Cerae is a 19-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter. A young lady of the Caribbean and Asian origin, Cerae aims to bridge the borders of R&B, neo-soul, gospel and funk in order to generate meaningful messages that depict the human experience.
A gloomy song with funk undertones, “Clocks (Loving with You)” debuted at #1 on RnB Radar’s Top 50 rankings, becoming her the youngest artist to do so.
In an intimate conversation, she shared details about her musical career, aspirations, and the latest song “Rain” which she wrote and produced.
What is your real name?
My real name is Abigail.
What’s your official Showbiz name?
My official showbiz name is Cerae.
How did you get into music?
I grew up in a household full of musicians and singers. I also grew up in the church which definitely helped mould my musicality and hone my skills at a young age. Growing up around these influences allowed me to appreciate music from various perspectives and I still take inspiration from that today.
What field or genre are you into and how would you describe it?
I make RnB adjacent music, but I experiment between different musical eras and genres to help me create a distinct sound.
What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
My first single Clocks (Loving with You) came out in 2020. My current team – Sarangelo (Producer), Laurissa Robinson (Manager), Pamela Ong (Creative Director) and Beatriz Rodriguez (Business Manager) all assisted in bringing this project to life. Neil Castro (Photography) and Joseph Dela-Cruz (Male Lead Actor) also contributed so much to make sure that this project was executed at the level that it was.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
My mother both inspires and motivates me, she had me on her own and somehow never took on government funding. She is the hardest working person I know and knowing that motivates me to keep going even when I question whether or not I can achieve my goals.
Any models you look up to? With reason(s) why?
I look up to Naomi Osaka and Beyonce. The work ethic they have presented within their respective fields is undeniable and the level of dedication they present to their craft is really on another level. They also know who they are as women and are grounded because of that. The energy and love they present to their craft is something I’d like to emulate in my own craft as time moves on.
What do you look out for in this line of business?
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What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
As an independent artist, it can be very difficult to manage your time. I have to work a separate full-time job to ensure the quality of the content I’m releasing is up to par.
I also have to make an adequate amount of time for music-driven content including social media, writing and recording music, attending events to network, etc.
Balancing all that plus completing all the groundwork without a label can be very difficult. Lastly, finding the time to balance my personal life between all that gets very hectic as well.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
I feel that the internet has allowed so many voices to be heard in the music industry unlike ever before.
We now have so many outlets to get our music out as artists, it’s truly a blessing to most unsigned artists because there is not as much hindrance in regards to getting your music out there.
Though that is the case, I do believe that there is so much musical content being put out there and the market now is very saturated because of that. Labels now pay attention to streams, views and followers and don’t regard talent as much.
It has definitely transformed into a new industry and new artists need to recognize that to be able to make it far.
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
Don’t overthink it and practice. If you can write a song in 15 minutes whether it turns out amazing or bad that’s all that matters. You have to practice a lot, it’s a craft that requires constant dedication and effort to become good and efficient at.
What is your current project about?
In my upcoming release, Rain, I sing about my experience with heartbreak, but from an unthinkable perspective.
Through the eyes of the “other girl,” I write about my cheating ex-boyfriend. Rain, the gut-wrenching, sexy, trap-R&B record is an anthemic sneaky-link bop that still carries the shadows of its own pain. Adventurous or Toxic? – you decide.
What are your hobbies?
I love fitness, sports, food, skincare, sneaker collecting and travelling. I’m in the gym 5 days a week, it’s really how I release stress and subconsciously build the discipline to push the limits in my career. I love foooooood LOL. Cooking for me is also a stress reliever and very fulfilling as well.
Skincare is very important to me. I really believe that healthy skin can make a world of a difference to your confidence. I’m a bit of a sneakerhead and love the OG culture behind it.
Lastly, I love to experience new cultures by visiting their countries and trying their native cuisines as well!
What do you do aside from this profession?
Outside this profession, I basically do my hobbies as stated above. I also love to keep myself together.
That means facials, massages, etc. I also spend my free time in the church, building my relationship with God and helping out in my community by volunteer work for various organizations.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
If you stop now you might not get the blessing that was meant for tomorrow. I believe in continuing through the storm.
There are going to be so many setbacks, so many reasons as to why you feel like you can’t do it and so many reasons to quit. Regardless, you have to push yourself.
There’s someone who is going to need the future version of you. So please, for me, never stop. You won’t regret it!