Trin-i-tee 5:7 knows about facing the storms of life. The group, comprised of Chanelle Haynes, Angel Taylor and Adrian Anderson, had to hold on to their faith as two of the girls’ native New Orleans was submerged in 2005 due to the ravaging effects of Hurricane Katrina. Now that gospel’s best-selling female trio has weathered the storm, they’re back with a brand new project, T57, and the challenge not only has made them stronger, but the maturity of the songbirds is reflected in their new musical collection. Clutch caught up with Adriane of Trin-i-tee 5:7 to find out more about their latest project, “T57”, which was just nominated for a Grammy.
Clutch: What’s the story behind your name, Trin-i-tee 5:7?
1st John Chapter 5 and 7.
Clutch: How did the three of you meet?
Angel and Chanelle came up together in New Orleans. Interestingly enough I met them when the group became my clients; I am a professional makeup artist and worked throughout the entertainment industry prior to joining the group.
Clutch: You are often referred to as “The Destiny’s Child of Gospel,” how does that make you feel?
Being referred to as “The Destiny’s Child of Gospel” is a compliment as it means they see us at a level of professionalism and that we have a “presence” that is appreciated.
Clutch: It’s been five years since The Kiss, your last CD, what have you guys been up to?
We decided to step back and become more educated and better positioned corporately. This is a business, and we had to become more business minded for our long term good…Gotta have the “BIG PICTURE” in mind. The hurricane (Katrina) was unexpected and added to those years as well.
Clutch: Tell us about your new project.
T57 is our victory and celebration! It is our maturity, humility, understanding, evolution and continued contribution to adding beauty to the world we all share.
Clutch: Do you have a favorite song on the new CD?
Well it varies (chuckles). “Beautiful Girl” is it’s own treasure. “I Still Love You” is passionate, vulnerable and honest and just has that pull that grabs you and takes you in. Everyone can relate to that! “Like You” is special and “I Need You” is raw and real.
Clutch: You ladies are always so stylish and polished. In secular music image is very important, is it in the gospel industry?
Thank you, we appreciate it. Image is always important. As an artist, it’s a matter of ‘Is it important to you?’ Well, it is to us, and we love getting to express our personalities. We love fashion and glamour, we enjoy being women and the fun that comes along with being three different women. Tina Knowles has done a beautiful job styling us as she listens intently to us and then translates via her gift of imaging and style.
Clutch: You speak as entrepreneurs frequently. Why are you so focused on the business side of the music business?
It is honorable and responsible to be educated in the industry you are a part of. We have to have the long-term in mind because this shapes our lives for the future. We want to bless others and be blessed from the fruit of our labor and this requires our direct involvement.
Clutch: So, are any of you attached?
We are single at this time, yet we are social and balanced.
Clutch: What does each of you look for in a significant other?
A man of substance, someone with sincerity, integrity, kindness, accountability, faith, vision, cleanliness, a sense of humor and style.
Clutch: When did each of you know you were called to worship God through song?
For me (Adrian), I had been nurturing my relationship with God and living in the love of Christ internally learning daily heartfelt application. I knew when I wanted God more, I was at the perfect place to learn that my heart and dreams matter and that GOD DREAMS A BIGGER DREAM than we ever can. Visually it is through song to the public, however it really is honoring God intimately with my whole life. It’s in my day-to-day interaction with my family, friends and people.
Clutch: If we were to look in your closet, what designers would we find?
In our closet you would find House of Dereon, Dereon, BeBe, BCBG Max Azria, Calvin Klein, Seven Jeans, True Religion Jeans, H&M pieces, Gap, Steve Madden and Ralph Lauren.
Clutch: Who are some of your musical influences?
Some of our musical influences are Vanessa L. Williams, Amy Grant, Selena and I love the Old Standard singers . . . class lasts forever.
Clutch: What’s one thing most people don’t know about Trin-i-tee 5:7
We have a charity arm (The Ambassador’s of Hope & Triumph) and we encourage one another to pursue other interests so we all develop in various areas. Being a part of a group or team should never limit your personal growth and development!
Clutch: It’s a new year that is sure to be filled with blessings and successes for each of you. Do you have any New Year resolutions?
Our resolution is to live and love deeper, give more, build consistently and create a body of work and a brand that adds joy and light to the world.