Willie Maxwell, known professionally as Fetty Wap, is a rapper/songwriter from Patterson New Jersey. Born on June 7, 1991, he rose to prominence after the release of the single “Trap Queen”, which was released in 2014. In 2014, he signed a recording contract with 300 Entertainment. He has gone on to release “Fetty Wap: The Mixtape” along with the singles “679”, “My Way” and “Jimmy Choo.”
Jessie Ware is a London born singer/songwriter with a soulful voice who has collaborated with SBTKRKT, Joker and Disclosure.
Remembering singer Barbara Acklin (February 28, 1943-November 27, 1998)
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20-year-old Atlanta, GA native Adam Alexander, known professionally as Demo Tape, has released the electronic R&B infused EP “Momentary.” The project, released via 300 Entertainment, is a montage of the sounds Demo Tape wanted to shared with listeners. The first single, “Insecure”, premiered on NPR. The track fuses R&B with a gospel redux. In addition, the project is a live journal where the singer shares his struggles with depression and anxiety. He also opens up to listeners regarding discovering identity, masculinity and navigating through various relationships. The singer/songwriter/producer released his second single “Own It”, also included on the EP, before its release. The album showcases the young singer’s ability to be vulnerable and humbled by life experiences. He uses his art to tell his story and assures listeners that that they are not alone. London born singer/songwriter Jessie Ware has announced that she will support her latest studio effort, “Glasshouse”, with a headlining North American tour. Beginning April 15 in Indio, CA, the tour will visit Boston, Toronto, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia before concluding on May 11 in Washington DC. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 2 at 10 am via JessieWare.com. Ware’s latest album, “Glasshouses”, is available via PMR Records/Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope Records. Grammy nominated singer Daniel Caesar has graced the charts with his debut single “Get You”, a collaboration with singer/actress Kali Uchis. Since then, he has completed a US tour, and has received accolades from peers in the industry. While in the UK for the second leg of his sold out Freudian Tour, he stopped by the Colors Studio to perform the H.E.R. assisted hit “Best Part.” The single is a fan favorite and discusses the deep connection between lovers who admire one another. R&B songstress Ledisi is hitting the road, and she’s making it a Black Girl Magic event. The twelve time Grammy nominee has announced the “Let Love Rule Tour”, which will include Melanie Fiona and Tweet. The 17 city tour will begin on May 24 in Raleigh, NC and visit Atlanta, Washington DC, Boston and Nashville before concluding on June 17 in Dallas TX. The tour will support Ledisi’s latest studio effort “Let Love Rule”, which received Grammy nominations for “Best R&B Album”, “Best R&B Performance” and “Best Traditional R&B Performance” during this year’s ceremony. VIP presale tickets are now available, with general public tickets going on sale on Friday, March 2. All tickets can be purchased via http://www.ledisi.com. RGF signee Tapia has released his debut single “Lie No More.” The New Jersey native blends dancehall, R&B and Hip Hop to create the track’s overall feel. He finds himself questioning his lady’s commitment to their relationship. Tapia just wrapped up the “For My Fans Tour” with Fetty Wap and will release a visual for his debut single soon. Following the release of his debut album “WWW”, Hip Hop new comer Towkio visited “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” to perform the single “Symphony.” The performance began with a calm Towkio, on stage sporting a bubble coat, supported by a full band as an uptempo percussion section kicked in. The Chicago musician then proceeded to hop on the record at a frantic pace, quickly gaining speed in flow until singer Teddy Jackson appeared on stage to calm things down with his vocals on the chorus. The rapper has received accolades from rapper Kanye West and legendary producer Rick Rubin, among others. Fans can expect more from him in the future.
Sean Michael Leonard Anderson, known professionally as Big Sean, is a rapper/songwriter. He was born on March 25, 1988 in Santa Monica, CA and later moved to Detroit with his mother. He began his career after developing a relationship with hip hop station WHTD where he would show his rhyme skills weekly as part of a rap battle contest held by the station. In 2005, rapper Kanye West did an interview with 102.7 FM. Discovering this, Big Sean headed over to the station to meet West and perform a freestyle. West was initially reluctant to hear him, but ultimately gave Sean 16 bars to rap for him. Sean released his debut mixtape “Finally Famous” in 2007. In 2009, he released the mixtape “UKNOWBIGSEAN.” He has gone on to release “Finally Famous” (2011), “Hall Of Fame” (2013), “Dark Sky Paradise” (2015), “Twenty88 (2016), “I Decided” (2017) and “Double Or Nothing” (2017).
Justine Indira Skyers, known professionally as Justine Skye, is a singer/songwriter/actress/model. Born on August 24, 1995 in Fort Greene Brooklyn, she began her career by performing songs to go along with the book “Rules To Rock By.” She created a cover of the Drake song “Headlines”, which earned two million views on You Tube. Her debut EP, “Everyday Living”, helped her ink a deal with Atlantic Records in 2013 and they released the album “Emotionally Unavailable” shortly thereafter. She released “8 Ounces” in 2016.
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Remembering singer/songwriter Antoine Dominique “Fats” Domino (February 26, 1928-October 24, 2017)
Emerging Swedish R&B singer Bishat has released her latest single “Unholy Romance.” Co-written with artist/producer Damian Ardestani, known professionally as XOV, “Unholy Romance” is taken from Bishat’s forthcoming album. Bishat describes the project as a relationship crashing in slow motion. “Unholy Romance” is that intense, heart wrenching, reckless, can’t eat, can’t sleep kind of twisted love. MTV “Copycat” season 1 winner Justin Garner returns with his latest single “Yours To Keep”, the second single from his forthcoming album. On the track, the rising singer/songwriter delivers heart felt vocals as he assures his lady of his love. In the accompanying visual, he sings as he co-star dances to his rhythms. R&B songstress Victoria Monet garnered a great deal of attention with the visual for her single “Ready”, and now she’s released the EP “Life After Love Pt. 1.” The nine song project, which features intro and interlude tracks, focuses on the highs and lows of love and relationships while showcasing her vocal and songwriting ability. “Life And Love Pt. 2” along with an accompanying tour will arrive in the future. Justine Skye surprised fans with the single “Know Myself”, a duet with Vory. On the seductive, sultry track, the two compliment one another vocally. Skye’s latest album, “Ultraviolet”, features ten tracks and includes special guest appearances by Jeremih, PARTYNEXYDOOR and Wiz Kid. It has spawned the singles “Back For Me”, “Don’t Think About It” and “Heaven.” She will support the project with a North American Tour, which is slated to begin on March 1 in Washington DC and visit Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Atlanta and Houston before concluding on April 4 in San Francisco. Chris Brown and Joyner Lucas team up on the single “Stranger Things”, a Netflix inspired single ahead of their collaborative project “Angels And Demons.” Brown shows off his rap skills and Lucas adds his own rapid fire delivery which makes for a track fans will enjoy from beginning to end. After announcing a tour with Shy Glizzy, Playboi Carti and Gashi earlier this month, rapper Big Sean has announced that he’ll postpone his “Friendly Reminder Tour” so that he can stay focused on the studio. While there has been no official announcement regarding the delay, fans who purchased tickets received emails with a note of the delay from Big Sean himself as dates got closer, and venues updated their websites with his reasoning. The tour was scheduled to visit 30 cities before ending in Canada in June.
Blac Youngsta is a rapper/songwriter from Memphis, TN. He released his debut album “223” today. His debut single, “Booty”, received over nine million streams on Spotify and the official video received over one million views on You Tube.
Janelle Monae Robinson, known professionally as Janelle Monae, is a singer/songwriter/producer/model/actress signed to her own label Wondaland Arts Society. Born on December 1, 1985, she began her career after moving to New York City to study drama at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and attending a performing arts camp called Freedom Theater, the oldest African American theater in Philadelphia, PA. After moving to Atlanta, GA in 2001, she met Big Boi of Outkast and founded Wondaland Arts Society with some like minded artists. In 2007, she released her debut album “Metopolis: Suite 1 (The Chase).” “The ArchAndroid” (2010) and “The Electric Lady” (2013) all followed later. She’s currently working on the album “Dirty Computer” which will be available on April 27.