Born and raised in Detroit, Audra moved to California to bring her dreams of encouraging others through the arts to life. Audra first expressed her fascination with music when she dressed up like Tina Turner for Halloween at 3 years old. She discovered her love for writing stories in the 1st grade, then writing her first song at the age of 9. At 14, she was introduced to a group of exceptionally talented young people called "Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit" in which she became a member. With Mosaic she performed in several plays including: "Crossing 8 Mile", "What Fools These Mortals Be", "Everybody's Talkin'", and "Heartbeat". Audra has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, for former President Bill Clinton, and represented the United States at the World Festival of Children’s Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark! In Mosaic, Audra quickly discovered and cultivated her talent for songwriting and wrote songs for several of their plays. Audra discovered that her love for music was more than just a hobby and that she wanted it to be her career so soon after she moved to Los Angeles!
Her time in L.A. has been life changing to say the least. Audra has been featured on several Jazz projects including: "Goin Up" by 513 Elevators, "The House of Urban Grooves" (aka T.H.U.G. Jazz), "Def Jazz" and "No Time to Waste" by Detroit Jazz artist Dee Brown. Also, her first solo project entitled, "The Introduction" has been released and can be found on iTunes and Amazon. From Music to TV production Audra began working as a Producer for several network TV shows including: "America's Got Talent", "Steve Harvey's Big Time", and "The Tom Joyner Show" as well as shows on BET and GSN. Audra then took her creativity to the stage as the writer and producer of her first play entitled, “The Cage” in September 2011. “The Cage” debuted at the Stella Adler Theatre to several sold out shows. Through the victories and the times of challenge, Audra believes that we all have a purpose that is inextricably linked to one another so her desire is to create Music, Films, TV show, and Plays that will encourage others in their journey and make them smile along the way!
UM: Welcome Audra! Let’s start off with you telling us a little bit about your single “Scars.”
It is now available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. I wrote the song and it was produced by Willie Bailey.
UM: What is the inspiration behind this particular single?
I was burned when I was a little over a year old. I had six surgeries between the ages of 2 and 16, I didn’t look at myself change in the mirror until I was 25 and this is the first time I had the strength to write about that experience.”
UM: Who has been apart of your support system in dealing with your personal struggles?
My Mom and my friends have been encouraging through this process. My Mom especially has seen the inner battle that I went through from when I was 10 years old crying on her lap about no man ever wanting to marry me because of my scars. She has always encouraged me to accept myself.
UM: What advice would you give someone who may have experienced something similar in dealing with self-love?
There is no easy way to develop self-love. It's a conscious choice that over time becomes an unconscious habit. The thing is that you have to accept yourself as you are in the now moment (not an “If I do this” or “When I do that” I will accept myself) it's seeing your own beauty and brilliance as it is displayed now. Then when you have that foundation of self-acceptance then you can add more discipline in whatever area you desire.
UM: What is something really unique about you that many people do not know?
I am a great great Aunt. My oldest sister 72. Most of my nieces and nephews are older than me. Let’s just say my Daddy wasn’t playing around! Lol!
UM: Do you have any other upcoming projects that we should be on the lookout for?
I am currently planning a tour and developing a web series.
UM: Where can our readers go to keep up with all your latest?
My EP is now available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.
On social media I can be found at:
My website is: www.AudraBryant.com
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