to name a few.

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Jim “Straz” Strzalkowski, a stalwart in the media industry, grew up in Buffalo, NY and attended All Saints School, Hutch Tech and then Niagara University. Eventually Jim moved to NYC where he attended Manhattan Metropolitan College and received an MBA in Media Management. …

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