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Grace Wan Pursues Talent and Passion to Achieve Success

Grace Wan’s Talent was so successful because she has never given up on her dreams and pursued her talent and passion for succeeding. She is more familiar, having experience working as a director, producer, actor, writer, singer, musician, creator, and drawer.

Canadian-born Grace Wan grew up in Alberta, Canada, with two younger siblings. Her parents moved from Hong Kong to Canada, and since then, Grace has completed her education.

Starting from Central Elementary School, Grace began taking ballet lessons from the age of 5 and went on to take lessons in skating, singing, piano and guitar in Citadel Middle School. During her education at Riverside Secondary School, Grace often showcased her piano and singing skills at talent shows.

She was then enrolled in acting lessons at Westcoast Actors Studio and continued to pursue the acting career that eventually led her to go to PAVI Film Production School for college to become a filmmaker.

Grace’s biggest challenge was that not every time she tried, everything was successful. Her advice to others struggling with the same issue is: Do not give up on your dreams. If, at first, you are not successful, try everything and do something different which can make you happy and successful.

If you’re in a band, don’t limit yourself to one instrument, sing, write, guitar, piano, songs, bass, drums.

Show your abilities and talents to everyone. Try everything, and that will lead you to become more successful than engaging in one occupation.

Music Observer’s Top 20 Artists

On the back of a pandemic and the restrictive year 2020, the year 2021 began with higher hopes and aspirations for every person who was affected in one way or another by the pandemic and the resulting lockdown. Unfortunately, for those in the music industry, the year 2020 gave them minimal opportunity to perform their materials and songs, sell their merchandise, and restricted them to relying on streaming numbers. Now, seven months into the year 2021, with most restrictions already being lifted, artists are beginning to go back into their arsenal to pull out songs that are even better than their 2020 releases. Below is a list of the top 20 artists of 2021.

  1. Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber is a Canadian singer and songwriter who began music at a very young age and is one of the youngest music stars to date to go mainstream and achieve global renown. 

It took his mother posting videos of teenage Justin performing, singing, and dancing on YouTube for him to go from being an untrained and unknown singer to a superstar with a huge record deal with Usher within two years. Justin Bieber has become the first solo artist to feature on the Top 40 with singles before the release of a debut album.

In 2009, Justin released the album My World, which went platinum in several countries. However, a series of significant media exposure from offensive activities led Justin to break from music and the limelight completely. He made a return in 2015 with his first number one song, “What Do You Mean?” In 2017, Justin collaborated with Luis Fonsi to release “Despacito,” a record-breaking and chart-topping single. In addition, his 2020 release of the album Changes affirmed Bieber’s place as the youngest artist to have seven albums reach the top spot on the Billboard Hot 200.

Official website: www.junstinbiebermusic.com

Instagram: @justinbieber

  1. Olivia Rodrigo 

Olivia Rodrigo (born Olivia Isabel Rodrigo on February 20, 2003) is an American actress, singer, and songwriter who is best known for her roles as Nini Salazar-Roberts on the Disney+ High School Musical: The Musical: The Series and as Paige Oliviera on Bizaardvark.

In 2020, Olivia signed with Interscope and Geffen Records 2020 and released her debut single “drivers license” in January 2021 with much critical acclaim. The single would go on to reach number 1 in multiple countries, including the United States. Her critically acclaimed debut album was released on May 21, 2021, and was preceded by two more singles, “déjà vu” and “good 4 u,” with the latter going on to become Olivia’s second single to debut at number 1 in both the United States and the UK.

Official website: www.oliviarodrigo.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/oliviarodrigo

  1. Drake 

Drake is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, producer, and entrepreneur who gained recognition after starring in the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001-2007), and he had released his debut mixtape Room for Improvement in 2006. Drake released two mixtapes, Comeback Season in 2007 and So Far Gone in 2009, before signing with Young Money Entertainment in pursuit of his music career.

In 2010, Drake released his debut studio album, Thank Me Later, which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. He released his first commercial mixtape, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, in 2015; Drake’s last two projects were certified multi-platinum in the US.

Armed with the same rigor and consistency, Drake released his fourth album, Views, in 2016, and for 13 consecutive weeks, the album sat atop the Billboard 200, making it the first album by a male artist to do so in over a decade. Also, although marketed as a playlist, Drake’s second solo commercial mixtape More Life has set multiple streaming records since it dropped in 2017.

Official website: www.ca.octobersveryown.com

Instagram: @champagnepapi

  1. Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish (born Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell December 18, 2001) is an American singer and songwriter who first gained prominence and attention in 2015 in the wake of her debut song “Ocean Eyes.” The single was released by Darkroom, a subsidiary of Interscope Records, where Eilish is signed to and became an instant hit in the US and UK and globally.

“Ocean Eyes” was written and produced by Eilish’s brother, Finneas O’Connell, who regularly collaborates on her music recording and live shows. In 2017, Billie released her debut EP, Don’t Smile at Me, which became an instant hit, including reaching the top 15 in the US, UK, Canada, and Australian charts. Her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? was released in 2019 and debuted at the top of the U.S. Billboard, and reached number one on the UK charts, and is one of the best-selling albums of 2019.

In recognition of her musical prowess, Eilish has seven Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, two Guinness World Records, and several other accolades.

Instagram: @billieeilish 

Website: www.billieeilish.com 

  1. Chris B

Chris B from California is making a massive buzz in the mainstream music industry with his unique voice and rap style. Gaining close to half a million fans on all social media, reaching millions of views on all platforms with his top hit ranking songs ‘I don’t even know’ hitting 1.3 million views and ‘6 Shooter Cowboy Feat. Haylee Cook’ also hitting 1.1 million views on Facebook. Chris B has closely worked with the label, Strange Music and has done many collabs with known artists like Krizz Kaliko. Chris B is catching the attention of many mainstream artists.

Website: chrisb.net

Instagram:@chrisbtv

Spotify: Chris B

Facebook: @therealchrisb

  1. Kid Lit Music

A free-spirited icon, Kid Lit Music is the influential artist raising the banner of the Black Queer community. Born to Caribbean immigrants in Brooklyn, New York, Kid Lit Music felt stifled at an early age. 

The beliefs of his community forbade him from stepping out of the closet, and it was not until he won Vanderbilt University’s Battle of the Bands did he gain the courage to walk out on his own. Since then, Kid Lit Music has been making waves in the industry.

As the pioneer of the new genre craze electroSoul, the phenomenal talent has released empowering hits such as “Bando Love,” “Mugshot,” “Rock My Mind,” “The Girls,” “Return of the Kid,” and “Read You Like I’m Khia.”

Instagram: @KidLitMusic

Website: www.kidlitmusic.com

  1. Patrick Beck 

Patrick Beck, also known as DJhypnotrip, recently recorded his album Royal Palace and also recorded and released a single guitar solo entitled “Arabian Gold,” which is now available on all platforms. He was recently nominated to run for president—the youngest person to do so. Recently, he also got married to Niece Waidhofer. Check out his linktr.ee page and follow him on Instagram @boss.glass to support his campaigns.

Website: www.linktr.ee/bossglass 

  1. Ah’lay

Alaya Woods, or better known as Ah’lay, is a fifteen-year-old emerging actor, dancer, rapper, singer, and songwriter originating from Michigan, now based in Florida. She started making music at twelve years old, the talented rapper/singer is quickly making waves in the scene with her unparalleled sound and style. Inspired by the likes of SZA and Billie Ellish, and xxtention Ah’lay seeks to create music that will connect people around the world. She’s the fifth child out of eleven and comes from a very talented family, releasing her latest collaboration album called Asylum with her brother NuVegas and a video release for the popular song “why feelings.” 

With a mature and powerful voice and unique hip-hop style, the multi-talented artist seeks to push the envelope with her sound. With a mix between hip-hop and alternative, Ah’lay is ready to showcase her talents to the world and dominate the industry with her talents. With every release, the Michigan now based Florida artist will have listeners engulfed into the world she creates with her story-telling lyricism. Ah’lay is an artist to keep an eye on and ear out for as she is set to leave her footprint in the music industry for years.

YouTube: Ah’lay

  1. Ivan B

Ivan B is a globally recognized chart-topping music artist. Without an influential label and mentor backing him, Ivan B made the headlines as the independent talent behind the album Forgive Me for My Honesty, which debuted at number 10 on the iTunes charts.

His success only grew with the subsequent release of his hit second album, Remains, and his latest full-length masterpiece, Frames, which encapsulates the poignant yet inspiring themes of moving past regrets toward realized dreams.

While promoting Frames, Ivan B is expected to make his onstage debut as the headliner for a Los Angeles show this November 4, 2021, at the “Catch One” venue.

Instagram: @fromivanb

Website: www.fromivanb.com

  1. Johnnie Spencer

Johnnie Spencer is a man of God, created by God, to be used by God for God’s purpose. His objective is to encourage each and every soul throughout the land. According to Johnnie, his goal is to minister to the hearts and minds of every spirit in this world, through the music the Lord inspires him with.

“It is my prayer that, in some way, all Men, Women, and even children will tune in, and receive the blessings of the Lord through song. In the meantime I’ll continue to hear from, on high, and write music accordingly as God gives it to me. Be well, be safe, and be blessed.”

Linktree: www.linktr.ee/John_Spencer 

  1. avidbeloved

davidbeloved, born David Hill, is a Rapper , Singer, Writer, Producer, and Entrepreneur who is hungry and ready to takeover the game! With hits like Extraordinary, Ur Tha One, and Holyfield, davidbeloved is up and coming and filled with fresh ideas for a public looking for something fresh, especially in this stale time of season.

After 11 1/2 years in prison, davidbeloved released his first album on June 6th, 2021 on a site called LÜM and on Soundcloud. At this point in time davidbeloved is having his album professionally mixed and mastered and will be officially dropping his album, Fresh Endings 2 New Beginnings in the middle of August. At this point in time you can hear his EP album Fresh Endings…To New Beginnings on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Soundcloud, etc. If you just want to hear good music, go to the other guys. You want to hear something great, listen closely to the story told in these rhymes.

Website: www.davidbeloved.wixsite.com/davidbeloved 

  1.  ClassikMussik

Independent artist, writer, and producer ClassikMussik is a talent that proves politics is more important than music to some in today’s market and should never be. “Millions of people are being deprived of good music today,“ says the proclaimed King Of Vibez.

“Some artists get there and fade and some artists u just know that once the world catches on , that fire coming through those speakers will spread to every ear that enjoys real undeniable music. Music that makes you think, feel, love, relate, feel motivated, and even just ride and vibe. Still has its much needed presence in our lives today, and people are starving,” says ClassikMussik.

Determination is a word often remembered attached to greats through history, and there is no doubt that through that same determination, an angelic voice, real life lyrics, and his undeniable sound, ClassikMussik has the chance to add his name to the greats.

Website: www.classikmussik.info

  1. Mariea Antoinette

Mariea Antoinette is an internationally renowned music genius, held as the world’s premier soulful harpist and a celebrated national recording artist.

A native of San Diego, California, Mariea Antoinette is a proud alumna of the University of California S.D. and the University of Arizona, where she pursued a master’s degree in harp performance. Her learned techniques and mastery over the instrument have taken her across the country and abroad.

Mariea Antoinette is recognized for her performances with the Los Angeles Southeast Symphony Orchestra, for the BET Awards, American Idol, and former United States president and first lady, Barack and Michelle Obama. You can see her across the country in major Jazz festivals this summer in the Capitol Jazz Festival, Columbia Maryland September 4th and the Catalina Jazz Festival off the coast of California , Catalina Island October 23rd

Her stages and discography include “Single,” “Sexy Paradise,” “Straight from the Harp,” “Overture,” “That Thing,” “All My Strings,” “My Favorite Things,” along with her latest masterpiece “Loving You” featuring Fattburger, has made Mariea a prestigious instrumentalist, advancing a love for heart-wrenching music and harp performances worldwide. She will be releasing a new single August 6, 2021.

Instagram: @marieaantoinette

Website: www.marieaantoinette.com

  1. 1KFlexer

1KFlexer is a twenty-three-year-old rapper out of Broward County, EastSide, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He never wanted to rap, but later on decided to take rap seriously in 2017, writing a song through his iPhone notes instead of a pen and paper. The would-be artist never recorded a song before until he had a close friend take him to a home studio where they recorded by the closet.

A few months went by and he ended up being locked up, which took to another direction in making music. After getting in contact with the same engineer that started his music, 1KFlexer recorded a couple songs which amazed listeners. 

1KFlexer is currently with a group called SoFlo UNDG, where they work together to bring revenue but he decided to make himself a bigger picture not only for SoFlo UNDG but as well as for an upcoming rapper.  

“Making music is the only way I can express myself, especially for a Cancer sign like me who doesn’t talk as much with little to say. For all the expressions and pain I’ve been feeling from past to present, now or later and whether I have to spit a rhyme or spit a melody, I enjoy making music even if I never wanted to. Throughout my life I’ve been around music such as piano, guitar, drums, choir, trumpet, etc. But taking the mic for myself is another accomplishment that I have yet to thank myself for but I am very grateful that I did.”

Website: www.unitedmasters.com/m/1kFlexer1300Blk 

  1. Lamar Love

Lamar Love is an artist from California based in Atlanta, Georgia. The artist has been heating up with SelfPaid Records independent label music since 2014. Lamar Love released his first projects such as “Palm Trees” mixtape, “Digital Love” mixtape, “Mucho Dinero” EP, following along with two hit singles “Still Alone” from 2020 and his latest single “Tap Out” in 2021, which have new videos out now on YouTube. 

“Tap Out” single is set to release on all platforms July 5, 2021. Now, his newest EP “SelfPaid” is set to release on August 5, 2021. Subscribe to his YouTube channel  and follow him on Instagram. For all business inquiries, contact SelfPaidRecords@gmail.com.

Instagram: @thereallamarlove

  1. Jay Scott

Jay Scott was born on November 18th 1998, in Baltimore Maryland. The artist was introduced to music by his uncle Tony at the age of ten. Ironically, he was a church organist. The way his uncle played the organ made him feel like he was “walking on clouds.” 

Jay wrote his first song a couple months later in 2010. Unfortunately, his uncle, one of his greatest influences, passed away, and it led him into thinking to stop making music for good. He  gave up on all hope, but something told him to keep going.

Twelve years later, he has been working on music constantly with close friends such as Princelightskin & W.B.K. Currently, Jay is working on an EP called “Alcatraz,” which features artists like 12am and Dylan Reese. IJay already dropped two singles from the EP called “suicide” & “death sentence.” The debut EP got him co-signs from Big Daddy Kane and twista. 

According to Jay, he is inspired by Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Denzel Curry, Aurora, Sasha Sloan, and his favorite, Kevin Gates. 

Spotify: Jayneto

  1. Lil MC

Rapper, singer, producer, podcast personality, hip-hop educator, and comic artist—these are among the titles that powerhouse creative Lil MC carries every day.

With Prey for Gods, PunisHER Volume 1, and PunisHER Volume 2 under her belt, Lil MC is a veritable hitmaker and is credited for revolutionizing the hip-hop industry. Her efforts and electric music have introduced new bangers to the industry and paved the way for countless female talents after her.

At present, Lil MC furthers her impact with her single “OMG (feat. Cozzee)” debuting on NBA 2k21 and her recently-released track “Riding the Pink Cloud” shaking the top charts. 

Instagram: @lilmc.music

Website: www.lilmcmusic.com 

  1. Madison Beer

With 25.4 million followers on Instagram and countless more listeners worldwide, Madison Beer is an undeniable star. Before launching to fame, Madison started out doing covers on YouTube.

That was how she was discovered by Justin Bieber, who shared the link to her content and introduced his massive following to the then-rising star. Since the life-altering event, Madison Beer has been the name on everyone’s lips, breaking records and ranking in Billboard Charts for her debut single “Melodies,” EP As She Pleases, and studio album Life Support.

Madison Beer has announced a European tour centered on the latter piece, which will kick off sometime in the Spring of 2022.

Instagram: @madisonbeer

Website: www.madisonbeer.com 

  1. Walker Hayes

TikTok users and dancers who have been following the latest crazes all know the name Walker Hayes. Walker is a famous pop-country music artist who is a frequent visitor of the coveted Billboard charts, his latest rank being that of the well-loved track “Fancy Like.”

He first launched his career in 2010 with “Pants,” which debuted at number 60 on the Hot Country Songs Charts. Following his unexpected success, Walker Hayes expanded his discography with “Why Wait for Summer,” “You Broke Up with Me,” “Craig,” and “90’s Country,”  to name a few. 

While working on his sound, Walker has also branched out into acting and songwriting and is currently welcoming crowds for his nationwide tour.

Instagram: @walkerhayes

Website: www.walkerhayes.com 

  1. Benjamin Gibbard

Benjamin Gibbard (born August 11, 1976) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is famous for being the lead guitarist and vocalist of the indie rock band Death Cab for Cutie. Gibbard and the Death Cab for Cutie band have recorded nine studio albums to date, and he is currently one-half of the electronica act the Postal Service. Gibbard released a collaborative studio project with Jay Farrar in 2009, followed by his debut solo album, Former Lives, in 2012.

Gibbard was engaged to actress and fellow musician Zooey Deschanel in 2008 and was married in September 2009 near Seattle.  However, on November 1, 2011, they announced their separation and finalized the divorce in December 2012. Gibbard would later marry photographer and tour manager Rachel Demy in October 2016 in Seattle.

Instagram: @gibbstack 

Website: www.benjamingibbard.com 

Top 10 Summer Musicians in 2021

Music is a powerful tool. With its ability to bring listeners to tears or paint smiles on their faces, thousands often employ this auditory art to drive forward causes and stories to a global reach.

However, out of the thousands who wield it, only a stark few have an unyielding grip on sound and its undeniable impact. These music artists host the coveted prowess to profoundly affect the audience – introducing life-changing sound designed to move people toward a better space and shape the landscape of today’s industry.

Standing tall amid the crowd and forging connections with listeners worldwide, ten musicians walk onstage and dominate the spotlight this summer. Whether bringing in soulful vocals, dance tunes, or hard-hitting beats, these artists hold the perfect soundtrack to the sizzling season.

  1. SCY

SCY, pronounced “sky,” is a producer, singer-songwriter, and music engineer. He is the founder of Real-Life Music, a label that is doing big things in 2021 and beyond. SCY’s newly released single, “The Sky Is Falling,” from his upcoming album, has received rave reviews and has tens of thousands of streams on Spotify, SoundCloud, etc. The album will be released late summer or  early fall. The title is “Crystal Throne.” Follow SCY on Instagram or text 408-669-3053 for updates.

Instagram: @scy_the_artist

Website: www.reallifemusic.llc

  1. Cooli High

Samuel Thomas Jones Jr. (Born 5/12), popularly known as Cooli Highh, is an African-American singer, songwriter, and content creator Born in San Diego and half-raised In Arkadelphia, Arkansas . Cooli Highh incorporates a unique style that is inspired by the hip-hop genre. He has gained much popularity in the country with the release of his debut album 48Hrs. At the age of 3, Cooli was kidnapped and burned alive, left for dead. Cooli Highh is best known for his eclectic songs such as Piranha, Locomotive, Cold Soul, Flowers, For The Game, Big Face Hunnits, Arkansas Anthem M.M.M., Worked So Hard, and Medicine. His new project The Return Of Cooli Highh is scheduled to release on June 25!

Spotify: Cooli Highh

Twitter: @TheCooliHighh 

Website: www.coolihighh.com 

  1. Kris Russ

Kris Russ is a DIY working class musician out of New Orleans, LA with soul. This musician uses his talent with new-aged techniques and an acoustic guitar to bring something refreshing and new to the table. Listeners will truly enjoy his upcoming EP, “hunting season.” It will be available on all major streaming platforms.

Spotify: Kris Russ

  1. Zenny Kravitz

Isaiah Rosemond, better known under his stage name “Zenny Kravitz,” is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, and artist. Under the mission to impact change and forge a haven of Zen music, Zenny has continuously climbed the charts with numerous crowd-favorite hits.

Launching his career in mid-2018, Zenny Kravitz hosts an eclectic discography of optimistic sound. His 2019 debut album, NO OPTION, was followed by ROBOTIC LOVE and PRE ZENITH in the subsequent year, with the latter establishing the artist’s devoted and growing fanbase.

Determined to further his connection with his fans, Zenny recently released his 2021 masterpiece ZEN CASTLE. Since dropping, the album has been raking in rave reviews and garnering excitement for Zenny Kravitz’s remix of chart-toppers such as Ariana Grande’s “Positions” and Drake’s “What’s Next.”

Instagram: @zennyckravitz

Website: www.zennykravitz.com

  1. Jolie

Based in Saint Augustine, Florida, Jolie is an independent singer-songwriter known for her soulful vocals and heart-wrenching, intimate concerts. In 2018, she officially debuted with the release of her single “Choose Joy” and album Covers which hosts her touching interpretation of eight well-loved hits.

Her debut piece soon led to public clamor for original work, and in 2019, Jolie answered her following with the single “I Can Only Be Me.” The track was a veritable hit and named the young artist Saint Augustine’s “Best Female Vocalist” of the year. In 2020, Jolie was also voted as the city’s “Best Musician” with her single “365 Days.”

While currently working on new projects, the award-winning singer entertains the city crowd with performances at Saint Augustine’s downtown hot spots. 

Instagram: @officialjoliemusic

Website: www.officialjolie.com  

  1. MC Mixson

Derrick J. Mixson II or “MC Mixson” is the game-changing musician shaping modern hip hop. Under the mission to “influence and inspire the World,” the masterful artist has dived into unexplored areas of the hard-hitting genre and continues to innovate it with diverse sound and techniques.

With numerous cross-genre hits, the artist is visited by a whopping five thousand monthly listeners on Spotify and 41.8 thousand followers on Instagram. Due to his musical prowess and devoted fanbase, the artist has been featured in Source Magazine, LA Wire, Hip Hop Weekly Magazine, Shade 45 XM Radio and Dash Radio. 

Furthering his mission and connection with his audience, MC Mixson released his 2021 single “Rock With Me,” which continues to earn views on popular streaming sites. 

Instagram: @mcmixson

Website: www.reverbnation.com/mixson  

  1. Brianna Musco

With over twenty thousand followers on Instagram and countless listeners worldwide, it is undeniable that pop artist Brianna Musco is at the top of her game. However, before launching to stardom, Brianna debuted with “Forever” in 2019. The track garnered an outstanding 200,000 views and sent the artist on tour.

While entertaining crowds in the United States, United Kingdom, and across Europe, Brianna Musco sated public demand with her 2020 single “Never Stay.” It was an overwhelming hit. The song established Brianna as a 21st-century pop icon. This success was augmented by the 2021 release of her track “My Only Pretty Thing.”

The young artist’s latest track is expected to be publicly unveiled on her upcoming July 24 show at New York City’s Mercury Lounge. 

Instagram: @briannamusco

Website: www.briannamusco.com 

  1. Yellow Trash Can

Yellow Trash Can or YTC is an emerging duo band featuring the musical prowess of Sony label-signed songwriter, Jitta On The Track, and multi-instrumentalist, Jason Navarrete. 

Taking their name from the company that initially hired them and attempted to run away with their intellectual property, the duo has since redefined YTC as a band of excellence and nostalgia-inducing hits. Creating a sound reminiscent of the late ’90s and early 2000s, YTC is now renowned for its euphoric and eclectic discography, attracting and continuing to entrance a diverse audience. 

Since their 2020 debut with the single “Populated,” the brilliant duo has constantly been on-air with subsequent hit tracks “Alone,” “All in My Head,” “Hey Crazy,” “Twisted (Ringo’s Revenge),” and their latest project “Talk Nice to Me.”

Instagram: @yellowtrashcan_

Website: www.yellowtrashcan.com 

  1. Claire Hawkins

A modern troubadour, Claire Hawkins is a singer, songwriter, and travel vlogger. Raised in New York City by two polyglot parents, Claire embraces a broad perception of the world. Her unique insight has seamlessly translated to her sound and inspired her to debut EP “Even These Words” in 2017.

At the time, the young artist was studying in Europe and had realized a passion for traveling. Expanding her horizons led to the release of “Foreign Voice.” The awe-inducing track garnered global attention, and in 2019, Claire embarked on the Foreign Voices Travelers Tour. 

She performed in youth hostels across the continent and actively documented it on YouTube. The sights and the experience birthed her June 2021 single “Small Doses,” which exposes the artist’s journey through adulthood.

Instagram: @imclairehawkins

Website: www.clairehawkinsmusic.com 

  1. Paige Garabito

Based in Los Angeles, California, Paige Garabito is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, and music producer. She launched her career in 2018 with EPs “Coffee” and “Bad Luck” – acquiring a significant following and media attention which only grew upon the release of her following creative pieces.

Renowned for her powerful voice and melodic blend of urban pop and tinges of contemporary R&B, Paige carries one of the most attractive discographies in the industry. It includes the collaborative track “Upside Down” with Poorchoice and record-breaking singles “Breakfast,” “Ask For More,” “Cry Baby,” “Low Blow,” “Picnic,” “Actress,” and “Psycho.” 

In the second week of June 2021, Paige Garabito welcomed summer with her fans. She revealed the track “Another Song About Money” and teased its upcoming music video release.

Instagram: @paigegarabito

Website: www.blossomrecs.com/artists/paige 

Brian Maurice Brown Providing Support and Anchor to Talents through BMB Entertainment

Seeing talents struggle to create or reach the limelight is one thing Brian Maurice Brown hates to see. He understands what it means to be underground and has taken bold steps to mitigate that problem for as many artists as possible. He’s an entrepreneur, best-selling author, angel investor, and an all-around passionate entertainment enthusiast. His passion for changing the world fuels his drive for every project he takes on. Over the years, he has invested his time, effort, and resources into helping thriving careers get to the fore and re-establishing old artists’ careers through his record company, BMB Records. Maurice Brown has partnered with streaming company Omnis Player to invest in short films, which lends further credence to his love for entertainment and for pushing boundaries.

Born in Detroit, Maurice Brown studied business administration before he took up the music business. Since his journey as a music entrepreneur began, he has worked with notable artists like Ashley Newman, Brooklyn Queen, Charlie Baltimore and Trick Trick. He has also worked with producers such as Jupyter, Dre Butterz, Antt Beatz, D-Digital, and Vincent Berry Il. Maurice Brown actively got on the journey of sweeping through the entertainment industry and working with the best of the best to achieve the best results musically and business-wise.

Maurice Brown takes the art seriously and works hard to balance artistry with business. He advises artists to keep sharing content so they can be well-positioned if opportunities arise.

“My work ethic is to never stop creating, thinking, and doing something to make every situation better,” he said.

His book, Living for the Sacrifice: A Hood Hero’s Guide to Success, which he co-authored, has been a life-changing book for many people. Brian shares some deeply personal stories on overcoming demons and doubt to achieve professional and personal fulfillment. His stint in prison also played a major role in shaping his outlook on life.

“After being incarcerated, I created my impact on the world and have helped make other people successful through consistency, dedication, discipline, and sacrifice while creating life,” he said.

Beyond catering to musical artists and talents, he’s involved in countless charitable projects that have him providing coats for kids, food, and blankets for the homeless and taking part in city philanthropy drives. All these earned him the Spirit of Detroit Award for his outstanding services to the citizens of Detroit. Maurice Brown has set himself on a course to create an enabling environment for people in their personal lives and businesses. He sees BMB Entertainment as a family-oriented company with a heartbeat that creates a life and structure for everyone affiliated with the company.

In his words, “For me to be able to do any kind of business, I need to feel that connection, that feeling for me to commit. We care for the people that we work with, our artists, our projects. We want them to succeed, and we care about our artists’ welfare as much as their goal for global success.”

The motivation to start his company was inspired by a meeting with Charlie Watchmore. He watched her once, invested in her, and built a studio in her home within forty days. A few months later, she was nominated as MC of the Year at the BET Music Awards. This gave him the push to do the same for other artists by giving them the needed support to thrive. His goal in five years is to be a major music executive giving artists a shot at fame and supporting them on their respective journeys.

Learn more about Brian Maurice Brown and his work at BMB Entertainment on the official website.

Mick Jagger Remembers His Late Good Friend and Film Producer Steve Bing

The icon Mick Jagger reminisce the good memories he had with the movie producer Steve Bing has died at the age of 55. 

Bing had joined the creator last Monday at his home in the Century City section of Los Angeles, According to the Los Angeles County coroner and the cause of death is still pending. And the Fire Department said it responded to a report of a 55-year-old man jumping from a building at the same time and place also last Monday. 

Bing co-wrote the 2003 comedy Kangaroo Jack, a film starring Anthony Anderson and Jerry O’Connell that was savaged by critics but made nearly $90 million at the box office and had produced the 2000 Sylvester Stallone film Get Carter, and worked with Mick Jagger and produced the director Martin Scorsese’s 2008 Rolling Stones documentary, Shine a Light. 

“It’s so sad to hear of Steve Bing’s passing,” Jagger said on social media. “He was such a kind and generous friend and supported so many good and just causes. I will miss him very much.”

It’s so sad to hear of Steve Bing’s passing. He was such a kind and generous friend and supported so many good and just causes. I will miss him very much. MJ

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Steven Bing was a son of a doctor and philanthropist who spent most of his time in advocating public health and the grandson of a New York real estate developer who inherited him a hundred of millions of dollars when he was in legal age. 

In the 1980s, Steve Bing dropped out at Stanford University, where the elder Bing had donated $50 million, for a career in Hollywood. He got early credits as a co-writer for the 1984 Chuck Norris Vietnam vet movie “Missing in Action” and its two sequels. He wrote an episode of the sitcom “Married… with Children” and in 1994 wrote and directed his own small film starring Judd Nelson, “Every Breath.” And also he donated millions for expenditures and campaign materials to the Democratic Party and its candidates, including, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi, to various foundation, and to campaigns for liberal-leaning ballot initiatives in California and other states that are governed with Democrats.

President Bill Clinton tweeted. “I loved Steve Bing very much, he had a big heart, and he was willing to do anything he could for the people and causes he believed in. I will miss him and his enthusiasm more than I can say, and I hope he’s finally found peace.”

Bing was known for being a L.A. socialite who had dated a lot of pretty girls and brought them to red carpets, at big-dollar benefits and courtside at Lakers games.

When he was at his 30’s, he was unexpectedly became part of high-profile lawsuits centering on his possible paternity of children that brought him media attention on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. A 2002 DNA test required by a British court showed that he was the father of the infant son of model and actress Elizabeth Hurley, whom he had dated.

The same year he sued movie mogul Kirk Krekorian, alleging Krekorian had hired a private detective to go through Bing’s trash to obtain DNA for another paternity test, this one to determine whether Bing was the father of the daughter born to Krekorian’s then-wife, tennis player Lisa Bonder. That lawsuit was settled out of court.

The two children, Damian Hurley and Kira Kerkorian, have been named in recent court fights over whether they will be heirs in the trust set up by Bing’s father.

Taylor Swift Was So Disappointed and Called Out U.S. Census for Excluding Transgender

The newly-awarded ‘Artist of the Decade’ by American Music Awards, Taylor Swift,  is always an increasingly brave vocal pop star and avid-supporter of the LGBTQ community, expressed her sentiments and demands for an explanation during the Friday (June 26) Stonewall Day live stream to commemorate the day and speak out against trans exclusion which really caught her very upset.

 Being politically outspoken, helped ignite the gay rights movement. 

“The Stonewall Inn has been such a symbol in the face of rebellion,” Swift said in her message. “I was lucky enough to get to perform at the Stonewall Inn last summer when my friend Jesse Tyler Ferguson invited me to crash his set,” she continued, calling back to her surprise intimate set on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

With her powerful speech, it made her fans feel something nostalgic and looking forward for more solutions and breaking the gender stigma in the society “[It was] a really good step forward with the Supreme Court ruling… but we still have so far to go with the LGBTQ community,” she said, referring to the recent ruling that prevents employers from discriminating against LGBTQ employees. “I got my census the other day and there were two choices: male and female. And that erasure was so upsetting to me.”

It is really evident from Swift’s music video, ‘You Need to Calm Down’ how she advocates for the LGBTQIA+ community and how vocal she is when her homies are bullied and denounced in the society. 

Swift was upset and called out the absence of census options for trans and nonbinary citizens “a really brutal way of dismissing them” and wrapped up by saying this November, “We need to make sure we elect people who care about all communities.”

“When you don’t collect information on a group of people that means you have every excuse in the world not to support them. When you don’t collect data on a community, that’s a really brutal way of dismissing them. Obviously we all need to exercise our right to vote this year and check our absentee ballot policy in our states and we need to make sure we elect people who care about all communities”

In her message, she emphasized the importance of inclusion and the society and no entity should be left behind. Swift strongly pointed out that we are on this together and we must use our voice for the good of many people. 

Pride Live’s Stonewall Day is raising funds for LGBTQ organizations impacted by COVID-19 that serve trans and LGBTQ people of color including Trans LifeLine, Brave Space Alliance, TransLatin@ Coalition and The Ally Coalition. Text REBEL to 243725 or visit http://give.onecause.com/rebel to donate.

French Jewish Singer Shneor Orel to Release New Album Very Soon

There is a new man in town, and he is bound to turn some heads in the ever-competitive music industry as he shares his distinct songs and deep love for music while also paying homage to his Jewish and French heritage. 24-year-old Shneor Orel may be a young up-and-coming singer, but he carries with him the wisdom Talmud, Torah, and Halacha as he is also an official Rabbi, after having spent six years in a Rabbinical college. The multi-faceted artist is connecting with the rest of the world through music, and he is also leading his congregation as a Chazan, a trained Jewish presenter skilled in leading the congregation in songful prayer. 

Born and raised in Paris, France, Shneor Orel is unlike any other 24-year-old music artist fans will meet nowadays. He speaks English, Hebrew, French, and Yiddish. He is also well-versed in both the Jewish and Israeli music genres and can sing them with the same degree of passion and distinct musical stylings. He is quite a gifted music producer, songwriter, and pianist, owing his acquired skills to the loving support of his family all throughout his life. 

Whenever he is performing live, the audience is easily captured by his soothing and unique voice. He sings with all his emotions and passions in life, awakening the same degree of emotions among the audience at the same time. Shneor Orel is best known for his commitment to his music and his sincere desire to educate audiences about the richness of the Jewish culture and the love of God. 

He discovered his love for music at a very young age. Over the years, his inclination towards it never faded. Music stayed with him, and it changed him to become the responsible, compassionate, and talented person he is today. Each day his music inspires him to become a better person, to push himself further for the sake of his artistry, and to become the best version of himself. His music and the people he hopes to connect with inspired him to create his personal brand and pursue a career in the music industry. He understands that the world needs a positive vibe, something that he puts in every song and brings with him each time he goes up the stage.

“For me, music is the most beautiful, powerful, and inspirational language in the world. Music bonds people together, and that’s exactly what I want to accomplish as an artist,” Shneor Orel reveals. 

In the next five years, he hopes to be doing concerts and touring the world to entertain large audiences with his songs. Apart from his upcoming album this year, he also intends to release a few more in the coming years. Through his musical creations, he aspires to be a good influence to people who are seeking answers in life, those who are looking for their purpose and are finding the strength to live them out. He hopes that his music will become inspirational enough for them not to give up on their dreams. He hopes that as they see him work diligently to create a name for himself, they, too, will rise up to the challenge and pursue their passion.

Find out more about Shneor Orel by visiting his Facebook, YouTubeInstagram, and TikTok. Listen to his music on Apple Music and Spotify.

Drake Tigges: Seasoned Brand and Artist Development Manager Giving Talents a Shot at Fame

With all his dreams centered on building others’ dreams, Drake Tigges has earned himself the reputation of the one person that brands and artists can trust with their careers. Operating out of Nashville, Drake Tigges is the founder of Youngville Agency, a management and development firm that takes brands and artists from zero to hero. Drake’s journey started at an early age, and he found success quite early, too, when he began to learn everything about the music industry. This led him to establish Youngville Agency, which has grown into the powerhouse that it is today.

Learning every available marketing and campaign trick at 18 was enough to get him started with any artist and mold their career into what they desire. One thing Drake did to ensure longevity in the business was link up with the bigger names in the industry, such as Struggle Jennings, Jellyroll, Big Smo, BWA Ron and Michael Johnson (the UFC fighter). Building these connections early in his career set him up for success and soon gave him a level of credibility that made many independent brands and artists want to work with him.

Drake Trigges’ passion lies in helping brands grow, and he ensures that happens for every brand that chooses to work with him or his agency. He even takes things a notch higher by allowing the brands and artists to earn 100% of their income without taking any percentage. “At Youngville Agency, growth is what we’re passionate about, and we make our clients comfortable by focusing on just that rather than money or other stuff,” Drake says.

Youngville Agency’s value offering is to help artists and brands reach their full potential within the first 12 months through good content and excellent campaigns. One of the company’s most notable achievements is Urban Blaze, a country music singer who had only 217 followers when the agency signed him. At the age of 19, in less than two years, he has a song that made it to number 30 on the charts, more than 357 thousand streams, and verified social media handles. His success with Urban Blaze has further cemented his place as a brand manager of repute who knows his onions.

Drake Tigges is well-versed in the production of different music genres, and he understands what makes audiences gravitate toward a new artist or brand. He has established a culture at Youngville Agency that allows his clients to remain 100% independent while the agency delivers on its management and development promises within the fastest possible time.

Drake’s passion for music never waned at any point, and since his foray into the artist management scene, he has not looked back since. Growth is his major drive, and he keeps looking for new ways to keep his brand growing. His five-year goal is to become one of the most well-known talent development agencies in Nashville, Tennessee, and other parts of the United States. Youngville Agency thrives on the hard work that goes into quality content creation and effective branding for its clients and will like to shed more light on those aspects of its business. Learn more about Drake Trigges and Youngville Agency on the official Instagram page.

Katalxst: Jamie Smith’s Journey From the Basketball Court to the Entrepreneurial Space

It is not an uncommon occurrence for athletes to branch away from sports and delve into other ventures. Established athletes become investors, celebrities, or even entrepreneurs once they believe it is time for them to retire or decide they want to try something new. Jamie Smith is no different. Following her basketball career, she delved into entertainment and business, eventually creating many business fronts under her brand Katalxst.

Jamie Smith hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There she grew up and established herself as one of the most exciting prospects in women’s basketball. Jamie was highly sought-after and highly recruited as twenty Division 1 scholarship offers poured in from Miami, West Virginia, Alabama, Texas, Georgetown, Illinois, and more. She was also recognized as one of Adidas’ national Top 20.

Eventually, Jamie settled for St. Peter’s University, thriving as a critical contributor in the division before stumbling into a roadblock. She tore her ACL in her freshman year and opted to move to Morgan State University. There Jamie carried out her career, playing three years as the point guard and captain and helping them to their first-ever postseason play in history. Her success led to offers to play professionally overseas. As tempting as the opportunities were, Jamie declined, citing her injury as a factor.

Following graduation, Jamie Smith moved to Atlanta, where she decided to delve into the entertainment industry. The venture proved to be a wake-up call as Jamie discovered her natural talent in networking. She managed several talents and quickly established her name in the entertainment and music industry. Jamie became one of those people who always had key connections for what others were looking for. She also negotiated deals for athletes, stylists, companies, brand partnerships, and more.

While she was highly successful in her career, Jamie decided to move to New York and pursue a Master’s Degree in business Administration in 2016. Even as she studied, Jamie worked by assisting the women’s basketball program, bringing in talent. Her work caught the attention of a Division 1 university who offered her a full-time position as director of operations and assistant coach. For three years, Jamie coached Division 1 basketball and brought recruits whose arrivals made an immediate impact. Simultaneously, she continued to manage her artists.

Jamie Smith would later exercise her Master’s Degree by creating Katalxst in 2019, a brand that allowed her to provide various services that complement and display her all-around talents in business, from consultation to growing & scaling to management. Jamie extended her brand to include services beyond business and entertainment. Knowing that her company could do more, Katalxst was expanded and created a lifestyle clothing brand, real estate business, and a barbershop in Jamie’s hometown in early 2020. 

By then, Jamie’s ventures were met with the onset of the pandemic, setting up another roadblock in her career. It was a difficult start as most businesses were forced to close shop. However, against all odds, Katalxst House of Styles saw great success, continuing to grow each month while complying with the new state regulations. 

Within a short period, Katalxst Lifestyle Clothing Brand overtook Jamie’s most successful business, even beating out her music brand. She plans to continue building on her success as she recently purchased land in San Bernardino, California. Jamie Smith is set on returning to her roots and using the land to build a creative studio and athletic & training facility with 2023 as its opening year.

Learn more about Jamie Smith and Katalxst by visiting their official website. You can also follow Katalxst on Instagram.

Star Waan Is New Jersey’s Newest Rap Star on the Rise, Ready to Take the Music Arena by Storm

Bringing Jamaican culture into the realm of American hip-hop is New Jersey’s latest rap star in the making, Star Waan. The rising artist is determined to bring a new and unique sound to the table by combining Jamaican music style and Western sound. Today, he continues to drop new records on various streaming platforms as he builds his presence in the worldwide music arena. 

Star Waan is a rising independent rap artist and songwriter hailing from New Jersey. Born and raised in Jamaica, he moved to the United States when he was in his mid-teenage years. As he carried his Jamaican roots with him to another side of the world, he reflects a combination of both worlds in all his artistic endeavors. His passion for music developed at an early age, with the influences of Tupac, Michael Jackson, and Jimmy Cliff. 

By 2017, Star Waan decided to pursue his passion for creating art. This marked the beginning of his music career, where he started writing a significant amount of music that ultimately reflected his experiences in life. In October 2020, he debuted with the album Keep It Blazin, which housed 11 incredible tracks and a music video for the single. At present, the music video for “Keep It Blazin” has generated over 16,000 views on YouTube in just a few months. 

More than bringing a creative video, catchy tunes, and iconic wordplay to his listeners, the music video for “Keep It Blazin” also took on a unique approach in marketing a brand’s merchandise for face masks, T-shirts, lighters, and more. Most recently, he released another track, “No Cap,” featuring ChinBling, on YouTube. Some of his other tracks include “Guns Out,” “2021,” “Tattoo,” “See Us Soon,” and many more. 

As a multi-talented artist, Star Waan impresses the crowd with his impactful presence on stage. His positive vibes and energetic sound allows him to excel in all sorts of genres, including pop, hip-hop, and dancehall music. He produces chill and laid-back records that are pleasant to the ears. Even with the relaxing beats at hand, Star’s tracks can still take the listeners to the dancefloor. 

Today, Star Waan continues to build his empire in the music landscape. He continues to explore fresh concepts and melodies that will surely set the music industry ablaze sooner or later. But more than producing songs for entertainment purposes, he uses his gift in music to empower and inspire listeners to move forward in life. “I gain motivation from my life experiences based on the struggles I see every day that reflect around me. My culture influences me to create from what I know so that it could mean more to my creation,” shares the rising rapper. 

In the future, Star Waan hopes to dominate the music industry. On the side, he hopes to invest in fashion, technology, and health industries. Moreover, he also has his eyes on pursuing philanthropic endeavors, getting involved in charities to help the less fortunate.

To know more about Star Waan and his upcoming music, visit his website and follow him on Instagram. Check out his music on Spotify, YouTube, and Apple Music.