Participating in Hosting First Birthday Party

Had the amazing opportunity to help assist in hosting a birthday party at my work in Culver City. I had a great time with the kids and witnessing how much music brings them joy. My supervisor, the main act of the show, did a stellar job throughout the music session. Not only is her voice amazing but she captured the audiences’ attention the entire time. Her stage presence and confidence is so admirable; it has only inspired me to become a better performer myself. Everyone felt and enjoyed her talent and energy in the room, it only affirmed my love for music and performance. Anyhow, the birthday party was such a success and I am so proud to be a part of it although it may be for a moment. Today only reminded me of the power of music and how powerful it is to bring a room full of strangers together. Here is many more great memories, and an exciting journey as aspiring artist/ vocalist myself.

Life Update & In Preparation for Christmas Benefit Concert with Band

Thought I’d mention that this is a post long overdue, however, I would still like to post this anyway for the sake of documenting every waking moment, thought, emotion, and memory in the course of my journey… enjoy xo

The holidays are approaching and it still feels to me as if Fall has only begun. It is insane to know that almost 5 months have flown by since I have decided to live in LA by myself. Time truly flies when you choose to keep yourself productive. I have grown so much throughout the time and am only continuing to do so..
I cannot begin to express how grateful I am to have experienced that opportunities I have had so far– including the highs and lows. It really has not been easy, but I only remind myself that there is so much ahead of me I have yet to experience. As I have mentioned in my earlier posts, this Christmas of 2019 I will be performing with a band for a great cause. This event is a Christmas Benefit Concert meaning all funds will go towards the bandleader’s nonprofit for kids with anger management issues so that the kids lead much healthier lives. I am currently in the works of preparing as it is only a couple weeks away, and it hasn’t been the easiest road. While I do have my self-doubts in my skills and abilities, I also know that I have God watching over me in great faith. I don’t do any of this for the attention as that was never my concern, but I do things for the greater good. And as long as I believe in the reasons why I make the decisions I make, I also no there could be no wrong. I want to thank everyone so far who has taken the time to visit, view, follow, or even comment on my stuff as it restores faith and hope in my purpose. I appreciate every kind word and thought as it truly means a lot to me. As I have said, this is only the beginning.

KJazz December 2019 Newsletter Edition: KJazz Breaks Fundraising Record During 2019 Fall Pledge Drive

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Dear Lorraine,

Stephanie and I want to thank you for your hard work during our recent Fall Pledge Drive.  We truly appreciate your help!

We want to share with you an overview of the terrific pledge drive results.  The total raised was $323,453.04 (this includes the $30,000 Herb Alpert Challenge Grant).  The average pledge amount was $175.  On the last day of the drive, we had $86,310.16 pledged from 453 individuals.  Comparing back as far as 2007, this was our single best day of fundraising.

As you may be familiar, if you have been following my site for a while now, our 2019 KJazz Fall Pledge Drive has come to an end. The Pledge Drive took place for about 4 days Thursday 10/ 31 to Sunday 11/3, and the outcome of the drive was incredible! As you read in the email above, we raised a total of $323,453.04. This went way beyond our initial goal of $60,000, and we couldn’t have done it without our volunteers, DJ Hosts, staff members, and of course our head supervisor! We worked as a team and the results shows! This single handedly marks the best pledge drive we’ve had so far in regards to fundraising. In exchange for donations our donors not only received special gifts such as flash drives, iPods, CD’s, restaurant gift cards, concert tickets, etc., but also an opportunity to win our sweepstakes! Both included the opportunity to win a pair of concert tickets to our annual Jingle Jazz Concert but also a 7 day trip to Paris.

Our donors were filled with excitement and thus, eager to contribute to the radio station. Their generous contributions allowed us to raise high amount of funds that we did in this pledge drive, not to mention the immense joy they get from their special gifts. We had volunteers commute from all over to make this event possible and we couldn’t be anymore grateful! I also thought I’d note that our volunteers were incredibly, kind, friendly, and knowledgeable considering that they tend to be of the older generations. I personally find joy in conversing with older people only because they are so wise and could offer plenty insight to my naive, budding mind. All donations and contributions make it possible for KJazz to serve its’ purpose of both educating and serving our listeners with the great jazz music that they love to listen to everyday! I am personally incredibly grateful to participate in a great cause such as KJazz this past year, and to know I help play a part in its operations and overall mission makes the hard work worthwhile. To top it off, today my manager offered me more hours in celebration of my first year anniversary with KJazz. My first year at KJazz as so far been so incredible. As an intern, I am grateful to have been offered an opportunity such as this because I’ve met some inspiring people and participated in such great music events! I know that this is only the beginning, and I can’t wait to continue growing with KJazz as both a team member, and aspiring artist myself.

If you’re a jazz cat, feel free to check out our upcoming Pledge Drive this Spring in April. Rock with us and grab your favorite CD in our next drive to hear in on your favorite tune, at KJazz 88.1FM.  Our music and hosts never disappoint!

Also thought I’d mention that I will also be releasing our upcoming KJazz newsletter in December/ January as there will be plenty happening in the next few months, stayed tuned for that!

2019 Christmas Benefit Concert with Band

Had an amazing time participating in the Christmas Benefit Concert in Long Beach, California last weekend. It has been a while since I have performed in front of a fairly large audience before, there were about 100+ attendees. They were grooving to the music and seemed to be entertained! The band and I performed a total of 13 songs as I had my solo performance singing “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”. Even though I was nervous, I had so much fun. I was afraid I would freeze up and forget my lyrics, but instead I tried to live in the moment, and things just flowed naturally. As evident by the audience’s reactions, it seemed they enjoyed the show as well. It was so nice to hear them applaud after every performance and only reminded me of how much power music has in connecting a group of people.

I also had the chance to get to know more of the band members considering I only rehearsed a total of two times with them prior to the show. I currently don’t have any footage of the performance or any part of the show, but am glad to share them once I have access to them 🙂 As if the concert couldn’t get better… Aretha Franklin’s old manager, H.B. Barnum also performed alongside his choir, who sounded so beautiful! I even had the chance to meet Motown singer Brenda Holloway as pictured below. She sounded like an angel and had a beautiful gown on ! When I met her, she was so sweet and down to earth. There were also bell players too who sounded amazing, adding to the Christmas spirit as well. Again, feeling so blessed and grateful to have been a part of this show. It only left me feeling incredibly inspired to do more in the future.

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New Netflix Series: Rhythm & Flow

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Netflix just released a new series called Rhythm & Flow, and it’s fire. The show entails stars Chance the Rapper, Cardi B, and T.I. on the hunt for the next rap star. They visit the four biggest cities which resides the hub of music: Chicago, New York, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. The winner gets $250,000 cash prize alongside a feature with big name rappers. It’s an all or nothing deal. Let me tell ya’ll somethin’, there was some damn talented rappers out there. You can tell simply by their presentation and delivery, who was serious about winning, and who wasn’t. By their cadence, style, flow, lyricism, and their overall energy who was the real deal. Also who has been in the game the longest! My top favorites are definitely: D Smoke, London B, Flawless, and Rae Kahlil (who I personally think was robbed in this show which you’ll have to watch to find out!). You can tell that they have put some much time, effort, and love in their craft that its so admirable. I think the rap battles is where their artistry and confidence as an artist truly shows. Despite of doubt and tribulation, they did that. It only encourages me to work at my game and to be patient with myself. Because I think all it takes is a little skill, perseverance, faith, and hard work ethic. Those who are natural stars will simply shine brighter period. But it’s up to the people to see it and decide for themselves.

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Overall, all that aside, I am a bit skeptical about the judges and the way they have approached the show in terms of their judgments. In my opinion, I think there is possibly a better match team of judges who I think can offer more valuable insight into the art of rapping (though the judges did drop some words of wisdom). Idols, in my opinions, with much higher credibility. In my opinion, there should be legends and more main star appearances of OG rappers like Snoop Dog or even ice cube. I think this will give more overall value to the show. To me, the current judges are simply the face of modern rap music (while Cardi B and Chance the Rapper have somewhat generated a household name for themselves, they haven’t left a legacy that give them the credibility to critique other artists’ work). So it only leaves me under the impression that the show is more a matter of entertainment than the true art of rap (much like how singing competitions like American Idol and The Voice turned out). But any who, who wants to hear about semantics, right?

If ya’ll want to keep up with the culture, I definitely recommend the watch. Certainly not a waste of time if you a fan of the arts yourself. Can also read more about the show here.

#NewMusicMonday

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