On Tuesday, July 1st, Heed had the chance to catch up briefly with one of our favorite new artists, and winner of BET’s Sunday Best, Tasha Page-Lockhart. Mrs. Lockhart is currently the opening act for 2x Grammy Award Winner Tye Tribbett‘s House of Blues Tour, presented by Kirk Franklin. This is Tasha’s first major tour and quite a major accomplishment, for a brand new artist. After the show we talked about the tour, her new album “Here Right Now” due August 5th, and what she hopes concert goers will take from their experience! Check it out!

On being apart of the House of Blues Tour…

Tonight was an amazing experience. We sold out the first night! At first I was a little shaky because I don’t have any product yet! I have a single out on iTunes but I don’t have anything tangible to sell; I didn’t have any merchandise or anything. And I opened up with tracks! You know, when people come to these events, they want singers and the band, but tonight proved that you don’t always need all of that and it’s helping me gain more confidence in myself, and in my gift and in the God that I serve because when I say He was with me tonight. He allowed me to set the whole tone for the night, so I’m learning how important being the first one is. Being on the front line so to speak…

I think it’s an amazing thing with the House of Blue and what Live Nation are doing. If you know anything about promotions, concerts and touring, Live Nation don’t even really deal with  Gospel. They deal with major pop, R&B and Rap artists. You know, the Justin Timberlakes and Beyonce’s so for them to take a chance on Gospel is huge!

On the new single…

I’m very excited about my new single! It’s my testimony so it’s very easy for me to sing it and deliver it. Like I said, it’s been a long time coming. My husband and I have been writing and producing for a while now and to now have a national release that’s climbing the charts? I was #28 last week, I’m #18 now! Everyday it’s going up, God is so good! 

What we can expect from the new album…

Well, the name of the album is “Here Right Now” and it will be out August 5th. I’m grateful for everything that’s going on! I have a duet with my mom on the album! She’s a gospel artist as well, her name is Lisa Page-Brooks. So, our duet has a quartet feel to it. My husband and I wrote it and I’m excited about it. She’s doing some good hollering on this song too! I have a duet with PJ Morton…it’s real smooth, laid back, it has a little jazz feel to it. It’s a little bit of everything on this album. You have your church, it’s a little Motown feel…I’m from Detroit so we have to give you something real soulful. One song is like a mixture of Jackson 5, hard knock life…it’s just a mixture of things. Kirk Franklin really did an amazing job producing this album!

On working with Kirk Franklin…

It’s a surreal moment. It’s like a pinch me and wake me up type of thing! This is a prime example of how your words can shape your worth. I saw Kirk about 4 years ago at the Stellar Awards. I was with my mom and we were walking into the pre-show. I said, “So you know you’re going to write some music for me and you’re going to produce one of my albums?” It was just in passing and he was like, “Yes, I can’t wait! I’m excited!” He didn’t even know who I was! I didn’t go in wearing my mother’s name, trying to get in. I didn’t do any of that and here we are 4 years later! Out of 15, 000 people, I was able to win the show and here I am!

On what she’s looking forward to during the tour…

Firstly, I’m looking forward to the moment like tonight when there was no music and it was just the people lifting their voices and praising their God! That right there is a very exhale moment. It’s not about the fame, the travel, the money or any of that; it’s about encouraging people and bring them in without distractions…I really love God and really love his people and I try to live my life like Him. Secondly, that interaction with the people! I love interacting with the people, I’m a people person and you just never know the impact you can have on someone’s life with just a hug or a smile! 

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Catch Tasha Page-Lockhart on tour in a city near you with Tye Tribbett and be sure to pick up her new album “Here Right Now” on August 5th!

Photos © 2014 Shalae Madison Photography