Janessa-Nicole is an R&B singer-songwriter with a 90's soul. The NJ native is a passionate Pisces with soothing vocals. Janessa-Nicole grew up immersed in music and started singing at six years old. Her father was a singer and musician who played many instruments. 'Growing up, music was always around me in our house and church. My first exposure to R&B and Neo-Soul was through my parents' CD collection. I spent hours listening to Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Patti Labelle, and Jagged Edge.
Eventually, I started developing a collection of my own. The first album I purchased was Moodring by Mya.' By the age of twelve, she was songwriting. 'I was shy and music became my world. Songwriting and photography became a way to express myself and pay homage to artists that inspired me.' Her biggest influences are Anita Baker, Alicia Keys, Aaliyah, Beyonce’, and Brandy. 'I knew I wanted to be a singer when I saw the Fallin’ video on 106 & Park. Alicia Keys's style, talent, and authenticity was refreshing.'
Janessa-Nicole recently released her album, Love On The Menu which is a conceptual work exploring love through a conversation between Issa and Lawrence from Insecure. Love On The Menu analyzes mental health, love, anxiety, and insecurities. 'Each track is curated around Issa and Lawrence's conversation on season four. I see myself in Issa’s character from her mirror scenes, to finding her purpose, and overcoming insecurities. I hope the album creates a space for healing.'
In the vibrant city of Vancouver, Canada, Liv Averie found her first love – music. Now residing in the soulful city of Atlanta, Georgia, Liv is not just an artist; she's a promise of the future of Rnb & Jazz.
Growing up immersed in the timeless tunes of jazz and soul, Liv's musical journey started within the walls of her family home. The timeless sounds of the greats resonated through her childhood, leaving an indelible mark on her spirit. With a heart open to all genres, she absorbed the essence of each, transforming her into a musical chameleon, unbound by conventions.
Liv’s gift lies in her unique tone and warmly rounded notes. Born into a family where music was a way of life, she inherited her talent from her father, a passionate music producer, and her mother, a trained Conservatory singer. Her early years were spent listening in awe as her father collaborated with local singers in the bustling Seattle & Vancouver music scene of the 90s.
Even as a young child, Liv envisioned herself as a singer, finding inspiration in the legendary sounds of Jill Scott, Amel Larrieux, Norah Jones and the enigmatic Prince. Her connection to these artists was visceral, forming the foundation of her musical identity.
In the quiet sanctuary of her room, Liv Armed with paper and pen, taught herself to sing by writing symbols, crafting her unique language of music. Listening intently to her voice, she honed her craft by being self taught.
Music was always my safe haven. Art in general. It was always a place for me to express myself as most authentic and vulnerable. I grew up in Long Island, NY on the border of Queens. My parents are from the Dominican Republic and Trinidad, so a lot of the music they introduced me to was Soca and Bachata. At a young age, I grew up listening to a lot of different genres from pop, to rock, rap, hip-hop, and even classical since I was a classically trained vocalist.
I got involved a lot when I was young. I played several instruments, took dance classes, and was in the jazz and marching band, drama club, and a few choirs outside of school. I got into acting later on in my career but developed a deep passion for it because although it was a different medium than music and dance, it still allowed me to express myself and connect to others. Since then I’ve studied at NYU for the past three and a half years working towards getting my BFA in Acting. I’ve learned so much throughout the years, about my artistry, and myself, and I thank God for it.
I feel like because I’ve been involved in so many different avenues it’s given me this unique ability to create material that has different layers to it. When people ask me what I do, I don’t conform to just one medium or one genre, I don’t agree with putting myself in a box because that wasn’t God’s intention when he created me.
I was made to be creative, so I create. I’m just a conduit. In fact, we all are, but the only question is for whom? I want to further break the societal narrative of having to choose only one path and pursue it, there are already so many talented artists out there doing it. There’s still so much to learn as I think it’s impossible to truly ever stop.
But I know with where I am now in life that I just want my music, my art, and everything I create as a whole to spread light in such a dark world. And although I'm not perfect, I can hopefully inspire others to walk in the light as well as strive to pursue their God-given purpose.
Jhai has always been musically gifted. From a young age, she was singing, performing, and playing a variety of instruments including guitar, piano and flute. Jhai was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Growing up, she was always surrounded by music and talented musicians.
These talented musicians were her family. Her father sings and plays guitar, her mother plays flute, her grandmother was the legendary Fontella Bass, whose best known for her 1965 classic hit "Rescue Me" and her grandfather was Lester Bowie, a renowned trumpeter.
Music is in her blood. At the age of 11, she performed for four major record labels with a kid band called "No Broccoli". These record labels included Def Jam, Sony, Atlantic and Interscope. When she was 14, she performed on The Today Show's kid edition of "The Voice" alongside her younger sister.
Now at the age of 26, she is still carrying on the legacy and is passionate about developing her technical musical skills and theoretical knowledge, and achieving the next level of success. Today she is producing, writing her own records and pursuing her dream.
I became passionate about music because I grew up around it, I come from a family of musicians so I was exposed at a very early age. My musical inspirations are Aaliyah, Brandy, Sade, Jhene Aiko, Frank Ocean, Ryan Leslie, Esperanza Spalding, Fontella Bass, etc.
The genres I was exposed to were Jazz, R&B/Soul, Pop and Rock. I love all genres of music and strive to incorporate all of those sounds into my music. I was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.
Shel B.’s music is a reflection of her personal experiences and emotions, capturing the complexities of love and relationships. Through her music, she aims to convey the message of self-love, confidence, and growth.
As an artist, Shel B. utilizes various mediums to express herself. In addition to her music, she also has a strong passion for dance and visual art. Her diverse background and upbringing have influenced her artistic perspective and allowed her to draw inspiration from different cultures and experiences.
Shel B. is not just a singer/songwriter, but an art enthusiast who sees life from multiple perspectives. She understands the power of emotions and the ability to translate them into relatable and powerful creations, particularly surrounding themes based upon love. Her passion for the act of loving shows in her music and self branding, 4Luvers. Through her music, she aims to connect with her audience and provide them with a sense of comfort and understanding.
Overall, Shel B. is a multifaceted artist who uses her various talents and mediums to explore and express the highs and lows of life. She is dedicated to creating music that resonates with others and portrays the journey of personal growth and self-discovery. Enjoy her latest single “excuse me”, available on all streaming platforms.
Dèja Destinèe a.k.a BIG DÈJ is a Rapper, Singer and Songwriter born in the Bronx , and raised in Newark, NJ. Dèja is the daughter of Hip Hop pioneer and 2021 Grammy lifetime Achievement Award recipient, “Rahiem” from Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. You can say Hip Hop is in Dèja’s DNA!
Dèja began her career in music at only 12 years old, performing on big stages and winning 1st place at the famous Apollo Theater. Dèja has been perfecting her craft since with the help of famous Jersey Club producer and Vocal engineer, Shali Griabros. In 2020 Dèja and Shali dropped an R&B EP written by Dèja titled D’Art of Seduction.
Most recently Dèja partnered with Grammy Winning Producer Shaun Bless and Under The Influence Agency. The team dropped an introduction track titled “Big Dèj” which was featured on Hot 97 by DJ Drewski. Dèja and her new team dropped 3 new songs July of 2023, titled “How”, “Choose” and “30’s”. Dèja works on new music constantly and more music is expected to be released soon.
Boston, MA R&B singer, Punky The Singer is no stranger to the spotlight. At the tender age of 2, she started singing and she continued to hone in on her writing & recording as a teen, dropping her first songs online that she recorded in her bedroom. With Punky’s “no filter” personality, she has grown an online presence since 2008 that has landed her massive of social media visibility that helps mold todays hottest artist.
Her alluring song “Consistency” started picking up heavy steam on SoundCloud, making its Top R&B charts in 2016 and marking her as an artist to watch. Punky later introduces spellbinding & catchy bops like Miscommunication, What If and the release of her steamy video release of Unknown Caller starts making a wave across social media platforms.
Top of 2021, Punky was selected for “The New East Coast” playlist, along with local peers like Bia, which helped boost her heartbreak offering “Karma Freestyle ”. 2021 also showed fan support when Punky’s song “Comfortable ” charted on iTunes in the UK.
HipHopDX.com also supported the rising singer by putting “Comfortable” in their “Best R&B Songs of 2021 So Far” playlist ”! Punky continues to build her career as a global super star and entrepreneur. She dropped her highly anticipated EP, “The Miya Project” on December 2nd 2022 through Rocnation’s distribution company, EQ in 2022 which brought in a whopping 300,000 streams on Spotify and got her nominated for “R&B Artist of The Year” at the 2022 Hip Hop New England Awards ! Her follow up, “The Miya Project: 2.0”, created a “copy cat” release that fans have understood to be a remastered version of her first EP.
“I Need” Playlist Pitch
Punky “The Singer” is the embodiment of everything a modern r&b artist should be: a true vocal talent, a master of many dimensions, and a force to be reckoned with in the music world.
Punky’s feathery voice over a hypnotizing beat on her latest offering, “I Need”, induces an enchanting bond with listeners; since she has teased it on her social media accounts before its release she has created anticipation from her followers who won't be able to resist the urge to hit that repeat button. “I Need” blooms a story of putting your needs first so that you can focus on being in your soft life era.
Gambian-American artist Fulani, born Maryama, is a singer/songwriter based in ATL. Her stage name stems from the Fulani tribe from which both her parents come from. Being coined the nickname “Yung Fulani” in high school, Fulani took pride in the name and began to explore her roots.
Fulani’s love for music started when she was a young girl writing songs and performing in front of anyone that would watch. Family members that came to visit would also come for a show. Pretty soon, performing in front of the family quickly manifested into performing in front of a large audience at school talent shows and plays. Fulani would also be a part of her school chorus for most of the grade school.
Fulani had a small household consisting of just her and her mom who always listened to both American and Gambian/Senegalese artists. With influences from all over such as Sade, Aaliyah, Whitney Houston, Youssou Ndour, Sona Jobarteh, and many more, Fulani believes her art cannot be categorized into just one genre. Her professional music journey began in college when she and her cousins formed the rap group Upscale. While the group decided to eventually disband, Fulani began to explore her love of singing once again and this time focused on mainly r&b and afro-r&b music.
Fast-forward to today, Fulani’s most recent single titled “Inner G” is a note-to-self message of power and self-love. With her highly anticipated EP dropping soon, Fulani plans to stamp her mark in the industry. Always sticking to her roots, this Gambian goddess says she has a lot in store for her fans.
My name is Diamonn. I was born and raised in Atlanta, Ga. I am inspired by legends such as Janet Jackson, Beyonce, Brandy, Amerie, and HER. Growing up, I studied these artists because I felt that I had something in common with each of them; admiring their authenticity, hunger & natural love for music not to mention their beauty and overall talent. I became passionate about music at a young age and can remember my mom forcing my sister and me to sing in the church choir.
Growing up my mother also exposed us to her favorite genre of music, gospel. Pastor Shirley Ceasar, The Clark Sisters, Mary Mary, and Juanita Bynum are just a few artists that my mother introduced us to and now influence my music today. However, my favorite genre of music has always been R&B. I admire back in the day groups like Destiny’s Child, Jagged Edge, and Dru Hill which fueled my hunger for writing & performing.
I have always known that I wanted to be an R&B artist but shyness won so I focused on earning a degree in Communications and English. While in college, I wrote and recorded my first song which ignited my addiction to the process of creating. The more I recorded, the more I began to discover and find my unique sound. After graduating from college, I decided to face my fears and pursue music independently.
The energy in my household growing up was very Godly, family and business oriented. My parents kept both my sister and me grounded and humbled. My father is the CEO of a successful healthcare company, so growing up, we spent many years working with him and received a Master's class firsthand from watching him run his business. My dad groomed us in leadership and entrepreneurship.
My parents instilled in us the importance of trustworthiness, reliability, faithfulness, commitment, and integrity as well as the importance of treating everyone fairly. They also invested in us to be a person of ACTION. I’m so thankful to my parents for how they raised me and the morals they have invested in me. It’s inspired me to work just as hard toward my music endeavors. I feel when it comes to handling a business of any kind, I’m already several steps ahead because of my upbringing. My goal is to apply all the lessons I’ve learned towards building a music empire of which I, my parents, family, and fans can be proud for years to come.
my new music “I Am ( The Hype )” releases June 16th, 2023. Available for streaming on all platforms.
Lola Vialet is an independent artist, singer/songwriter, producer, and vocal arranger from the suburbs of Atlanta. Born into a family of singers, songwriters, DJs, rappers & classical pianists that inspired her to follow her pathway, she uses her life as the storyboard for creativity. Using the rawness of her own experiences, Lola cultivates safe spaces and rooms for truth and vulnerability.
Her love of fusing a mixture of genres such as neo-soul, house, musical theater, gospel, hip-hop, and folk music helps her to build a world of sounds and layers in her music and on stage that captivates the world she lives in. Some of her influences include We Are King, Jill Scott, Dwele, Stephany Gretzinger, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Dwele, Stevie Wonder, Eric Roberson, Musiq Soulchild, and more.
As a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music ‘21, she excelled in songwriting and musical theater, being the first woman and woman of color to play a male role in the theater department. She later gained leadership from Music Director Rob Lewis and Grammy Nominated Saxophonist Tia Fuller and had the opportunity to perform tribute concerts for Sylvia Rhone, Missy Eliot, and Celine Dion.
After graduation, she interned for her mentor 2x Grammy Nominated Eric Roberson, and his independent label “Blue Erro Soul”. Lola later had the opportunity to work closely with DJ Jazzy Jeff as an artist, producer, songwriter, and vocal arranger, allowing her to collaborate with legends such as James Poyser, Vidal Davis, Daniel Crawford, and Kaidi Tatham in the process.
In April of 2023, Lola produced, composed, and wrote her first debut single "All or Nothing", which is out now on all streaming platforms.
Sis is a Los Angeles, CA-based artist (originally from the DMV) who began singing and dancing at 7 in her grandfather's church in Alexandria, VA. Growing up in a musical family, and having been taught to play the classical piano at the age of 8 by her cousin, Dt Lamont, songwriting and performing came naturally to her.
Being somewhat shy, Sis always found confidence and refuge in the comfort of poetry and songwriting and developed an inseparable relationship with music. She became interested in the recording arts after completing her first job at the age of 9 doing voiceover work for BET commercials.
She first sang on studio recordings in a high school acapella group, Flint Hill Major Minors, and continued her early career as a recording artist with commissioned projects such as theme music for local radio shows and comedians, and songs for local special events.
While studying art in college, she started two gospel groups with childhood friends, REIGN & His City, and began performing across the DMV area. In 2015, Sis won 1st place at Amateur night at the legendary Apollo Theater in NYC and instantly knew she was born to perform.
After moving to Los Angeles, Sis continued her performing career as a world-touring background vocalist, working with prominent artists such as Kelela. Her songwriting centers around love, self-affirmation, and a return to the natural world in a modern life filled with virtual realities.
My name is Jazmine-Renae’ and I am a singer/songwriter in Atlanta, GA. I started singing in the church choir at the age of 5. In high school, I was Chorus all 4 years. Once I graduated, I decided to go full force with my music, putting out a demo, visuals, photoshoots, etc. In 2017, I decided to help push independent artists here in Atlanta, called Music N' Vibez. It was a platform for independent artists to network and share their talent. Since then I have put out 8 singles and 5 visuals. I will finally be working on my album.
When I was younger, the first artist I was introduced to was Michel Jackson. According to my dad, the song I always requested was "Remember the Time" and it was always played to get me to stop crying! My household was always playing oldies. My dad was in a group when I was younger and just passed on the talent to me!
To be a Super Black Woman is an honor. My name is Anaia Lachelle; singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress raised in Saginaw and Kalamazoo, Michigan. I’m currently a senior at Western Michigan University studying criminal justice and legal studies with the hopes to go to law school on top of pursuing an entertainment career.
Raised by a Super Black Woman, my mother exposed me to many greats that influence my music style today. Greats such as Sade, Aaliyah, 2pac, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, and many more. The energy in my home was surrounded by my love for music. Though I was the only one that had a dream for it, I’ve come from a family who loves music, as it plays a role in bringing us together.
I grew up participating in talent shows, pageants, plays, and dance recitals, which allowed me to formulate a love for music and incentivized me to pursue a career in the industry. Not knowing if I had what it took to chase the dream, I decided to do it anyway with support from my family, friends, and community.
I started singing on hooks for rappers in Michigan when I was 16, and fast forward 6 years later, I’ve released my debut album, “A Girls’ Perspective” (2022), and accomplished many other things, and have many more things to come.
I hope on my journey I inspire any and everyone unsure of pursuing a certain dream and not feeling capable enough to do so. It’s always possible with a vision, God, and patience. I would not have been able to do this without God, and my amazing support system. I’m excited about what’s in store for me.
Writing has been a creative outlet for me ever since I was a child. In college, I began writing raps and songs in my free time to take my mind off the stress I was dealing with from school. I kept my rap talent a secret for the majority of my life, but as time went on, my friends started to become more aware of my hidden talent.
In 2019 I posted a rap freestyle that ended up going viral across my social media platforms. As I started posting more videos, more and more people would reach out saying they enjoyed my rap videos and asking where they could find my music.
I became passionate about music when I realized how many people were moved, entertained, and inspired by my raps. In 2020, after graduating from the University of California, San Diego, I decided to take music seriously. From 2020-2021, after only one year of consistently making music, I was able to garnish over a million organic streams.
I grew up in a high-energy and strict household. I come from a family that prioritizes foundation and education. In elementary school, my grandma would flip the dictionary to a random page and teach me a new word every day. Exercises like this not only built my vocabulary at such a young age but also made my English writing assignments stand out amongst other students. Knowing that writing was a strength of mine, I naturally began writing every day because it was fun for me. I loved the creative control I had over telling my own story and writing my narrative.
I remember being exposed to heavy RnB music. My mom listened to a lot of Keyshia Cole, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, TLC, Monica, Destiny's Child, etc. My dad listened to RnB and rap, including Tupac, Ice Cube, Baby Bash, Dr. Dre, Lauryn Hill, 50 cent, and more. My dad bought me, my first CD player when I was in elementary school and burned me a CD with a handful of songs once a month. I had nothing else to do in my free time but keep these songs on replay until I could recite them word for word. Around the age of 8, I'd combine my love for music and writing, and start writing my songs. At the time, I listened to a lot of Chris Brown, Letoya Luckett, Mariah Carey, Brandy, Destiny's Child, and more.
Aside from music, I am also a content creator and influencer. Many people know me for my viral TikTok comedy skits that I started posting over quarantine in 2020. I have accumulated a large following on Tiktok because of my video editing skills and goofy personality. On TikTok I also self-promote and market my music, allowing me to gain more fans just by my music alone. Promoting my music has gotten me over 1 million Tiktok followers and over 4 million combined streams of my music. Before TikTok, I also had a YouTube channel with my two best friends (BTK Beauty) that I started my first year of college which accumulated over 80,000 subscribers. Even though we were very inconsistent with the channel due to the demand of school, a lot of my fans knew me from my Youtube channel and have followed my journey over the years. They have been reintroduced to my new and improved persona, Nilla.
My name is N’shai Iman, a 22-year-old R&B Singer/ songwriter. I was born in Detroit Michigan but have been living In Columbus Ohio for most of my life. Music has always been a big part of my life. Wherever my family was, whether we were at a family gathering or cleaning the house on Sunday, music was being played. I grew up to Neo soul, RnB, House music, and Gospel.
This included artists like Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill, Micheal Jackson, Cameo, etc. I’ve been writing ever since I was little but took my music seriously in 2018. I released my first song, Do Not disturb under my old artist name, I M a N I. I then changed my name to N’shai Iman in 2021 and released my project Transition.
I wanted to ensure the ep showcases my range as an Rnb singer. I like to add aspects of hip hop, funk, and pop to my music which emphasizes the meaning of my ep. And throughout every song, I like to tell a story. Whether it is from my personal experiences from just talking to my peers and friends, each piece has a meaning.
Cashma is an R&B artist raised in the small town of Barnesville, GA. Born to her black dad and white mom, Cashma grew up seeing both sides of the world and often felt like she didn’t fit in. As an only child, Cashma spent lots of time entertaining herself and found music her gateway to creativity.
Having two parents from different cultures exposed Cashma to all genres of music very early on. Soaking up the avid CD collection of R&B, Pop, and Country her mom collected and riding in the car with her dad to the Southern Trap sounds of the early 2000s is a staple of her childhood.
Cashma eventually started creating her sound with Music Producer Mike Kalombo in 2017 and has recently released three albums.
Her honest storytelling lyrics give us a glimpse into her life, creating a solid connection between both the artist and her listeners. With a dedicated fanbase of people across the globe, Cashma is quickly becoming an artist to watch.
Born and raised in the D(M)V, I grew up hearing my parents play a lot of jazz and soul music. They loved Sade, Prince and Earth Wind, and Fire. I think that's when I started to develop my own taste in music, then I joined the band and choir in elementary school. Growing up I was always active in the arts, I trained in ballet from when I was 3 to 11 and my parents always encouraged my creativity. It wasn't until I was a junior in college though that I wanted to take music seriously.
I started taking voice lessons in Brooklyn to get better training and then I finally got in the studio and started working with different producers. The music community in NYC is super small but really supportive so once I met a few people everything felt right. I ended up moving to LA to pursue music more seriously in 2022 and from there eveythings took off.
I've met so many amazing people in the industry here and I've been able to find a team of people who are always down to help out and make amazing art.
Moving forward I'm really excited to work on new music and release some new singles next year. I'm really diving into my creativity and allowing myself to explore different sounds and visuals that I didn't before.
I'm Xyah Aaliyah, I’m 19 years old, I’m from Baltimore and I am an artist. Singer, painter, designer, and writer. My most desired passion is music but I love all things colorful and art.
I became passionate about music through the music my mother would play around the house. I fell in love with Erykah Badu, Aaliyah, Anita Baker, Luther, Michael, Sade, and Beyoncé. I grew up in church and realized I could sing through the choir.
My mother was the youth choir director and was working late the kids program for Easter and asked me to sing the solo just so she could see how it would sound- and then she started to teach me notes and pitches and all things music once she realized I could sing.
Music is all I could lean on for most of years at home. I felt suffocated in a Christian home and I didn’t feel apart of my family. I also struggled with depression and anxiety and I had a hard time venting to my friends because I didn’t want to be a burden.
Singing was my outlet. You can feel anything through music. I was always into learning frequencies and sound waves and how they heal the mind, body and soul. I believe in the ones spirit (spirituality) as a lifestyle so through my depressed I used music and learning about certain types of music that helped me get through tough times. Music was my rock for a long time, it still is and it always will be.
Hey Everyone! My Name is Labrina. I am a Singer/Songwriter based from The Queen City better known as Buffalo NY. All my life I was involved in the Performing Arts which drove my passion to pursue a career as an Artist. Rather that was doing acting & plays in grammar school, talent shows, to eventually attending a performing arts Middle School & High School. From there I shaped my identity as an artist and knew what my purpose would be.
Growing up my family played the biggest role in my influences and music taste. My grandmother often had gospel music blasting through the house on a Sunday morning. When I went to visit my mom she would play with people like Sade, Mary J Blige, Faith Evans, and the occasional Mary Mary records while she was cleaning the house. As we were making a long drive to my aunt's house in Ohio during the summer we would blast Charlie Wilson records till we arrived at our destination.
On top of that, my brothers and I discovered all different types of music and artists and would be so hyped to put each other on to something new. Everyone in my family has played a role in how I view and make music today. My passion for music started with my grammar school music teacher pushing me to audition for my Middle School & High School Performing Arts School. If it wasn't for her acknowledging and believing in my potential I'd probably be pursuing music.
Overall I feel like my Family, Friends, New Found Friends, Teachers, and Loved Ones have played an interesting role in my growing career in music today. Within the last year coming into the new year I have achieved so many great things like dropping My very First Music Video, my First Single called D.W.I.W, As well As My First 5 pack mixtape called 4 Days Later. Available on All Streaming Platforms & This is only the beginning. I can't wait to show the world what I have in store. Stay tapped in with me along this journey. New Music on the way, New Videos on the way and so much more.
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