How Tokyo Jetz Got a 5 Million Dollar Stimulus Package

How Tokyo Jetz Got a 5 Million Dollar Stimulus Package Photo Courtesy Grand Hustle Music Group
How Tokyo Jetz Got a 5 Million Dollar Stimulus Package Photo Courtesy Grand Hustle Music Group
How Tokyo Jetz Got a 5 Million Dollar Stimulus Package Photo Courtesy Grand Hustle Music Group

Here’s how Tokyo Jetz got a 5 Million Dollar stimulus package. The Jacksonville native has 5 FIRE tracks that are going to stimulate her revenues and success. The social media and internet sensation and Grand Hustle Music Group artist Tokyo Jetz released her latest EP, Stimulus Package, last Friday. Fans showed an outpour of love, posting their own freestyles to the new song and showing her love on social media. Produced by popular producers Mattazik, Tasha Catour, Al Geno and KWilz, Stimulus Package features 5 fun and relatable new tracks which can be described as her comeback project, since her last, in 2019. The Florida native paints a vivid lyrical picture with each song with her lead single “Respect“, setting the tone for the project.

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Tracklist
1. Respect (Prod. Mattazik)
2. No Love Story (Prod. Tasha Catour)
3. Kay (Prod. KWilz x Mattazik)
4. Interlude (Prod. Al Geno x Mattazik)
5. See Me (Prod. Mattazik)

Tidal Music named Tokyo Jetz’ EP “Album of the Week”, which explores self confidence, being comfortable with your sexuality, focusing on your peace of mind and getting to your goals. This project comes before her highly anticipated studio album, “Outside”, which features hit single SODD. Stimulus Package is available on all platforms.

How Tokyo Jetz Got a 5 Million Dollar Stimulus Package Photo Courtesy Grand Hustle Music Group
How Tokyo Jetz Got a 5 Million Dollar Stimulus Package Photo Courtesy Grand Hustle Music Group

How to Tan: Los Cabos Heart is Beating and Awaits You

How to tan? Los Cabos heart is beating and awaits you

Los Cabos heart is beating and awaits you.  Who else is craving the sunshine? It is definitely no secret that I adore this region of the world the delicious food, delightful drinks, leisure and hospitality relax me. 

Beyond the aforementioned qualities what I love most is the Mexican sunshine. I don’t know about you but, I am dire straights for a summer glow. Mexico zaps me with a beautiful tan within the first 24 hours of  my visit. I need the vitamin D desperately. One of my favorite places to soak up the sun is Hacienda Encantada Resort & Residences

While Covid has placed a damper on travel globally, Los Cabos sent this video to  us as a welcoming gesture. When you are ready to travel, Los Cabos heart is beating and the region is waiting for you.  Lets GO!

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How Father of Nashville Rock Buzz Cason Celebrates Life & Beatles Hit “Soldier Of Love”

How Father of Nashville Rock Buzz Cason Celebrates Life Photo Courtesy Buzz Cason
How Father of Nashville Rock Buzz Cason Celebrates Life Photo Courtesy Buzz Cason
How Father of Nashville Rock Buzz Cason Celebrates Life Photo Courtesy Buzz Cason

Here’s how Father of Nashville rock Buzz Cason celebrates life with his sons. The living legend recently released his new album Buzz Cason and Sons: 2020. The 11-song collaboration features the legend’s two musical sons, Taylor and Parker Cason. A mix of new works and familiar tunes, the project brings the listener into the lives of the Cason’s upbringing and lifestyle, and examines the changing community they call home. Listeners will enjoy the nostalgic anthems and reinterpretations of one of Cason’s biggest hits, recorded by The Beatles and Pearl Jam, “Soldier Of Love.” Fans can stream and download the album here. All songs were written and produced by Buzz Cason.

“The making of this record was indeed a joy to do! A spiritual journey at times, laced with the fun that was shared with me and my sons, Taylor and Parker along with all the musicians made it a great experience. A special thanks goes out to Anthony Crawford, who performed and engineered so exceptionally well. I pray the listener will catch the spirit of our music and respond positively,” said Cason.

Cason has been an influential member of the music community for many years, worldwide. He is a multi-hit songwriter and a renowned music producer as well as the founder of the legendary Creative Workshop, the first studio in Berry Hill. His resume includes various work with Elvis, The Beatles, Kris Kristofferson, Jimmy Buffett, Alvin & The Chipmunks and many, many more. For more information on Cason, check out www.buzzcason.com

 

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Buzz Cason and Sons Track Listing:

1. Montana
2. Why 
3. Down
4. Reaching Out
5. Teardown Anthology
6. Hardscuffle
7. What Can I Do
8. Let Me Be
9. Here In California
10. Soldier of Love (written with Tony Moon)
11. Touch Me

About Buzz Cason

Considered the Father of Nashville Rock, Buzz Cason’s six decade career has been all encompassing. A singer, songwriter, and producer, Cason began as a background singer for artists such as Elvis, Kenny Rogers, Kris Kristofferson, Ronnie Hawkins, Roy Orbison, Mickey Newbury, Levon Helm, John Denver and even gave a voice to Alvin on several Chipmunks records. A renowned songwriter, he has penned hits including “Everlasting Love” (co-written by Mac Gayden) which was recorded by Carl Carlton, Gloria Estefan, U2 and many others. And his song “Soldier of Love” (co-written by Tony Moon), was recorded by The Beatles, Arthur Alexander and Pearl Jam. Other cuts include a Country No. 1 hit for Martina McBride (“Love’s the Only House”), Tommy Overstreet (“Ann, Don’t Go Runnin’”) and songs for Brenda Lee, Dolly Parton, Placido Domingo, Mel Tillis, T.G. Shephard, the McCarters, Oak Ridge Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis and many others.  As the owner of the legendary Creative Workshop, Cason produced Clifford Curry’s beach music classic “She Shot A Hole In My Soul” and Van & Titus’ R&B classic “Cry Baby Cry” that was recently covered by Christine Ohlman and Dion and albums by The Derailers and Sugarcane Jane. He also helped start Jimmy Buffett’s career with the albums Down to Earth and High Cumberland Jubilee for which he also co-wrote several songs. In 2006, Buzz released his autobiography Living The Rock & Roll Dream and in 2014, he was honored by the Country Music Hall of Fame as part of their Poets & Prophets series. Buzz is also a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. For more information on Buzz, check out his website at www.buzzcason.com.

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The DOG DOC is feel good movie! Dr. Marty Goldstein celebrates integrative medicine

Dr. Marty Goldstein celebrates integrative medicine to aid man and man's best friend! Photo Courtesy Trent & Company

The DOG DOC is feel good movie! Dr. Marty Goldstein celebrates integrative medicine to aid man and mans best friend! In 2019, THE DOG DOC made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and focuses on what is missing from modern medicine for both pets and humans. Now available for rent or purchase on Amazon Prime Video! 

As a pioneer of integrative medicine, veterinarian Dr. Marty Goldstein has been called everything from “maverick” to “miracle-worker.”

Attracting four-legged patients from around the world, Dr. Goldstein’s practice, Smith Ridge Veterinary Center, provides holistic treatment for animals after other vets have given up hope. Director Cindy Meehl (BUCK), goes behind the scenes at Smith Ridge to capture the full drama of “Dr. Marty” and his colleagues’ life-changing commitment to wellness and the astounding results they achieve. Filmed over 2½ years, Meehl’s unobtrusive camera highlights the vulnerability of her subjects – canine and human – while tracking each animal’s progress.

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THE DOG DOC combines the touching stories of families with the hard science of integrative care. By casting an intimate lens over this unique world, this documentary truly shows the healing powers of integrative wellness, compassion, and hope. 

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4 Secrets to Producing an Engaging Podcast is Simple with Mulberry Lane

4 Secrets to Producing an Engaging Podcast is Simple with Mulberry Lane

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4 secrets to producing an engaging podcast are simple. For me specifically, the sisters names are Heather, Rachel, Jaymie and Allie of Mulberry Lane. 7 years ago the ladies serenaded me in the opening of the show and the rest is history. Truth be told, I was nervous at first. Cheers to Throwback Thursday!

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About Mulberry Lane

Recalling 1970s soft rock groups like Fleetwood Mac and the EaglesMulberry Lane is a sweetly melodic, harmony-driven vocal quartet consisting of four sisters from Omaha, NE. Sisters Heather, Rachel, Jaymie and Allie took the name Mulberry Lane from the street they grew up on in Omaha, where all of them started singing together as children with some encouragement from their mother, a local jazz and big band singer. The sisters were teen-agers when they performed at the Nebraska State Fair and met someone from Triangle Talent, a booking agency. That meeting led to a development deal with PolyGram, and they traveled to Nashville to record with such country producers as Harold Shedd and Rob Galbraith. But that deal fell through because, they were told, they “weren’t country enough, ” although their soft rock/adult contemporary does contain country elements. The sisters continued to perform around Omaha after reaching adulthood, and in 1998, they recorded their first album, Don’t Cry ‘Til You Get to the Car, and released it themselves. After selling over 10,000 copies of that album, Mulberry Lane was signed by Refuge/MCA and recorded Run Your Own Race, which came out in 1999. Two years later, Fabu arrived.

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Dre Island Delivers Refreshing Debut Reggae Album, Now I Rise

Dre Island delivers refreshing debut reggae album, Now I Rise Photo Courtesy With Love PR
Dre Island delivers refreshing debut reggae album, Now I Rise Photo Courtesy With Love PR
Dre Island delivers refreshing debut reggae album, Now I Rise Photo Courtesy With Love PR

Dre Island delivers refreshing debut reggae album, Now I Rise. Dre Island is one of Jamaica’s most powerful messengers. The multi-faceted artist – who sings, songwrites, produces and plays piano – will release his debut album Now I Rise on May 29th, 2020 through a joint-venture partnership with DubShot Records and Kingston Hills Entertainment. The 13-track release will feature the hit single “We Pray” feat Popcaan, “My City” and the recently released “Be Okay” feat Jesse Royal, as well as 9 previously unreleased songs. Other collaborations on the album include “Days of Stone” feat Chronixx and “Run to Me” feat Alandon. Today, along with the pre-order of the album, he unveils the last song on the album “Still Remain” accompanied by a brand new video directed by Fernando Hevetia.

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For the past five years, his stone-chiseled voice has reflected universal themes of struggle and triumph on introspective anthems making him a revered collaborator of his peers in the reggae community (from Popcaan, Chronixx and Agent Sasco) and internationally. He turned heads outside of the reggae sphere in 2016, when he teamed up with UK sensation Jorja Smith on the Cadenza-produced track “People,” which was voted Hottest Record In the World by BBC’s Radio 1 host Annie Mac.

As fans earned a taste of Dre Island’s versatility during his rapid climb, the arrival of his opus Now I Rise is an embodiment of the core values of reggae music (roots, reality, and culture) mixed with R&B sensibilities and seamless melodic flows akin to hip-hop, gospel and blues. Taking on the title as the Voice of the Ghetto on his album standouts such as “Never Run Dry,” “My City,” and “Be Okay,” Dre Island wails through the emotions of the less-fortunate, while also taking aim at greed and corruption in all nations. He continues to delve deeper with more intimate love songs including on “Four Seasons,” “Calling” and “Favorite Girl.”

Now I Rise is largely self-produced, but includes an impressive list of reggae and dancehall hitmakers like: Jam2, Anju Blaxx, Teetimus, Winta James, Dretegs Music and Barkley Productions.

“This album speaks of arising, growth, new beginnings and emerging from the ashes. At this time, these are all the things we need based on what is happening right now. The truth is, since 2015 I have been advertising that the album is coming. It has been five years and the time is right. As an artist and person Dre Island move different. I embrace Rasta and this way of life, but I am not part of any group like Boboshanti or Twelve Tribes. Everything I do is inspired by the father. I am moved to drop this album at this time because I am divinely inspired to do so. When you look at a song like “We Pray” I can take no credit for a song like that. Yes I wrote the lyrics and built the rhythm and I voice the track, but it’s a prayer, not just a song so how a man fi tek credit for something that come from above,” Dre Island states.

A schedule of live stream performances will be announced and promoted in the coming weeks as the release date approaches. The first partnership leading up to the release will be with Pepsi Jamaica, and features an original song written and composed by Dre Island that will be promoted on social media with the tag #PepsiTanAYuhYard. The team chosen by Dre to market and distribute the album is Kingston Hills Entertainment, a partnership between Kingston, Jamaica based The Solid Agency and New York, USA based DubShot Records. Previous releases include Wayne Marshall’s “Glory to God” and Tessanne Chin’s “Somebody Loves You.”

The Secret You Don’t Know About Multi-Talented Artist Joshua Sade James

The Secret You Don't Know About Multi-Talented Artist Joshua Sade James Photo Courtesy Eric Alper
The Secret You Don't Know About Multi-Talented Artist Joshua Sade James Photo Courtesy Eric Alper
The Secret You Don’t Know About Multi-Talented Artist Joshua Sade James Photo Courtesy Eric Alper

Here is The Secret You Don’t Know About Multi-Talented Artist Joshua Sade. It’s a love song gone wrong for singer/songwriter and multi-talented artist Joshua Sade James and his new single, “All Fall Down” — available now!

Fresh from his forthcoming sophomore album release, JSJ — slated for June of this year — “All Fall Down” was written about mistrust, dishonesty, and miscommunication in a relationship.

“Without these core attributes enforced by love, we… ‘All Fall Down,” he explains.

First written about three years ago, the song’s bittersweet inspiration was related to a relationship and breakup he’d had while in college. “It allowed me to do a lot of self-reflection,” he shares.  “I wrote the song after the second time we broke up, and just got to think about how truly toxic we were towards each other.

“There was cheating, there was manipulation, there was just a lot of baggage neither of us knew how to get rid of. We just sort of gave it to each other because it was easier than being alone.

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“It was interesting to shoot this video with a current love interest when it’s actually about a previous one,” he continues, laughing. “When writing or hearing the song in my head, I wanted this song to be like if a sad, old clown got drunk, broke into the old carnival where he used to work, and started up the merry-go-round, only for it to not fully work.

“I think I achieved that in both the song and the video.”

“It was a blessing to shoot this with Sagi and my good friend Esther,” James adds of director Sagi Kahane-Rapport and actor Esther Vlessing. “Also, shoutout to Dylan Spilberg and Leo Vargas for making this happen!”

“All Fall Down” serves as a preview for what’s to come from the artist’s upcoming EP, JSJ (Joshua Sade James).

A Sheridan College alum for Musical Theatre Performance — and winning the Sheridan: Pop Award for Outstanding Performance — James also co-choreographed, co-directed and starred in the College’s PREP Production original, Revue Diva Dynasty. Hailing from the tri-city Kitchener/Waterloo area — with country artist Jamie Warren for a dad — he’s been featured coast to coast, including Newfoundland to play ‘Pepper’ in Mamma Mia!, The Calgary Stampede’s Talent Search, Ontario’s Western Fair’s Rise2Fame, PEI’s Charlottetown Festival, and more.

In addition to his extensive performing and recording work, Joshua Sade James is an active advocate for mental health rights and proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Photo Exclusive: Golfing Giant Greg Norman Sells Colorado Ranch for $40 Million

Golfing Giant Greg Norman Sells Colorado Ranch for $40 Million Photo Courtesy Shawn O'Connor
Golfing Giant Greg Norman Sells Colorado Ranch for $40 Million Photo Courtesy Shawn O'Connor
Golfing Giant Greg Norman Sells Colorado Ranch for $40 Million Photo Courtesy Shawn O’Connor

Golfing giant Greg Norman sells his Colorado ranch for a whooping $40 million. It is safe to say, Greg Norman never played small and golfing must be GOOD. Here is your exclusive look inside the golfers ranch estate, just in case you want to Make A Purchase! Greg Norman, who dominated the golf world for much of the 1980’s and early 1990’s with his aggressive game and charismatic demeanor, just listed his jaw-dropping Colorado ranch with Hall and Hall for $40 Million. The internationally renowned “Great White Shark” won more than 90 tournaments worldwide, including two Open Championships, and he holds the distinction of defending his No. 1 position in the world golf rankings for 331 weeks, the second-longest reign in history. 

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The 11,900± deeded acre “Seven Lakes Ranch” straddles the trout-filled White River, rising thousands of feet in elevation to public land boundaries on both sides of the valley. This ideal location combines ultimate privacy with stunning views of the surrounding wilderness, stretching all the way to the mountains of Utah.

A 13,907± square foot lodge with eight guest suites features massive logs and soaring double-sided moss rock fireplace, rustic bar and commanding views out the great room’s wall of windows. A variety of cabins provide additional accommodations and are complemented by an authentic saloon/dance hall, and operations buildings.  

Golfing Giant Greg Norman Sells Colorado Ranch for $40 Million Photo Courtesy Shawn O’Connor

ABOUT SEVEN LAKES RANCH 

Regarded as one of the finest trophy big game hunting and fishing ranches in Colorado, Seven Lakes Ranch is a true sporting paradise. The ranch is located in the coveted White River Valley of the Flat Tops Mountains, prized for its outdoor recreation, bucolic landscape and unspoiled beauty. This massive 11,900± deeded acre ranch straddles the trout-filled White River, rising thousands of feet in elevation to public land boundaries on both sides of the valley. The sought-after combination of big river and excellent big game habitat is aptly complemented by a magnificent setting for a luxurious lakeside lodge.

This multi-faceted property encompasses a diversity of terrain and vegetation, from the lush hay meadows along the river, up through shrubs and oaks, to the aspen groves, conifers and mountain parks of the higher elevations. The ranch is located in the heart of the White River herd, one of the largest elk and deer migrations in the Rocky Mountains. Sharing 15 miles of common boundary with surrounding White River National Forest, BLM and State lands, the diverse topography and vegetation on the ranch result in excellent wildlife habitat, that not only supports large numbers of resident elk and mule deer but draws them from these adjacent public lands. Limited hunting on the ranch has resulted in a veritable wildlife sanctuary, with plentiful populations of game, especially elk and mule deer.

The White River is well known as an outstanding trout fishery, and Seven Lakes Ranch encompasses nearly two miles of a premier stretch of it. This beautiful 1.9± mile reach includes both sides and is completely private. A medium gradient freestone river, the White is famous for prolific hatches, highlighted by an incredible spring caddis hatch and excellent dry-fly fishing throughout the summer and fall months. Professional enhancements to the river have further increased the number and size of fish on the ranch. The result is high quality private water, with impressive populations of rainbows, browns, cutthroat trout, as well as the occasional whitefish. Additional water resources include a small creek, dozens of ponds, historic water rights, and of course seven beautiful mountain lakes.

It is befitting that a recreational ranch of this caliber would be capped off with exceptional improvements. Nestled amidst aspen forests and the property’s namesake lakes, the custom stone and log lodge is grand yet comfortable. This ideal location combines ultimate privacy with stunning views of the surrounding wilderness, stretching all the way to the mountains of Utah. The 13,907± square foot lodge with eight guest suites features massive logs and soaring double-sided moss rock fireplace, rustic bar and commanding views out the great room’s wall of windows. When gatherings spill outdoors, an expansive lakeside stone patio is perfect for entertaining, and for breathtaking sunsets. A variety of cabins provide additional accommodations and are complemented by an authentic saloon/dance hall, and operations buildings. An extensive internal road network and trail system links the improvements and a wide variety of recreational activities for multi-generational enjoyment including long distance shooting range, sporting clays, horseback riding, biking and hiking, snowmobiling and ice skating.

The White River Valley is blessed by being somewhat off the beaten path and has avoided large scale development seen in other Colorado river valleys. It has been discovered, however, by handful of discreet, stewardship-minded individuals who acquired large land holdings after being captivated by the beauty and recreation of the area. Seven Lakes Ranch is one such property. Strategically assembled by legendary golfer, entrepreneur and outdoorsman Greg Norman, the ranch has served as a treasured family retreat for over two decades. Despite the secluded nature of the White River Valley, the ranch headquarters is located just 20 minutes up the valley from Meeker, a nice town of 2,400± offering a full complement of services. Meeker boasts a 6,500-foot jet-capable airstrip, and commercial service is available at the Steamboat-Hayden airport less than an hour and a half from the ranch.

3 Things You Didn’t Know About Teyana Taylor

Teyana’s official third studio album, is the long-awaited follow-up to K.T.S.E Photo Courtesy of Def Jam Records
Teyana’s official third studio album, is the long-awaited follow-up to K.T.S.E Photo Courtesy of Def Jam Records
Teyana’s official third studio album, is the long-awaited follow-up to K.T.S.E Photo Courtesy of Def Jam Records

3 things you didn’t know about Teyana Taylor. Teyana’s official third studio album, is the long-awaited follow-up to K.T.S.E., one of the five G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam albums produced by Kanye West during his 2018 sojourn in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  Released in June 2018, K.T.S.E. (acronym for Keep That Same Energy) set off an 18-month chain reaction for Teyana, starting with its summertime Top 10 R&B smash “Gonna Love Me.”  Teyana performed “Gonna Love Me” (in a medley with “Rose In Harlem,” another K.T.S.E. track) on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Hip-hop audiences embraced the “Gonna Love Me” remix featuring Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Raekwon, whose video was also directed by Teyana. 

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K.T.S.E. spun off a hot new single and video for Teyana in early 2019, the explicit “WTP (Work This P***y).”  The video was nominated for “Best Dance Performance” at the recent 32nd annual BET Soul Train Awards. The third single from K.T.S.E. was the evocative “Issues/Hold On.” After slaying the audience with the song live on Ellen in April 2019, Teyana was surprised on-air when Ellen presented her with the RIAA gold award plaque for “Gonna Love Me,” bringing it all full circle.

Teyana Taylor – multi-hyphenate R&B superstar singer, songwriter, producer, director, dancer/choreographer, actor, fitness guru, model, mother and Harlem native  – announces the release of “Morning” featuring Kehlani, the brand new single and steamy video, both available today via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings.  “Morning” is the second advance track from THE ALBUM, following up the R&B smash “How You Want It? (HYWI?)” featuring King Combs.
 

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THE ALBUM is the long-awaited follow-up to Teyana’s KTSE, one of the five G.O.O.D.
Music/ Def Jam albums produced by Kanye West during his 2018 sojourn in Jackson
Hole, Wyoming.  Released in June, KTSE (acronym for Keep That Same Energy) set
off an 18-month chain reaction for Teyana, starting with its summertime RIAA- certified
Gold smash “Gonna Love Me.”  Teyana performed “Gonna Love Me” (in a medley
with “Rose In Harlem,” also from KTSE) on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. 

Hip-hop audiences embraced the “ Gonna Love Me” remix featuring Wu-Tang Clan’s
Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Raekwon, whose video was directed by Teyana
herself.
 
KTSE spun off a hot new single and video for Teyana in early 2019, the explicit “WTP
(Work This P***y).”  The video was nominated last week for “Best Dance Performance”
at the upcoming BET Soul Train Awards, airing live from Las Vegas on November 17.
The third single from KTSE was the evocative “Issues/Hold On.”  After slaying the
audience with the song live on Ellen in April 2019, Teyana was surprised on-air when
Ellen presented her with the RIAA gold award plaque for “Gonna Love Me,” bringing it
all full circle.
 
As she continues to direct her own videos, Teyana – aka ‘Spike Tee’ – was again at
the helm of the clip for her recent single, “ How You Want It? (HYWI?) ” featuring King
Combs, released in August. 

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About TEYANA TAYLOR:
Being a jack of trades has allowed Teyana Taylor to become a master of all. From her smoky melodic vocals to her dynamic dance moves, the entertainer dips in dives between her talents that also include producing, songwriting, acting, directing and everything in between. When it comes to describing herself, the Harlem native can only think of one word: Everything.

“I literally can do everything. I never look at anything as being impossible,” she explains. “I exhaust all options to make what happen when I need to make happen.” Her mantra made her an early favorite to artists like Pharrell, who she signed her first deal with, and later choreographed videos for artists like Beyonce and Jay-Z. Her love for the arts and R&B later earned her the title of the first woman signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint.

Between R&B’s identity crisis in the 2010s, Teyana dropped her debut album VII, with tracks like “Maybe” (featuring Yo Gotti and Pusha T) and the sultry “Just Different” shaping her musical persona. The critically acclaimed album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in 2014, cementing her position in today modern R&B field. “I fought for that raw, hood necessary R&B and now I feel like it’s better than ever,” she says.

After spicing up the R&B charts, Teyana was blessed with the arrival of her daughter Junie with husband and NBA star Iman Shumpert in 2015. “I do all of this for my baby. She’s who I do it for,” she says about Iman “Junie” Tayla Shumpert Jr., her main source of inspiration. “I always show her how to be a leader and a businesswoman. I want her to believe that she can be anything she wants to be and it not be a shocker that she’s a female doing it all.” Soon after, Teyana went on to star in the internet-breaking video for Kanye West’s “Fade,” and scored her first MTV Moonman for “Best Choreography” at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.

But it wasn’t until the release of her sophomore project K.T.S.E. in June 2018 that the world experienced Teyana’s talents. With her all-female production company The Aunties, Teyana self-directed videos for “WTP,” the Gold-selling single “Gonna Love Me,” and recently, “Issues/Hold On.” She has also directed videos for her peers like T.I. (“You”), Monica (“Commitment”) and Lil Duval (“Pull Up” featuring Ty Dolla $ign) with fans like Ms. Lauryn Hill and Elton John praising her boss moves.

Part of what makes Teyana stand out from the rest is her ability to move with precision and poise in everything she does. From the studio to the stage, every idea is a project with the singer front and center with a vision all her own. With her musical inspirations like Aaliyah, Teena Marie, Mint Condition and Janet Jackson speaking to her soul, Teyana is aware her mission is larger than life. “I’m working on me every day and I think that’s my purpose,” she says, comparing her life to a never-ending book. “I’m still going, still mastering and being a better me.”

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