IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – C.J. DEJOUR – ALABAMA’S HOTTEST STAR!
Aug 2012 02

IAA:  What is your music background?

C.J. DEJOUR:  I grew up singing in the church. I started there when I was six years old. I began writing songs at age fourteen, and I got into studio recording about 7 years ago.

IAA:  Why do you want to record and release your own music?

C.J. DEJOUR:  I’m just a regular person who happens to enjoy writing. I explore all of the gifts and talents that I was given. I believe they are here to help me, and to help me help someone else. I thank God for this gift he has given me, for it is therapy. Oh sweet therapy. For my mind, my body, and my spirit. Some people build a bridge and get over it. I write a bridge to get over it. And after the bridge is built, I look back and smile, for I know I shan’t pass that way again.

See, only forward motion propels me to my destiny.

IAA:  What are your songs about?

C.J. DEJOUR:  My songs are in the key of life. I love telling stories. I tell stories of things I’ve been through, things I’ve seen others go through, and sometimes I just make things up. They usually end up focusing on interpersonal relationships and the emotions that come from them—love, jealousy, hurt, and the feeling of being misunderstood. I also write about my relationship with Jesus Christ and the challenges I have faced. I write about how He still loves me even though I’ve fallen so many times. I am grateful. These are real feelings and emotions I think many of us share. Sometimes, if I’m particularly moved by a subject or current event, I will write about it simply to raise awareness.

IAA:  Who is your fan base directed towards?

C.J. DEJOUR:  My music is for anyone who can relate.

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

C.J. DEJOUR:  I love storytellers. Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Lauryn Hill all inspired me to start writing as I was growing up. They told the most amazing stories. There was so much detail, from the lyrics to the instruments on the track. You could close your eyes and let them paint a picture so vivid you felt like you were there. They mixed real life with imagination, spread love and positivity, and raised social awareness. I love that about each of them. Present day, there are still artists and writers out there doing the same thing. There are too many to name, and I don’t want to leave anyone out, but thank you for sharing your stories with the world.

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people?

C.J. DEJOUR:  My music is a melting pot of sounds and styles. Although the sound often leans toward R&B and Pop, that is not all you will get from me. A lot of times a song will come to me fully formed. I can’t control what it sounds like. I just know it has to come out. At this point, I begin seeking musicians who can help re-create the sounds in my head.

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artists?

C.J. DEJOUR:  I don’t know if this makes me stand out or not, but I do what I want. I write about what I want. I make it sound how I want. Then I just release it. I let it go. I don’t try to fit in with the current sounds or trends. Whatever comes to me is what’s coming out. Some may say this approach can lead to a dated sound, but I disagree. In my opinion, nothing created from nothing can be dated. It just is. Time is timeless. Who made up these rules anyway? People will always have something to say, positive or negative, about anything you do. Life is too short for me to try and please everyone. It’s impossible.

IAA:  What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

C.J. DEJOUR:  Currently, I am working on an EP entitled “The Issues Of…” It will contain a variety of songs that express what’s in my heart. In the meantime, new songs will always be uploaded to my website and available for download as they are released.

IAA:  What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

C.J. DEJOUR:  I would love to work with major artists as a writer, but even if that never happens I will still be a writer in my own right. It’s in my blood. In 10 years I see myself still doing what I love. I will be at peace with myself and the rest of the world, and that is my ultimate goal.

IAA:  How can your fans access your music and contact you?

C.J. DEJOUR:  I welcome everyone to listen, download, comment, and interact with me at the following locations:

Twitter: @cjdejour

Website: www.reverbnation.com/cheryljanay

Inquiries: cjthadejour@gmail.com

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IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – 36 SHAWTY – NORTH CAROLINA’S HOTTEST STAR!
Aug 2012 01

IAA:  What city and state are you from?

36 SHAWTY:  I come from where the Hornets originated, also the home of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Of course, I can’t forget the next best black quarterback resides where I’m from as well, Cam Newton. For those that are still a little lost let me break it down to you, nothing could be finer then to be from Carolina! Charlotte, North Carolina is where I’m from to be exact.

IAA:  What is your music background?

36 SHAWTY:  I came up listening to whatever my mother and older siblings were listening to. That being said, all genres of music gave me the musical background that I have today. I would put my music in the hip hop, rap, r & b, and dance music range.

IAA:  Why do you want to record and release your own music?

36 SHAWTY:  I feel that I have a unique sound of my own. First off, I also strongly believe that I can be the voice for my city. Since I learned that I possessed this gift from God, I want to share it with the world!

IAA:  What are your songs about?

36 SHAWTY:  My music comes from the heart of a hard working man from the queen city who has earned and worked hard for everything he has, no hand outs. That being said, my songs are about my life experiences in the drug trade, in dealing with friends, family, and of course women. Can’t live with them and definitely can’t go a day without them. I love them all. My life on a beat, that’s all I got to speak. (Single coming soon)

IAA:  Who is your fan base directed towards?

36 SHAWTY:  First let me say that my fan base is directed to all ethnic groups. I do what I do for the attention of the baddest scuttaboos (ladies) and hard head buffoons all around the world. If you lived in the hood, came from nothing and are trying to make something better out of your life, becoming a fan of mine will help get you through whatever because I know how it is to struggle and go through ups and downs in life.

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

36 SHAWTY:  Just to name a few artists that I like to listen to, they would be Nas, Pac, Biggie, Jay-Z, R. Kelly, Al Green, Clarence Carter, Master P, Prince, Gucci Mane, OJ da Juiceman, Snoop Dogg, and The Game. My list could go on and on for days but that’s just to name a few.

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people?

36 SHAWTY:  Live! That has to be the first word I use because when you listen to my music you will feel nothing but energy. Some songs will make you want to sit back and take a shot of something, or put whatever in your system if you know what I mean. I have songs that are up lifting. At the same time some of my music will take you to dark places in your life, my life as well. At the end of the day me describing my music, I would have to say it’s live, emotional, energetic, ride to it music, TUH (TrapinUnderHeat).

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artists?

36 SHAWTY:  My life is what makes me stand out from artists or people in general. Coming from 36th street, living in a two bedroom apartment, there were six of us in all, three boys and one girl. We shared a room and everything else. I turned to the drug trade at a young age to help take care of my family. Being the youngest in the household didn’t make a difference to me, I had to go get it. Working a 9 to 5 and hustling in the streets in Charlotte was all I knew for a long time. At the end of the day, I feel that my work ethic, drive, and determination to want to be the best is what will also separate me from other artists.

IAA:  What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

36 SHAWTY:  Right now I’m working on three different projects: Team F.O.E. Presents Family Over Everything [Til Death Do Us Part], in which there will also be a DVD included with the mix-tape. I’m also working on two mix-tapes of my own: Trap Ethics [Lesson 1&2]. Both of these projects will also have DVDs included with them as well.

IAA:  What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

36 SHAWTY:  My career goals are that I want to be one of the top business moguls in the world. I’m starting in the music industry of course and then I see myself branching out to fashion, fragrances, and alcoholic beverages. My overall goal is to just be a trendsetter in whatever I put my hands on or put my mind to doing. In ten years I see myself in Charlotte, North Carolina with businesses set up for my family. I also want my name to be a household name in the music industry in 10 years.

How can fans access your music and contact you?

36 SHAWTY: First off you can google 36shawty for any music!

Twitter is @70foe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPUZJnoUNLA&feature=share&list=UUGHCZ36d1y_y-h1V4YzRS6w

reverbnation.com/36shawty

amazon.com/36Shawty/dp/B006CDXCPY

soundcloud.com/36shawty

emusic.com/listen/#/album/36shawty/36shawty/12953879/

itunes.apple.com/us/album/36shawty/id478241208

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IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – DYNAMITE JONEZ – DALLAS’ HOTTEST STAR!
Jul 2012 31

IAA:  What is your music background?

DYNAMITE JONEZ:  I took Music Theory in high school and in college. At the age of 16 I started writing songs and rapping. It was what I always wanted to do.

IAA:  What inspired you to pursue music?

DYNAMITE JONEZ:  Passion and musical influences growing up as a child.

IAA:  What are your songs about?  

DYNAMITE JONEZ:  Living the fast life, dancing, partying, personal life, background and experiences.

IAA:  Do you write your own music?

DYNAMITE JONEZ:  Yes. Original material is rare these days and allows me to give the best delivery to my audience in my performance.

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

DYNAMITE JONEZ:  Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix, 2pac, and Biggie, (Dance-Pop, Hip Hop, R&B, Dance, Top 40).

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people?

DYNAMITE JONEZ:  Something new and a breath of fresh air lyrically and clever as far as delivery on cd and on stage. My music is upbeat (not always meaning tempo) but dance friendly and energetic in more than one way.

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artists?

DYNAMITE JONEZ:  I have been told that I have a voice that reaches out and grabs people’s attention. (Distinctive) I was in the stand-up comedy business, so I deliver my verses with an entirely different state of mind.

IAA:  What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

DYNAMITE JONEZ:  Ignition Tour, National and International Radio (interviews and record plays), “Fast Life” Project with DJ Seth Lowery, features on an album with So Filthy Klean (SFK), and Music Festival showcases.

IAA:  What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

DYNAMITE JONEZ:  Career goals: I am pushing for 1 top 10 record, Platinum Record sales (RIAA), and would love to hear my work on T.V., video games, and Motion Picture soundtracks. As far as 10 years in the future, see you in 2022.

IAA:  How can your fans access your music and contact you?

DYNAMITE JONEZ:  iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play, eMusic, Rhapsody, MySpace Music, Spotify, Simfy, Nokia, Last.fm, Zune, MediaNet (formerly MusicNet), Tradebit, GreatIndieMusic, 24-7, 7digital, Myxer, MOG, Deezer, iHeart Radio.

Contact:  Fans can contact me at Dynamitejonez.com and Facebook.com/dynamitejonez.

Booking contact: Seth Lowery Artist Management/Seth@sethloweryam.com/972-898-3025

 

 

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IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW YUNG BOSS – ALABAMA’S HOTTEST STAR!
Jul 2012 26

IAA:   What city and state are you from?

YUNG BOSS:  Born and raised in Birmingham, Al but spent most of my life in California.

IAA:  What is your music background?

YUNG BOSS:  I’ve done aritst showcases for Slip-n-Slide Records at Club Merienda, taking classes to understand and learn how to study sound and make music videos. I actually have a video out right now called “When I’m Gone,” (found on YouTube under pimpedout2324’s channel). It’s not the best video but I had fun making it. As an up and coming artist, it’s good to get experience on things that your pursuing.

IAA:   Why do you want to record and release your own music?

YUNG BOSS:  I’m basically recording and releasing my own music to show that you can never be limited to what people tell you. There’s always a doorway, you just have to be motivated to hustle for it. The old saying “wait and let it come to you” only applies to lazy people because if you’re not doing anything nothing is going to come. I’m also doing it to let people know that my story is no different from anybody else’s. I’m just trying to make it like everyone else but my music sounds different because I’m basically bringing my dreams to reality and right now with the right beat, my dreams sound pretty good.

IAA:   What are your songs about?

YUNG BOSS:  You can kind of hear it in some songs but they’re mostly about my love for hip-hop and the old joints that I used to listen to like LL Cool J’s song about Roxanne then Shanté coming out as the real Roxanne, and “The Bridge Is Over” by KRS One. It’s just me saying how I feel at that time except the killing. No one really likes the angry rapper anymore and if they did I still wouldn’t talk about it.

IAA:   Who is your fan base directed towards?

YUNG BOSS:  I’m just trying to mainly grab anyone’s attention so there is no certain fan base.

IAA:   Who are your musical influences?

YUNG BOSS:  Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Wiz Khalifa inspire me. Kanye because I like the way he turns his music into movies and that takes creativity. Some people sell their self short and they rather just throw something together then take their time. Jay-Z because he turns nothing into something and Wiz basically because he shows that a young guy can go from nothing to something.

IAA:   How would you describe your music to people?

YUNG BOSS:  One of a kind. I try to keep my music from sounding like others because it tends to seem as though you’re trying to be that person just to get someone to notice.

IAA:   What makes you stand out from other artists?

YUNG BOSS:  I stand out from others because I talk about the good things in life aside from the negative. Negative things get you nowhere and positivity gives you a better attitude towards life.

IAA:   What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

YUNG BOSS:  I have 2 mix-tapes. I’m done with one and actually am going to release it next weekend. It’s called, “Prince Of Birmingham.” The next one I’m working on is called, “The Day I Fell For Hip-Hop.” I’m also working on a song featuring Sherri Brown and I currently have an android app.

IAA:   What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

YUNG BOSS:  My career goals are to basically be one of the hottest MCs in the industry and that will lead me to my 10 year goal to have a mansion and my mom not having to pay for anything.

IAA:   How can fans access your music and contact you?

YUNG BOSS:  Facebook: Young Aap Boss

Twitter: Mr E_X_Clusive

ReverbNation: YungBoss

Android App: YungBoss

 

 

 

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IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – Q DOT DAVIS – ALABAMA’S HOTTEST STAR
Jul 2012 24

IAA:  What city and state you are from?

Q DOT DAVIS:  I am from Birmingham, AL but throughout college I lived in Nashville, TN, Minot, North Dakota, and even spent time in Canada.

IAA:  What is your musical background?

Q DOT DAVIS:  I have a firm foundation in music. I grew up singing in my family’s church choir and my granddad, Andrew Davis, was an amazing gospel singer. He and my Uncle had a gospel group in his younger days. I guess I inherited the music gene in my family. I played snare drum in middle school. I also sang in the choir throughout middle and high school and was a part of a bell choir. Music has always been a part of my life and I am passionate about it.

IAA:  What inspired you to pursue music?

Q DOT DAVIS:  I had been working on promotional teams for clubs since age 16. I continued that through college until I ended up in the small town of  Minot, ND, where there are not many clubs to continue that at. While I was there in football camp, one of my favorite aunts died, Fannie Posey, and I was not able to make it back to Alabama for her funeral. I was depressed about being so far from family and losing a close family member and began to  write and record to express my emotions. I recorded a song called “Why Must We Live This Life So Hard” on a web cam computer mic and with a free version of Audacity recording software. The quality was not the best but it painted a picture of my life, how I felt about it and how I felt about the death of both my aunt and my grandfather that had died when I was 11. I developed a sound and a love for composing and recording and the rest is history in the making…stay tuned!

IAA:  What are your songs about?

Q DOT DAVIS:  Everything. My songs are inspired by any and everything around me. A certain beat could inspire a certain subject to surface on my brain or I could just choose a subject and make the song tell a story that I have experienced. I like to tell stories and paint perfect pictures of events I was present for and make people feel as if they were right there with me.

IAA:  Do you write your own music?

Q DOT DAVIS:  Yes, I write all of my material myself. I take mental notes of phrases I hear that are catchy, information I find to be interesting, and my personal thoughts and perfectly mix all those to create the lyrical content that has separated me from your average “rapper” and that my fans love.

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

Q DOT DAVIS:  I have a lot because I listen to all genres of music. I feel it helps me be more well-rounded as an entertainer. My influences include Chris Brown, Maroon 5, Jason Aldean, Kanye West, Stuey Rock, Big Sean,Trill Fam,Wiz Khalifa, Future, and Drake.

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people?

Q DOT DAVIS:  Original. Attention grabbing. Timeless. I can’t say that my music is any particular genre, so that makes it original. I like to make people “feel the music,” that makes it attention grabbing, and I like to keep an old sound of good music and tweak it to make it fit what’s in style, so it’s timeless.

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artists?

Q DOT DAVIS:  My whole personality and drive surpasses even my hardest working friends in the industry. I have  individual goals and my techniques to achieve them are always original. I also have a sound that captures many genres all at once.

IAA:  What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

Q DOT DAVIS:  I am always working on many projects at a time. I am re-releasing my February 2012  mix-tape, “Amongst The Stars,” with bonus tracks. I am working on an untitled collaboration mix-tape with one of my business partners, Rayne Chemyst. I am also finishing up tracks for my upcoming solo mix-tape ,“#YOLO the Mixtape”.  There’s always a lot going on but I love it!

IAA:  What are your career goals? Where do you see your self in 10 years?

Q DOT DAVIS:  My goals are to transition into a world-wide entertainer, not just a recording artist and promoter. I want to do movies, TV, commercials, and print modeling on top of what I already do. In 10 years I want to have a very established career. I hope to start a program to help people that want to make it in the industry, a program that leads them in the right direction to achieve the dreams they can only imagine.

IAA:  How can your fans access your music and contact you?

Q DOT DAVIS:  Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Q-Dot/106175552777807

www.QDotDavis.com

www.Reverbnation.com/QDotDavis

www.YouTube.com/OfficialQDotDavis

www.Twitter.com/QDotDavis

OfficialQDotDavis@gmail.com

205-901-7679

@QDotDavis on Twitter And Instagram

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