Nirvana Savoury comes out and goes solo

It’s easy to see why singer Nirvana Savoury’s new single, “Lipstick Lover” is gaining a lot of attention on the web. She’s gorgeous and the song is sexy, outlining a night of lust between two women. But beyond her looks and penchant for dance music, there is intelligence and someone looking for a bigger internal truth.

Nirvana got her big break back in 2002 with the Canadian girl group, X-Quisite. Over the past nine years she’s had a lot of very personal ups and downs but is thankfully on the rise again with a solo career and a new understanding of herself. It was only recently that Nirvana began to understand and accept her attraction to other women. Since coming out, she has made a point to not only be eye candy but also be an active part of the community.

We had the chance to speak to Ms. Savoury and hear about her love of her family, music and passion for educating our community while also trying to find her place in the world.

AfterEllen: What was it like to be part of a girl group back in the day?

Nirvana Savoury: The girl group experience was honestly an opportunity for me to deal with multiple personalities [Laughs] It was really a great launching pad for me to understand the logistics and relationships between artist, record label and production company. For me to see the work that it really takes to become successful — it helped prepare me for launching my own solo career.

So being in the girl group was fun. It was definitely nice to have other people to lean on as far as not having all the pressure on your shoulders. But on the flip side, since you have two other people, you have to be able to depend on them. It definitely affirmed my own personal goals that this was great, but I really need to do this on my own.

AE: I would imagine being managed as a group, it might be hard to have your own personality — like you have your own image but then you’ve got your image in a group that needs to be worked on together. Was that difficult?
NS:
Honestly I feel like even though there were three of us, our — well I don’t want to say “brand” because we didn’t really live long enough as a group to be a brand. I don’t think we were managed any differently. I actually think that since each of us really did have our own personalities that made us a more dynamic group because we all brought something different to the table. We were all given an opportunity to showcase ourselves and our talents on our album. It’s unfortunate that the group didn’t live long enough for people to see that.

AE: You took some time off from your solo career to focus on your personal life. Was there something in particular that happened that made you feel like that was the time to do it? I feel like when people take time off for that reason it means something has happened and it’s time to regroup or something.

NS:
Yeah, actually in 2008, my younger brother — who was 23 at the time — passed. What basically happened was, with him passing I felt like, the life of my career and me attaining my goals — it was always about me being able to have him on the journey with me.

He was actually born with an unfortunate disease called, Ataxia-telangiectasia, and it’s very rare. Basically, when mother and father conceive the child, the genes don’t agree for some reason. So they’ll have the child and they’ll appear to be healthy but then as they get older they notice that things aren’t functioning properly; it’s almost as if the muscular functions of the child’s body begin to deteriorate. There’s nobody in North America who has lived to be older than 25 with this disease. They don’t know what causes it and they don’t have a cure, but they know that if they were to find a cure for it, they’d be able to also cure Muscular Dystrophy.

So my brother was diagnosed when he was about 9 or 10. We knew he wasn’t going to be with us for a long time. It was hard because when he was really little he was running around playing soccer and then by the time he was 10 he was using a walker just to get around and when he was 12 he was in a wheelchair. He just wanted the simple things in life, like going to college and maybe getting married or having a part-time job and just be happy. He had a few role models and celebrities and musicians that he really loved, so I always dreamed of being able to bring him with me like to the Grammys — he’d be my date. But, unfortunately, he passed before I was able to do these things for him.

So after he passed, I kind of lost my passion for music. I felt like I had failed my brother, so I had to find it in me again and bring it back. So that’s why I was away for awhile.

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