Monday, June 29, 2015

Anna Luxion: Connect and Think

Anna Luxion, is a singer/songwriter who has taken her music to new heights through her fearless pursuit to make quality music.  While some people know all along that they are meant to be in the spotlight, it took Anna some time to come to the realization that music was her thing, but music always came naturally to her.  As a child, Anna’s interest in music started with playing the guitar and by the time she got to college she inched closer and closer to the idea of doing music full time. Finally she decided to take some music classes, and eventually became a Theory/Composition major with a minor in Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University.  Anna’s vast knowledge of music and passion for raw emotion in song lead her to realize, “I can use the "textbook" side of music to enhance those emotions that I'm trying to get across.”

Anna’s music never goes without much thought and precise vision.  Her recent single, Magpies, tells of the importance of looking beyond material things and into the more important things in life.  I had been thinking a lot about how focused we can be on material ideas and objects,” says Anna, “[magpies] are birds most known for their obsession with shiny things, even if the things themselves are worthless,” hence the song’s title.  Magpies is the first single off of Anna’s second album that she hopes to have out early next year (*fingers crossed*)!

After being in LA for only a couple of months, Anna is adjusting nicely to the new environment, allowing herself to embrace the talent she is constantly surrounded by and use the success and hard work of others as motivation to keep working toward her own goals.  In the future, Anna plans on working hard to release new music for her audience, as she continues working toward improving as an artist. 

Anna’s music goes beyond being a pretty sound, her lyrics are filled with purpose, “I think, in this life, certain people are given gifts and talents and opportunities, in order to fill roles. And I feel like one of my roles is to help people connect and think.”

Connect with Anna Luxion:
Facebook: Anna Luxion Music
Instagram: @AnnaLuxion
Twitter: @AnnaLuxion

Monday, June 22, 2015

Sarah Wise: Beyond a Voice

In love with the music and moved by passionate lyrics, the young and witty Sarah Wise is nothing short of a well rounded artist.  Sarah admits that while she was always singing as a kid, what really drew her in to music was the opportunity to be creative and release any and all kinds of energy through her words.  “I would be upset or angry and writing a song was releasing that stress,” shares Sarah.

Sarah’s music is a good mix of heartwarming lyrics and a soulful, cool vibe that is an unlikely combination to come by.  Her early musical influence was Celine Dion, however now she says that her taste in music ranges from Cristina Perry and Sia to Drake and BeyoncĂ©.

As an artist, Sarah describes herself as someone who does her music with a lot of feeling.  When listening to a song, Sarah places a huge emphasis on lyrics and how the lyrics in a song make her feel.  This is something that she tries to incorporate when she is writing her songs; heartfelt and touching lyrics that people can relate to.  In two of her singles, “Toxic Love” and “Forgot How to Say Goodbye”, Sarah says she was able to use personal experience to write songs that many can relate to.  Sarah says that for her, “being able to write something and turn it into something great was a way to get over the situation and in a way boost my self-esteem because song writing is an excellent reminder of a talent you have.”

It is evident that music is Sarah’s one true love, and her motive in doing music goes beyond just making music, and on to being able to touch the hearts of all who hear her.  Her ultimate goal is to be able to tour with her music and touch other people’s hearts in the way that other artists have touched her.  But for now, she remains happy doing her music, expanding her fan base, and being able to share her love of music with anyone who will be kind enough to listen.

Connect with Sarah Wise:
Instagram: @sarahannecw
Soundcloud:  Sarah Cecilia

Monday, June 8, 2015

Tiffany Janell: Power and Soul

It all started in the backseat of a car.  As she was riding along listening to Mariah Carey’s “Hero”, Tiffany Janell, who was 10 years old at the time, began to sing along.  Tiffany’s parents paused in awe, asking her to keep singing, in acapella and now, years later she graces us all with her soulful and vibrant voice through her different social media channels.   Her voice has a power and emotion that will leave you wanting more, and Tiffany’s infectious personality will have you wondering just what she has to offer to the world.

While Tiffany says that she can identify with many genres of music from Jazz, to Salsa, she admits that her home is in R&B/Soul.  Her musical influences vary, “Currently If P!nk and Adele had a musical baby it would be Tiffany Janell,” she says.  However, growing up in a Puerto Rican household, Tiffany was also influenced by artists like La India, Marc Anthony and La Lupe.

Tiffany’s ultimate goal is to be able to do music full time.  She has gone to great lengths to be able to make this dream a reality, moving from Philly to California in order to pursue her dream.  It has its challenges, but I've learned the hard way nothing grows in comfort zones,” she shares. Tiffany dreams of one day having crowds of people singing her music with her and she hopes to make music that people can relate to; just like her musical role model, Pink.

Tiffany’s message to the world is loud and clear, “be reminded that your dreams matter!”  She hopes to inspire people to invest love and time in themselves, saying that everyone should “sing and dance to your own beat.”

Connect with Tiffany Janell:
Twitter: @TiffanyJanell
Instagram: @MsTiffanyJanell
Soundcloud: TiffanyJanell
Youtube:  Tianelle77

Monday, June 1, 2015

Zaiah: Strength and Soul

Zaiah is a soulful and unique singer songwriter from Indiana who knows first hand what it is to trade a normal life for his burning passion of music.  Zaiah’s music career started early on—his mother’s taste in music always influenced him growing up.  Artists like Prince, Whitney Houston, and Teddy Pendergrass were some of his earliest influences.

After high school, Zaiah went on to college to study Biology with hopes of becoming a doctor.  However, his passion for music soon took over and he was faced with the tough decision of continuing his studies or following his dreams.  Zaiah decided it was now or never, so he relocated to Atlanta, Georgia where he would pursue music.  I am from a smaller city where everybody usually knows what is going on with the next individual. I was ashamed to return to my city without a degree, but once I felt that God instilled this goal in my heart, I had a drive that superseded my prideful thoughts,” he shares.

With the soulful and infectious voice that Zaiah has, he has nothing to worry about because there is so much to love!  Zaiah shares that his favorite thing about music is the fact that he is able to touch so many people with his voice.  His ultimate goal would be to have more time to dedicate to his music and make it his full time job, but for now he is happy being able to reach new audiences every day. “Talking to people about life experiences and encouraging others to follow their hearts, goals, and dreams is very important,” says Zaiah.    

Zaiah wants to be able to give back with his music, noting that it is important to be honest when expressing himself as an artist, something that he learned from his biggest role model: his grandmother.  Although he fights for his dream every day, Zaiah admits that is not easy, especially because in the past he has been extremely critical of himself.  It takes a strong person to produce something you believe is great, yet still receive negativity from others,” he says, and it is this vulnerability that makes being an artist so special.   

Zaiah is now working on creating new music and expanding his following, “I think people can expect to hear and see more confidence in who I am as an artist,” he says.

Connect with Zaiah

Facebook:  Zaiah Music
Twitter:  @ZaiahMusic
Instagram:  @ZaiahMusic
YouTube:  ZaiahMusic