Posts Tagged ‘R&B’

This Is 50 covers New Orleans original Roca B

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

Stage Name: Roca B

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana (USA)

Favorite Food: Gumbo (very fitting)

Current Project(s): “I Can Be the One” & “Where My Ladies At”

New Orleans, Louisiana has some of the most amazing talent on Planet Earth. And the city keeps secrets. Unlike Las Vegas, where everything kind of stays there, New Orleans often times unleashes those secrets on the world – and so it is with the entertainer who goes by the name of Roca B.

Whether it’s a performance with super dope trumpeter Shamarr Allen, or the call and chant expert Big Choo, or even some of mainstream music’s brightest stars, Roca B is putting in work and gaining a huge amount of recognition for just that.

We caught up with Roca B and here’s what he had to say:

Tell us about yourself – who is Roca B and what makes you tick?

ROCA B: I am the soul of R&B and music is my life. Listening to great music of any kind gets me moving.

New Orleans ia a talent mecca. How does being from there influence your style and art? What does it do for your grind and hustle?

ROCA B: Coming from the Birthplace of Jazz, that automatically influenced me because the music is everywhere. As a child I would walk in the French Quarters just to hear the music and see people dancing and moving to the sounds.

What sets you apart from other artists?

ROCA B: I have the uncanny ability to sound like any artist. I also can sing over any beat in at almost any speed.

Who all have you worked with?

ROCA B: I have worked with artists such as Kidd Kidd, Curren$y, Mr. Marcelo, Calliope Var, Bigg Choo, UTP Skip, Kourtney Heart, Joker, P-Town Moe – the list goes on.

Where can we expect to see your career in 5 years?

ROCA B: You can expect my career to be at the top of the musical charts.

Do you have hopes of getting into any other avenue(s) of entertainment?

ROCA B: Yes, I have always been into acting. I’ve been taking acting classes since seventh grade. Acting and music is where my heart is.

What will we be seeing in the future that will make us say, “Roca B” is so unique?

ROCA B: My unique way of singing will have goosebumps going up your arms. My tone will have you in tears.

Social media/website/contact info?

You can follow me on IG, Twitter and Snapchat – @rocabdasinger and on Facebook – Brandon Roca B McQuietor. Subscribe to my You Tube channel as well – Roca B.

(Source: ThisIs50.com)

Singer Ambré Perkins garners over 500K hits in less than a week

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

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New Orleans singer Ambré Perkins is something special – and now the world is coming to find out just how amazing her talent is – and her popularity is growing immensely.

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With the release last month of her EP “Wanderlust”, Perkins showed there is something new and fresh in R&B music. With crossover appeal, amazing songwriting skills and a voice like none other, she is becoming extremely popular among listeners of every genre. This past Thursday, she released “Preach” along with Atlantic Records signee Kehlani, and the internet exploded with excitement.  She was recently interviewed by RevoltTV (https://revolt.tv/news/ambre-perkins-finds-her-purpose-through-music/2330CE3F-97ED-4B63-95F0-D59C1B7A07FC).  Hundreds of other media outlets have reviewed her recent work, to much fanfare.

Check Ambré Perkins out & definitely, don’t sleep on her!

FREE EP DOWNLOAD:  TheMusicStaff.org

Instagram: @ambreperkins

Twitter: @ambreperkins

Snapchat: indiaperkins

 

 

 

 

(HEAT EXCLUSIVE) Meet Anthony Daniels, multi-talented entertainer

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Indie artists – particularly those from urban genres – are always looking for ways to gain exposure. Don’t ever let anybody tell you it’s easy for them, because it is not. More often than not, venues that provide exposure for indie artists, seem to do what they can to take advantage – but not all of them.

I support artists because I am one. That is my humanitarian effort.

Enter Anthony Daniels a/k/a Moose Harris. This Louisiana native performs just about every task you can imagine when it comes to helping artists, a list that includes himself. He’s an artist, but also so much more, including entrepreneuer, producer, promoter, and radio host.

There just is not much Anthony does not do – and he works hard to help others. That’s the beauty of what he does – you only need to pay a little bit of attention to discover that he is in it to help artists.

Can you imagine if the Occupy Movement was Hip-hop based?

We caught up with this busy young man to see what all he is getting into these days. Let’s just say “busy” does not begin to describe him. He is a jack of all trades when it comes to the entertainment industry. We salute him and his hard work!

Here’s our interview:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Tell our readers what all you do.

ANTHONY DANIELS: (Laughs) That is a long answer. The short version is the only thing that I don’t do in the music business is DJ on turntables – yet! I am an artist (Singer, MC, 3 Instrument Musician), producer, company owner (Urban Groovz Records & Advanced Associates Solutions), show/event producer (The SIIMPle Circuit & The Track Meet), and radio show producer/host (Urban Flosarus & The Grapevine).

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: You strongly support indie artists & for that, you deserve some applause. What gives you that drive & how did you start out showing support for those artists?

ANTHONY DANIELS: I support artists because I am one. That is my humanitarian effort. About 75-80% of what I do in support is donated time, not on a pay scale – probably more than that. What most artists don’t realize is that there is more than just recording your music. That is the easy part. The work and drive – and I do mean drive, because Louisiana for example, is smaller than most make it. 4 Hours driving should be nothing – it takes that to make a proper name for oneself and to help others; instead of all these individual cliques of companies takes spending & losing money, and making next level sacrifices.


THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Who were your musical influences?

ANTHONY DANIELS: I am a Motown Historian, so that music is first! Second actually would be 80’s New Wave – when MTV and VH1 were actual video channels. But a bunch of music genres and artists – Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic, MJ, Stevie Wonder, Wyclef Jean, Missy Elliot, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, James Brown, and The Roots. Production wise, Holland Dozier Holland & The Corporation (Motown), those that worked with Stax, especially the late 60’s and early 70’s, Quincy Jones, Mannie Fresh, Timbaland, RZA, Rick Rubin, and George Clinton.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Where do you hope to see hip hop & urban music as a whole, in 5-10 years?

ANTHONY DANIELS: I want to see a bigger blending of music. Hopefully there is more philosophy in the street side of Rap – not talking about what is being done, but why and what can be done. I just want my people regardless of color, to get smarter – to work together. Can you imagine if the Occupy Movement was Hip-hop based?

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: You’ve been doing this for a while – how much do you think social media has impacted how music is distributed?

ANTHONY DANIELS: Social media and the internet has been a gift and a curse. The gift is to not need the suit-and-ties to do like music was in the 40’s and 50’s “Race Records” Era. People can release on their own terms. For the same reasons is the curse – the market is so flooded now because ANYBODY can just about do it. It’s too much DIY.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: If you could have a roundtable discussion with any group of people involved in the entertainment industry, who all would that include & why?

ANTHONY DANIELS: Berry Gordy for the historical influence; representatives from Hollywood to find out why the black people always get killed first, and why aren’t there more majority black casts; representatives from Clear Channel and Cumulus so they release that stranglehold on all these radio stations, Payola (that’s been illegal for the last 60 years) and the MTV and Billboard charts.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What’s in store for your company & you in the near future? In the next 2-5 years?

ANTHONY DANIELS: Expansion of the SIIMPle (Support Intelligent Independent Music People) Circuit, syndication for my 2 radio shows, make more music for myself, introduce more artists for their opportunity, and hopefully eventually get some financial benefit.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Tell our readers how they can access your shows.

ANTHONY DANIELS: My new radio show is “THE GRAPEVINE”. I’m playing a mix of R&B, Soul, Blues, Jazz, and more. It’s on KDOL 96.1, Livingston, Texas from 6-8 pm on Sundays. Online tune in at www.kdol961.com. My show “URBAN FLOSARUS” is still on Wednesdays from 10pm-Midinight on KSCL 91.3 Shreveport. Online access is at www.kscl.fm.

Dubai fountains synched with Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ (VIDEO)

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

(EXCLUSIVE) PALLO DA JIINT: No Limit Forever (VIDEO)

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

In the 1990’s, a musical dynasty rose to power – one that was responsible for catapulting many New Orleans area music artists and industry professionals into the limelight. Though many of the artists signed to No Limit Records were already regionally known, the label caused those “No Limit Soldiers” to become internationally known troops.

To this day, those artists put out some of the most memorable music ever to be heard and they most definitely helped shape and put the stamp on Down South music.

The “colonel” of the original No Limit Records was none other than Percy “Master P” Miller himself, who built the label from the ground up. The label has been rebuilt and remixed and is now known as No Limit Forever, with the reigns being handed over to Master P’s son, popular entertainer Romeo Miller. Together with his team, No Limit Forever is rising to the next level.

No Limit Forever is coming with new artists, new material and a fresh new look, as they prepare to take 2012 by storm. Its lineup includes a lot of new faces, as well as underground legend and New Orleans native, Pallo Da Jiint.

Pallo Da Jiint has been a sought after artist for quite some time, having done features with countless legends. Part of underground hit group, Street Runners, Pallo parlayed his talent into quite a successful indie career. His talent really came to light following Hurricane Katrina, when he was featured on one of the most heartfelt Katrina dedications, “Long Way From Home” by Roi “Chip” Anthony. Anthony is a veteran in the music industry and when those two came together on that song, it was musical magic. For anybody who experienced Katrina or was close to the situation, it was an accurate expression of what it truly was to “miss” New Orleans.

To say Pallo Da Jiint is a busy man these days, is quite an understatement. The Heat slowed Pallo down long enough to get an interview – here’s what he had to say:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Tell our readers who Pallo Da Jiint is?

PALLO DA JIINT: Pallo Da Jiint aka Giant – yesssiiiirrrr! I’m a native of New Orleans’ Mid City/Carrolton Avenue area. Can’t say much, but I am New Orleans to the tenth power. To the readers that know, I was born at Hotel Dieu Hospital. That pretty much rapp that up. I’m strong, driven and determined and wit a swagger like “whoa” – now it’s a rapp!!!

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What new projects are you currently working on?

PALLO DA JIINT: Well, back in 2011, I was working on my second solo indie album, “Better Believe It”, That Street Runner Life! But, I got pleasantly interrupted by my now boss “Master P” and “Roi Chip Anthony” to pack up and let’s make history speech, so guess what I did? Pulled the plug on the indie work and got ready for the majors. Master P flew me and Chip to L.A. and let me loose in the Batcave and now, we’re gettin ready to drop multiple major mixtapes, for one – the Master P Mixtape “TMZ” – Too Many Zeroes. I have a record on there called “DUMBSH%*” that’s beating the streets up rite now. This movement gonna turn the Hip Hop scene in and out. My mixtape titled, “Dat Heat Rock” My Whip Game Sick will be droppin in the spring. Let me tell ya – SMH to the old and get ready for the new 2012 is No Limit Forever Time. Sorry Rap Game for the interruption. Like they say, “What goes around come back like Holidays and Birthdays!”


THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What new projects are you currently working on? How does it feel to be on board with the new version of what was one of the greatest labels ever?

PALLO DA JIINT: All I can say about my No Limit Forever Fam is like how the fans feel – to enjoy the endless projects, movies, tours, clothing, television show, BBTV Network – about anything you can imagine in entertainment from us from 2012 on. As to how I feel – one word – “Blessed” – that all the work and sacrifice I put in for years, finally came around to help create the Biggest Comeback in Hip Hop History. In my Master P voice, “I Can Smell The Money” until I have “TMZ” – too many zeroes. Leggo!!!

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Growing up, who were your musical influences?

PALLO DA JIINT: For me, New Orleans rap artists from 1988-2001, from Master P of course, Gregory D to Pimp Daddy, Magnolia Slim, Lokee, U.N.L.V, and R.I.P to my homie, Tim Smooth, and the ones who started and influenced the two biggest labels in the Hip Hop game from New Orleans – No Limit Forever  and Cash Money Records. There’s not a person from anywhere in the country – better yet the world – who hasn’t heard music from any one of these labels. Now, if that’s not influence, I don’t know what is!!!

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: As we understand it, you’re very multi-faceted. Also, you’ve done features with a lot of legends – tell us about that.

PALLO DA JIINT: As for me, I’m not just an artist. I also produce, engineer, do computer graphics, video editing, promotion including concert promoting, and I’m also an actor. I’ve worked with a lot of entertainers. To name a few, the whole entire No Limit Fam, Master P, Lil Wayne, BG, Magnolia Chop, B Real, the Late Great Pimp C, and my brother from another mother “Roi Chip Anthony”, just to name a few!!!

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What can we expect to see from you in the next several years?

PALLO DA JIINT: What you can expect from me? Street Runner Music and No Limit Forever is History being made – a whole new breath of fresh air, filling the void that’s been missing in Hip Hop, RnB, Pop – in the ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY PERIOD!!! 2012 is here now. It’s time to change the game!!! NLF………………………

EDITOR’S NOTE: Be on the lookout for Pallo Da Jiint & No Limit Forever. They’re making big moves in the entertainment industry once again! You can follow Pallo Da Jiint on the following social media outlets:

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/pallodajiint

NO LIMIT FOREVER: http://www.nolimitforever.com/

TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/pallodajiint

YOU TUBE: http://youtu.be/qy4hfMUw58I

Redbone Shawty’s Timeless Tuesdays– Good Music

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Happy Tuesday errbody! Music has always been a universal language. Though times have changed, good music remains the same. Today’s most popular artists sample music from artists of yester year. There’s something about old school R&B crooners. Their style and originality has inspired all genres of music.

From the smooth melodic voice of Teddy Pendergrass to the funky sounds of Rick James, artists like Busta Rhymes and Snoop Dogg reinvent the past. Proving the point that good music is timeless. Check out an oldie but goodie from Otis Redding, ‘These Arms of Mine’… Enjoy!
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KOURTNEY HEART: The Fresh Face & Heart of R&B

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

The Beautiful & Talented Kourtney Heart

“Always be yourself and don’t allow anyone to steal your joy.” – Kourtney Heart

On the heels of her back-to-back performances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The Heat Magazine caught up with 17-year old R&B sensation, Kourtney Heart – and what a privilege it was to have the opportunity to speak with Kourtney.

Kourtney Heart is not only a beautiful New Orleans native with an amazing voice, but she is also a humble soul with a heart of gold. She speaks with a fervor and genuine love for her fans and fellow artists alike, and she gives props to the man above for her success.  Kourtney has been entertaining since the tender age of 3.

Kourtney Heart is an artist to watch, as she is on a mission. Charismatic and intelligent, this is one young lady who is poised to be a success in all of her endeavors.

At her recent appearance at the world renowned New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, she performed two days in a row – an honor only a few artists receive. Kourtney is one to always draw a crowd and from what we understand, she certainly did not disappoint. Her fans adore her and it’s not hard to figure out why. Our interview with Kourtney was a breath of fresh air – here’s what she had to say:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Who is Kourtney Heart?

KOURTNEY HEART: I’m 17 years old, I just graduated on May 19th, and I’ve been singing since I was 3 years old. I was in a youth organization where teenagers got together and re-wrote popular songs to raise awareness about drugs in our communities, dealing with teens and teen pregnancies. I was in that since I was 11 years old and I’m still involved with the organization. I love to give back to my community. I’ll be at Essence this summer in the Superlounge.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Tell our readers something else they might not know about Kourtney Heart.

KOURTNEY HEART: I hate spiders. (Laughs) My favorite color is yellow.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: How was it to work with Magnolia Shorty?

KOURTNEY HEART: Magnolia Shorty brought so much life to not only my single “My Boy”, but to the City of New Orleans since she was 12 years old. She’s been rapping and in the music game – everyone knew her. Everyone from different generations knew of Magnolia Shorty. Her being on my track was just a blessing because she was such a sweet person. I didn’t really know her too well, but we got a chance to really know each other and to be around each other when we performed the song at certain venues. She was so sweet when I first met her in the studio when she laid down her rap on the song. From what I know, she was just so sweet and so humble. She was completely different than Magnolia Shorty on the track because her music was really outgoing and really just outspoken and she was actually quiet and shy. I thought that’s what was really cool about her. She was quiet and she was so nice. She talked to me about how long she was working in the music business and she told me how much she really liked the song. Because of her, she was the New Orleans lifestyle to my song. She traveled the song, “My Boy” and she traveled the song in the whole community of New Orleans. I loved her.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Do you have a message you would like to send out to young people?

KOURTNEY HEART: Just to the youth period, all over the world – just continue to be yourselves and love your life. Just live your life and keep God first. No matter what you’re doing – if you’re still in school, if you’re chasing a goal, if you’re living a dream – no matter what situation you’re in, just always keep God first. Make sure that you don’t allow anyone to steal your joy, no matter what it is. Always remember that you have to enjoy your life because it’s your life that you’re living. I love positive spirits and I surround myself with positive people. I think that’s a plus with my success. I just look at my peers and my generation that’s growing up and I just want everyone to continue to be positive, to surround themselves with positive people and always do the best they can at being them.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Where will we see Kourtney Heart in 5 years?

KOURTNEY HEART: In 5 years, you will definitely be seeing a lot of Kourtney Heart. Hopefully, you’re not tired of seeing me yet. In 5 years, I see myself with 2 albums already, just continuing to put out music that my fans love – just continuing to satisfy my fans and having a broad fan base and then growing with me. The sky’s the limit for me. I see myself receiving an award – a BET or MTV award. It doesn’t matter. I see myself continuing to work, because I’m a really hard worker. I also see the vision of community of New Orleans that I could open up my own veterinarian shop because I really love animals. I see that, too.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Is that something you’re thinking about doing?

KOURTNEY HEART: I really wanted to be a singer, a veterinarian and an astronaut when I was younger. I did really, really well with the singing part. I always joked with my mom and told her, “When I get to the level I want to reach, being an entertainer and singer in the industry, I’ll handle the animals and then I’ll go off to astronaut school. I always joked with her about that. I don’t want to branch off into too many different things because I want to continue to do my best in music. I want to get my name as big as I can because this is the way I came out in music. Once I reach a certain level of success, I want to start branching off into other things. I would love to open up my own veterinarian shop because I love animals.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: How did it feel to come home to New Orleans to play the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and to be invited for the Essence Festival and into the Superlounge?

KOURTNEY HEART: I am completely honored, but also shocked. I’m only 17 and I haven’t been out that long, unlike the rest of the artists who have been blessed to perform on the same stages on which I’ve been invited to perform. I think I was on the same with Maze. Frankie Beverly is a legend. I was allowed to be on the Congo Square stage two days in a row, which from what I hear, not a lot of people do that. I was thanking God the whole time. I was blessed and honored because not only did I perform that Thursday and Friday, but the crowd was loving me. It just felt so good to be appreciated and to know that my hometown still appreciates my music. It was just a really great set. I had a lot of fun on stage. I didn’t feel like I was working at all – just to see everyone rocking with me and singing the words to my songs.  It was just amazing. The two days in a row I was just blessed and honored and just thankful.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What can we expect to see from you at the Essence Festival?

KOURTNEY HEART: In the beginning of this year, 2011, I went to Atlanta to go through Artist Development, and that was for about a month and a half to two months. I was just basically developing my artistry to become a better artist, bettering my craft. When I came back to New Orleans to perform for Jazz Fest, a lot of people noticed the difference in Kourtney Heart. My show is more advanced. Essence is in July and I’m dancing now, so I can honestly say my fans will be surprised and shocked what I have in store for them for my show. I don’t want to give too much away, but just know that the show is bigger and better than the usual cute little Kourtney Heart singing on the stage. I’ll actually have more choreography and my voice is a little stronger because of vocal lessons. I’m having more fun on stage so that will be really good. I’m nervous, but I’m excited to see the outcome of Essence.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE:  We wish Kourtney the best of luck in her journey. We know she will get where she is going, as she is a humble, hardworking young woman who is already well on her way on that proverbial path to success.


ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: DeJuan Turrentine

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

“Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory.” – Sir Thomas Beecham

Talented artists often come a dime a dozen.  Some have to find just the right niche in which to fit, some need a little luck getting the break they’re seeking at just the right time, and still others have drive and determination that allows for them touch their fans with such a force, that their music is permanently imprinted in the minds of all who witness their talent.  And so it is with DeJuan Turrentine.

24-year old DeJuan Turrentine is a man on a mission and it won’t be long before his journey pays off. The California native with stunning good looks is the nephew of legendary jazz saxophonist, Stanley Turrentine. Being surrounded by music growing up, it was only natural that entertainment was DeJuan’s chosen career path. In addition to being a recording artist and brilliant performer, DeJuan is also an actor, model and songwriter whose true passion is showcasing his skills in live performances.

Having attended various acting schools in his younger years, DeJuan landed national leads for top companies including Sprite and Reebok. He has had dominant roles in several films, including “Way Past Cool“, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and “Down To the Last Minute.”

DeJuan’s musical influences are as broad and diverse as the artist himself and include R&B, Pop and Country Music artists such as Patti Labelle, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Garth Brooks, and Whitney Houston. He is a classically trained pianist who has mastered the art of production. DeJuan and his brother own Blaque Rose, a production company, and they are currently working on the first single for artist J Blue featuring Snoop Dogg.

DeJuan has been privileged to have the opportunity to write songs for Usher and Whitney Houston, along with various other artists. He is a driven, phenomenal artist who has already taken on more in the youth of his career than most seasoned performers.

Pay attention because this is a rising star you don’t want to miss! You can follow DeJuan on Twitter – @DEJUAN_

PHENOM 101: Jive Recording Artist K. Michelle

Monday, April 4th, 2011

The Phenomenal K. Michelle

“I just want to be a voice and I just want people to hear my story.” – Jive Recording Artist/Phenom, K. Michelle

Uplifting: inspirational; offering or providing hope, encouragement, salvation, etc.

Uplifting” is definitely the word that The Heat Magazine will use to describe R&B sensation, K. Michelle.

She is down to earth, intelligent, humble, inspirational, and most importantly, she loves and appreciates her fans. K. Michelle is one artist you definitely want to watch – she is making moves and doing some really colossal things.  It won’t be long before she is a household name.

Signed to Jive Records, K. Michelle‘s new single is entitled, aptly enough, “How Many Times“. The song was written by Sean Garrett and produced by Blac Elvis. K. Michelle will release “Pain Medicine” later this year, an album that is poised to take the music world by storm.

The Heat Magazine had the opportunity to speak with K. Michelle recently.  Here’s what she had to say:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Tell us a little about yourself.

K. MICHELLE: I’m a single mother and a college graduate from Florida A&M.  I am also the protégée of Mr. R. Kelly – Robert Kelly.  I’m signed to Jive Records and I’m a songwriter, producer and singer.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Impressive. Tell us the idea behind your single that was recently released. What brought you to make such a song?

K. MICHELLE: Well, the song actually was written by Sean Garrett.  He’s amazing when it comes to bringing things to life. Basically what happened was that we sat down for a couple of days before we came up with this song. He doesn’t just like to write. He likes to know what the artist is going through. He talked to me about a lot of different things that I was going through. As individuals, we have to ask ourselves how many times we have to go through the same stuff before there’s a better way. I was just saying how my life has been a cycle and I’m just trying to get it in order, so that’s where “How Many Times” came from.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Tell our readers what you’d like them to know about you.

K. MICHELLE: Just that I love them. I take a lot of time with my fans. I actually have a number where they call me. I am a fan friendly person. I need them because they give me motivation because some days I’m down and they uplift me just as much as they say I uplift them. I take a lot of time with my fans. For people who don’t know me, you can follow my Twitter and Facebook accounts, and you’ll see that I spend a huge amount of time for my fans.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: How is working with R. Kelly? That must be incredible.

K. MICHELLE: It is. It’s definitely amazing. You know when I’d be in there, I’d have to pinch myself – “Is this really R. Kelly?” – and when he would call, I would think, “Wow, this is really R. Kelly.” It’s amazing. I’ve learned so much. I’ve grown a lot and I’m just really grateful to him for everything he’s done for me. He’s taught me a lot about just being a woman in the business and about this not being a popularity contest like it is for so many now. It’s more about just creating the music and the package and it’ll connect when it connects. You have to focus on giving the people something they can feel.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Where would you like to see your career in 5 years?

K. MICHELLE: In about 5 years, I would like to be developed and be able to do all the different kinds of music that I love. When you just start off, you have to build and you give them a little bit. I’m just getting my feet wet. I love country music. I’d like to do maybe even an urban-type country album – just different things. I want my son to be good. I want to take care of my mama because she’s helped me so much with my son – my mom and my father. I just want to have peace of mind.

 

Make sure to check out K. Michelle‘s new single, “How Many Times.”

Check out K. Michelle‘s websites:

www.kmichellemusic.com

www.kmichellefans.com

Follow K. Michelle on Twitter: www.twitter.com/kmichelle

 

 

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Jru-Starz

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Jru-Starz

Million dollar smile, talent, gifted, southern charm, and a graceful, soothing voice – these are just a few attributes describing R&B artist Jru-Starz.

Jru-Starz has a sound that takes his listeners to a whole different plane.  He tells The Heat Magazine that his music was inspired by Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Usher, Ginuwine, John Legend, Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, and Al Greene.  His sound is a mixture of classic soul with a contemporary twist.  Jru-Starz is a singer and songwriter, in addition to being a talented dancer and actor.  His versatility takes him to a whole other level.

Jru-Starz tells us that his songs inspire true love, reality and change. His inspiration comes from “heart and life experiences” and his innovative dance style incorporates hip-hop, modern, ballet, and jazz.
Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, Jru-Starz began his singing career in a church choir that was directed by his mother.  It was not long after that time period that he discovered the talents of the legendary Michael Jackson.  After studying Jackson’s amazing delivery and putting his own spin on it, Jru-Starz began entering many local talent shows and school productions.  His fan base and local celebrity began to grow.  Throughout it all, he remained loyal to his community by being a positive and respectable role model to the youth coming up in his area.

Jru-Starz is currently unsigned and is working on some major projects.  He won the “We Hear the Future” showcase and competition at the 2006 Billboard Awards, before appearing on BET’s 106 & Park as the spotlight performer in April of 2009.  He has also opened for legendary artists that include KC & JoJo, Lyfe Jennings, Anthony Hamilton, and Mary J. Blige.

Jru-Starz also continues to work with his mentor, Roi Anthony of Lafayette, Louisiana, a multi-talented musician who most definitely holds his own.

Jru-Starz tells The Heat Magazine that he is “the type of artist whose passion for music will not allow” him to do anything less than to go above and beyond to create quality music. He writes and vocally arranges the majority of his songs.

Jru-Starz’s acting resume includes many roles, the most memorable of which were supporting roles in Tyler Perry’s “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” and “Mama I Want to Sing” starring Ciara.  He is waiting for the right opportunity to present itself so that he can once again show off his thespian talent.

Jru-Starz makes sure to give props to God for blessing him with his many talents and for allowing him to experience all life has to offer.  The Heat Magazine sees this handsome and extremely talented young man going far in his chosen profession.

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