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banner Her portfolio career extends the scope of Film/TV, Music, & Choreography & Dance.

Celestina2Introducing Celestina, a multi talented recording artist who brings a unique sound by merging her exotic flair over heavy-hitting electronic/pop sounds.

This West African beauty is a multi-faceted performing artist who not only plays a recurring character in the “Lionsgate” feature film sequel, Step Up: All In, but also showcases her music side with two smashing records in the motion picture “Hands Up In The Air” and “Turn It Up,” a collabo with singer, Bianca Raquel. Both singles are yielding multiple radio plays around the world and press/media coverage.

Celestina’s artistry has led her to tour all around the globe. She has also collaborated with acclaimed producers and songwriters like, The Monsters and The Strangers (GOOD Music, Flo Rida, etc), Chris Rojas (Pink, Big Time Rush, etc.), Rob. A! (Chris Brown, Rihanna, etc.), Michelle Bell (Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, etc.), and so on.

Celestina & Bianca Raquel – “Turn It Up”

Her new hit record, “Hands Up In the Air,” produced by LloydQuinPearson (Elisa Schwartz, Bianca Ryan) and JeremyJhawkHawkins (Rej3ctz, E-40) was released for digital release on August 5th alongside the Step Up: All In soundtrack release featuring Celestina’s record “Turn It Up” produced by G’harahPKDegeddingseze (Chris Brown, Usher) and records by Diplo, Steve Aoki, Lil Wayne, Pitbull, and many more. Celestina enjoys writing music that encourages her fans to dance their pain away. Multiple music bloggers stated that Celestina’s music will be in heavy rotation for a long time!

Celestina – “Hands Up In The Air

Celestina3Celestina’s portfolio career extends the scope of Film/Television, Music, and Choreography & Dance. In Film and Television, Celestina has landed roles as guest VJ for MTV Tr3s, to cameos and co-star roles in feature films like Alvin and the Chipmunks.

TV series such as Malibu Country with Reba Macintyre and Travie McCoy, 90210, The Game, and National Campaigns for Ford, iPod, Crystal Light and much more.

Her stamp in the Choreography & Dance industry, is also armed with a resume that includes artists such as, Prince, Chris Brown, Robin Thicke, Ashley Simpson, Usher, The Black Eyed Peas, Wyclef Jean, and Jason Derulo to name a few.

STEP UP ALL IN – Trailer – Official [HD] — 2014

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To book an interview, please contact
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Interview space is very limited!

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The-Floacist-2014NatalieThe FloacistStewart is a singer/poet

The Manifestation

PGPhoto_PhoenixMermaid-36Born in Germany to Jamaican born and British raised parents, NatalieThe FloacistStewart is a natural.

The trained actress and slam champion poet, she made her stage debut at age three.

As a graduate of Richard Branson’s BRIT Performing Arts and Technology College where she earned the title of ‘Student of The Year.’

The Floacist later went on to invite her long time friend Marsha Ambrosius to perform at a poetry event that Natalie was headlining along side her renowned performance poetry group ‘3 Plus 1.‘  That night, Floetry was born.  As the creative mastermind of Floetry, The Floacist acted as manager and PR agent.

The Floacist EPK

She then managed to take her blossoming artistic venture from South London to Philadelphia and ultimately, to the World.  So, 

after five years of non-stop, sold out, touring and selling well over 1 million copies of three released albums and a live album DVD, Floetry moved on to solo ventures.

The Graduation: Floetic Soul

PGPhoto_PhoenixMermaid-4The Floacist’s solo debut offering, Floetic Soul, was released November 9, 2010. “Floetic Soul was inspired by the understanding that my original Floetic concept of `Poetic Delivery with Musical Intent’ had not come to an end, even though my group, Floetry had completed it’s cycle.

Joining forces with the mesmerizing wordsmith, is a stellar line up of guests including soul crooners Musiq Soulchild and Raheem DeVaughn.

As well as the God-Daughter of Soul, Lalah Hathaway.  With production by the likes of JR Hudson (Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild) and Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis (George Clinton, Kim Burrell, Will Downing).

The Evolution: Floetry Re:Birth

On November 13, 2012, The Floacist celebrated the ten year anniversary since her creative vision took flight with the release of her new and sophomore recording, Floetry Re:Birth.

“These past ten years have been one of self-love and independence.  Floetry Re:Birth explores that journey,” shares the London based artist. The Floacist is joined for the first time on recording by the lovely gold-selling South African singer Thandiswa, from the popular and celebrated South African unit Bongo Maffin. “My vision and dream for this project is for people to pick up the album, learn the words, and then come to the show so that we can connect in the divine energy and vibration of music!  I love the road.  I look forward to hearing my music grow as I tour.

Forever – The Floacist (featuring Musiq Soulchild)


The Floacist’s third album ‘RISE of the Phoenix Mermaid was released on March 18th 2014.  RISE of the Phoenix Mermaid has been inspired, as always, by my personal walk and journey through the pages of the day to day parable that is my life!

RISE is a compilation of a few songs that I wrote in 2006/7, at the point of the end of Floetry, that I didn’t have the opportunity to share but have now reworked and finally am delighted to present to my audience, as well as a few completely new songs that I manifested in 2013, and I have also converted some of my favorite spoken word pieces into the Floetic ethos of song structure. The creation of this album has been about reflection, empowerment, self love, acceptance, submission, the Divine Feminine and the completion concept of endings leading to new beginnings.

The Floacist – Feel Good

PGPhoto_PhoenixMermaid-10For all of the people who have been along for the journey of Floetry and eventually my solo artist walk, the message is about perseverance and alignment.

The message is about being prepared for one’s own opportunities. The message is about the ability to rise from the abyss of isolation, journeying upwards always, out of the ashes from the purification of the fires of change.

The Floacist Talks About New Album Rise Of The Phoenix Mermaid


Thanks to Christy Black (Publicist)




MargoStudioPromoMarguerite is an Singer/Songwriter/Poet and Entrepreneur

Marguerite “Turnin Toxic” Review


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Do you like classic uplifting positive Soul Music with a Message? If so this album is for you, 17 great songs about life, love and learning from a woman who has seen a lot of life’s difficulties due to a long list of medical problems. None of her difficulties seem to have dented her spirit but made her stronger and this shines out through the lyrics in her songs.

As Marguerite says “If music doesn’t have a message then it has no meaning”,this is the work of a woman with talent, spirit and attitude but most of all great love which “Spread Love” highlights with its message of giving love to people as we walk through life .

The quality and variety of song ensures that all real soul music lovers will find their tastes catered for.

Another favourite of mine is “At The End Of The Day” with a message that speaks to me its ok being you so love yourself too. The title track is a social commentary about where the world is going wrong in 2014, a message that needs to be heard alongside the positive tunes.

Marguerite can sing upbeat and down-tempo tunes equally well and “Together “is a great example of how she handles the slower song. The song “Keep It Movin “ captures the spirit of Marguerite perfectly as she sings “ keep it real or keep it movin “ Marguerite is a lady whose voice needs to be heard in 2014

Please spread the word

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About Marguerite

1273309_10202232143270578_648232084_oMy name is Marguerite. My Mother nicknamed me Tina as a young girl after Tina Turner because of my voice and the way I danced.

I am a native of Washington, D.C. My birthday falls on the 5th day of November. Despite any pseudonyms for being creatively me – Tina, Miracle, Margo and then back to Marguerite!

When you say my name, say it loud and sweet, let it roll off your lips and say “Marguerite”!

I am an Independent Artist living with disabilities. It is my hopes to encourage and inspire others in all walks to never give up on their dreams and know that “through positive thought all things are possible”.


I am a survivor of six brain surgeries, both knees replaced twice, both hips replaced, lost of right eye, right jaw replaced, multiple heart attacks, multiple strokes, seizures, and more due to prolonged steroid treatment for a tumor “I never had”. Music is my salvation; it helped me through a long healing process.

615267_10202232143310579_72387835_oI began creatively writing as soon as I could spell and write. When I was 8 years old I wrote a commercial jingle for the Kellogg’s stick up for breakfast contest in which I won first prize.

I wrote small plays for my siblings and myself to perform for our parents and sometimes other friends and family members. I draw, paint landscapes and abstracts. Graphic arts and electronic publishing have become a few of my self-taught accomplishments.

The Back Alley Theater and the D.C. Black Repertory in the District of Columbia is where I trained to be an actress. I went from being a student to being on stage with a natural grace. My friends and family encouraged me to become a singer after they saw my performances in musical plays.

Loving You Like A LoveSong

I took everybody’s advice to pursue a career as a singer and life has been a song ever since.I have worked with groups/bands in D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Miami doing live and recorded performances. People liken me to the late Phyllis Hyman and to Chaka Khan, who happen to be my mentors.

1294592_10202232143350580_80544563_oMedical trauma interrupted my growth as an Artist/Singer; however, my triumph over many adversities has made me stronger, more loving, and caring.

My enhanced spiritual and emotional growth reflects in my writing and in my delivery of the songs I write.

A friend, who is a big fan said, “I have a soul stirring voice with powerful words that will “make” a person want to listen.”



BIG THANKS to Michael Gedown Brown for the info

Alaina Nelson

banner Alaina NelsonAlaina Nelson is a singer, songwriter and actress

image2In a day and age where true artistry is rarely demonstrated and even less likely to be celebrated, Philadelphia based singer/songwriter Alaina Nelson claws her way to center stage…ready, willing and fully capable of defying the odds.

A self-proclaimed ‘artsy artist,’ her sugary, story-telling soprano grabs you by the hand and beelines straight to the left.

Perhaps a sub-conscious, yet brazen attempt to distract you from her ambiguous appearance…or just maybe, a mere glimpse into the gray area that is her world.

The daughter of a local icon, singer/musician DaveSonnyNelson, Alaina was often the only child present at his band rehearsals. Tucked away in a corner, her eyes open wide with fascination; it was there that the adoration she held for her father sparked her love affair with music.

Even further defining Alaina was her upbringing as a child of African-American, Irish, German, and Native American descent in a rough, urban neighborhood on the outskirts of Philadelphia.

This instilled a survivability instinct within her that would later become evident in the lyrics she would write and the passion with which she would sing… At the tender age of five, she began cultivating her musical roots via training in piano and musical theater, and it quickly became apparent that she had been blessed with a beautiful gift…a powerful, luminous, and undeniable voice.

Alaina Nelson behind the scenes of “Still In Love”

legshotAlaina’s focus shifted toward industry icons like Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Teena Marie, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey; with whom she was strongly impressed by their vocal delivery, writing and performances.

Relentless in her pursuit, Alaina studied these artists all the while honing her skills by performing as much as possible up and down the east coast in weddings, talent showcases, corporate events, and festivals.

Although her sound was often compared to Teena Marie vocally, Alaina’s original music began to exhibit a heavy hip-hop/soul influence, a result of being captivated by artists like Mary J. Blige, Busta Ryhmes and A Tribe Called Quest.

Alaina has spent the last few years signed to several independent labels, none of which produced a final product.

Finally, Alaina decided to take fate into her own hands and test the waters as a true independent…writing, recording and releasing her album, entirely on her own.

Alaina Nelson “Still In Love” feat. DyShon Penn of MTB4 

April 8, 2014 marked the release of her first commericial single, entitled “Frisky Tipsy.” This was the third single released from her album (Behind “If Time Were On Our Side” & “Still In Love“) but it was the first collaboration with her current producer/co-writer Caino, and it showcased not only her growth as a writer & vocalist, but a whole new sound. Alaina finally released her long awaited debut EP, “Miss Alaineous” in May.

headphoneIn love with the process, Alaina is currently writing & recording the follow up to her debut album, which she plans to release as an LP before the years end.

She’s the lead female singer for The John King Dance Band, a part of Philly’s premiere talent agency, EBE, as well as Expressions Models.

Having also returned to her acting roots, Alaina is currently filming a television show (Rollo Robertson Productions) entitled “Runaways,” where she stars as the fearless mafia princess, Gloria Salmaducci.

Never one to quit or be silenced, Alaina continues to grow as a singer, songwriter and actress. More comfortable in her own skin than ever, all the world is her stage … she plans on using every square inch of it.

Alaina Nelson Frisky Tipsy promo

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bannerHéllena is a singer/songwriter

972525_10152315204439828_351018482_nUK based Greek born singer/songwriter Héllena moved to Athens in 2005 to take on piano and modern singing lessons.

By 2009 she was working on original material and in 2010 she recorded her self-titled EP.

In late 2011 she decided to take a leap of faith and moved to the UK to work on her debut album with MTV award-winning producer Stereo Mike.

The first single borne out of the collaboration was “Don’t Change“, which set thescene for what was about to come.

Living in London for only a short time, Héllena made it into the MTV Unsigned Top 20 and gained 6 Gold awards on BEAT100 for “Don’t Change” and “Dream Big“.

Héllena interview + acoustic performance on HCR

IMG_9712In March 2013 she performed at SXSW festival and by early 2014 she reached as high as No2 in ReverbNation‘s Soul/R’N’B London charts.

Fresh off a guest appearance on Simon Lederman‘s BBC London 94,9 fm show, Héllena is building a strong online fanbase and performing live with her band across the UK.

19th of May 2014 saw the release of Héllena’s latest single ‘Dream Big’ from her forthcoming album “Body & Soul“.

This singer/songwriter is being tipped for future success so keep your eyes on this talented diverse artist.

Héllena – Mallorca (Acoustic at home)



Héllena – Dream Big (Official Video)

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Don’t Change (Official Video)

bannerExenia (ek-SEN-ya) is a singer/songwriter and dancer/choreographer based in NYC.

Neo2soul met up with Exenia to discuss the new EP “5 Sides” as well many other areas of her career to date.

editedAAA_0785-1Can you tell the readers a bit more about you?

I’m originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, and I have been a dancer all my life. My mother has been teaching ballroom dance for over 35 years.

Growing up dancing so much – from ballroom to salsa, hustle, hip hop, contemporary, west coast swing, etc. – I heard and learned to appreciate all kinds of music. I moved to New York City almost five years ago to pursue my goals and dreams.

When did you know that you could do this for a career, and who gave you the push to get here?

I always wanted to leave the midwest for the “big city.” I watched my mother hustle really hard as a dance teacher, but she was able to do what she loved because of it.

She encouraged me to believe I could do anything. When I was 12 years old, I felt very strongly that I wanted to sing and dance for the rest of my life. I’m not where I want to be yet but I’m working on it!

Who were your first musical influences that you can remember?

I heard a lot of latin music as a kid… Frank Sinatra, standards too… just being in the dance studio. I loved swing music, blues and jazz. Mariah Carey, Whitney, and Celine Dion – vocal powerhouses – were huge stars when I was a kid. I loved hip hop and r&b and that was my favorite style to listen to in terms of “popular” music when I was young and clicking radio buttons. I loved anything funky and groovy. I also started imitating Michael Jackson very young.

Exenia – “Smile” Acapella Cover

How would you describe the music that you make? I know it’s hard to compare yourself to other artists and styles, but what kind of vibe is your music on?

I have gotten some really great comparisons to people like Alicia Keys, India.Arie, and Sade so far. I listened to a lot of Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, Prince, Maxwell, Eric Benet, and Jill Scott the year before I made this EP, so you can definitely hear those influences in there. I would describe the music as r&b/soul/pop, and those are broad umbrella terms but you hear touches of each of those things on the record. I would also say it sounds “sweet.” It has a lightness, a femininity and a softness about it. It’s also sexy, intelligent, and very groove-oriented.

editedAAA_0635_1About how long did it take to put together?

The EP actually took a long time from start to finish. I started writing most of the songs in the spring of 2012, and we began recording in May of that year. Jesse Fischer – my producer, engineer and main collaborator – was very busy and so was I, because I was going to college full-time, so we had to fit in sessions whenever we could.

But he was incredibly helpful and accommodating, as were the other musicians I chose to work with. The record was finally mastered in the Spring of 2013, just before I graduated from college. But I had to take more time to build my confidence, also to get the money together to do the photo shoot for the cover, etc.

I finally did a Kickstarter this past spring to raise the fees necessary to put the record out independently. So technically, it was created in about a year, but it took 2 years to release it so people could hear it. I would have liked to have moved faster… especially because I’ve been changing and evolving as an artist so much since I recorded it.

But it is tough to do everything yourself, independently, with no label support, and I feel proud of myself for doing things that way, maintaining my agency and ownership of my work, and I have faith that the timing was for the best. It’s all good – and I am just so happy it’s out now! I love watching things unfold as more people hear it, and I can’t wait to find more career opportunities to do more things, and in due time, release a full-length album.

Exenia – Cover of “Rocket” by Beyonce

editedAAA_0711_1How many of these songs are written about your own personal experiences?

All of them. The EP is called “5 Sides” because we refer to songs as “sides” in music, but also because it is like 5 sides of my personality and my experience.

Studio work or performing live, which of these do you prefer most and why?

I like them both for different reasons. Studio work is so detailed, like a fine art, and you explore and develop yourself in that process.

But performing live, I feel alive in a different way, and I love the energy of being on stage so much! I love to create things on the spot, dance, and entertain people.

Which aspect of being an independent artist and the music making process excites you most and which aspect discourages you most?

I am most encouraged by the positive responses I have received from people who have worked with me and heard the music, and by the creative freedom of doing things independently.

I love creative collaborations that just feel “right,” too. I am most discouraged by… I guess how slow things can be. There are definitely periods when you are doing things on your own where not much is happening or you feel like you are waiting around. It is hard sometimes to stay excited when things slow down, but the creative process has an ebb and flow where that is going to happen. I love music so much, and I’ve had such big dreams since I was a kid, so I often feel like I want to get where I am going “NOW! Right now!”… But anything worth doing requires patience.

Exenia – Crazy For You by Adele (Cover)

AAA_0719If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be and why?

I would love to work with Timbaland. I think he has a really unique sound and as a dancer I am drawn to the intricacy of his sonic palette. This record is so acoustic and band-oriented, but I aspire to do some more with electronic sounds and a pop aesthetic as well. I would also love to collaborate with Prince… that would be a dream.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Putting out my debut EP! Definitely!

So what does the future hold for you as an artist? Have you got any big plans that you can tell us about before you go?

I plan to bring the music to life through dance at some point… and I want all of you watching that when it happens. I’m seeking the right connections to make my next moves right now.

Where can We find You?

You can find me at my website and Tumblr blog at, and you can follow me on Twitter, FB, Youtube, and Instagram @ExeniaMusic as well. You can get your copy of the EP at

Exenia – Latch (Sam Smith)

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bannerRufus is a singer/songwriter

IMG_9237 copyRufus is a fresh face who brings a refreshing sound to R&B music.

He is a musician with a genuine desire to bridge the gap between the youth and elders of today with his music being the catalyst for change and the voice of positivity.

His first full length album entitled “Growing Pains” is set to drop early in 2014. It is a very personal and real autobiographical journey of Rufus’ growth as an individual, a role model, a songwriter and as an artist.

Rufus – Hold On Me (Official Video)

_dsc1326In the tradition of many renowned R&B musicians, Rufus began singing with the church at the age of 6.

Born in Toronto, ON but raised in a West Indian Caribbean household he was exposed to and highly influenced by many of the music legends of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.

Throughout his high school years he continued to sculpt his vocal and performance talents as the lead singer in a cover band he also began experimenting in song writing, creating a library of life chronicles.

He found it very therapeutic to channel personal and challenging life experiences and turn them into heartfelt lyrics.

In early 2014 Rufus will release his debut album “Growing Pains” a collection of R&B tunes taking listeners through an intimate life journey of the experiences from being a young boy to becoming a man.

Lyrically there is a story everyone can relate too and sonically there are sounds to please everyone’s ears.

Rufus feat Faith Walker – We Can Win (Official Music Video)

_dsc1296The albums single “Hold On Me” was released as a tease in late 2013 followed by an official music video which gained outstanding buzz amongst online blogs and DJ’s around the world.

To complete the album Rufus collaborated with industry respected producers Atilla Toth, Joel Joseph (Nelly Furtado, Ivana Santilli), Chris Rouse & Cyrus Hira and musical engineer Chris Crerar (Serena Ryder, Prince, Backstreet Boys).

Rufus – Free (Official Music Video) – Extended Video

Rufus TouchupsThroughout his career Rufus has humbly worked with award winning producers Markus Kane (Shania Twain, Serena Ryder), Slakah The Beat Child (Drake) and has shared the stage with many Canadian musical icons such as Wade O’Brown, Jully Black, Divine Brown, Classified, Kim Davis, Classified, Glenn Lewis, Shad and many more.

Rufus continually works with top musicians and producers which challenge him to grow rhythmically and lyrically to create meaningful music without jeopardizing who he is as an artist and more importantly a person.

Each Rufus show is full of energy and guarantees that you will be left wanting more. He has a commanding stage presence and a natural ability connect with his audience. When you see Rufus perform it becomes clear that he lives through his music.

Rufus – Growing Pains (Live Performance)

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“You always remember the first time hearing that understated record which helps propel an emerging artist. If you’re an R&B fan, this is that record from Rufus.” – When the Beat Drops


Kenza DAWN

bannerKenza DAWN is spoken word Hip Hop, Neo Soul talent

femme7Kenza Hidden Treasure; Abundance of Gold
DAWN First Light that Pierces the Darkness, Signaling a New Day

Kenza DAWN is HIP HOP Tricked-Out on the Neo Soul Tip. A Wordsmith; skillfully Blending HIP HOP, Neo Soul, & Spoken Word.

Compared to musical greats such as M.C. Lyte, Queen Latifah, and Lauryn Hill, Kenza DAWN’s unique style and powerful lyrics are leaving an imprint on the music industry and the hearts of millions.

No stranger to the stage, she has performed with Hansberry Sands Theater Company, Andre Lee Ellis & Company, been featured in national commercials, film, television, and graced numerous stages across the country.

As an MC, Kenza DAWN has opened up for artists such as KRS One, Kanye West, and Kem.

Kenza DAWN – BUMagWebzine Interview

femme5“Music is my pleasure, my passion, and my purpose. It’s part of me.

I want people to feel my music; to be inspired, motivated, encouraged, and moved.

I want them to experience love and truth when they hear me.

I’m unapologetically feminine and my music is a celebration all that I am. I am a Wordsmith, a Femcee.” – Kenza DAWN

Kenza DAWN ‘Sista’

Kenza DAWN’s Mixtape Series ‘REVIBAL‘, produced by Muzik Mob Inc’s Rizz Rydah, is a masterful sneak peek at her musical depth and diversity. A Milwaukee native, Kenza DAWN is passionate about impacting the world through music.

femme8The REVIBAL Mixtape Series has received global support and is establishing Kenza DAWN’s presence in the United States and abroad.

On March 14th, 2014 Kenza DAWN released the first single “For You” from the forthcoming album. Her second mixtape, ‘REVIBAL 2‘ was released 04/04/2014. The highly anticipated debut album ‘Feminetics‘ will be released June 10th, 2014.





Yasmine Amari

banner Yasmine AmariYasmine Amari is a singer/songwriter

10352561_867525906607690_9172860377024638012_nYasmine AmariAustralian born,  Arabian decent, Urban Soul RnB Lioness! A poet, warrior and nurturer.

Amari’s sultry cool is bringing back music with meaning. She rises to the occasion thumping out heavy beats soulful melodies and anthems for the lover, warrior and survivor in us all.

Undoubtedly one of the most anticipated new artists to arise out of Australia. An independent artist making her mark on all those she passes, leaving fans, listeners and collaborators feeling her soul on fire and lyrical prowess.

With her creativity barely touching the surface, it has been an exciting musical journey decoding her inner cypher. With nothing but trust in her heart and determination in her veins she has set out to share her energy and art with all ready to receive it.

Representing her self-chosen title, ‘Amari’ meaning ‘Immortal builder’, ‘Strength’, ‘Eternal Beauty‘ and ‘Eternal Life’ in various languages. She continues to remain original with her stand out image style; ‘street’ mixed with ‘tribal’ reinforced with cool, class and beauty. Carrying her spine straight with her spirit risen and pure. A decisive woman who respects talent but favors soul, promising an edge not to be ignored.

LIONESS Official Video – Yasmine Amari

As the only professional musician, in her family, her story is not the cliché beginning most other artists seem to possess. Since growing up in a small Australian town, raised in a hard working farming family surrounded by the purity of the wilderness with the spiritual feeling of freedom, her expression is unadulterated, pure and true.

1688305_862526850440929_8468891033861932988_nAmari has been winning the support and hearts of industry greats, from Multi US Grammy Award Winning Songwriters, Producers and Multi Australian ARIA Award Winning professionals to Motown Legends, the list goes on! Growing from strength to strength and constantly growing stronger and more intriguing with every release,

Amari has kept audiences enraptured in her journey, pleasantly surprising fans and industry professionals with her music and style. Amari is the Lioness in all of us. The protector and the hunter with compassion and pride that dwells in every heartbeat.

Lyrically confrontational, strong yet vulnerable with a delicate sensitive balance. She’s to the point no fuss real.

NOT ME (Official Video) – YASMINE AMARI






banner Senani is a singer/songwriter

Celebrity_photographers_sydney_glamour_nudes_art_photography_SeductiveIntroduce yourself and tell us where you are from?

I’m Senani and I am a singer/songwriter born in Sri Lanka and based in Australia. I create music of several different genres, however my main style is soul, funk and R&B.

When did you start making music and realize that you wanted to be a singer?

I first started singing at the age of 5 and playing the piano and dancing at 7 years old. I started songwriting from the age of 14 years old and I realised I wanted to be a recording artist and performer from the age of 7 years old.

I always had music around me, being from a musical family. My mother was an A grade radio singer and dancing teacher in Sri Lanka before becoming a well known actress there. I grew up around Eastern music (from Sri Lanka and India) as well as soul, funk from the Motown era.

When I was 15 years old I mentioned to my parents that I wanted to become a professional singer and create music, however, I was encouraged to follow another career to support myself and went to University, studying Medicine at the same time as studying for my AMEB exams in piano and taking Vocal lessons. I started recording music soon after I left university and started writing for my full length album Infinity in 2010. I have produced and promoted all my music independently.

Voodoo Girl – Senani

How would you describe the music that you make? I know it’s hard to compare yourself to other artists and styles, but what kind of vibe is your music on?

My music is based on soul and funk, as well as elements of eastern music by fusing tabla and sitar with funk and pop grooves. It’s a mix of uptempo uplifting vibes such as in the song Free and soulful ballads such as A Special Kind Of Girl. Many of the musical ideas for my songs are created through a process of channelling and inspiration rather than by formula or theory and don’t follow any rules. Hence, a lot of the music on my album isn’t purely of a specific style or genre. I do love creating catching melodies that people can sing along to.

What do you think sets you apart from other female singers in the game right now?

Senani Free Black dressMy style draws from elements of soul, funk, eastern music and Jazz. Being a dancer, the groove is very important in my songs and is often the feature, such as in Voodoo Girl, Free, Flirting not Working and Just us.

My voice has been likened to artists such as Sade, Bjork, Katherine Battle and Minnie Ripperton. Using sweet soulful tones with an edge in my voice at times and a high range up to two octaves above middle C, I like to explore all shades, tones and colours when I express myself vocally.

My music has been featured on MTV India and Rage and MTV in Australia as well as received airplay in the USA and national FM radio. As an independent artist based in Australia, I believe the world is not beyond exploration and I have ventured outside, promoting and performing in countries such as the USA (Nashville and LA) for extended periods and Asia. I will be venturing towards Europe in the summer of 2014 to promote my single release FREE (the remixes) and the upcoming fusion/alternative single New day.

A special kind of girl – by Senani

What do you enjoy the most about the whole process of recording and writing music? Is there something that you absolutely love and is there anything that maybe you don’t like doing as much?

I enjoy the whole process of creating new music, from the conception of the melody, lyrics and chords, which as previously mentioned, these days is mostly created through channelling to the recording of the musical arrangement, mixing and mastering.

Music channelling is an exciting process, one that occurs spontaneously and without thought. The ideas are delivered to me via a higher source and I am just the transcriber. During these moments I feel connected with the higher energy and Universe and feel I am In sync with the greater creative force that surrounds us that often we ignore or take for granted.

I tend to be a perfectionist when I create a track. I record all my vocals in my home studio and I am very critical of the results, wanting to create the best that I can. Often this leads to parts needing to be recorded again or reworked. Sometimes it becomes frustrating if I can’t get the vocals sounding the way I like them to after a few attempts. However, I realise that with a bit of persistence and letting go, the right take seems to flow and I achieve what I imagined it would sound like.

291296_116251335142014_1701908_oWhat do you consider your biggest achievement so far?

When my song FREE was nominated for a 2013 Hollywood Music in Media awards in the R&B/soul category and when I was listed in the hot 100 of unsigned artists of 2013 by the reputable music industry magazine Music Connection in the USA.

I attended the awards show at the Fonda theatre in Hollywood in November 2013 and It was exciting to be a part of a prestigious industry event such as this. It was my first time walking on the red carpet and being interviewed by local cable TV and radio.

The song ‘Free‘ has received airplay on USA cable Tv programs such as Sidewalks TV and California Music channel and is being promoted by MTV India Roots.

What feedback from the media have you had?

Well known Australian radio presenter/producer of The edge program, 96.1FM, Charlie Fox, describes the singles ‘Free’ and ‘Voodoo Girl’ as “really nice stuff, very classy”, believing it is the kind of music that will have international appeal, particularly in the United States, The United Kingdom and Asia.

Let’s talk about your latest project, Who dealt with the production and how long did it take to make?

Infinity is my first full length album and I started writing the songs for this project in 2010. I worked with a couple of co-writers and musicians, Eric Rasmussen (ex Heatwave band member) and Nik Pringadi who have worked with the likes of Cindy Lauper, Rick Astley, Smokey Robinson, Karen Carpenter, Samantha Fox, Human Nature and many other International and local acts to produce half of the tracks on my album, including the title track Infinity.

I also worked with Andro Martinez from the Martinez brothers and DJ Alex Svetlov, to add extra production on several of the tracks including Free, Voodoo Girl and Just Us.

Infinity- Senani

Being a self produced album, however, Infinity and it’s creation was supervised along the way from conception to completion by me. I like to oversee all aspects of the production, lending my input to vocal and music arrangements as well as the sound of the final mixed and mastered product.

Infinity, the singles was released in December 2013 and contains 6 tracks including Infinity, Voodoo Girl, Free, A special kind of Girl, No more and Just us.

Do you think that radio is still important now in the digital age?

Yes, I do. Although I believe it is appearing in a different form such as via internet radio stations which the public have world-wide access to. Local radio is becoming less of a utilised source for new music I believe these days, compared to sites such as spotify and You tube.

Wijesena_S8326_131 retouch2 goodDo you think the internet helps or hinders independent artists?

I think the internet greatly helps independent artists achieve local and world-wide exposure and to a greater audience than previously. It allows an artist to build up a following in many places at once, without necessarily having to be based in those countries or cities.

Let’s talk image and branding for a minute. Some artists spend lots of money on artwork and other acts aren’t that interested. How important is image, artwork and branding to you?

I am an artist and performer as well as a creator of music and I have always placed an importance on the image I present to the public as an artist. My image or branding translates a message to the public about the kind of music I create as well as my stage persona. I like wearing hats and funky, vibrant clothing, donning on head pieces and unusual jewellery and glamorous make overs. As an individual off stage, on a day to day basis, though, I am conservative and simple and the branding is in a sense my alter ego.

Just Us- Senani

Do you enjoy playing live? Have you done many gigs and what kind of artists have you supported or played alongside?

My favourite and most loved aspect of my music life is live performance. It is where I can be fully in the moment and at one with the music. It is where I can let go of the intricate process of creation and production and be in a different place in myself as an expressive performer. I love dancing and creating a show case and treat each performance as a piece of art to be shared with my fans. I love the experience of joy and happiness I feel when I perform on stage as well as the ability to create happiness in others through music expression.

291296_116251331808681_3941163_oI perform regularly in local clubs and festivals in Australia such as the Basement in Sydney and the Mattara Music Festival and also played in numerous venues during my 7 month stay in the USA (Nashville and LA) in 2013.

I have played alongside artists such as Silver Chair and Margaret Urlich at the Mattara Music festival and appeared on National TV at the NBN telethon with silverchair. I played in LA club, Room 5 lounge in December 2013 with guitarist Michael O’neill (band member for George Benson) and Grammy award winning Bassist Hussain Jiffrey who plays with Herb Alpert and Serges Mendes.

What music were you bumping when you were coming up?

My music mentor is Michael Jackson. He has shaped and influenced me as an artist/performer and as a person since the age of 9 years old. My all time favourite album is Off The Wall. I also enjoy listening to neo soul artists such as Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and Maxwell as well as all time favourites Whitney Houston, Aaliyah, Billie Holiday, Motown, Sade and 70’s disco and funk.

Senani- Live Superstar Dance, Blue Beat

What plans have you got for the future?

I am currently working on a new single release, ‘New Day‘, which is a fusion track that blends eastern sounds with a rock/alternative edge. This song as well as several tracks from the Infinity album have featured maestro Tabla player Bobby Singh and sitarist Sarangan Sriranganathan and has had extra production by Nik Pringadi.

Would like to send any shout outs to anybody?

Godfrey Fletcher for his hard work and persistence at keeping all of us Soul singers and songwriters out in the public ear. Thanks for your patience my dear friend with me getting these answers back to you.


CLICK PHOTO 2 find about THE ALBUM “Infinity

Free (original radio mix)- by Senani

Australian music magazine the Drum Media has given my music favourable reviews including this one for a previous single ‘I am Gone” (see below)

‘Another Novocastrian, but though opening for the Chair – back when they were the Innocent Criminals, yet-making very different music. This is well made for an indie, very commercial R&B, of what is called that these day. It really does sound like it should be running out of your TV on a Saturday morning. Has some suitably ethnic flavour coming through to make it a little more individual, and that stutter in it that makes dancing to it in need of a little thought between head and feet. And there’s that phone-tone noise again. Sorry there’s only the one song (and mixes thereof) but an EP is on the way, apparently’

Everything I Do (EP) – Senani Great soul singer, another Newcastle product!

2RRR Recommended Listening

An Excellent Singer

Music editor, Sydney Morning Herald, sept 13th 2012, Agin court hotel

Free (Cliff Randall radio remix)- by Senani



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