Selling out shows across the country and achieving multiplatinum success by paving a path of his own, SoMo has quietly emerged as R&B’s most successful underground superstar. Now, it’s time for the world to properly meet the Dallas, TX singer and songwriter born Joseph Somers-Morales on his second full-length album, The Answers [Republic Records].
It’s been nothing short of a whirlwind for the artist since the 2014 release of his self-titled debut, SoMo. The record clinched #1 on iTunes Overall Top Albums Chart, and the hit single “Ride” earned an RIAA double-platinum certification. Between sold out headline tours and collaborations with everyone from Jeremih, Ty Dolla $ign, The-Dream, and Trey Songz to Kirko Bangz, Vigiland, Rebel, and Tricky Stewart, SoMo put impressive numbers on the board, selling 393K albums and counting and 4 million singles in addition to amassing 290 million streams. His 2015 mixtape, My Life II, went Top 10 on Billboard’s Top R&B albums chart as he appeared on VH-1’s Big Morning Buzz, The Arsenio Hall Show, and BET’s 106 & Park. Along the way, he carefully assembled what would become The Answers, recording in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Texas, Toronto, and Florida. SoMo found new influences that encouraged him to embrace his core.
Shortly after the end of her gold-selling R&B act Floetry, singer, songwriter, and producer Marsha Ambrosius — whose biggest claim to fame as a writer is Michael Jackson’s Top 20 hit “Butterflies” — signed with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label. Nothing came from the short-lived alliance. While in creative limbo, Ambrosius — a Liverpool, England native who moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — was nonetheless active, issuing a handful of mixtapes and collaborating with Alicia Keys (“Go Ahead’), Mario (“Why”), Jazmine Sullivan (“Music [All I Need]”), Jamie Foxx (“Freak’in Me”), and Wale (“Diary”). Ambrosius eventually signed with J Records, where she finally released her first official solo album, Late Nights & Early Mornings, in 2011. The set debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, while the Top Five R&B single “Far Away” was nominated for Grammy awards in the categories of Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance. J closed shop, and Ambrosius was shifted to RCA, where she released her follow-up, Friends & Lovers, in 2014. One of the album’s most notable singles was “Stronger,” on which she was joined by Dr. Dre. Checkout our latest and new interview with Marsha.
Phenomenal talent is something that is rarely discovered in today’s music world, which is filled with cookie-cutter artists and sounds. Kissie Lee, A global superstar in the making who’s infectious voice and exceptional writing abilities have resulted in appearances on Making the Band Season 3, hosting on BET red carpet, song placements on multiple artists in the industry ; Tiny Harris, OMG Girls, Cyhi the Prynce, Big Krit, Mistah Fab, Jacquees, Keke Wyatt, Jessica Mauboy, Jacob Latimore, the list goes on. Kissie has done modeling for Kontrol magazine and other brands, as well as acting in a web-series titled “The Label”. She has been featured on sites such as XXL, Singersroom, ThisIsRnb, Vibe and many more. Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with Kissie Lee.
Lecrae is a two-time GRAMMY Award winning hip-hop artist whose RIAA gold-certified 2014 album, Anomaly, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, Rap, Digital, Christian, Gospel, and Independent charts. His seven studio albums and mixtapes have sold more than 1.9 million copies and he has co-headlined some of the best-selling tours in the U.S., according to Pollstar. Lecrae has been nominated for five GRAMMY Awards, including Best Rap Performance 2014, a win for Best Gospel Album in 2013 and Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song in 2015, as well as won seven Dove Awards, a Billboard Music Award, two Soul Train Music Awards and garnered BET Hip Hop Awards and BET Awards nominations. Lecrae’s call for redemption through positive change has placed him at the forefront of causes close to his heart. Referring to himself as a ‘social anthropologist,’ Lecrae seeks the most authentic connection possible with fans around the world who embrace his music. Lecrae resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and three children. Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with Lecrae.
Charmaine Johnise is a television personality and entrepreneur with traditional roots, stemming out of Rural Louisiana. Johnise attended Howard University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology. Following her graduation in 2012, Charmaine took her talents to Chicago in pursuit of aspiration goals. Her southern hostility and charm led her to tattoo artist and 9Mag owner, Ryan Henry. The two hit it off instantly and Charmaine wasn’t long before offered the position as the shop manager. Johnise made her television debut on “Black Ink Crew” Chicago edition in 2015 and is making a name for herself. Checkout our exclusive and latest interview with Charmaine Johnise!
Music speaks to the soul. Los Angeles’ alternatively minded “electro hip-pop dub-something” duo Timeflies—Rob “Rez” Resnick [producer] and Cal Shapiro [vocals]— embrace that ethos with their latest release “Once In A While.” Their music combines unique elements of dance, pop and hip-hop. The witty rap verses and intoxicating melodies entwined with the infectious xylophone make this record an undeniable summer smash. “Once In A While” has garnered a huge organic early response online and is quickly rising on the pop and dance charts.
Cal and Rez formed Timeflies in 2011 while attending college. Since then, they’ve built a diehard following, amassing steady fan growth online while selling out historic concert venues across the US. To date, Timeflies has sold over 150k albums and 800k singles, combined with 175mil video views and 125mil Spotify streams worldwide. Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with Timeflies !
Life often presents us with tests and trials just to bring us full circle to meet our destiny. It is within these tests and trials that we form our testimony and discover our life’s purpose. 22-year-old Cameroonian-born, Atlanta-based singer/ rapper/ songwriter Lorine Chia may have taken the long and winding road to her luminous destiny. But soon the world will know her name upon the release of her eclectic and highly anticipated EP Sweet Noise, produced by Rami Beatz (Kid Cudi, Big Sean, Juicy J). Her deep, velveteen vocals have been praised by the likes of Complex, Fader, and Billboard.
Born in the West African country of Cameroon, Lorine Chia was reared in an environment that instilled the importance of survival skills early on. “Being a child there, you’re raised so much quicker,” she recalls. “Because the main focus is survival and making sure you’re independent. Every morning, you’d have to get up and walk two miles to school.” Spending her early years in Cameroon informed Lorine with a strong sense of self sufficiency and determination that would prove integral in her future. Checkout our latest interview with Lorine Chia.
Since she first came onto the R&B scene in 2000, Ledisi has been wowing fans and earning critical acclaim. In 2007, she caught the attention of Verve Music Group and recorded her third album, Lost & Found. The album earned her two Grammy Award nominations, including “Best New Artist”. She continues to be acknowledged by her peers, receiving seven additional Grammy nominations to date. In 2014, Ledisi released her fifth studio album, The Truth, which spawned the singles “I Blame You”, “Rock with You”, and Grammy nominated “Like This”, among others. She headlined two national sold-out tours, appeared onstage alongside Kelly Clarkson and Jill Scott, and on nationally recognized shows like Good Morning America, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, HBO’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and VH1’s Divas Live. The big screen came alive in 2014 with Ledisi’s portrayal of gospel great Mahalia Jackson in the Oscar-nominated film Selma. Ledisi’s rendition of the Thomas Dorsey hymn “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” reverberates with viewers everywhere.In 2016, Ledisi will join the likes of Kerry Washington, Hill Harper, and John Legend when she receives The Advocacy Award presented by The United States Conference of Mayors. Checkout our latest interview about her album “The Truth”.
Sure, the platinum-selling singer and songwriter is the architect behind ubiquitous smashes such as “On the Way Down”, “True”, and “Shine On” as well as albums including 2004’s Take It All Away, which hit #8 on the Billboard Top 200, You Stand Watching , and The Moon Underwater . However, you’ll get to know Ryan like never before on his forthcoming 2014 EP and fifth full-length album. Stardom aside, it’s never ever been about image, media, or pomp and circumstance for Cabrera. It’s always come down to one thing: the music. It’s where everything starts…
In 2009, he began writing songs for what would eventually become record number five. However, the inspiration didn’t quite click right off the bat. So, he continued cataloging his thoughts and emotions over the next few years. He immersed himself in other artistic pursuits such as painting—actually decking out his home with all original work enjoying his own personal renaissance. He also spent meaningful time at hospitals around the country, brightening up the day for countless sick children and young adults. Inspired from this, Cabrera also took the opportunity to launch a live music series entitled Live From Ryan’s Living Room, which airs bi-monthly. Utilizing stageit.com, he broadcasts live performances from his living room and all proceeds for “online tickets” benefit different charities. Everybody from Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw to Billy Ray Cyrus and We The Kings has joined him in the Living Room for unique live jams.
“It’s organic pop music,” Cabrera declares. “Justin and I hit it off immediately. We were in a room together, jamming on everything. We weren’t trying to be anything or fit any kind of mold. It was just music we dug. I started writing all of these fun, positive, and uplifting songs. My whole perception had changed. Every song tells its own story.” “House On Fire” shimmies from a percussive tribal intro into an incendiary refrain. He smiles, “It’s about burning everything down and being crazy while you can. You’re living in the moment and enjoying everything you do. A lot of people are afraid to let themselves go, be passionate, and express their feelings. You’ve got to burn it all down—even if just for one night. Let loose and go nutty! It feels great.” Ultimately, this is the real Ryan Cabrera. He doesn’t hold anything back, and he’s created his most uplifting and powerful music to date. “I want the music to speak for itself,” he leaves off. “My career has been about a lot of things from the outside. The focus unfortunately shifted to what my hair was like or who I was dating. That’s not why I started playing music. It’s always been about the music. That’s it. It’s not about being a pop singer. It’s about being an artist. I want people to think of the songs before they think of me. It starts now. This is going to be a fun ride.” Checkout our latest interview with Ryan Cabrera now !
Grammy-nominated singer, actress, and model V. Bozeman disrupts conventions, burns expectations, and emanates extreme energy in its purest form. Take one glance at her, and you’ll see strikingly natural beauty augmented by runway-ready features and edgy modern style. Musically, she doesn’t flip the script so much as rewrite it altogether. After one listen, you’ll hear feral intensity, focused vision, and unnervingly dynamic talent that turned musical innovators like Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds’, CeeLo Green, and Timbaland into fans, creative collaborators, and supporters. V. is best known for her recurring role on FOX’s Golden Globe nominated hit drama series “Empire,” where she had the distinction of opening the Empire series premiere (2014) with the heart-wrenching ballad “What Is Love”, captivating both viewers and listeners, and garnering the most downloaded and streamed soundtrack on the original Empire Pilot EP. The first episode was viewed in more than 20 million households. The official soundtrack, also containing the single, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and has since been officially certified Gold. V. once again stunned fans with her performance of her single “Hourglass,” written by Terrence Howard, on the season 2 series finale of “Empire” (2016). V has recently teamed up with Lincoln Motor Company (June 2016) for a commercial and release of her single “GO” off her upcoming debut album. In addition to the album you can catch V. and her incredible vocals at the 2016 BET Experience kick off concert as well as the 2016 Essence Festival later next month. In addition to her music and recurring role on “Empire” she can be seen staring in 2 international Heineken commercials and is working on several other TV projects, which are currently in development.