January 7, 2017 | D&LX Factor 2015 finalist, Kiera Weathers, ended 2016 on a high with the release of her debut single, ‘You Gotta Be’, launching just in time for the Christmas period.
Acting as the perfect party starter, the single is an uplifting pop track, which serves as a great intro to Kiera’s solo career.
Described by X Factor judge Cheryl as having ‘star quality’, this ‘Liverpudlian gem’ has headlined her own UK nationwide performances, supported The Game in concert and so much more. Here’s our catch up with Kiera…
L’ART: Happy New Year! How did you bring in the New Year?
Kiera: Thankyou! Happy New Year to you too! I brought in the new year first at my sisters house playing board games and having a few drinks, then me and my boyfriend went to a local pub and met up with some of his family for the big countdown! We had a lot of fun!
L’ART: Congratulations on the release of your debut single. Tell us about the process behind ‘You Gotta Be’.
Kiera: Thank you very much. The idea behind ‘You Gotta Be’ was we wanted to break the mould this Christmas a little and put out a feel good track. Christmas is usually full of ballads and we wanted to do something a little different. Myself and my team chose the track, as it was a throwback for the older generation, yet adding my twist to the track makes it fresh and modern for the younger generation.
L’ART: It sounds like the perfect party starter track. What feeling do you want to leave with fans after listening to the track?
Kiera: It is a great party starter. Even up until now I’m receiving notifications that DJ’s are playing the song in clubs up and down the country, which is just amazing!
I want the song to make fans feel good. To make them believe they can achieve their goals, to understand in this world you have to be bold, you have to be strong and to be wiser and lastly to love.
L’ART: You had the opportunity to support The Game last Summer. How was that for you?
Kiera: Supporting The Game, was crazy! I’ll be honest I didn’t know how I would be received, as it was a hip hop concert and I had just come off a TV show that isn’t known for that genre, but the atmosphere and the crowd was amazing. Meeting The Game was a great honour & privilege! It was also inspirational seeing him perform, how he had the audience captivated for his entire set was amazing, so I want to be that girl selling out 2,000 capacity venues and have that electric vibe with the audience. Sharing the stage with DJ Sarah Harrison was also a great highlight.
L’ART: What was your favourite part about the experience?
Kiera: Being a big fan of The Game the whole experience was sick, but if I had to choose, getting involved with the crowd whilst the live band played ‘El Chapo’ was amazing! Secretly I do rap the entire song in the car now and then (haha)!
L’ART: Who would you like to share a stage with in future?
Kiera: I’ve got to say, I would love to share a stage with Kehlani. She is fire at the minute! I’m so excited for her to drop this new album she has been working on.
L’ART: Where can fans catch you performing over the next few months?
Kiera: In the next few months, I will be performing at a number of festivals nationally, and some intimate shows too. So make sure you keep a look out on my social media, @Kieraweathers1 on Twitter, Kiera Weathers on Facebook and Kieraweathers on Instagram. Shows will be announced as and when I am able to announce. There will be a number of shows up and down the country so hopefully I’ll get to see as many fans as I can in those cities.
L’ART: Currently, a lot of people will remember you from X Factor. A year from now, how would you like people to think of you on hearing your name?
Kiera: A year from now, I want to be remembered for my achievements this year. I want to be remembered for the right reasons and to be perceived as somebody to be inspired by for the new generation of artists coming through.
L’ART: What’s next for, Kiera Weathers, the artist?
Kiera: Well this year, you will see more of me as an original artist. I’m hoping to release a couple more singles leading to an EP, but I’m not in a rush to release. I want things to happen organically in order to get the best out of myself, so stay alert! You never know when and what will be coming from me.
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