YouTube has become the beacon for all up and coming artists wanting a place to shine. At 17 years-old, this young artist used it to get her a career in what she loved, music.
Priscilla Renea was a senior in high school when she began making videos and posting them on YouTube. Combining her unique story telling, songwriting skills with her quirky, upbeat attitude, Renea’s views went from hundreds to thousands and, for some, even millions.
As a result, she was signed to Power/Capitol Records and released her first album, Jukebox, in 2009 with the single, “Lovesick”. Rumors of another album coming soon have been circulating around the worldwide web, however, I have not seen any official dates.
Emeli Sande did not have it easy on her road to success and she still has a ways to go before she reaches her full potential. Growing up in a small Scottish town as a product of an inter-racial couple was not easy, the artist explained in an article in The Sun.
However, despite the obvious rough times she may have had in her childhood, it only made her stronger to handle the disappointments that followed while trying to get signed. As a songwriter, Sande wrote for various artists including Susan Boyle, Tinie Tempah, Chipmunk, Alicia Keys, etc. Unfortunately, “When you’re a songwriter, it’s so hard to get people to see you a different way,” the artist told reporters at The Sun.
Finally, in 2010 Sande was signed to Virgin Records. She is blowing up the UK charts with her hit singles and is soon to be debuted in the US later on this month. If you haven’t heard her single yet, though, here is your chance. Emeli Sande – Next to Me
Emeli Sande is a Scottish singer/songwriter who launched to the top of the UK singles charts when she was featured on Chipmunk’s (a British rapper), song in 2009.Since then, Sande has been a rising star, receiving the 2012 Brit’s Critic’s Choice Award and even writing with Alicia Keys on her next album.
Her newest single, “Next to Me”, has been getting a lot of buzz internationally, grabbing the attention of many American ears. Perez Hilton debuted her video on his site, writing, “With a REAL voice and NICE melodies, Next to Me is simple but REFRESHING! And the video just makes us happy, LOL!!”
MTV also included Sande on their Top 5 Must Hear Pop Songs of the Week twice, once in 2011 and once in 2012. They labeled her as “an artist rapidly becoming the one to watch in 2012.” Sande will finally debut in America later on this according to MTV as well as idolator.com.
According to Idolator.com, Sande is performing two private showcases in New York and Los Angeles in late Feburary and early March before she has three more performances in San Francisco, Minneapolis, and Toronto.
Sande’s album, “Our Version of Events” with her newest single, “Next to Me” will be released in the UK February 13, and in the US June 5.
This blog is developed to showcase under-rated African American talent, both signed and unsigned artists, specifically in the genre of either Rap, Hip-Hop or R&B/Soul.
There is so much raw talent in the music world today and so many outlets to display it, whether it be on YouTube or music sites such as DatPiff.com. It is surprising to see the local talent, the independent artists, or even signed artists who are lost in the buzz of mainstream stars and music.
This blog allows for those artists to get their shine. There will be Bios on artists, videos and/or mp3 links to hear their music, and hopefully even interviews with these artists.