Described as a child prodigy by some of the top names in the music industry, 16 year-old Jena Rose Raphael is a singer/songwriter/pianist/model from Plano, Texas. With a natural gift for songwriting and a unique indie pop style, her melodic genius captivates and enchants her audiences.
With an eloquent poise that is well beyond her years, Jena has been featured on red carpets at the Grammys, the Teen Choice Awards, New York Fashion Week, Fashion Rocks, The American Music Awards, MTV, and various LoveJonesNYC productions. As a proud member of the UNA-USA, Jena has devoted her life to writing music with an inspiring message and giving back to the world to make a change for the better.
Labeled as one of the most gifted artists by Sony Music Publishing Vice President Walter Jones, Jena’s performances continue to attract listeners at premier venues such as the House of Blues, American Airlines Center, Hard Rock Café, and Six Flags. She was recently a featured performer at the United Nations, MTV’s Fashion for Charity Event, World Peace Day and The New York City Marathon.
Combine the edgy Emaza (19), the zealous Znuie (17) and the sultry Saiyr (21), and you’ll have the makings of the Ceraadi Sisters. The three sisters who left their hometown in Iowa in 2008, and moved to South Central Los Angeles to pursue their star-studded dreams are making their voices heard in the music world.
Growing up in a household filled with the music of Whitney Houston, Prince, Usher and other R&B hit-makers, one can say music is engrained into their DNA. Independently pushing their brand, Ceraadi successfully released their first single “Favorite Song” in 2015, followed by their fun and upbeat single “That’s Bae” in 2016.
Setting the bar high for 2017 and beyond, Ceraadi has combined their talents with those of 3x Grammy-Nominated producer and songwriter Dem Jointz, by joining the roster of his new production company U Made Us What We Are. Dem Jointz, whose credits include Rihanna, Chris Brown, Dr. Dre, Janet Jackson and ScHoolboy Q, is determined to craft a “new sound” for the group that sets them apart from everything else. Dubbed the “TLC of the West”, Ceraadi’s fan base continues to grow at a rapid rate, and shows no sign of slowing down.
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Inspired by the likes of Janet Jackson and Aaliyah, Kayla Brianna Smith is a pop-oriented contemporary R&B vocalist who arrived during the early 2010s. A granddaughter of Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Gerry Goffin, and a daughter of former professional basketball player Kenny Smith, she was discovered by industry veteran Vincent Herbert (Lady Gaga, Tamar Braxton) and signed to Interscope.
Smith toured with Mindless Behavior and Jacob Latimore and recorded some material, including “Bombs Away” (2012) and the Meek Mill collaboration “I Got That” (2013), while with the major label. She subsequently went independent and increased her public profile on the scripted reality television series Meet the Smiths. A cover of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” (2014) produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis was followed by original material like “Honest” (2015) and “Do You Remember” (2015). The latter featured Rich Homie Quan and registered on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. ~ Andy Kellman
Tory Lanez was one of the more versatile commercial artists to surface during the early 2010s. A songwriter and producer who flits between and fuses R&B and rap — his vocals alternate between swift and rugged boasts and smooth and sensitive come-ons — he made steady strides toward the mainstream with numerous mixtapes, guest appearances, and self-directed videos. He spent parts of his early life in Toronto, his birthplace, as well as in Montreal, Miami, Atlanta, and New York.
Although he was known underground well before his 20th birthday, and was supported early on by Sean Kingston, he made some of his biggest moves in 2014. During that year, he was featured on “Me & My Bitch” — a track off YG’s Top Five album My Krazy Life — and among his own tracks that circulated in 2014 was “The Mission,” his first cut to hit Billboard’s Twitter Emerging Artists chart. In July 2015, after he had signed an Interscope-affiliated deal with Benny Blanco’s Mad Love label, he released “Say It,” an R&B slow jam that sampled Brownstone’s mid-’90s hit “If You Love Me” and peaked the following February at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. A handful of additional tracks, including the dancehall-flavored “Luv” — his second Hot 100 placement — led to his debut album I Told You, issued in August 2016. ~ Andy Kellman