I could’ve saved so many years had I sought out collaborators.sc: Do you feel like you’re starting over? TJ: I don’t feel like I’m starting over. I feel like I’m just getting started because I know how to invest my time and resources better. I was spinning my wheels for so many years, aimlessly. I feel like something big is going to happen in the next two years for me. sc: What direction are you moving in? TJ: I’ve always loved pop music. I think I’m going in an 80’s-pop/rock direction, but who knows? I need to make a ton of music to know what suits me best. sc: What is it like being both Black and a woman in the Austin music scene? TJ: I’m definitely a unicorn. There aren’t a lot of Black female singers in Austin. I can name maybe five. It definitely has its advantage because I don’t have a lot of competition doing my thing, but it’s also lonely to not have other Black women representing. Austin is a little basic in that respect. sc: What do you want your fans and newcomers to your music to take away from Naked? TJ: I want them to feel how genuine I am whenever I sing and write. I strive to connect to a higher consciousness every time I open my mouth. That’s not always easy to do or capture in a recording. I just want them to feel what I am singing and the words I wrote.