How would you introduce yourself to someone who had never met you?
Bianca Le Grange is a sassy, gorgeous singer, a pianist, violinist and actress. I am a vivacious Virgo with a warm, friendly smile, and a personality that lights up a room. My middle name is “Joy” and it is an apt description of my happy, passionate and outgoing nature.
You have been in the music industry for a long time. Tell us about your musical journey.
A long time.. I feel like I’ve just started. My professional career started 11 years ago when I entered into Idols. I had just come back from touring the country with a missionary group where I did everything from dance to drama and singing in a band. Growing up my pastor my mom and myself were the ones to book for any wedding funeral or birthday party. I used get paid R50. Back then it was a lot of money. LOL.
2003 I released my first album entitled Bianca where my song Been around the world went to number one. Working with people like Alexis Faku and Craig Massive to Dennis East. I was signed to BMG. Now I’m with Sony music.
I then got to work with Usher as an opening act. After that Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Gloria Gaynor.I wrote my first production 2004 that was staged and performed by a big band I worked with Loyiso Bala, Gloria Bosmon, Lois Du Plessis, Jacque Terrblanche, Lucia Mthiyane.
The ups I would say I get to do what I love and get paid for it. I travel so much and meet so many people. I get to work with wonderful and talented people all the time. From lighting and sound technicians to the costume mistresses. I get to work with singers and dancers musicans and directors, choreographers, photographers ,writers, even journalists. The industry is massive there are so many avenues and I am grateful and so privileged to have explored a few genres. From TV- Stage every part is exciting and competitive.
The down side is our industry is young and still finding itself. Sometimes you get taken for a ride by agents or managers but that’s when you allow it to happen so I always say educate yourself about the business aspects of this industry if you don’t know you can’t blame anyone. I have made many mistakes by signing documents and not reading what I sign. Not easy to get yourself out of contracts. The other down side is there are many people who will use you get ahead and I too have made huge mistakes in this regard trusting people to easy with my heart even my business.
You are also a TV presenter, tell us about that side of life.
I was a TV presenter years ago I still do guest appearances now and then but TV was never my main focus. People don’t realize it but Television is probably the worst paying jobs.
2003-4 I was a presenter on SABC1 for a show called ONE I hated doing it only cause it was not my comfort zone. After a long while I got used to it. TV is a lot of hard work and you’ve got to be super thin honey I like my food too much to be thin. LOL
Now that I’m older and wiser I appreciated that whole experience I do see myself doing more TV work in the future.
Did you always know you’d become a singer ?
Success to me is not a destination it’s a journey and I find myself exploring different genres and styles all the time. I knew I would be a performer its all I ever wanted to be.
If you were not a singer, what would you possibly be?
If I was not a singer and a performer I would teach singing, performing and piano.
What are you working on now?
I have just released my fourth album that is in English and Afrikaans JUST YOU / NET JY and I am currently doing a contract for Sun City, an Extravaganza show called Moving on up. I perform 6 nights a week. I then move to Cape Town to follow my dream of becoming a musical theatre star. I just got a lead role but it’s still confidential so that’s all ill say about that.
What are the hardest lessons you have learnt in your life as an entertainer?
There will always be someone who can do it better but they will never do it like you. I had to learn to trust myself, my talent and my creativity. I had to learn to be humble and always be on time and remain professional no matter who I worked for. I learnt that the little people are the ones who make a difference. You never know who they will become so treat people the way you would want to be treated.
When you are not busy entertaining, what are you usually doing?
I love to hang out with my brother and sister. Rudi and go clubbing and he would introduce me to the latest house DJ’s. My sister Shana and I cook and drink cocktails on my deck at home and talk about cosmetics I think one day when I have the time we will start a range.
I love playing with my dogs and my adopted son Thabang we go to flea markets. I am sucker for a sale! lol
What do you think of our South African celeb scene?
I think it’s hilarious! Everybody is famous these days you can appear on TV once and your famous! There are those few people I adore who work hard and deserve all the praise. But I don’t care to much for it.
What are you listening to?
I’m always listening to Jazz. Recently I’ve been listening to the show tunes, I’m always forgetting lyrics. And then loving the new Chris Brown song Fine China its stunning!!
Which place in the world stands out for you? Why?
Jamaica, I got to go there a few years back it is beautiful the people are so humble and live for today. I would retire there. And find me a Taye Diggs. Whoooo I forget to mention New York the city that doesn’t sleep It’s awesome. Imagine getting to go see any musical your heart desires on Broadway. I bumped into so many famous people when I was there it’s heaven if you ask me.
If you only had R50 in your wallet, what would you do with it?
Which three people do you think deserve to be known to the rest of Africa?
Craig Jabobs Fundudzi
Who would like to collaborate with in the future?
Swiss Chris He is an American Drummer
You always re-invent your self with new hairstyles and colours. What inspires your look?
I get bored so easy with my look I love trying new colors and hair styles. I think if you wanna change your image the best way is to start with your hair. I just love it so much Blondes and reds orange and pinks I think the only color I haven’t tried is green.
What advice would you give young people who want to follow in your footsteps?
Study! Study! Study! Always work on your craft learn new languages and new genres. Learn to play an instrument if music is what you want to do go get a basic education, learn about sound and producing. KNOW the business side of things to so no one can pull a fast one. Perform as much as you can in church at home for friends every gig makes you a better performer. No matter how big or small. You are only as good as your last performance.
What makes you the happiest?
Seeing people’s dreams come true. Falling in love. My dogs
If you were to write a book on your life, what would you title it?
Bianca Le Grange – Take A Bow