Nevaeh Jolie opted to executed an acoustic version of 80’s Luther Vandross hit, “Never Too Much.” Obviously the young artist has some hefty shoes to fill. Driven by a message of persistence delivered by a dear friend Jolie is ready to work in building a portfolio of art that the world has yet to see.
While attending a private school in Florida as a kid, Nevaeh Jolie heard the Beatles, vintage folk, and a bit of classic rock from a teacher. She hasn’t been the same since. “Hearing all of that expanded my musical horizons,” says the singer-songwriter, who grew up listening to Erykah Badu, Sade, and Lauryn Hill at home. It also reinforced her love of dynamic storytelling. “Writing has been my passion since I was 8,” Nevaeh says. “I always carried around a journal, and I always wrote.”
During her freshman year of high school, Nevaeh began laying down solo tracks via bedroom recordings made on her computer and with apps on her phone. Soon she was showcasing her talent for her 20k plus followers on Instagram by posting covers and freestyles, which began to make waves in the music industry. The contemporary R&B tracks “Tryin’,” which she wrote in math class, and “Sorry,” a dis track to her ex, which has over 23k streams on Spotify, were some of the first singles she released independently.
After now-manager Max Gousse heard the song “Tryin’,” he encouraged Nevaeh to move to Los Angeles and pursue music fulltime. In early 2019, Nevaeh moved to LA and started working with London on Da Track (Lil Wayne, Drake, Post Malone), who was instrumental in connecting her with Def Jam, with which she signed late last year. “Def Jam feels like family,” says Nevaeh. “The vibes are just here.”
Now Neveah is preparing to release her first major-label EP, Game On. On it, Nevaeh sings about love and all its exciting, anxiety-inducing, and often sickening thrills. “I want to take people into a game world and have everybody become a player and vibe out with me,” she says of Game On. With over 13k streams on Spotify, the previously released “Too Much,” which was written by Jozzy (Missy Elliott, Fergie, Lil Nas X) and samples Luther Vandross’s hit “Never Too Much,” finds Nevaeh weighing the pros and cons of a relationship. “Screwed Up,” which Nevaeh describes as an “East Coast bop,” sees the singer musing over a love that’s making her crazy. And on the slow-winding, violin-heavy “OTB,” which stands for old thing back, Nevaeh is missing a past love.
Living by the motto “keep playing, player,” Nevaeh, who is also an aspiring actress and director who enjoys writing the treatments for and directing her music videos, derives a lot of strength, vigor, and tranquility from guided meditation, drawing, painting, and loved ones. The dragonfly tattoo on her right hand was inspired by a friend who tried to help an injured dragonfly while telling it, “Get up, little bitch.” For Nevaeh, the message stuck. This journey is all about persistence. “This has always been what I wanted to do,” she says. “I don’t see any other life for myself.”