Clarice Gerald, better known as “Ms. Reecie” is a native of Raleigh, NC and began singing at the age of seven.Through the early years of life, she began singing in the youth choir in the Baptist church, and her relationship with the Lord helped her come to understand and value the treasure of having a consecrated life unto the Lord.Although music had always been a part of her heart and passion, her only desire was and still continues to be, to bring God total glory.
In 1981, Clarice became one of the lead singers in the family group, formed by her late uncle, Leroy Gerald, the Gerald Gospel Singers. Clarice later went on to sing with Yarborough and Company with her family traveling the east coast sharing the stage with Gospel legions such as Pastor Shirley Ceasar and the Jackson Singers. In 1984, she lead several songs eventually recording a song entitled “God Will Work it Out” on their second album and in 1993, she along with three of her classmates formed the acappella singing group Dark Essence. These four ladies went on to perform on stage with outstanding artists like Brian McKnight and Big Daddy Kane, appeared on several local television talk shows and an appearance on stage as a featured act on the Tom Joyner Morning Show.
In June 2006, Clarice’s gift afforded her the opportunity to share her vocals on national recording artist, CoCoMcMillian’s debut cd “I’ve Been Delivered.” October of that same year, Clarice became one of CoCoMcMillian’s premier background vocalist. Along with singing, Clarice had yet another hidden talent that would pave the way to her musical success. As a musician, Clarice gained exposure and experience in music ministry that also influenced her Christian but yet soulful sound. In recent years, she has shared the stage with gospel greats such as The Pace Sisters, Canton Jones, Kierra Sheard, Trinity 5-7, and Earnest Pugh.
In 2010, the group Fervor Solidus was formed and Clarice began enjoying the spotlight moments as their leading lady. This Jazz/R&B group has been featured throughout Eastern Carolina. In May of 2010, she performed as a background vocalist for one of Raleigh’s newest singing sensations, Eddie Da’rell for his cd release concert entitled “Ready For Love.” Also in 2010, she was selected as one of the background vocalist for National recording artist Batayah and in 2011, performed with her at the South Florida Gospel Music Awards.
Currently, Clarice is beginning the launch of a much anticipated solo career. After years of preparation, she is now ready to walk into God’s timing for her life. With her vast experience with Gospel, Jazz and RnB artist, Clarice has been prepared for such a time as this. After many studio hours of working on other projects, she is presently embarking on her very own solo career that will introduce you to her soulful, smooth but yet anointed voice.
Here voice is full of passion, her heart is full of love and she can sing like no other. She is genuine, authentic, caring, gentle, on fire for God, and anointed. By the way, she will blow you away by her talent. 2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
Initial Interview Questions
- What is going on with you as an artist right now? How long have you been creating your art work, expressing your talents? Currently working on completing my full CD project; I have been singing and playing since my early teenage years.
- What makes you worthy to be on stage at the SE 360 Music Festival? Because God has given me a gift to share with the world and He (God) said that my gift will make room for me.
- What is your biggest challenge as an artist, and how can the SE 360 Music Festival help you reach your goals? Getting promoted; With the fan base and connections of SE 360, it would a great opportunity for me.
- Send us three artist who you may think would like to participate in the festival next year! The General and Anti-Gravity, Tish the Songbird and the Applauze, and Paula Williams-Waters
- Name five true fans you would love to come to see you at the festival! Amber Davis, James Johnson, Shavon Hayes, Tammy Forte, and Glenda Hall
- Can you elaborate on your stage name, how that came to be? My uncle couldn’t pronounce my name Clarice, so he called me Reesa which later became Reecie when I performed. Now that I’m older, I’m Ms. Reecie.
- Can you speak on your hottest song and video right now? “I’m Living” is a song that basically describes this journey through life and as we put away the old ways of living and through Christ we get back on the straight and narrow.
8. Are you working on an album right now; can you tell us anything about what that album might entail? Yes I am currently working on my album; the album will consist of the worship that comes out of my testimony. A mixture of a jazzy inspirational feel to some up tempo, foot stomping feel good music.
9. Will you continue to touch on “real life” issues?
Yes, cause real life issues are inspirational and true testimonies comes out of those issues.
10. Can we expect to see you with any major features for your project or in the future in general? On this first album you may see artist CoCo McMillian; I use to sing backup for her.
11. Who did the production for your hottest track?
Aaron Carter out of Fayetteville, NC
12. Will you be performing anywhere in the next two months?
As of right now, No but still trying to book engagements
13. If you had one song for the people to check out from you, besides, your hottest, it would be? And why?
I’m Living…debut single
14. Where can the people find you at online?