Gospel songstress Casey J might be new to the music scene, but she’s definitely making waves in the industry. Her single, Fill Me Up, has topped the Billboard charts and SBH caught up with Casey J to talk her new album, mane moves and more…
Can you tell us about your album, The Truth?
The Truth is my freshman album. I recorded it live at my church in Duluth, GA. The concept of [the album] comes from a verse [in the Bible] about worshipping God in Spirit and in truth. I really wanted to focus on truth. I heard that verse a lot, but I wanted to figure out what that meant. After studying, I realized that the truth of who God is meets the truth of who we are. So every song on the album centers on a truth about who God is or a truth about us.
Did you write for this album? If so, where do you get your inspiration?
I wrote about half of the songs on the album. Most of my writing comes from prayer. I like to journal, so if I find myself praying about the same thing, I’ll write it down. Almost every song came from that process.
Did you expect for your single, Fill Me Up, to go to the top of the Billboard charts?
I really didn’t! I really didn’t have an expectation. I knew that that’s what God called me to do at that moment, and I was just trying to be obedient. Everything else was an added bonus.
How often do you like to switch up your style?
Well it’s a funny thing in the industry. One thing I’ve learned is that you have to have a very recognizable look for a long period of time—particularly after you put out an album. In my regular life, I would change my look every three to four months.
How often do you switch up how you style your Mohawk?
When I perform, I’m able to put my hair into different styles. I can do an updo, I can just wear them down or I’ll do different ponytails, so it’s pretty easy, breezy.
What are some of your favorite hair products?
I really like DevaCurl products for my Natural hair. For my braids, I just use coconut oil to keep my scalp moisturized and I use ORS Herbal Cleanse—it’s a dry shampoo that helps keep my scalp clean.
How do you keep your hair healthy?
I get my braids taken down professionally because I’m afraid I’ll cut my hair. I try to get my hair trimmed every time I take my braids down. I also have a steamer, so I’ll try to do steam treatments as well.
What’s the best hair advice you’ve ever received?
It grows back. I’ve cut my hair off and I’ve shaved the sides. I think after you do it once, you realize that it’s just hair and it will grow back.
When it comes to makeup would you say you’re more minimal or glam?
I have a makeup problem! In my regular life, I don’t wear makeup everyday, but when I do, I go all out. I use to be a freelance makeup artist before I started in the music industry so I definitely have an infinity for makeup. I do my own makeup for every event.
What are your three must have makeup items?
My must-have items are Anastasia of Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Auburn, Embryolisse moisturizer and Burt’s Bees lip gloss.
What’s your philosophy on beauty?
Do what makes you feel good because when you do other people will receive that. You can’t please everybody, so just please yourself. Do what makes you feel beautiful and everything else will fall into place.