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.
Brooklyn-based musician G4SHi embraces being a natural-born tastemaker by creating forward-thinking mood music laced with the genuine intention of inspiring others through his story and perspective as a first-generation Albanian American.
Whether G4SHi is singing, rapping, producing or directing music videos, all in a distinctive style entirely his own, his strengths as an artist lie in his unapologetic sense of self and his God-given ability to resonate emotionally with others.
As G4SHi carries out his destiny to craft his best work possible, his consistent execution of his creative vision continues to elevate him from refugee to revolutionary with each passing day.
Actor and pop-R&B vocalist Jacob Latimore got his first taste of fame at a very young age, when his first single, the 2005 release “Best Friend,” was played on Radio Disney. Placed in Radio Disney’s Incubator program, Latimore performed with fellow child artists and appeared on Maury Povich’s nationally televised talk show. Latimore and his family subsequently moved from their native Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Atlanta, Georgia for the sake of advancing his budding entertainment career. His next single, “Superstar,” was co-written and co-produced by Rico Love; it peaked at number 84 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in September 2007.
Additional strides were made in 2010, when Latimore signed with the Jive label and appeared in the film Vanishing on 7th Street. Even though he had inked a major recording contract, he continued to act, with appearances on the television series Read Between the Lines and The Finder. He also released a series of mixtapes, including 2009’s I Am the Future. Another single, “Like ‘Em All,” enjoyed an extended stay on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart and reached number 55 in December 2011.
The suggestive (if respectful) “You Come First,” released the following summer, also charted. Featuring guest vocals from T-Pain, the single “Heartbreak Heard Around the World” followed in 2014. Latimore returned in 2015 with another single, “The Climb,” which also appeared on his debut album Connection. Released in 2016, it included the IshDARR collaboration “The Real.” ~ Andrew Kellman
Frank Ocean shares the remix version to his track “Chanel” featuring A$AP Rocky.
Where the intersections of the DMV collide, GoldLink is a direct product. The first time 21-year-old GoldLink picked up a mic was only three years ago in his hometown and he has no intentions of putting it down. The emcee is piloting the “Future Bounce” genre, accruing over one million plays on his Soundcloud and capturing the attention of an entire industry with this first project, The God Complex, which released in late spring of 2014.
GoldLink’s sound is densely weighted with shimmering polyrhythmic sounds, constructed with formidable producers like Kaytranada, Lakim and Louie Lastic. His sound milks nostalgic cuts of 90s hip-hop and R&B and the area’s natural go-go heritage with transcending circadian drops of EDM and Afro-Caribbean drum patterns. GoldLink’s raps are calculated, tackling them with a roller-coaster delivery, with a distinct voice and unmeasurable cadence. With his unyielding charm, Goldlink tackles his own battles of social and cultural injustice, pursuing a relatable voice of romantic instability. Without relying on talent alone, GoldLink has studied rap’s hierarchy, building his biting flow that’s quicker than a salesman and fouler than a sailor. Citing Edgar Allan Poe, Grimes, and Pink Floyd as his main influences, GoldLink’s subject matter highlights dealing cocaine, gun-toting friends, an absent father, and the general hardship of growing up in the ghetto.
With only one full project (The God Complex) under his belt, he has still been able to receive the support of outlets like FADER, Complex, Noisey, Shade 45 and VSCO––which documented GoldLink’s meeting with Def Jam co-founder Rick Rubin at his Malibu-based Shangri La studio. The recognition spread further than the web, as GoldLink played several showcases at SXSW, including one alongside the future-bounce conglomerates at Soulection, touring with electronic-producer SBTRKT and is now finally headlining his own US tour in summer 2015. The short career of GoldLink thus far has shown him relative success, winning crowds over with his explosive energy that’s engaging at each live show. As he prepares for his follow-up project, we are all excited to watch, experience, and dance to his progression.