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Artist Spotlight - Martha Afework | @martha_afework
October 17, 2018 12:00 AM PDT
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In this episode of PoPolitickin, we politick with DMV-based singer and songwriter, Martha Afework.

Martha Afework has been singing since she could form sentences. She was classically trained on piano from age 4, and has since only grown to love other sounds. After graduating from college with an english degree in 2015, Martha put her piano to use, writing original tunes and posting them on Instagram. There, her videos began to go viral, and she began to grow a following. Since, she has begun to record and co-produce original music. Laced with powerhouse vocals inspired by soulful r&b/jazz sensations like Amy winehouse, Jill Scott, and D'angelo. Combined with honest lyrical content, Martha's music is multi-faceted and transcends the boundaries of all soulful musical genres. "I just want to inspire people to be the truest and most authentic versions of themselves," she says. Her debut ep, entitled "One-Eighty," will be available on all platforms this spring 2018.

Artist Spotlight - Julz | @MuzicMind
October 15, 2018 12:00 AM PDT
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In this episode of PoPolitickin, we politick with Julz.

Julz is a pop and R&B singer with Federal District Records. She has opened up for celebrities such as Fat Joe and Pnb Rock.


Artist Spotlight - Naybabii | @Naybabii
October 13, 2018 12:00 AM PDT
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In this episode of PoPolitickin, we politick with model/actress/femcee Naybabii.


Artist Spotlight - Conner Cherland | @ConnerCherland
October 11, 2018 12:00 AM PDT
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In this episode of PoPolitickin, we poltickin with Conner Cherland.

Conner Cherland is a Santa Barbara based singer-songwriter that plays a blend of styles from Americana, Indie/Folk, to Soul music. With heavy influence from Hozier, Ed Sheeran, and Shakey Graves, Cherland developed a rare sound of live guitar looping and percussion. You’re likely to wonder how so many sounds can come from just one man.

Cherland’s new album, "The Choices of John Still" is a mash-up of indie rock sound and singer-songwriter storytelling. Thematically covering the relationship between love and control, Conner Cherland uses catchy melodies, distorted vocals, and beautiful harmonies to make his thesis. Director of TV shows, Reba and Marlon, Robbie Countryman says Cherland is a “rising new talent in the music world.”


Artist Spotlight - Bizniss | @bizniss47
October 09, 2018 12:00 AM PDT
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In this episode of PoPolitickin, we politick with rapper Bizniss.

Name is Jacob Burrell, I go by Bizniss. Im originally from Columbus, Ohio! I started rapping after my homie showed me a verse he wrote to the Hive instrumental by Earl Sweatshirt. I came back the next day with a verse to nikes on my feet. Ever since then Im going at it constantly. I love this shit!


Artist Spotlight - Kia Renee | @kiareneeallday
October 07, 2018 07:50 PM PDT
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In this episode of PoPolitickin, we politick with singer/songwriter Kia Renee.

Kia Renee is a singer and songwriter from Fresno, California. Her eclectic style has been influenced by a wide range of artists such as Brandy, Gnarls Barkley, Lady Gaga, Lauryn Hill, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, and Fefe Dobson.

She got her start as a songwriter in 2014 with ‘Avalanche’ by Brielle. The pop single maintained the #5 position on the Billboard Hot Single Sales chart for 6 consecutive weeks.

Kia Renee is stepping on the scene as an artist writing her own songs. She has released 2 singles entitled 'That Could Be Us' and 'Cherry Blossoms' from her anticipated EP 'Pearlfection.' Kia Renee is the first artist signed to Pearl Glow, an independent label.


Artist Spotlight - Megan Thee Stallion | @theestallion
October 06, 2018 04:55 PM PDT
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In this episode of PoPolitickin, we politick with Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion.

Megan is a dynamic beauty from the Great State of Texas. Her profound confidence gives her a unique edge and she delivers it , while being soft & sexy at the same time. If you have come to expect Houston to deliver quality artists to the mainstream, Stallion won't disappoint.


Artist Spotlight - Annyett Royale | @annyettroyale
September 29, 2018 06:29 PM PDT
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In this episode of PoPolitickin, we politick with singer Annyett Royale.

Heavily influenced by R&B, Gospel, Reggae, Hip Hop, Alternative music and vocal power houses like; Patti La belle, Aretha Franklin, Tina Marie, Anita Baker, Lauryn Hill, Masha Ambrosias, Keke Wyatt, Faith Evans, Adele, Fantasia, Jazmine Sullivan. Annyett wants to bring back what she feels went missing in the industry and should have never left; That REAL heartfelt music that her children and grandchildren could appreciate now and for years to come, that real music, always relevant and never out dated.

Artist Spotlight - Sharaya J | @Sharaya_J
September 20, 2018 07:27 PM PDT
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In this episode of PoPolitickin, we politick with rapper and choreographer Sharaya J.

A native Hawaiian, but raised in Jersey City, New Jersey, Sharaya J has always been an artist at heart. She was exposed early by her father who was a member of 90's Hip Hop group Double XX Posse. Sharaya has always been a natural performer. With a very successful career in the dance industry working with the likes of Diddy, Rihanna, Ciara and Alicia Keys as well as great choreographers like Laurianne Gibson, Fatima Robinson and Jamaica Craft, Sharaya is no stranger to the spotlight.

In 2013, after a chance encounter, she landed a deal with The Goldmind Inc. This allowed Sharaya the opportunity to study and work under the legendary Missy Elliott as her protégé. Within the same year, Sharaya J released her debut single "BANJI". This record not only displayed an underground Jersey Club rhythmic sound, but it also created an international movement. Never slowing down, Sharaya released two more singles, "Takin' It No More" and "Shut It Down" which set the dance world ablaze.

Sharaya J is simply a woman of many talents. In early 2014, Sharaya J joined forces with Alexander Wang starring in his T by Alexander Wang campaign and becoming a brand ambassador for his line. With multiple features throughout the year including Dazed Digital, Interview magazine and NY Mag/The Cut, Sharaya blazed a trail “to get the people dancin’ again!!!” She even caught the eye of Wilhelmina Models and was signed to their celebrity board by the years end. The oh-so talented Sharaya J even started her own company, BANJI Entertainment. Under that umbrella she released her next single “BIG”; which reintroduced her fans to a more evolved lyricist and an established brand. In the first half of 2017, Sharaya J dropped her explosive collective entitled “Dope Product – Vol. 1”; showcasing fierce freestyles over tracks from both the past and present. Followed by the release of the single “New Wave” in October. Currently this entertainer, filmmaker, actress and choreographer is working harder than ever as one of the original contestants on Fox Network's hit show The Four. There’s no telling where her talents will take her.


Artist Spotlight - Shardé Sangz | @shardesangz
September 17, 2018 09:14 PM PDT
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In this episode of PoPolitickin, we politick with Shardé.

As a young girl growing up in West LA, Shardé was exposed to many rich cultures, traditions, people and forms of musical expression. As someone who always naturally gravitated toward the power of music, Shardé regularly shared her vocal talents at church services and events. From Church, she was able to take her love of singing into new realms. She began composing her own music and even began rapping. She wrote her first song at the age of 13 called “Haters” which caught the attention of a producer. He helped her write her second song called “Dance Floor” at 15 years old, which won her 1st place in a school talent show. From there, Sharde gained a new sense of confidence. The essence of who she is, and the strength of her persona comes through her music and her performances.

Shardé is the first ever winner American Airline & Essence Magazine’s “I am New and Next” competition in July 2018 at the annual Essence Festival. Before her Essence Fest win, she’s been a runner up on NBC’s “The Winner Is”, won TruTV “Killer Karaoke” and was season 3’s winner of NBC’s “The Voice” On Snapchat, in which she beat out over 20,000 people. Her largest crowd was at the Stubhub center in Carson, CA where she sang the national anthem for the National CrossFit Games. Over 10 thousand people were in attendance. Aside from performances, she has worked on her own original music where she was able to dive into who she truly was. Doing competitions was great but she wanted more. She wanted to be able to express what was in her heart. Her influences gave her a template on not only how to write and compose music, they inspired her to be herself.

In her rich and powerful vocal artistry, Shardé pulls from artists like Whitney Houston for her power and resonance, Jill Scott for her soulful vibe and MIssy Elliott for her funky eclectic style. Her grit and heart came from years of perseverance. Looking to her influencers and staying true to self kept her focused and inspired. These influences have shaped her philosophy on being an artist. She believes that time is your greatest asset. Use it wisely and you can take over the world!

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