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New Artist Kadidia Talks About Her Purpose and God’s Plan in Her EP “Epiphany”

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In society and even Christian circles, the message of knowing your purpose is pushed a lot. Often times in your journey to purpose you will go one way and God will lead you another, sometimes opposite of what you thought for yourself or even planned. Such is the case for Christian singer Kadidia Christel, who released her first EP entitled, Epiphany: My Purpose over the summer this year.

As a young adult, she’s expressed her journey to this point of becoming a recording artist and what it means to her. The New York native grew up singing in church, being content with serving as a supporting vocalist for her brother Tae Edwards. Following her brother’s unexpected passing in 2015, a friend surprised Kadidia with a studio session to lift her spirits. The initial plan was to just have a little fun, but producer Gary Coach saw something more. Now she is an artist with Coach and Naomi Raine’s record label The Bridge Collective:

“Being 22, everybody around this age is still trying to figure out exactly who they are and what their purpose is. Being an artist was never a goal for me…I never thought I was good enough to be honest,” said Kadidia candidly on her Instagram page. We don’t know about that one, because she has some great singing talent and has done beautiful covers online. Now with her own music, she’s released a live acoustic version of one of her EP’s tracks called “Nowhere:”

Kadidia has experienced her fair share of valley moments during her journey, but through it all, she shares her epiphany with listeners: “You are not alone. Fear, frustration, depression, anxiety and identity crisises are real, but so is God and He knows about every part of it. The sun is shining where you’re going.”

From transparent lyrics to soulful melodies, Epiphany: My Purpose, His Will is set to make a substantial impact in Contemporary Christian music.

Check out  Epiphany: My Purpose, His Will, available everywhere!

Listen to Epiphany: My Purpose, His Will Here

 

Tatianah is the founder of the blog BLISSforSingles.com {Black Love & Inspiration for Saved Singles} where she encourages singles in faith and love. She recently published her first book entitled Journey to 30: A Single Woman's Guide to Living Unapologetically Without Deadlines. Tatianah works, plays and lives unapologetically for Christ in Chicago.

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K-Ci of R&B Group Jodeci Shares Near Death Experience & How His Faith Helped Him Recover

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After years of battling his addiction, he finally committed to his sobriety. He was on his way to living a healthier lifestyle and getting his career in music back on track… until an unexpected stroke in the brain left him fighting for his life.

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K-Ci is half of the popular duo K-Cei and JoJo of the R&B band Jodeci. Together, these two rose to fame in the worldwide multi-platinum selling group. But, throughout all of his success, K-Ci was consistently battling the dark side of addition to alcohol. This desease took front seat as the accolades from his career faded away. After years of battling his addiction, he finally committed to his sobriety. He was on his way to living a healthier lifestyle and getting his career in music back on track… until an unexpected stroke in the brain had him fighting for his life.

The doctor’s prognosis was not promising. He was told that it could be at least 6 months before he could walk or speak, and it was unlikely that he could return to his normal life and career. With this news, he feared that he might not ever be able to record or perform music again.

K-Ci recently showed us that he has officially been back in the studio recording music again! On July 31st, he released his latest music single “Jesus Saves”!

Scroll down to listen and to learn more about his testimony:

VIDEO: “Jesus Saves” By K-Ci of Jodeci

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Gospel Artist Keyondra Lockett Talks New Music, New Business & The Importance of Black Ownership

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We had a chance to catch up with the amazing gospel recording artist Keondra Lockett and ask her about her musical journey, her response to the pandemic and its affects on the industry and what’s coming up next in her career.

ARTSOUL: Keyondra, you are such a force to be reckoned with–a powerhouse vocalist, skillful writer and a positive role model for young girls of color! Was this always your dream? How did you get your start in the industry?

KEYONDRA: Thank you so much! Honestly, things just progressed into where they are now. My life really confirms the scripture that says “For I know the plans I have for you” says the LORD (Jeremiah 29:11). My start in music was with 2x Stellar Award Nominee and female gospel group, Zie’l.

ARTSOUL: Who have your influences been for songwriting and your singing style?

KEYONDRA: My top 5 vocal inspirations are: Karen Clark Sheard, Kim Burrell, Miley Cyrus, Brandy, and Billie Holiday. Everything I write is from my experiences so I’d like to say, I influence myself in songwriting.

ARTSOUL: Many young artists often struggle with deciding which genre of music to pursue. Did you experience this struggle or did you always know you wanted to be a gospel artist?

KEYONDRA: My mom wouldn’t go for me singing secular music lol. But the healthy alternative, to me anyways, was urban gospel music. It’s always been my favorite type of gospel music. But truly, I’ve only wanted to sing gospel music. I felt it was part of my purpose. That may be deep for some, but that’s real.

ARTSOUL: You released your amazing song “Trouble Won’t Last” right at the start of the pandemic. The lyrics and melodic production instantly bring the listener to a place of refreshing in the midst of such a scary time. What was your vision for this song? How has music helped you during the effects of COVID-19?

KEYONDRA: What’s crazy is that I wrote that song as a testimony of God healing me vocally, that was the vision. But of course, it speaks to all troubles. The music most definitely came at the right time. Happily and sadly, TWL has pushed and propelled me as an artist but it troubles me at times how my success in this moment feeds off the woes of this world issue. But I’m so grateful that it’s encouraging the body and touching so many lives. That’s what music should do, it’s really helped me during this time to be pointed to God. Gospel music that is.

ARTSOUL: Speaking of COVID-19, so many artists have been struggling to stay creative with so many live events canceled. What’s been some of your favorite ways to stay creative and in touch in community during nationwide shut-downs?

KEYONDRA: I’ve always been taught to have many irons on the fire. So where my creativity may not be as seen or felt musically right now, I have other things like being an entrepreneur that keep me busy. My company that I share with my sister and mom, Jolie Noire, is an elevated leisure wear line. It keeps me going none stop. Pre pandemic, I was working on my EP coming soon.

ARTSOUL: We continue to celebrate your amazing accomplishment of a toy doll deal with The Kenya Doll brand in 2016! In light of the crucial racial climate in America today, what have you been doing to reinforce that black girl empowerment we’ve come to expect from you? Have you found it challenging being a black woman in this industry? If so, what have you done to maintain a positive outlook?

KEYONDRA: My brand, Jolie Noire which means Pretty Black in French, is in existence to affirm and validate black girls and women. So yes, I’m certainly reinforcing black girl empowerment. Will never stop that. It can be very challenging but knowing of the customers love and support keeps us going. That work isn’t music related but it’s yet apart of who I am.

In music, we see many other races celebrated and lifted based on color alone, and given the opportunity to soar. It’s really interesting but, I see with consistency and drive and maybe taking a bit longer, that it’s not necessarily people that keep your boat going. It’s God through you. That’s my positive outlook.

ARTSOUL: There has been a very controversial discussion going on regarding “cancel culture.” As a public figure and believer, what are your thoughts on this strategy? Do you think there is an effective way to deal with injustices done and mistakes made by people in the public eye?

KEYONDRA: The cancel culture has a spirit of the “I AM God” complex resting heavily on it! “I said it, and I ain’t taking it back” -Nene Leaks Lol It’s so true though. For a human to feel they have that much power to end a person, suggests a lot about that individual. If you feel the need to not support a celebrity or public figure etc. based on something they’ve done, just don’t support them. But to round up all the troops, if you will, and destroy that person and no mercy be given, is just wrong. I believe in righteously judging a matter, but I also believe in giving a couple chances too. That’s what God does.

ARTSOUL: Looking ahead to your upcoming projects, what artists/producers are you looking forward to collaborating with one day? Is there a different style you’d ever consider trying if you have the opportunity to experiment?

KEYONDRA: I have had the opportunity to experiment with country sounds. I’ve been in talks with an amazing producer friend about doing a gospel country album. So, think my Billboard Top 15 single Try to the 10th power on an album. That’s my country music style. I’d love to collaborate with PJ Morton one day. His approach to music/songwriting is dope.

ARTSOUL: What can we expect to see/hear from you coming up?

KEYONDRA: I have an EP that I’m getting prepped and ready to release called Cornerstone and a collaboration with 112’s Q Parker set to release later this year. I’m excited for you guys to hear it!

Find out more about Keyondra Lockett and everything she’s creating at https://www.keyondralockett.com.

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Watch The Replay Of Ep.1 From Our “Song Stories” Series Ft. Jonathan McReynolds

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Hear his story along with an exclusive live performance

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In May, the ArtSoul Radio team started a brand new series on IG Live called “Song Stories”. Hosted by DJ/Host “DJ Standout” and various co-hosts from the team, this series highlights popular singers/songwriters giving them an opportunity to get up close and personal with their fans in a new way. We speak about their musical journey, and share the unknown stories behind their fans favorite songs!

The first episode premiered Friday, May 1st featuring Grammy nominated artist Jonathan McReynolds. Our host DJ Standout spoke with him about his new album “People” and how his collaboration with Pastor Michael Todd, Mali Music and The Walls Group came together. We even touched on his dating life, family and much more! If you missed it, check out the full episode below:

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