It’s Grammy time once again and this year’s list of nominees is full of new faces.
CocoaFab caught up Angie Fisher to find out about how she feels about her nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance for her first-ever single, “IRS.”
“It feels so good. I wasn’t expecting it to be quite like this,” she says.
“I have always known that I was destined to do what I’m doing but to be nominated for a Grammy for my first single is an amazing feeling.
It turns out Angie learned about the honor over Instagram.
“I was at home and I was going through some e-mails and I got a message on Instagram saying ‘Congratulations on your nomination’ and I responded back with ‘What do you mean?’ It didn’t click at all. I went on Grammys.com and there it was,” she recalls.
“When I looked at my name I busted out in tears. It was a very ugly cry. I could not control myself. I didn’t scream or yellâ€¦I was just crying. It was an overwhelming feeling and they were tears of joy and happiness. It has been a long journey for me but just to have that moment meant the world to me.”
The Cali girl who has worked as a background vocalist for artists like Kelly Clarkson, Michael Buble and Robin Thicke struck gold on her first attempt as a solo singer with her hit, “IRS.”
“I know the song resonated with me when I first listened to it. “IRS” was a song that shot me right in the gut. When I heard it the first time I wanted to hear it over and over again,” she says.
“It’s a song that I would never think to sing because it’s such a heartfelt song you have to sing with passion all the way and I said ‘I wanna do it.'”
Although her lane is R&B, Angie has been heavily inspired by gospel greats and soulful singers.
“Aretha Franklin, of course is a huge inspiration to me. Marvin Gaye, Lalah Hathaway. My roots are gospel and I grew up listening to that genre. There’s a broad range of artists who have influenced me,”she explains.
“Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight are women I still look up to. They’re still doing their thing. The Pace Sistersâ€¦the list goes on and on.”
Aside from hoping to bring home a trophy on Grammy night, Angie is also excited to see some of her favorite artists up close and personal.
“I really want to see Anita Wilson. She’s a gospel artist I really love. She’s such a great singer and I love her tone. I would also love to see Justin Timberlake. He can switch up and change up at any second. He can really sing and perform and he gives off that feel-good vibe. I would also love to see D’Angelo perform one day,” she says.
As far as who she’s rooting for?
“I would like Sam Smith to win. He’s a great new artist who has that soul feeling and I love his music. I think it’s different and something people can enjoy. A lot of people need to hear that. I voted for him, actually and I would love for him to win.”
Win or lose, Angie’s big night will be a family affair full of exciting firsts.
“I’m working with my team on wardrobe right now. There are a few designers who want to dress me so I’m looking forward to that. We will go over some different style and figure out how I want to do my hair. I’m super excited about that,” she admits.
“My parents are my dates. My mom and dad have been married for 46 years and they have been my rocks throughout this entire journey from the beginning. they’re loving how everything is unfolding in front of their eyes and I want them to be a part of what’s going on. I’m happy my parents are able to see things manifest. I want them to feel what it’s like to be part of this dream that’s coming true.”