Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Justin Ruff is an up-and-coming R&B artist currently based in Chicago, IL. Bridging the gap between old school and today’s mainstream music, Justin offers a refreshing detour from the current state of R&B. His talent has garnered the attention of SoulTrain.com, ABC Windy City LIVE and Chicago’s #1 radio station WGCI 107.5, to name a few; he is well on his way to becoming a household name.
Ivan Ellis is a Chicago-based singer, actor, and entertainer. Currently, he has a principle role on FOX’s hit series Empire. Ivan has had much success as an actor securing roles on national television series, such as Empire and Chicago PD. He has also earned principle roles in numerous stage plays and played the lead in the movie “You & Me”. As a vocalist, Ivan has shared the stage with various notable artists such as Brandy, Raheem DaVaughn, Lil Kim, LeToya Luckett and Syleena Johnson. He is gearing up to release his first EP this spring with the first single scheduled for release in March.
R&B songstress Jasmine Jordan interviews with The Steez as she sets to launch her solo EP, “Time Travel,” due to drop January 17, 2015. The singer songwriter embodies a soulful and silky voice that is a treat to the ears. Formally a part of a college band she has performed many acts, the biggest would be opening for none other than soul singer India Arie. Now in pursuit of her solo career the now Cali native originally from Olympia, Washington is on a mission to make a lasting impression on the music scene.
Ethiopian American singer/songwriter Hewan was raised in the bay area of Northern California by immigrant parents. After graduating from San Jose State University, she was one of 10 candidates recruited into a specialized marketing program at Cisco Systems. She worked hard and saved for three years so she could pursue her music career in Los Angeles.
She recently released her debut album entitled, "When the Music Stops Playing"--an urban pop EP with an upbeat sound and positive message. She believes strongly in the power of self-confidence, and the transformative effect music.
After a private listening party at Universal Mastering Studios where she was compared to the likes of India Arie and Lauryn Hill, HEWAN officially released her debut record on 9/8 at The Hotel Cafe. The sold-out venue’s attendees included industry professionals and A&Rs executives.
A true triple threat, Marga Lane is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Upon graduating from the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, she moved to Los Angeles to further pursue her career as a performing artist and songwriter. Marga Lane has turned her focus from writing for other artists, to writing for herself. Most recently, she released her first EP entitled, Expressions, which is available on iTunes. Previously, she has released music videos for her singles, "Rebound" and “Believe.”
Marga Lane has played in support of singer/songwriter, Ron Pope in Los Angeles at The Roxy and Columbia recording artists, Valencia in Boston at Northeastern University. Other venues in Los Angeles include, The Sayers Club, Foundation Room – House of Blues, R&B Live, The Lowes Hotel, Café Entourage, The Hotel Café, Room 5, The Athena Lounge, and Molly Malones. She has performed in a multitude of capacities ranging from musical theater productions to smaller, more intimate venues, such as the Bitter End in New York City and FAB Restaurant in Mt. Kisco, NY.
“Alterius non sit qui suus esse potest” .. a Latin phrase for “let no man belong to another that can belong to himself” is a motto artist/producer/entrepreneur King Norman III lives by. The Chicago native launched BYOB4Life after quitting his job to pursue his dreams in hopes of inspiring others to do the same through his music and philanthropic efforts.
In 2008 Norman launched BYOB4life, a boutique record label/management company with the intent of furthering the music careers of his friends while still working a full-time job. ”From the beginning I found out the music business was more business than music so I took a step back from creating.” Norman dove in promoting and booking shows for his friends but his work ethic was not matched by his peers.. “I wanted it more for them than they wanted it for themselves. I was promoting & booking shows, setting up photo shoots, studio time and they wouldn’t show. So to prove a point I gathered all my resources and released my own independent album on my own label.”
Detroit bred emcee Adam Reverie ( Reverie meaning - to be lost in thought or in a dreamy state) has been consistently making hits these past couple of years. His dynamic flow and array of content makes him stand out as a work of art. A true artist that uses music as a form of therapy. Adam Reverie is no newbie to this game, he has been fine tuning his skills since 2005 so don’t be surprised when you hear his lyrical arsenal. Currently, Mr. Rev is gearing up for his fall project, "Father, Son, Brother, Friend", that should be nothing less than amazing judging from his music already in circulation.
Everything you hear on the singer/songwriter’s self-produced albums – acoustic and electric guitars, piano, drums, bass, synthesized horns and string parts – is Dave Patten. Rarely does a musician have the ability and talent to synchronize each aspect of his tracks to the exact specifications of his creative vision.
Yet Dave’s vocals alone make him a standout. His rock-style voice, combined with hip-hop beats, set him apart from the multitude of like-sounding musicians. Dave’s hit the collective pulse with songs like “Wait Jenny” from his fifth album Boomerang and “How Good ft. Meek Mill” and “Echo” from his sixth and most recent album Exposure. Reflective, soulful, and powerful, they embody just one side of his artistic expression.
Dave’s music has a wide Internet presence. His YouTube videos garner over 7.0 MILLION page views. In fact, multi-platinum selling artist Wyclef Jean saw Dave’s adaptation of his song “Sweetest Girl” and invited Dave to open for him at Atlantic City’s House of Blues.
Hailing from the city of Philadelphia that has molded some of the greatest music careers in history, hip-hop artistAntwan Davis creative soul and lyricism comes natural. What started out as poems and stories in a high school English class later turned into songs, mixtapes and albums that would not only be heard but relate to the masses. As an independent artist Antwan Davis has released three albums including highly acclaimed Beyond the Music and Anita Baker Inspiration that reached over 20,000 downloads in only 2 months.
Antwan Davis has been featured on Philadelphia’s Hot 107.9 and numerous popular hip-hop Web sites including KevinNottingham, Vlad TV, Hip Hop Since 1987, Rhyme Street, and more. He has given some of the most dynamic performances at Philadelphia venues including Silk City and Club Fluid. Most recently, Antwan Davis performed in front of thousands at theLet It Bump Music Festival sponsored by Red Bull. The growth and versatility in his lyrics can be witnessed in every project Antwan Davis creates. With thousands of views on his latest video “The Zoo” in less than 48 hours of the release shows his fans match the passion for his music.
Introducing Raz Fresco, hailing from Toronto, ON one of hip hops emerging cities. As a rapper Raz has released 3 almost entirely self-produced mixtapes. Welcome To The Bakers Club,Laced Up(both hosted by Bricksquad's DJ Holiday, who's COMMISSION MUSIC GROUP he is also a part of) and his last project MCMXCV was hosted by DJ Don Cannon. These tapes have garnered a lot of positive response and were very well received by supporters of the ΒΛΚΞΓ$CLUΒ. Mr. Fresco, has also performed alongside acts such as Royce Da 5'9, A$AP Rocky, Phife Dawg, Juicy J, Curren$y and MORE. As a producer, Raz garnered credits for French Montana, Big Sean, Wale, BoB, Tyga, Mac Miller andmore, while contributing heavily to all ΒΛΚΞΓ$CLUΒ projects. The club is a music collective Raz founded in 2009 which is multinational (US & CANADIAN ARTIST) of 8 artist which has released 17+ mixtapes in the past 2 years. Also Raz has gained 850,00+ youtube views on his channel. Currently Raz is preparing to release his next project CakeyPocket$ which is entirely self-produced and has been almost a year in the making. May 11th is the official CakeyPocket$ release date.