So as you may be following, you know one of my favorite videos to watch on youtube is Terrell’s Blue Wall. On the show, he brings artists from all over the country who are either brand new, veterans, or are emerging artists in the new culture. For this episode, he brought in Britain’s Cynthia Erivo– who is a vocal goddess! She started in theater singing broadway including the broadway revival of The Color Purple. She also plays the lead role in the new movie Harriet Tubman. She is both an incredible actor and vocalist, it only inspires me as an emerging artist myself. She’s truly a one-hit wonder! Check out her amazing video below. Movie Harriet Tubman in theaters now.
Excited to announce that I have a secured a spot to perform with a well established band in Los Angeles. I feel so incredibly blessed and lucky to have this opportunity. I will be joining a band in their Christmas concert performance, who is known to play classical soul, funk, R&B music. The concert will be taking place for a good cause, and I only feel honored to be a part of it.
The leader of the band and I have been in correspondence for a while as we have been meaning to collaborate on music for quite some time. The amazing part of having this opportunity is the fact that it is a Christmas benefit concert. All funds will go towards children with anger management issues to ensure they get the help they need to live happier lifestyles. As someone who aspires to build her own non profit herself, this is a great chance for me to learn from others who are doing the same thing. I am so lucky and blessed, it feels as though things are falling together for me to help me accomplish my long-term goals. There will also be A/B/C listers at the concert who are regular guests for the bands’ appearances. Aretha Franklin’s manager will be there along with many others alike, retired football players and others flying in from other states like Georgia to name a few. It’s going to be a huge event, and I can not be any more excited. This is a chance for to gain some exposure as an artist while also experience performing live in front of a huge audience of about 200-300 people. We will be performing Christmas and holiday songs that will appeal to everybody and who will find a liking to.
As a sneak peak, I thought I’d include a snippet of me performing for rehearsals and recorded by the band leader himself. Quite honestly, there is no other place that feels like home than to be on a stage, holding a microphone, and pouring my soul out in the form of notes and melodies. While I can appreciate my performance (and I hope you do too) I am a perfectionist and so, it makes me so uncomfortable to hear my mistakes in the video. However, as an aspiring vocalist, I am learning every day to become a better artist. As I’ve always lived by, mastery takes humility and this is only the beginning. Anyhow, hope you enjoy.
I suggest you put your volume up since it is a bit low in the video!
I have been following NAO for a while, and I absolutely love the vibe/aesthetic of her music. I am rooting for her all the way. Check her out her newest album Saturn (2018) if you haven’t. Read more about her here. New music from her album below.
Neo Jessica Joshua (born in December 1987), better known as Nao (/ˈneɪ.oʊ/), is an English singer-songwriter and record producer from East London Her sound has been described as soul combined with electronic music, funk and R&B. Nao coined the term “wonky funk” to describe her style. She released her debut album, For All We Know, in 2016, and her second album, Saturn, in 2018. (Nao singer, n.d, para. 1)
If You Ever – NAO ft. 6LACK
Bad Blood – NAO
So, for those who have been following my for a while (& for all my new followers, THANK YOU), I decided to stay in Los Angeles to broaden my horizons and also figure myself out as an artist.
About 2/3 years ago (2016/2017), I’ve always played around with the idea of making art a full-time job. It wasn’t until when I did some soul-searching that I realized, regardless of where I worked, I always identified as a creative.. or artist. After working a number of dead-end jobs, I’ve realized that art is my truest passion, and I’ve never felt more myself without it. That’s when I decided I needed to commit myself to my art more seriously, and this blog has allowed me to do just that.
I am grateful how far my education and life experiences has taken me so far that I don’t think I would have it any other way. I’ve learned to harden my inner voice and to follow it all the way regardless of doubt & rejection. And I don’t think there is any other self-fulling lesson that life has taught me.
Though I was born and raised in L.A., my decision to stay and find my independence is probably the best decision I can make for myself. I have built my connections, grown my confidence in my work and belief that it has only taught me how much more I have yet to learn and also, want to learn. Professionally, there is so much about the music business I have yet to learn about and music marketing aspect that I have already learned a great deal about along the way. As an artist, my goal is to improve my media presence, build my following, and my network which I could say I am slowly making this a reality with my time here in Los Angeles. Stepping into the music industry in general is highly competitive and a very small number succeed at it. But given the amazing encouragement and feedback I have received from my managers, peers, and followers, I only feel inspired to produce more for ya’ll and my job(s).
With my experience with vocal coaching, studio time, alongside my employment as a music teacher, promotions intern, and music analyst, I’ve learned that it takes persistence and perseverance to grow and I am learning that through hard work and solid work ethic and a little bit of faith, anything is possible. Nothing is guaranteed, and that only pushes me harder.
Thanks for following me on this journey, ya’ll. Can’t wait to share more with ya’ll very soon.
Spent some time in the studio in downtown LA the other day and it was definitely new for me. The engineer I worked with was amazing and we came up with some great stuff.
Really had me thinking about who I am an artist and what I envision my work to be. I’ve attached a rough clip of what we recorded in the studio. Mind you super rough, I was tough on myself in spite of his encouragement.. Guess that’s the catch 22 of being an artist. Anyhow, watching the behind the scenes music productions taught me a couple things of how beats are created through high hats, low hats, adlibs, etc. It was cool getting to work with him, and helped give me some perspective of who I am and the music I identify as an artist. Look forward to more sessions in the future.
So excited to announce my new site as an upcoming music artist/ vocalist. I am currently working on new projects, writing new material, developing my craft/ sound/ presentation while planning collaborations with some amazing artists in the near future. I have been graced with amazing guidance so far that I am only excited for the future. This is a perfect time for me to experiment with my sound and create the projects I have always been anticipating and dying to create. You will most definitely find new updates on my site very soon, as well as more content on my music instagram as well.
Cannot thank you enough for the all the amazing feedback I have received thus far, and am grateful for all the opportunities I have had recently. Promise to not disappoint.
Ahh, I am so excited to announce that I submitted my audition video for the 2019 StarQuest: Taste of Soul Festival, which they just posted on their site. The festival will take place sometime in October, which I look forward to attending. As you may or may not know, I decided to stay in Los Angeles to get more involved with the great music scene here. As a little girl, I’ve always dreamt of becoming a professional singer and now that I am older, I have realized nothing else is my truest passion. I recall friends and family asking my 13 year-old self what I wanted to be when I was older and I knew I wanted to become a singer. But my insecurities, lack of faith/self-confidence, and judgment of others held me back. Today, I am currently trying to overcome my fears and leave all the negative energy built over the years behind and even though it is hard.. I know it will be worthwhile. I feel the most alive when I am singing, and I know that there is soo much more in my journey to learn and explore as an aspiring singer. And for me, as an artist, I think that is the most exciting part. I’ve learned this is only the beginning. If you have a chance, I ask if you can please check out my audition video. You can check it out here! Every like counts ♥ Also, please don’t forget to check out the fellow talented singers, which you can find here. Your encouragement and support truly means a lot. Thanks for sticking with me and listening to my rant. Please share && comment with your friends!
Much much love,