Been exploring a number of genres lately to broaden my musical palette, including Gospel– which I think may be essential for any aspiring vocalist.. Anyhow, thought I share some gems with you that I discovered on the great wonder called Youtube. True music for me reaches the soul and you can most definitely feel that with this music. Some gospel artists I’ve recently discovered and have been inspired by are Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Clark Sisters, Donnie McClurkin, etc. Been reevaluating and rekindling my relationship with God as of lately, and have found him through the greatness of gospel music. Videos below for inspiration.
Wrote some poetry a while back that I thought I’d leave here for ya’ll. ♥
the sun shines bright, rays bound of my skin
always find myself lookin’ out, when I gotta look within
maybe the ocean is the reason I keep calling your name
a love this deep shouldn’t cause this much pain
I know this feeling, it’s all too familiar
if tears were money, you’d bet I was a millionaire
before you think you can save a damsel in distress
think again, to you I’m no less
this is an ode, to all the wrongs I wanted to right
thanks to you, you helped me to find a light
that had been burnin in the depths of my soul
I promise you this is the beginning, no lies told
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
Long overdue, but hope ya’ll enjoy this one.
♫ haters be lurkin’ to see what I’m about
n****s talk shit like they can’t close they mouth
tell me how ya’ll gonna hate on me
when some ya’ll be bitchin’ livin’ off daddy’s money
you know ya’ll hoes got nothing on me
but still be watching’ my every move carefully
yuh, don’t know know anything about hustle & grind
for everything I got, I put my money, love, & time
can’t hate on someone you don’t know
some ya’ll need lil love in your lives & it show
hold up, lemme check myself before I put ya’ll on blast
always thinking’ ahead, pull a quick one on you fast
not here to start drama, know I stay above that
I’m just me, speak the truth. no cap.
life’s too short to dwell in the past
they say make memories you know gonna last
I’d bet a million bucks on me any day
I’ll flip your shit side up tomorrow & change the game
pen & paper, didn’t know I was a writer
you bet, everything I spit, I spit is fire
I got 1,2,3 bitches starin’ at me
but I didn’t choose the music, the music chose me
They look at me & wonder, how I do it
I do it for myself, the people, the music
I do it because I got no other choice
This who I am, this my voice
I do it for the right reasons, and people listen
for me, it is more than a dream but a m*therf*cking vision
I got words flowin’ straight from my mouth
one day, I promise to show up & show you out ♫
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.
Absolutely, love everything this organization represents.
I was first contacted by Playing for Change back in 2016 for an internship position.
However, due to the circumstances of that time, I was unable to move forward with the process. While I do somewhat hold regret, I know that maybe one day I can re-apply if it is meant to be.
Playing For Chance is a non profit organization based in Los Angeles that helps to create social change on a global scale through music. The organization offers educational opportunities to marginalized and under served youth, traveling the world to record/film musicians from different countries. You can check out their amazing work below. As someone with Batchelor’s in Sociology and who studied social change for years and who has such great passion for music, I am so fascinated and delighted by this organization. They have so much to offer, and I can not wait to be a part of this movement in the future.
Check out their video “Playing For Change Non-Profit Organization: What’s Going On” in the link below. It’s definitely a joy to watch.
Instrumental from Alicia Keys “Unthinkable”
♫ Pen on my paper, always on my grind
Imma switch it up cause I need a peace of mind
I write this rap shit, dumb shit, cause I say what’s in my heart
to me, it’s more than numbers, it’s all a work of art
When I wake up in the morning, the anxiety over take me
I shut my demons up, ain’t no one going to break me
They look at me and doubt me, but don’t know a thing about me
They wanna talk like they know me
homie better get up off me
I keep my head low and work hard in silence
I ain’t with that loud shit, that shit just violent
pops always told me to not speak to loud
never was one to follow the crowd
If there’s one thing I’ll tell ya
don’t doubt the misunderstood
because they’ll do it better
thank you think you ever could ♫