Blenda Blends A New Sound at Def Jam Recordings

Def Jam adds a new artist and sound by Blenda Photo Courtesy of Def Jam Recordings
Def Jam adds a new artist and sound by Blenda Photo Courtesy of Def Jam Recordings
Def Jam adds a new artist and sound by Blenda Photo Courtesy of Def Jam Recordings

Def Jam adds a new artist and sound by Blenda. Artist BLENDA, born Blenda Shimba Kabondo was raised in Sweden in a small Stockholm suburb, raised by her two Congolese parents. With her father being guitarist in their local church, BLENDA was early introduced to music and has since then studied jazz and has her roots in traditional gospel. BLENDA decided early in 2018 to take a break from music to go deeper and find her authority as a woman. Her faith in God and her feminist ideals and strong Congolese roots has created a new raw sound. She experiments with synthetic harmonies and melodies from Congo mixed up with a progressive touch of Pop, RnB, and tribe. 

In 2019 BLENDA was flown out to New York, being the first time overseas she ended up signing a record deal with legendary record label Star-Trak Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings and which makes her one of the few Swedish artists to sign an American record deal and will mark her new journey on international water. 

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Are you ready for a fresh new sound. This artist is well overdue. The international voice presence is a welcomed rhythm. Blenda is not only a rising talent, she is a natural beauty that will have fans waiting for more of her melodic sound. Did you take a listen to the above music if not give it a listen HERE Hopefully, we will have more to share in the future months to share until then, stay tuned for more of this artists unique sound. Thanks to our partners at Def Jam for always keeping us first on their talent and prolific roster of known and unknown artistry

Nevaeh Jolie Samples Luther Vandross For A Hit

Nevaeh Jolie delivers acoustic version Luther Vandross hit Photo Courtesy Def Jam Recordings
Nevaeh Jolie delivers acoustic version Luther Vandross hit Photo Courtesy Def Jam Recordings
Nevaeh Jolie delivers acoustic version Luther Vandross hit Photo Courtesy Def Jam Recordings

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.

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About Nevaeh
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. 


 

Nevaeh Jolie delivers acoustic version Luther Vandross hit Photo Courtesy Def Jam Recordings
Nevaeh Jolie delivers acoustic version Luther Vandross hit Photo Courtesy Def Jam Recordings


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.  
 

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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.”