Rapper Nicky Minaj shocked the music world last week when she announced that she was retiring to start a family.
The ten-time Grammy nominee revealed on social media that she planned to swap world tours for the school run. Her decision prompted much speculation. Was it a publicity stunt? Will she be back? And the one that interested us most: Can’t a woman have a performing career and be a mother?
Over the years iSingmag has spoken to many singers who juggle motherhood with a professional career. We don’t claim it’s easy, but many amazing women prove it can be done.
Take Katie Holmes-Smith for example. Earlier this year the leading backing vocalist spoke to iSingmag about returning to work after having her baby son.
Holmes-Smith, currently touring with Olly Murs, often takes baby Jude on the road with her.
“I have less time now so I can’t work at the rate I used to,” she says. “So I’m finding more value in what I’m doing as a singer. It makes every job I do now so much more valuable. Thankfully I can pick and choose to a degree what I want to be doing with my time.”
Then there’s Jory Steinberg, a Canadian who has sung backing vocals for Stevie Wonder, Toto, Quincy Jones and Sting.
She admits that before returning to work after having her twins she had to put in some groundwork: “Definitely there were calls to be made and hustling on my part.”
But now she’s back she has no regrets. And as for the actual logistics of sorting gigs and childcare, it’s all down to good planning, she says. “If you’re a good planner, you’ll be great at working and being a mum (or dad). You just kind of figure stuff out. It sounds harder than it is.”