"Happiness" is the new song from Samuel James that features his good friend, singer Elvia Cadena. Both Samuel and Elvia are on the Round 2 Music label out of Riverside, CA. and they have a great message in this new release.
We have all read the tabloids or hear on the news about some celebrity who is making loads of money, and vacations in the jet-setters' lavish getaways around the world, living in mansions and driving the nicest cars, committing suicide or dying from a drug overdose because of depression - a very real illness.
Having money and fame does not necessarily make happiness an automatic or sustained state of being. That is what makes this new single from Samuel all the more poignant.
What is Happiness to you?
I caught up recently with Samuel and Elvia to find out about what happiness means to them in this exclusive, “Diary of a Song”.
Q&A with Samuel James and Elvia Cadena
Thanks Samuel and Elvia for allowing our readers to learn more about you two and your new single, "Happiness".
RW) How did you two meet and who wrote the song, 'Happiness'?
E&S) We met through Samuel's brother Jaime a while back when I was getting into hip hop music and I was looking for a singer to collaborate with and my brother referred her to me. as for the joint i wrote it a while back for my first mixtape and the rest is history.
RW) What does the song mean to each of you, and is there a particular message you are trying to send with it?
E&S) To me it means to be grateful for what you already have. I mean yes we all need something like the song said "some change whether it's in our pocket or in our brain". So keep pushing!
SJ) I agree. to me the joint means happiness is just a perspective, our own view if you will. it's whatever you want it to be, but it also ties in the fact there is always still some reality in everything we do.
RW) When was the song released and what do you hope to accomplish with it?
E&S) We actually realized it a year ago but before we both were signed to Round 2 music. It's on Samuel sound cloud. But the actual release day was earlier this year.
SJ) as far as what we hope to accomplish with this joint. it's already passed my expectations to be honest. it's still riding the wave right now so I don't know if it will eventually hit a swish or brick. Either way I'm happy that people are enjoying it and it will always be a milestone for what people can expect from me and Elvia.
RW) How has the pandemic forced you to rework your performances? I know you host a live watch-party every week Elvia...?
E&S) The pandemic I think helped people work with whatever they got. Yes I do have a live stream watch party every first Thursday of the month. I also got creative and started making video dedications for people. A great way to show a loved one some love from far away. Covid friendly. LOL
SJ) Fortunately for me i wasn't expecting any upcoming performances at the time. So I had more time to worry about writing new material. i know it was hurting Eliva in a way but she found a way out in her own way so props to her.
RW) Elvia, you have had quite the year with the release of your single earlier in the, "Forbidden Fruit", you also have another release written by a very well known musician and his group, Tierra. Who is that musician and what is the name of that song?
EC) Yes very exciting year, even if covid kinda stopped it a little. The second song released was by Rudy Salas from Tierra. He actually wrote the song for me, "The Best Thing That Ever Happened".
RW) Samuel, is 'Happiness" the first single released for you as a professional musician?
SJ) Yes actually. Out of all of the joints in my first mixtape "rocket into space" i really didn't consider this joint to catch some waves as it did. nonetheless I am grateful that people enjoy it.
RW) Any plans to do any more songs together?
E&S) yes we are actually working on more music together. Sam actually has a few songs he has written just for me. And some that incorporate both of us.
RW) Where do you both see yourselves professionally in another two years?
E&S) Professionally I see myself with maybe 2 more albums. I'm still working on finishing my first album but I see it. We have so many ideas and music that we want to create and we actually work very well together.
SJ) hopefully not working 2 jobs lol but i most definitely agree with Elivia. We are both signed for 2 albums so I definitely see that happening. most likely collaborating more songs with each other. I also see myself writing more songs for other artists. My label has been showing me a new world with opportunities of such
RW) Where can our readers find you both on social media?
E&S) You can find me on Round2music.co also on my social media pages Instagram @Elviachain fb Elvia Cadena and YouTube Elvia Cadena
SJ) You can find me on round2music insta, samueljames_sj insta, samuel james soundcloud. as well as on all digital platforms.
Thank you Elvia and Samuel, I am sure you both have picked up some new followers after reading this interview.
Samuel James EPK
Electronic Press Kit for Samuel James - (myPPK - Power Press Kit) Samuel James is the newest addition on the artist roster at Round 2 Music label out of Riverside, CA., and he has been on deck honing his skills as a music artist for several years. He
Elvia Cadena's EPK
- Elvia Cadena - Latin Electronic Press Kit - myPPK Power Press Kit
Electronic Press Kit for Elvia Cadena - (myPPK - Power Press Kit) When you hear Elvia Cadena sing, you are reminded of some of the great jazz voices of old such as Sarah Vaughn, or Billie Holiday. And in the modern era, many would compare Elvia’s voi
So, What Is Happiness To You?
Liz Westwood from UK on October 17, 2020:
This is a well-executed and interesting interview. It raises a thought-provoking subject.