How is your stage style different from your street style?
Because of my huge afro, I've stopped trying to blend in. But when it comes to fashion, I'm really not interested in sacrificing comfort for looking good. Also, since I travel so much, I like anything I can just throw in my suitcase, pull out and have instant drama. I never buy clothes I have to iron.
What are your style influences?
I really love to work with Canadian designers. I love Izzy Camilleri, Rosemarie Umetsu and Magpie, who are all based in Toronto. They always work with me to figure out what my style for the season will be. I never want subtle. I like bright colors and plenty of drama. I also try to create grandiosity without being gimmicky.
There's really a great wealth of designers in Toronto, which I truly got to experience when I sang at Paul Hardy's runway show last fashion week. It was really cool to be a part of a runway show, and I never thought classical music would lead me there.
What would you do if you weren't a musician?
I would be a makeup artist or author. I say a makeup artist because I love that intimate relationship with the client, and it really is an art. And I say a writer because I write in journals a lot and have written articles for national newspapers. I really enjoy it and love to exercise my voice in nonsinging ways.