It’s just been sitting around amongst other stuff that’s just unreleased. So yeah, I chose to flow, and I’m a spitting image of my brother Chaz [Cliff Louis], who’s a writer on all four of my EPs. What would you say you are most proud of as it relates to creating your own label? I am listening to Miguel, BJ the Chicago Kid, who just dropped a new project around the same time as I [did], Tori Kelly’s new project. Earlier today, I was listening to some Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway. Do you miss the R&B of the '90s, or are you happy with where it’s at now?
Her visibility has waned as her fans have settled into adulthood, but the D. The 12-track EP fluctuates between upbeat two-step music and bedroom bangers.
The set is essentially grown and sexy while still sounding like the Mya you sang along to in the early 2000s.
Making sure that in any circumstance I could pull it back together. It’s been a very long journey so staying sane in the midst of all that because it’s about trying on 20 different hats everyday, which is very necessary, but you either have to be insane, passionate or both. I have attachments to music just like kids do these days who attach experiences to what they hear.
So for me, it’s '90s male groups like Jodeci, Mint Condition, Shai and Boyz II Men. What is the last experience you had with a fan recognizing you in public?
I am interested in knowing the full journey before I throw a label on myself.
I’m very cautious of what I do because of the stigmas and the ignorance that’s attached to it. Well, it’s not in love with a particular person or another man, nothing like that.
At 36, Mya has managed to maintain the mystique of celebrity.
A quick peek at her Twitter and Instagram pages will tell you she has a close relationship with her fans, she’s into nature and positivity, she performs all over the world and has aged gracefully. She runs her own label, Planet 9, where she releases all of her own music.
I wanted it to feel grown and sexy for the fans that have grown up with me for the last 18 years [who] have kids, getting married and all that.