The name “LeToya” is described as “victorious one” and LeToya Luckett has definitely proven the definition to be true. As a founding member of Destiny’s Child she help set the group’s path to success and later set her own, by becoming a successful solo artist, entrepreneur, and burgeoning actress. As a member of the group, the Houston, Texas native became a multi-platinum recording artist and 2-time GRAMMY Award winner. In addition to receiving co-writing credit on their self-titled debut album, LeToya was recognized for her co-writing on eight songs from their RIAA Diamond certified sophomore album The Writing’s On The Wall, which has sold over 17 million copies worldwide. The group’s signature tune “Say My Name” won GRAMMY Awards in 2001 for “Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group” and “Best R&B Song”. Continue reading
The Jersey born songstress comes from a bloodline of musicians as her grandmother, a Juilliard graduate, was a successful touring violinist who played with Frank Sinatra’s The Rat Pack. Passing on a scholarship to Berklee College of Music to pursue her music career straight out of high school, Alus proved to be a force to reckon with after showcasing her abundance of potential at an early age.
Alus’ presence started to grow on the internet after releasing clips of her music garnering up thousands of supporters. After high demand to hear new music from her fans, who refer to themselves as the #AlusArmy, she released her radio single “Ordinary Girl”. The success of the record granted Alus the opportunity to work with Steve Rifkind and Russell Simmons’ company, All Def Digital.
Referring to her as a “natural born talent”, Vibe crowns Alus as “sure to become the next thing smokin’”. Performing on stages like SOB’s, Madison Square Garden, SXSW, and more, Alus is the all around entertainer; playing guitar and piano, dancing, and singing the songs she writes and records herself.
Because of her blossoming music career, Alus is the face of Angel Professional Paris, a haircare line. She has also partnered with brands like Neiman Marcus, Shape, Dr. Jays, and Samsung. Alus is also an animal activist for the ASPCA.
This young talent proves to be a star in the making. “I’m always working hard to make the vision I have a reality,” she says. And by her track record, we can expect to see a promising future.
Tkay Maidza burst onto the electronic music scene in 2014 with her debut EP Switch Tape. The Australian singer/rapper earned comparisons to established artists like MIA and Banks upon its release, and the singles “Switch Lanes” and “MOB” both made strong impressions on the charts. Maidza was born in Zimbabwe, but she and her family moved to Adelaide, Australia when she was five.
She went on to study architecture at the University of South Australia, but quit her studies to become a full-time musician. She was only 17 when she released her debut single, “Brontosaurus,” after taking part in an artists’ development program in Adelaide. Following on from the success of Switch Tape, Maidza set about recording her debut long-player. The lead single, “Carry On,” appeared in 2016 and featured Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike. The album, titled Tkay, was scheduled for release in January 2017. ~ Bekki Bemrose