I love to share what the talented people around me are doing to make their dreams and passions come true. Everything isn’t for everyone, but the overall message is the same. To get what you want out of life, you have to get up and go get it. Some of us work harder than others, and some of us know more than most. But the truth is, if you’re not sharing what you know instead of just saying you don’t like something, then you are just as much of a failure as the ones you judge. Check out these videos, network with these people, and share your love, support, or knowledge. This is the Baddest Creative Motivation!
GaptoothDiva interviews R&B Performing Artist, Francoise in Richmond’s Off The Hooka right before her LIVE performance at The Current. Francoise talks about inspiring her fans through love and laughter and how she plans to put a positive mark on the world through her career. Take a trip down memory lane with us as we listen to her talk about her down home inspirations and her love for music, family, and support. Follow her on www.twitter.com/francoisesings
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GaptoothDiva chops it up with one of Georgia’s hardest working independent artist, Athena Renee on how she perfected her craft, what inspires her to work harder, and her suggestions for new artist on preparing for the industry and its demands. It’s going down on GaptoothDiva Radio Tonight at 9pm EST. You don’t want to miss this!
This soulful artist is rising fast in one of the most prominent music capital undergrounds in the world, Atlanta GA.
Athena Renee’s blend of Soul, Jazz, R&B and storytelling leaves a permanent mark on everyone that listens. Athena’s brand likes to take the audience out their current mindset into a whole new journey. Athena’s main influences are Betty Wright, Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Mary J Blige, Queen Latifah, Kanye West, Nina Simone, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. The list goes on and on…
Athena’s love for music has moved many people. Often performing at the banquets, weddings, open mics, talent showcases, and sporting events, Athena had gained a name for herself within her home town. Athena’s first break came when Grammy Nominated Gospel Recording Artist,
Troy Sneed, came to her town looking for the new young artist to lead a solo for Georgia Mass Choir’s Youth for Christ’s ” It’s My Desire” . Soon after, she began writing & ghostwriting for many local artist. She has written for Grammy Award Winning artists such as Keith Sweat, Coko of the famous group SWV.
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Espy is one of today’s most exciting and talked about Indie artist in the nation today. This singer/songwriter is making a huge buzz everywhere. His love for music started at the early age of 4 singing everything from Michael Jackson to Bon Jovi, Espy knew then that being a entertainer was what he had to be, it was in his blood. Espy started singing all original music at 13 singing ,dancing in every talent show he could be involved in. The thing that amazed people is that he was singing songs written by himself which was not known of much at that time. In his early 20′s Espy decided he had to make a major turn in his career where he traveled a lot more trying to be heard and seen by fans any and everywhere. In 2009 Espy moved to charlotte North Carolina. where he still lives and everything took a sudden change in a way most people only dream of. He set a plan in motion and never looked back. May of 2010 Espy was asked to perform in front of Andre Harrell (P. Diddy’s original manager).
Next for him was his national TV debut on 106 & Park July 14th, where he performed on there stage and sold over 65,000 ring tones in one day to his song “ERASING YOU”. shortly after that Espy was an award winner at the 2010 BET BLAZE THE STAGE event in New York City, where he performed in front of 3,000 fans that loved every min of his performance. Oct.3rd, Espy returned to Harlem ,New York to grace the historic stage at the Apollo, Ending out he year of 2010 ,the campaign for his long awaited debut album “FINALLY”(on Itunes now) began and he also was nominated for R&B artist of the year in 2010 for the queen city awards and received a national Addy award for his works.
To kick off 2011, Espy dropped his music video to ERASING YOU jan.2nd, on Youtube and had a loud response from fans everywhere, and the long awaited 16 year debut album from Espy dropped on 1-11-11 nationwide on Itunes. Espy is becoming a brand like no other that fans, media, and artists are discussing on a daily because of his vocal range and amazing stage performances, what is next for this showstopper, stay tuned for what’s next because its going to shock everyone that’s been following the HEIR TO THE THRONE…..Espy!!!!
When it comes down to relating, understanding, and putting feeling into music, you would think Lela Bizz, a native of Virginia, would have been through every type of relationship situation you could think of. But Lela Bizz writes songs from the heart as if she has been through these situations before. These heartfelt songs are the main reason people can relate to hermusic.
Lela’s music thrives from relationships she has either been in, or heard about. Her soulful R&B sound is too unique to categorize. Lela’s songs situations range from knowing how to treat her man, from lusting a man that wasn’t hers, to admitting that she messed up and pleads to come back home.
Lela has no regrets of her past relationships because they have all turned into songs.
Lela was born in Richmond Virginia. Born the eldest of four children she knew that singing was a talent that God has given her. Lela became a household nickname given to her by her mother when she was younger. Lela began writing music at the tender age of 7. Even back then she wrote songs that touched people in a way that couldn’t be overlooked. At the early age of
8 she aspired to make music her life, so much so she joined as many choirs which included church and school choirs to perfect the craft of singing.
Growing up singing was and still is definitely in her blood. Lela’s
Grandfather is in a gospel group called the Brother Love Quintet and listing to them as a youngster she knew that it was only a matter of time when she was going to get the chance to show everyone that she has raw talent also.
Lela always knew that singing was her number one love, so she perfected her raft by singing everyday. Singing seemed to be an outlet for her to escape he harsh realities of her life. That is positively the reason her experiences are the sole reason why her music is so beautiful. Some of the vocalist that Lela grew up admiring are Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Monica, and Brandy just to name a few. Life’s a musical is the name of her
debut album. Its not a mystery how she came up with that name. No matter how you look at it, Lela is about her “Bizzness”.
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Some people sing; some people are born to sing. R&B artist Sharice Styles falls into the latter category. With music and church as the two constants in her life, Sharice was moved by the spirit of song at an early age. You can hear it now in the music that this versatile singer, songwriter and performer creates. It’s all there in her new single, “Pull The Plug,”(RedSha Entertainment) co-written with songwriter Shirazi and produced by the multi-talented 7 Aurelius.
Standing 6 feet tall, and the picture of grace, style and finesse, Sharice has the looks of a fashion model and the voice of an angel. Her music is about passion and empowerment, mixing the traditional sounds of soul with contemporary flavors. Her goal: to reach audiences, touch their hearts and make a difference in their lives — just as her talent and faith lead her to make a difference both on and off the stage.
Sharice was born and raised in Yonkers, New York. Her father, Carl Davis, was a member of the Grammy Award-winning Dixie Hummingbirds, and she clearly inherited his talent, along with a desire to perform. “When I was 18 or 19, my parents moved and I helped them clean out their house,” she recalls. “You know those handprints you make when you’re in preschool, the ones with all the glitter on them? I found mine, and I had written, ‘I am a star.’ I was 4 years old, and I meant it!”
Sharice was always attracted to what she calls “old-school music” and artists such as Billie Holiday. She vividly describes a childhood memory: watching a televised concert by Diana Ross. “I remember her walking down the stairs to the grand piano. She was just an amazing woman to me, and I said, ‘That is what I’m going to do.’”
By age 12, Sharice’s talent was so obvious that she was enrolled in a school for gifted students in fine arts. She discovered the poetry of Maya Angelou, which she read aloud on the school radio station every morning. She also began writing and reading her own poetry. Encouraged by her teacher, she explored creative writing, and soon her poems became lyrics, which in turn became songs.
With determination and drive, Sharice made connections in the music industry. She found a manager and began doing session work with Jam Master Jay and DMX, as well as having her songs recorded by major-label artists. “I learned a lot from those experiences,” she says. “I learned that just because God sends me all these songs doesn’t mean I have to sing every single one! It taught me to pick a musical lane for myself and to know what works for Sharice.”
During this time she was offered, and turned down, a recording contract. Instinct told her that she wasn’t ready and that she hadn’t yet found her niche. She moved to Virginia, where she assembled the first incarnation of her band, Sharice’s Pieces, and dedicated herself to the church, which has always been her cornerstone
“I have a very strong relationship with God in my day-to-day life, and it’s always structured around what I feel my spirit is being led to do,” she says. “I have never left the church, and to this day I still work in the church. I do a food pantry with my team every other Saturday, and if I’m out of town I make sure that someone will be there to bag the food. Otherwise, I’ll be out of town thinking about the people who need their food. Doing this keeps me grounded. Everyone should understand that they could fall one day and need a rescue place.”
A New York girl at heart, “always and forever,” Sharice moved back to the City and began working on her solo career. Partnered with EMI songwriter Shirazi, she began writing to tracks that 7 Aurelius had created. One track in particular stood out, but it was in the works for another artist. It was set aside, “But the beat spoke to me,” she says. “When I got together with Shirazi, I said, ‘Let’s revisit it.”
The result was “Pull The Plug,” the song that is introducing Sharice Styles to the world. Even though the lyrics speak to a broken relationship, “The message is universal,” she says. “Everybody wants to pull the plug on something in their life. I needed a first single that would reach into people’s souls, and I think this song does it. It’s strengthening. The bridge says, ‘Look at yourself and love yourself.’ It’s a rejuvenating song. It had to be the first single because it’s so different and it works for me. What turned me away from the industry for a while is that everyone is such a copycat. I like freshness and newness in music, and that’s what attracted me to 7’s track: it doesn’t sound like everything else you hear on the radio.”
So who is this talented, striking newcomer who can lay down the beats for the dance floor, then turn around and break your heart with a ballad? “I describe myself using that old bridal saying: ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue,” she says. “I do some old-school, but I’m still new. I borrow from my experience and make it my own. I can sing some blues. And I bring anything that’s needed. It’s a fresh start of a new sound.”
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Revelationz@Sunset is a movement, founded on December 31,2009 on the basis of creating an atmosphere for mature adults. Those who enjoy live entertainment and networking in a relaxed atmosphere. The motivation behind this project was developed as an outlet for performers to not only entertain but also perfect their craft and be compensated. About 84% of new artists pay to showcase their talent in their hometown. Revelationz@Sunset will give you as a performer the tools you will need to promote yourself as an artist and will intern build your fan base.
Beginning at POSH Richmond and progressing to Harlem Cafe, Revelationz@Sunset has proved to be one of the only venues in the Cap City catering to their performers and not the other way around. Through marketing, promotion, support, and development – the team of Revelationz@Sunset turn would be artist and up and coming phenoms into much more than popular names in the industry, They turn them into a family.
Headed by De’Angela Anthony of Blakk Box Inc. and hosted by I’esha Hornes the GaptoothDiva of GaptoothDiva Radio/GaptoothDivaTV, Revelationz@Sunset discusses the importance of support in the industry, the need for other promoters and marketers to look beyond the bottom line, and the ambition to bring Richmond together one note at a time.
Every Third Sunday
Doors Open at 3pm, Show starts at 5pm
$8.00 a Ticket Ages 21+
Chic and Casual Attire
Harlem Cafe – 207 W. Broad Richmond Virginia