“KICK IT” was written by Meshae Boateng and produced by Kwajo Cinqoand Rob Kelly. “The inspiration behind the song Kick It, is more or so having that constant feeling of wanting to vibe and chill with someone who you are beginning to show interest in and getting to know,” mentions Meshae. “You just want to be with them all day,” she shares with a laugh.”KICK IT” is available on all streaming and download platforms now, via the G7 Records label imprint.
CONNECT WITH MESHAE: Instagram: @MeshaesWorld Twitter: @MeshaesWorld Facebook:/MeshaesWorld Snapchat: Shaetoohollywood TikTok: @MeshaesWorld ABOUT MESHAE: Meshae is a veteran recording artist which is quite a statement considering the fact that she is only 19 years old. Her recording career started when she was 9, hanging in the studio with her recording artist father and constantly looking for opportunities to slip on the headphones, stand in front of a microphone and sing her heart out.
From the age of 10 Meshae loved to perform and participated in as many talent shows as she could find. Her polished understanding of singing and performance comes from her participation and love for church choirs and Gospel where she perfected the vocal and performance skills that will propel her to the top of the charts. A native of Toronto/Rexdale, a community steeped in hip hop and R&B history, Meshae writes and performs her own material under the musical guidance of recording artist and producer Cinqo CEO, a founder member of Ghetto Concept and the head of G7 Records.
Inspired by the style and performances of Beyonce’ and Brandy, Meshae’s music offers her listeners infectious rhythms and beats as well as lyrics that listeners can easily identify with. A savvy businesswoman with immense energy and drive, Meshae loves her busy life. Besides maintaining an intense schedule as she prepares for her first major music release, Meshae is finishing up a college degree in Marketing and overseeing a successful eyelash and nail business that she started when she was high school. Meshae believes in hard work, dedication and constant self-improvement.
Meshae is poised to record, perform and continue to grow her loyal core audience. She believes in the power of music and the role recording artists have in shaping society.
For additional information on MESHAE please contact Ra-Fael Blanco at 2R’s Entertainment & Media PR at 646.326.4803 or via email at TwoRsEnt@aol.com.
“LIGHTS ON” was written by Stringz EMB and produced by John Joseph (Summer Walker’s “Over it” & “Body”), and PJ Fresh. “I was inspired to write this song as a result of my own personal struggles of being in the light and forging a smile to hide a depth of depression,” mentions Stringz. During the current times of the pandemic, depression and mental illness are becoming more and more of a normality, but Stringz EMB’s mission is to shed a positive light in the darkest of rooms by preaching the fact that “it’s ok to not be okay.”On “LIGHTS ON“, Stringz EMB lays out a passionate piece filled with emotionally heavy vocals and copacetic guitar strumming. His experimental amalgamation of gospel, soul, blues, hip hop, and acoustic guitar has been deemed by many as something that we’ve been missing for a long time. The track melodically dives into the artist’s overwhelming sentiment of depression and self-awareness. The first verse starts off with mentions of how due to mental illness issues, close family relationships changed and ultimately faded away. As a rising star, the spotlight is definitely on him, but he admits his true vulnerability with the chilling lyric, “the sun is shining on me, but still I’m feeling lonely.”
“LIGHTS ON” by STRINGZ EMBCONNECT WITH STRINGZ EMB: Website: www.StringzEMB.com Instagram: @Stringzemb Twitter: @StringzEmb Facebook:/Stringz EMBABOUT STRINGZ EMB: Gregory Bowdry, better known by his stage name Stringz EMB, is a St. Louis-born, award-winning singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and community advocate. Dating back to 2014, Stringz EMB & Super Producer PJ Fresh, have been brewing up the magic of his records inside the beautifully ambient Sawhorse Studios. The same studio that housed several world renown projects: One of the most recent works being the Psychedelic Furs, “Made of Rain,” produced by Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus.Touring from coast to coast, Stringz EMB has performed with & opened for artists such as ATG of Discrepancies, Bubba Sparxx, and Murphy Lee of the St. Lunatics. In the midst of touring the world, the young artist even hustled his way into a huge collaboration with Jamaican-born, vocal recording artist, Javada, set for release later 2021.Stringz EMB draws his musical influence from legendary artists such as James Brown, Anthony Hamilton, B.O.B., Drake, and Young Thug. His unique blend of soulful crooning, heavy bass, and live musicians, aids in the production of one the biggest sounds that we’ve heard in a very long time. This rising star is definitely one that you should keep on your radar.
For additional information on STRINGZ EMB, please contact Ra-Fael Blanco at 2R’s Entertainment & Media PR at 646.326.4803 or via email at TwoRsEnt@aol.com.
“FLASHLIGHTS” marks the return of JOSHUA LEDET to the music world and the space that he calls home, the stage. Known for his soaring, church-bred brand of old school soul music, Joshua is ready to introduce fans to a new chapter of his musical journey. “The inspiration behind Flashlights would be the relationship between my mother and father. Watching them live happily ever-after and knowing that they have been together since their teens. It’s a true story of love and commitment and that is what the song is about,” mentions Joshua. “FLASHLIGHTS” was written by Joshua Ledet, Stefan Schonewille and Justin deVries and produced by Claude Villani and Pacific.
Website: www.JoshuaLedet.com Instagram: @JoshuaLedet Twitter: @JoshLedet Facebook:/JoshLedet ABOUT JOSHUA LEDET: Joshua Ledet is a highly-gifted singer, songwriter and performer, who possesses a soulfully thunderous voice, that is unmistakably bred from a bluesy and down-home church tradition. And yet, such effortless vocals hail from a young man who is only in his 20’s. Joshua has rocked the pews of churches, mesmerized American Idol audiences, and sang for dignitaries such as the President and First Lady of the United States. Joshua knew early in life that music was a gift bestowed upon him. Born in Westlake, Louisiana, Joshua was the youngest of 8 children. They were a very musical family. Not only was Joshua inspired by his mother who too was a singer, he grew up as a fan of Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, and even country music. In his hometown, Joshua attended the House of Prayers Holiness Church where at the age of 12 he performed his first solo for a shockingly surprised congregation. Church played a pivotal role in Joshua’s development, as it was the place where he fine-tuned his God-given gift for music. “I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for the church,” he says. “My father being the pastor made it very clear that we all must attend service every Sunday. Watching my mother pour out her soul and connect with the audience through her singing inspired me to sing. Singing for hours every Sunday was great practice and has definitely helped me today. Performing in church taught me that it was more than simply singing, but actually linking into the spirit realm in order to help and speak to others, ”At the age of 16, Joshua set out to reach for his professional dreams by auditioning for American Idol in 2010. He did not make it past the audition stage, but would return a second and third time. In 2012, at the age of 19, he made an amazing run on the highly-rated TV show ultimately finishing in third place. With each high powered performance Joshua garnered overwhelming applause from both audience and the judges, receiving 18 standing ovations in all. After the American Idol run, Joshua accompanied many of his fellow finalists on the show’s annual American Idols Live tour. During the summer of 2012, the tour made some 46 stops across major cities throughout the U.S., Toronto, Canada and in the Philippines. The same year, Joshua released his first single, an original song titled, “Here to Die.”In the spring of 2013, Joshua was invited by First Lady Michele Obama to perform for the President and dozens of other dignitaries for “In Performance at the White House: A Salute to Memphis Soul.” Joshua shared the stage that evening with Justin Timberlake, Alabama Shakes, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Booker T. Jones, and a host of others. The show aired on PBS. Joshua is in the beginning stages of production, and is very anxious to bring his sound to the world. “My music will be my story,” he says. “Know that every song you hear from me is me singing from my soul. I believe we should stay true to our gift and grow with it. I never want to get ahead of my gift. A slow blossom is worth taking a second look. My style and my craft will be revealed soon enough and people will see the type of artist I truly am.”
For additional information on Joshua Ledet, please contact Ra-Fael Blanco at 2R’s Entertainment & Media PR at 646.326.4803 or via email at TwoRsEnt@aol.com.
BRIAN MCKNIGHT drops a surprise release on his fans with a special collection of Terry Hunter Dance/Club remixes of some of his recent hits. Terry Hunter is a world renowned producer, songwriter, and remixer. Remixes includes new high energy interpretations of “Hungry 4 U“, “Forever“, “Nobody“, “Never Get Enough“, and “When I’m Gone“. “BRIAN MCKNIGHT REMIXED” is globally available now, via the SRG ILS Group label imprint.
This Sunday, April 4th and Monday, April 5th, BRIAN MCKNIGHT appears on AMERICAN IDOL as guest mentor for a two-night ALL STAR DUETS to (2) TOP 24 Idol hopefuls. “Being on Idol as a mentor has been something that I have wanted to do for a very a long time and when the call came in, there was no way I would say no,” mentions Brian. “Ideally, I would love to be considered as a judge for some of these TV talent shows, so that I can share lots of my journey with the new generation of singers,” he adds. BRIAN MCKNIGHT will join the likes of; Jason Aldean, Jimmy Allen, Brandon Boyd, Josh Groban, Jewel, Tori Kelly, Katharine McPhee, PJ Morton, Ben Rector, Joss Stone and Ryan Teddler. (check local listings)
CONNECT WITH BRIAN MCKNIGHT: Instagram: @BrianMcKnight23 Twitter: @ItsBMcKnight Facebook: /BrianMcKnight
ABOUT BRIAN MCKNIGHT Brian McKnight has earned a place in music history selling over 25 million albums worldwide and charting numerous hits across many genres. In addition to being a singer, songwriter and producer, McKnight is a multi-instrumentalist who plays nine instruments including piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussion, trombone, tuba, french horn and trumpet.
In an industry known for its constant revolving door, McKnight has established himself with an enviable record of chart and touring consistency for over two decades. During that span Brian has collaborated with superstar artists including Quincy Jones, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Diddy, Christina Aguilera, Rascal Flatts, Nelly, Vanessa Williams, Willie Nelson and Kenny G.
On top of selling millions of records and performing in front of millions of fans, Brian McKnight has been nominated for and has won dozens of awards including the Grammy, American Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, NAACP Image Awards, Blockbuster Awards, and the prestigious Billboard Songwriter of The Year.
Alongside his skills as a gifted singer, songwriter, and performer, Brian has hosted and appeared on dozens of radio and television programs. Most notably in 2009 Brian hosted the eponymously titled “The Brian McKnight Morning Show” radio program which aired in over 60 markets through the ABC Radio Network. The show then became a nationally syndicated television program. In 2007 McKnight stepped onto Broadway with a successful run as Billy Flynn, the slick lawyer, in the legendary musical Chicago.
In 2020, Brian McKnight released Exodus, his 20th studio album, and stated that this will be his final album of all original material. Exodus includes the hit singles “When I’m Gone”, “Neva Get Enuf Of U”, and “Nobody” alongside other original compositions.
For additional information on Brian McKnight, please contact Ra-Fael Blanco at 2R’s Entertainment & Media PR at 646.326.4803 or via email at TwoRsEnt@aol.com.
You were supposed to be lit—a year filled with holidays on the weekends and a pivot into a new decade. You done went and got petty on us with that “lit” part. The world is on fire with a global pandemic, one of the most consequential presidential elections I’ll probably see in my lifetime, and back-to-back instances of racial injustice. (Lord, what did we do to strike this match?)
It’s overwhelming to say the least. As a reporter in Pennsylvania, I followed all of the coronavirus cases since it touched down in the state in early March. I was scared and floated aimlessly in a mindset, questioning: “Can it really get as bad as they say?”
It was daunting, tallying the deaths and the increasing amount of cases for weeks. I started worrying about whether I would get it or if I could spread it to my family, specifically my mom who has Crohn’s disease. I read in a Forbes article that a recent poll revealed that 63% of Black women felt their mental health affected by the pandemic alone. Unfortunately for me, my pandemic anxiety made friends with the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and an overall sense of hopelessness for justice.
I am the only Black woman in my newsroom and even though my coworkers are great, I knew none of them could fully understand how I felt. And, as a reporter, I had to set those feelings aside and continue to muscle through journalistically. I did get to write about my experience going to a Black Lives Matter rally with my husband, which was picked up by USA TODAY.
Even with little instances of success, I knew that I wasn’t fully taking care of myself mentally. I stopped seeing my therapist. I was letting work weigh down on me. I was constantly worrying about things that were out of my control, and I stopped putting effort into my personal growth. I was frozen.
I don’t want this to be entirely about my shortcomings over the past few months, but it’s only fair to reveal the bad with the good. I’ve started positive and beneficial habits amid the chaos. I turn off my work phone when I am not on the clock, reminding myself that if it was REALLY that important, my boss or coworkers would call my personal cell. I also started looking at how I decide to spend my time and who I choose to spend time with.
I give myself more time and grace in the mornings by listening to motivational videos first-thing, journaling, and reciting my affirmations. I’m learning what does and doesn’t work every day and if there’s anything that this unexpected time has taught me, it’s that I can’t afford to underestimate myself. I also need to make myself more of a priority when it comes to my mental, physical, and emotional well-being. I’m a work in progress and that’s perfectly okay.
I work in healthcare which by default has triggered my anxiety in the midst of the pandemic. I had to go out every day, not missing a beat trying to dodge Covid. While non-essential workers were nestled in tight during quarantine, I was playing with fire. Did I choose this field? Yes, but I am still human. To add insult to injury, I watched George Floyd take his last breath on camera and I learned about Breonna Taylor’s tragic story which ended in her taking her last breath as well. I struggled maneuvering in the workplace as a Black woman in charge. Finally, I have to place the toxic cherry on the cake which is none other than forty-five and his election shenanigans. Actually, I have yet to disclose my true feelings and what I’ve been going through, until now.
It has truly been exhausting, shocking, and stressful. That’s even putting it lightly. Listening to people dismiss Covid and me hearing from people, seeing people firsthand who had it, was alarming. No, it wasreckless. I was just praying that God would shield me, my family, and loved ones from the awful virus that was killing people and is still killing so many. I love helping people which is why I dived head first into this line of work. I love it, yes. People love to think that healthcare workers aren’t human, are invincible and fearless. I love my job. Covid still scares me. A little light at the end of the tunnel prevailed though.
I received a promotion at my predominately white workplace which moved me into a supervisory role. As a Black woman, it was a win for me and every other Black woman. It sounds great, right? Don’t get me wrong, I was elated. I felt accomplished and semi fulfilled. It came with more challenging tasks which I enjoyed. But it also came with heaviness, and me having to prove myself repeatedly on the frequent heels of injustices. Every time I was mistreated or misunderstood in the workplace, I was thinking about George and Breonna. Their stories were permanent fixtures in my mind along with so many others. Some days I would go home and cry. I remember thinking and asking myself “Why is my Black skin so inferior, offensive and uglyto them?” I know the answer yet it never stops me from asking the question. I was doing my best. I was the best. I am the best.
Dealing with my work struggles was one thing. The other thing was me watching CNN every hour, checking to see which circus act was up next. This election by far has been the most tumultuous, ridiculous, and historic one yet. Black Lives were on the line. Humanity, decency, equality, and a sense of normalcy was on the line. I found myself praying again to God, that he would bless the world with better leadership. Man, waiting on those results was beyond nerve-racking. I was nervous as hell hoping that my prayers, the prayers of many would be answered.
Ok I lied. There was a bigger light at the end of the tunnel. Joe and Kamala defeated the one who shall remain nameless here. My soul’s frown turned upside down and I was hopeful. Especially because Kamala’s historical win breathed new hope, life, and restoration within me and Black women alike. Plus, my podcast business was flourishing, and all was better. I practice way more self care and take more me time nowadays. I know my worth! Meditation is really great!
I’ve been trying to find the words. The right words. Then I realized there are none. I know the world is in dissaray right now, discord, and there is apparent division. There is so much tension, hurt, pain, trauma, struggle, and stress. When you witness a human being in distress, struggling to breathe, struggling to live, wanting to live, WANTING TO LIVE, NEEDING TO LIVE, calling out for their deceased mother, and another human being is kneeling in between life and death for them, it hits completely different. When another human being is applying pressure to a vital organ, not letting up even after the other human being is screaming out in pain, begging, pleading, and is in total distress. When you actually see a human being transitioning from life to death before your very own eyes, it messes with your mental. Now add race into the mix, and that piles on more mental trauma. Being Black in America is hard. Being a Black Woman in America is harder. Being a Black Man in America is impossible. Now, here we are in 2020 living in the land that is not free. Not for us. A land where Racism has been planted, and is continuously watered mostly by the white hands with invisible sheets. A land where WE are being preyed upon, stalked, and hunted daily. It is extremely sad that we have been reduced to the likes of animals. Then again, I’ve seen animals get better treatment.
How do we fix this ongoing problem? How do we come together? How do we get everyone to understand, and agree that Black Lives Matter? How do we demand to be treated equally? How do we fix a system that never works in our favor. The system is not broken. It just doesn’t work for us, and it was never meant for us. We need to infiltrate the system, and design a new one. We need to get into Media, so that we can control our own narratives. We need to become Police Officers, so that we can break the corruption, and brutality chains. We need to become Judges, so that we can preside over cases fairly, and justly. We need to become Lawyers, so we can try cases fairly and justly. We need to become Medical Examiners, so that we can perform proper, and thorough autopsies. We need to become Doctors, so that we can advocate for patients who cannot advocate for themselves, and for patients whose health complaints have fell on deaths ears. We need to become Farmers, so that we can grow our own food. We need to become elected officials to be able to change laws, that work in everyone’s favor equally, and justly. We need to become Architects, so that we can build places for our Youth. We need to become Investors to be able to invest in some businesses, invest in our communities, and programs that will render aide to our suffering, and broken communities. We need to learn to save our money, so that we are able to facilitate these investments. This will help us all in the long run. We have to infiltrate the system in order to change it, and break this despicable cycle. We need to sit on boards, so that we can make decisions, and so that WE can make changes! We need to present these career options to our children. They just might hold the key that opens up the door to permanent change.
After watching Self Made, a series that was inspired by the life of Madam C.J. Walker on Netflix, I felt more empowered and stronger. It also left me feeling like I’m not doing enough. Yes, I do many things now. However, I’m not going as hard as I could be going. I could be more ambitious and more productive. It just left me wanting more for myself, and wanting to be more for myself. I can always be doing more. How could I possibly conjure up any excuse as to why I can’t do something at this point? There are none. Madam C.J. Walker was extremely determined, convicted, and focused. Her level of passion, determination, and perseverance was something I had never witnessed before. Hell, I don’t see it on that level in myself yet. Yet it’s starting to feel like her attributes were transferred to me via the screen lol. She had people coming at her from every angle trying to destroy her dreams, her hopes, her accomplishments, and everything she worked so hard for. They tried to tear her empire down, and burn her legacy. But she still kept on going. She kept going! She inspired me in ways that are partially unexplainable. The fact that she was able to accomplish all that she had accomplished while factoring in her being born into such a discriminatory era, was a great accomplishment all on its own. She used her voice, and stood up to folks because she believed in herself. She invested in herself. Let me repeat because these are the main ingredients for a successful recipe. She believed in herself and she invested in herself. It is required!!!! It is necessary!! It pushes you. The minute it went off, I grabbed my spiral book, and began writing. I’m definitely going to be an Author. I’m going to revamp my Podcast, and continue growing that platform! I’m going to continue expressing my thoughts on this Blog. Then, I started brainstorming about some other projects I want to work on. I created a new vision board. I want to do SOOOO much more! No, I’m going to do so much more. I’m going to create, create, and create! I don’t want to work for anyone else anymore, and I want to live comfortably! I want to spend my days on this earth doing the things I love, and things I’m passionate about. So, I’m giving myself my word that I will do everything in my power to ensure that happens. I know I have LOTS of work to do, and I’m going to get it done.
Well, there is one last thing I’d like to touch on if I may. The series also shined a much needed light on a dark truth, that has plagued our Black Communities for centuries, colorism. Yes an ugly and sad truth. The “brown paper bag mentality” still exists today, even in 2020. Light skin vs Dark skin. Sisters, I pray that for those of you who’ve experienced hate because of the shade of your skin, know that you are beautiful, you are loved, and I pray that you heal from all hurt and pain. Sisters, I pray for those of you who think you are superior because you happen to be a shade lighter. You are not fully responsible for those thoughts that have been embedded long before you were born. But like the saying goes, “When you know better do better.” I pray that you realize someday soon that you too are beautiful yes, and that you belong to the same community. My hope is that you are healed from all hurt and pain as well. We can move more mountains together. For any of you who have been prejudged negatively and doubted because of the color of your skin, please know that you are more than capable, you are more than enough, and you can do anything you want to do. “Your only limitations are the ones you place on yourselves.” Now get to it and go work!!!!!
Bravo Octavia Spencer for portraying this role so eloquently, strongly, and effortlessly! You are a superb actress and you’ve made waves in the industry!!! You’ve inspired myself and countless others.
Thank you Queen Madam C.J. Walker for setting a prime and beautiful example!!!!!!!! Thank you for opening up the doors for us. Well done.
I may not be your cup of tea nor your cup of Vodka.
I’m a full, and distinct glass of an acquired taste. My words can command your ears with one stroke of my well read tongue. My mind works in unpredictable, beautiful, creative, and mysterious ways. My smile will bring light to where light no longer exists. I am hypnotic. I can arouse your soul into a trance. Don’t sleep on me baby. I can awaken the soundest sleeper. My body will delight you, and ignite you. I wreak a sexy impressionable havoc. I will swallow you whole, and spit you out.
I am the only force to be reckoned with.
I am your kryptonite or I can be your dynamite.
I may not be your cup of tea nor your cup of vodka. But someone is going to drink from my glass…
My soul is the keeper of my words. It tells me what to write, what to say. I can’t control what it concocts. I move when it tells me to. I move wherever it tells me to. When it compels me, I listen. The sound is deep. I am its vessel designed by intricate parts. Lined with complexities and substance. Are you receiving this? When my soul starts speaking to me, the noise outside begins to suffocate. The world outside no longer exists. The feeling is divine. My soul speaks a language that I understand more than my native tongue. It’s solid. It recognizes the good and the bad energies. I rely heavily on my soul to lead me and I am in tuned. If you want to get to know me, you must bring depth to the table and match my soul at eye level. Then, I will let you know if we approve or not.
My eyes latched onto to yours, and I got a glimpse of your soul. Our souls connected and created one. The energy we share is electric. I can feel when your vibe is off, and you can feel when my vibe is off. When our minds meet, the dialogue is eclectic. I get lost in your company when we’re together. The outside world doesn’t exist when I’m in your sensual midst. It’s just me and you. When we make love, my soul moans, and becomes detached for a moment. You make me climb into my feelings in unfamiliar places. I don’t recognize this kind of love. My soul yearns for you when we part ways. You’re the one. You’re my only one. My soul mate.