Brittney Spencer on Being a Black Country Music Artist: “We Know How To Make It Big, Bigger”
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In June, country singer Brittney Spencer made headlines when her single, “Sober & Skinny” hit the Top 40 on iTunes and As It Is.
And his career continues to grow.
Recently, Spencer stopped by “The Karen Hunter Show” where she spoke about her journey in country music.
âAs a teenager, I fell in love with country music. A friend of mine named Keisha said to me, ‘Yo, you gotta listen to Dixie Chicks, now it’s the Chicks’. And I didn’t know what I was going to get into, âshe explained of her love for the genre.
âWithout realizing it, you don’t really know that your life changes in real time, at least when you are a kid. And I didn’t know. All I knew was that I loved them, and I just started watching country radio and watching all the music videos. I set out on this trail. And then I kind of started to learn a lot of things like Ray Charles and just history and love. The collective love of our community for country music. And I just followed suit, and I just thought, ‘Oh, that’s dope.’ “
While there are several black artists who have entered the world of country music, very few have lasted. Sometimes the culture has openly rejected non-white artists.
Spencer says that for her, the roots of country have always been black.
âThe only thing I knew about country culture was us. These were people listening to Al Green and making macaroni and cheese with six or seven different kinds of cheese and oatmeal, âshe explained. âAnd we argue about whether or not to put salt or sugar in it. I put sugar in mine growing up, but now it’s cheese and all kinds of tasty candle stuff.
And why does Spencer feel out of place in the country?
âI think every time black people get involved in something, it’s about to be taken to a whole new level. And so we know how to do better, and we know howâ¦ We just bring our own stuff. And I’ve watched black culture and black music influence country for years, âshe exclaims.
âAnd that’s what’s happened throughout the history of country music and pretty much in a lot of genres. It’s like once people have a seat, we, I don’t know, we’re on fire, man. We are amazing. And I’m watching that happen right now, âshe said, later adding,â I don’t know if I ever thought I would be here, but I’m grateful to do so. “
Watch the full interview below.