Mickie James is an American professional wrestler and country singer. She is currently signed to WWE. She won her first WWE Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 22, a title she has held a total of five times. James also won her first Divas Championship defeating Maryse Ouellet at Night of Champions in 2009 to become the second of five Divas to hold both the Women’s and Divas titles. James has appeared in eight WWE video games.
Mickie James first country music album, Strangers & Angels, was released on May 18, 2010 on iTunes. The album, called “Somebody’s Gonna Pay” was released on May 7, 2013 under the label Entertainment One (eOne) Music, and debuted on the music charts at #15 on the Billboards Heatseekers charts.
On October 14, 2017, James was inducted into The Native American Music Awards Hall of Fame. She also received a Nammy for “Song of the Year” for her recording “Shooting Blanks”. On October 13, 2018, James won “Best Single Recording” for her song “Left Right Left” at the Native American Music Awards.
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar did a candid interview with Mickie James, an American professional wrestler and country singer where she talks about her workout, diet, hair & skin care, and her success story.
You are one of the only professional wrestlers who are also a country singer. As a wrestler, you are a commentator for WWE’s brand Main Event and perform under WWE’s SmackDown brand. What motivated you towards the world of wrestling?
I love it. I’m passionate about it; it’s a way for me to blend my artistic outlet of building stories, characters into my athleticism. There’s an art form to it like theatre that I just love and admire and respect. Especially as women we have come so far to now truly be appreciated as a female athlete. Now more than ever, it’d my biggest desire to be in wrestling business but also to do something great in the wrestling business. Wrestling is very adrenaline based and music is very emotionally based for me. They are both exhausting but allow me to release two different sides of myself to my fans and also both allow me to release artistically two sides of myself. I’m a creative person and I want to create things!
You won your first WWE Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 22, a title you held a total of five times. You also won the first Divas Championship at Night of Champions in 2009 to become the second of five Divas to hold both the Women’s and Divas titles. Tell us more about these milestones in your career?
Those are obviously monumental milestones and made me feel on top of the world. When I won those championships, it meant more than just winning because it’s the company putting this championship on you and its indirectly saying they believe in you and they have faith in you that you are going to carry that championship with prestige, honour, class and dignity. They trust you as a representative of the company. So, when I think about having that championship it’s not just about the accolades and earning that moment on the wrestling level, it’s on a professional level that the people like Vince McMahon that I admire the most in this business, are proud of you. Those moments for me are what truly made them special because it’s not just about the business believing in you, it’s also that the boss/ the company believes in you and trusts you to carry that torch.
Your first country music album, Strangers & Angels, was released on May 18, 2010, on iTunes, later another single called; “Hardcore Country” was released. The album, called “Somebody’s Gonna Pay” was released on May 7, 2013, and debuted on the music charts at #15 on the Billboards Heatseekers charts. On October 14, 2017, you were inducted into The Native American Music Awards Hall of Fame. You also received a Nammy for “Song of the Year” for your recording “Shooting Blanks”. On October 13, 2018, you won “Best Single Recording” for your song “Left Right Left” at the Native American Music Awards. Tell us more about this fairy tale journey as a country singer?
My defining moment for music was being on the road full time for wrestling. I was traveling by myself a lot so I started writing since I already had this time to myself and I decided I needed to just go after it. I’ve always gone after what I wanted to do expect for singing. As a child I was always singing and recording myself, it was definitely a dream of mine to become a singer and I realized I wasn’t pursing a childhood dream because in that moment I was acting on the fear of being inadequate.
I decided to go after it and make myself better at it. I wanted to do it because it was one of those childhood dreams that seemed impossible but I realized the only thing holding me back was fear. This aha moment started this amazing journey for me, and really my first producer poured belief into me and that really sparked my determination to make it happen. The journey of becoming a musician has really been a journey of fulfilling my childhood dreams!
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