Sunday, 26 August 2012

THE TALLAWAH QUESTIONNAIRE: Cover girl ETANA riffs on fashion, family and facing the advancing years

GLOW ON: The singer and the light of her life.

Three things you can't live without:

I-pad, my phone, and diary.

Latest fashion purchase:
A Tarnish handbag.

Your travel essentials include:

Travel-size toothbrush and toothpaste for the plane, hand sanitizer, wipes, deodorant, hand rag, a quick fix for Mother Nature’s surprises, if any. Face wash, aspirin, anti-clotting socks for really long flights, all my Mac makeup, passport, earphones, and my I-Pad.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Wow, haven't gotten there yet. But one of them so far is seeing thousands of people from all over the globe sing the songs I have written word for word, especially the children.

Something that makes (or made) you cry:
Singing the songs “Free” and “I Got You.” I wrote “I Got You” for my mother and grandmother. I always wish I could have one more day with my grandmother in the flesh, but I have her in spirit and the memories sometimes get me emotional. With the song “Free” many people can relate.

Who are your heroes in real life?
My son, my husband, my mother.

What is it that you most dislike?
I don't like the pretentious, hypocritical side of people. I still don't get why they smile and talk up to people knowing they really don't like them. How annoying!

What is the quality that you most like in others?
I like the frank and bold but respectful.

What is your biggest career challenge?
Having them see me more as an artist and not just a female. Professional or not, a promoter may feel he has the right to break the rules ’cause I’m female.

How do you feel about getting older?
I want to find it in me always to age gracefully. Accepting every curve, every line, every wrinkle, every last gray when they start to appear. I will be beautiful in every way. Pretty enough for me.

>> PART I: Etana balances marriage, motherhood and career

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