With a knack for finding new angles to tried-and-true pop trends, Jason Derulo launched his career while still in his teens, first as a songwriter for other artists and later as a solo performer. Born to Haitian parents in Miramar, Florida, he started singing at an early age. He attended performing arts schools in Florida and took some early stabs at music composition, writing his first song at the age of eight. His writing skills began attracting attention, and by his teenage years, Derulo had begun composing tracks for artists like Lil Wayne, Pitbull, and Pleasure P. He also wrote “Bossy” for Birdman, a New Orleans-based rapper, and made a guest appearance on the song, highlighting his ability as a vocalist.
After signing to a subsidiary of Warner Bros., Derulo began making the transition from behind-the-scenes songwriter to mainstream performer. His first hit arrived during the summer of 2009, when he wrapped a sample of Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek” (a song made popular by its appearance in the second season finale of The O.C., as well as the Saturday Night Live sketch Dear Sister) around a sleek modern soul beat. Titled “Whatcha Say,” the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 and cracked the Top Ten in other territories, including Canada, Australia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K. A second single, “In My Head,” peaked at number five in the U.S., and Derulo’s full-length debut album arrived in early 2010.
Future History followed in 2011, along with its hit single “Don’t Wanna Go Home.” At the start of 2012, he embarked on the Future History Tour, but broke one of his vertebrae during rehearsals. As a result of his neck injury, he canceled the entire tour. Recuperating and reflecting upon his injury, he announced details of his new album and released the single “The Other Side” in April 2013. Derulo’s follow-up, “Talk Dirty,” featuring 2 Chainz, shot to number three on the pop chart during the summer of 2013, and the album Tattoos was released in September in most territories. The U.S. received a retooled version of the album in 2014 titled Talk Dirty. It featured several new tracks, including “Wiggle” featuring Snoop Dogg, which reached the Top Ten in the summer of 2014. With guest spots from Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and others, Everything Is 4 followed in 2015. The album featured the Top Ten single “Want to Want Me” and coincided with Derulo’s new job as judge on the 12th season of So You Think You Can Dance. The following year, his biggest singles were compiled for Platinum Hits. ~ Jason Thurston & Andrew Leahey
Chicago native, Jane Weyes, is a 20 year old musician and songwriter. Jane has been writing since the sixth grade and in 2015, she took her first steps towards her music career in Memphis, TN where she resided for a year. Armed with a creative process heavily emphasizing lyricism, Jane has transitioned from poetry, to singing, to rap –continuing to exemplify her passion and innovative versatility.
Now that she is back home, her sole mission is to make music with a meaning and a purpose and continue to learn more about herself through her craft. Weyes explains her love for making music as an effective healing process that allows her to freely express herself and connect with others on a deeper level. In her eyes, music is not one set thing. It can be fun at times and painful at others but it has the power to move an individuals spirit and that is what she loves. Jane wants to keep experimenting and have fun in the process as she continues to create more. Her focus is also never short of setting the proper example as an artist and an individual that inspires. She views her creative expression as her way to vent, her way to praise and everything in between. Weyes has plans on expanding her creative talents into an array of different areas and guarantees us this is only the beginning to her greatness.
Earning his cred as a producer before taking his music to the masses as a rapper/singer, Kent Jones is an artist signed to DJ Khaled‘s label, We the Best Entertainment. Born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida, Jones first became involved in music via his church, then his interests turned to jazz, a genre where he discovered the work of Quincy Jones. He later became interested in hip-hop, where he particularly admired the work of Dr. Dre and Timbaland, two bass-oriented producers who influenced Jones‘ own booming productions. After working with Ace Hood, DJ Traphouse, and other local artists, he was called up to the majors by DJ Khaled. Now signed to We the Best Entertainment as a triple threat — producer, singer, and rapper — Jones released his single, “Don’t Mind,” and appeared alongside Ace Hood and Vado on Khaled‘s cut “365.” The latter landed on the NBA 2K16 video game soundtrack. “Don’t Mind” would go on to be one of the biggest hits in 2016, rising into the Top 10 of the Billboard 200, hitting number one on the Rap charts and surpassing over 162 million streams by the summer.