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NEW MUSIC: Erica Mason “Drips on the Devil”

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Erica Mason returns with a fan collaborated song “Drip on the Devil” to encourage people that they are not alone in this season. For some people, 2018 has been a year of many set backs leaving them with feelings of frustration and even discouragement. The song “Drip on the Devil” was created to motivate people to fight against the things that leave them feeling stuck and discouraged, and to speak truth over themselves.

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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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EJ Jackson Releases New Music w/ 1KPhew & Receives Head Nod From Lecrae

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This Soul Music Singer/Songwriter is making everyone’s head turn!

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EJ Jackson is back with his first promotional single of 2020! His latest single features Hip Hop artist 1K Phew of Reach Records and is now available worldwide! EJ Jackson is a prolific talent all on his own, but has shared the stage with other greats such as PJ Morton, Mali Music and many more. ArtSoul Radio had the opportunity to speak with EJ Jackson briefly about this latest single release and his musical journey.

 

1) ARTSOUL: How long have you been singing and writing music?

EJ JACKSON: I was always a singer. I’ve been singing ever since the age of 3. Started writing heavily in my teenage years. Been releasing music ever since 2013. However, I can truly say that 7 years later (in my mid twenties) I know exactly what I want to say.

 

2) ARTSOUL: What was the inspiration behind this song?

EJ JACKSON: “On My Grind” is a song addressing anybody and everybody that has ever doubted or questioned my movement thus far. I wrote the song back in June 2018 along with some of my other popular songs like “Back Around” ft ELHAE which is currently sitting at 1 million streams. At that time my team and I were just pushing out hit after hit.

 

 

3) ARTSOUL: It’s not easy to get an artist like 1KPhew on your track. How did that happen?

EJ JACKSON: It was crazy! I had a rap on the second verse but I wanted to take things a step further. We sent it over to Lecrae’s camp and they played it for Phew and he was messing with it. When they sent his draft over I was blown away. He really did his thing.

 

4) ARTSOUL: How did it feel to see Lecrae shouting you out for your new single?

EJ JACKSON: That was huge! Definitely a milestone in my career. It means a lot to me. That man has Grammys! (Laughs) I mean, he’s done all this crazy stuff with Ty Dolla $ign and Tori Kelly….. the list goes on and on! He’s one of the ones that are pushing faith to mainstream and I support it 100%.

 

5) ARTSOUL: What can we expect from you next? 

EJ JACKSON: I have a lot of music in the vault. Working on some more collaborations as we speak. I’ll definitely be dropping before the year is out for sure. Keep your eyes and ears open.

 

EJ Jackson continues to make heads turn with his rich and soulful sound. With his versatility and skillfulness, he has no limits! We’re excited to see what’s next for this independent artist. Scroll down to see his shout out from Lecrae and to learn how to stay connected with him on social media. More music from this artist is coming soon, so be sure to stay connected!

 

 

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