For those who may be new to your music, how best would you describe your sound and yourself as an artist?

New single 'La La' is out February 12

New single 'La La' is out February 12

I would categorise my sound as a cross between pop and soul R&B - a mixture of a commercial/current sound with the classically soulful familiarity, often uplifting and energising.

What challenges have you faced in the music industry to-date?

Finding decent venues to perform in and around London is not easy.

It's been a personal battle to get where I am now. I have had to fight demons and face fears born from my insecurities. I've since learnt that self evaluation is necessary but constant analysis is not conducive to success or happiness.

It's challenging being true to my artistry and at the same time creating music that is accessible to many people.

How difficult would you say this career path is in terms of making a name for yourself?

It's very challenging to make a name for yourself. You have to stand out, have something unique, it's not enough to be talented, you have to be strong enough to push through each difficult situation and be prepared for criticism and take it on the chin. Listen and take advice but stand strong as a artist with your own visions too. It's a fine balance.

How important is it for you to maintain creative control over your work?

Having my independent label Savage Entertainments gives me total creative freedom to work with my own ideas and other people that I may choose to work with in the future. It means I have artistic control and that's a good position to be in. But I will never let the music suffer for the sake of control. The music comes first always and I'm very comfortable with accepting other peoples ideas and that can ignite even more personal creativity. I'm very open to synergy and love working with a good team.

However, there are times when I have a very clear view of what I want to do and when that drive is behind the personal vision then I have to achieve it, come what may.

Where do you draw influence and inspiration from for your material?

I draw my musical influence from classic artists as well as current music. It's good to mix it up! I'm lucky enough to have people who encourage and inspire like my co-writer and producer Rickey Rainbow.

My motivation for song writing comes from my own life and subjects that I feel stimulated strongly enough to write about. I will then find a template and create larger than life scenarios for the songs.

Who would you love to work and collaborate with in the future and why?

I would love to work with Stevie Wonder who just oozes harmony happiness and love in his music - he's a creative genius who has composed many different genres of music from great funk, smooth soul to very contemporary sounds by being one of the first synthesiser players to accompany that sound with acoustic guitar. His songs make me happy and give me goosebumps - what else do you need from a song? He could certainly teach me a lot and I think we would sound good together.

Also Lady Gaga who is hugely talented and pushes boundaries with her creativity and boundless energy all the time. She is a very strong individual and I admire that greatly. I would love to work with her - it would be a trip and a half.

Tell us a random, funny fact about you that not many people know.

I fall over a lot! Often I just trip on air - it's that bad!

Do you have any big, definitive aims or goals for your career?

My aims and goals for my career are to sell records, tour and make enough money to discover new artists for my record label Savage Entertainment. I also want to write a stage show for the West End. The music is ready to go!

Where do you hope to be this time next year, in terms of your music?

I hope to have had at least one or two records in the British and US charts. Performing in international venues and writing hot new songs with Rickey Rainbow.

What should we expect from you in the coming weeks and months?

Watch out for me in the charts with my single 'La La', which is being released on February 12, followed by tour dates...

Babs' new single 'La La' will be released on Savage records on 12th February 2016.

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