We recently caught up with singer/songwriter Kevin Ross who is celebrating the success of his first indie single Looking For Love, which was the #1 added song on Adult R&B radio and continues to rise. In our new interview with Kevin, we talk to him about his recent change with going the Indie route, surviving the pandemic, and what he has in store for the future.

YMMW: Last year the world took a pause due to the global pandemic, being an artist and songwriter what were some of the challenges you’ve experienced with staying in a creative and metal headspace?

Kevin Ross: Honestly, when It hit I had taken a month or two to figure out what the hell was going on, so I wasn’t doing much creating. I was calling people checking in. What I will say what it allowed me to do was to be more vulnerable and connect more once I understood that we were going to be shut down for a while so, it allowed me to engage with people a lot more.

YMMW: Nowadays being an indie artist have more opportunities with getting their music out than it was before the social media and streaming days. Talk to us about what being an indie artist means to you? And what advice would you give an up-and-coming artist who’s going in the indie artist?

Kevin Ross: I would think the biggest thing being indie means for me is artistic freedom, being able to understand your brand and your business, understanding your worth, and understanding how to monetize it as well. That would also be my biggest advice to any up-and-coming artist is to understand your worth, before you partner up with anybody. You have to understand the power you have before you give it away, so that would be my advice.

YMMW: Your new single Looking for Love was the #1 added song on Adult R&B continues to rise on Billboard’s Adult R&B Airplay charts. With going the indie route tell us How are you feeling about the success this single is doing, and what was the inspiration for this single?

Kevin Ross : It’s expensive (Laughs) but no, it feels great! We’re competitors with major labels who have the major label dollars, but the power of music and the power of belief within my team and being able to go after the things we desire because we understand it’s a bigger picture. You know I say this all the time to my team “For the things that we can’t control and the things we can’t handle for the rooms we can be in God will speak on our behalf and I truly believe in that and I stand in that because it’s just certain things that are just out of our hands. People are going to come around when they come around but at the end of the day it’s all about divine alignment and once you get that alignment in place that’s when you start to see things change in your life and the product of Looking for love is an example of that.  The inspiration for this single the core of it is accountability. It’s a temporary love story and it’s just saying whether it’s a male or female it’s like you can’t ask for something you’re not ready for. If you say you want a man that’s this and that or a woman that is like this and that, and you’re still out here in these streets. So when that man or woman approaches you, you’re not even ready mentally or physically ready for what you asked for. So this song is a story about a man who is actually ready to commit and his woman is not, she pretending like she is. So he’s holding her accountable.

YMMW: I like that, a lot of people sing about love either it’s about a love gone wrong or being in love you never hear a song where someone is not really ready for the type of love they ask for so I love the direction you took that song. With looking for love out single and video out and having its success, do you have a follow-up single planned? If so what can you tell us about this new single?

Kevin Ross: Oh yea we have a collaboration coming soon, it’s called Wave Runner featuring Rotimi and Afro B, so it will be my first R&B/Afrobeat song. I’m grateful to these brothers for hopping on this record and really bringing it to life. I’m truly excited about it. Drive 2 comes out on October 29th right at the end of October. I’m excited for everybody to get it into these vibes. It’s been a lot of growth for me as an artist and a businessman.

YMMW: Speaking of Drive 2 . Tell us more about this project and what fans can expect.

Kevin Ross: Drive 2 it’s more of an all-purpose kind of record meaning, you can wake up in the morning and play it straight through or you can go to sleep at night and play it straight through. You can play this record at any time, you know you have those records where you’re like Ah I’ll only play this when I go to the club or when it’s sleepy time or whatever. This record is truly an all-purpose kind of vibe so I’m very excited for people to take it in just to see what they think and to see where I’m at. The beauty of music is subjective so everybody’s not going to like it but for the people who are into it, I just hope that it serves their lifestyle and they have a couple of songs to add to the soundtrack of whatever at in life.

YMMW: You mentioned your song Waverunner with Rotimi will you have any other collaborations on the album or are you keeping that a secret for now?

Kevin Ross: You know what honestly, I was grateful to get those two, It’s interesting when you reach out to other artists sometimes when you reach out to other artists it can get a little tricky. Everybody’s either releasing around the same time or whatever the case may be but, as It stands because this record is being mastered now but as it stands it’s just Rotimi and Afro B on there, which is fine because I don’t do too many features so to get these two it’s awesome, but I’m looking to collaborate with whoever wants to work.

YMMW: You’ve worked with a lot of legends such as Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj, SWV, Toni Braxton, and Johnny Gill who have had longevity in the music industry. As an artist what were some of the things you’ve learned from them that you’ve used in your own career?

Kevin Ross: Trey’s work ethic is on another level in the sense of his ability to balance, to be able to live life but also to work extremely hard. With an OG like Johnny Gill he’s a comedian he is funny as hell honestly so for him it’s like not take life too seriously while you’re still grinding you can still have fun and you can laugh even when things aren’t all the way right. SWV those are three incredibly independent songwriting women who know what they want and understand why they’re successful and the reason why their legacy works is because of the fact they understand each other and understand what role they pay as far as keeping the group together and I think that’s very important, I’m not in a group for as far as a team everybody understanding their role. With Tank his resilience in a sense of despite everything the narrative of his career in the sense of him catching his biggest record 15 years into the business says a lot of him being patient waiting. Of course, he’s written number one records and classics but to have written your own that’s just a sign of resilience. Each artist I have worked with possesses something truly successful.


YMMW: You’re the owner of your own label Art Society Music Group, tell us more about what having ownership over your music means to you, and What are some of the advantages and struggles that you’ve experienced with running your own label?

Kevin Ross: I’ll start with the struggles first, the struggle is that now you have to delegate your power to other people you have to trust other people to get things done, it’s like these are my babies take care of them you know? Also, when it’s time for you to release an album and you’re doing production agreements and signing off on writer splits all that stuff you really get to see people’s characters as well. It’s like are you going to stick to what we agreed to over the phone or are you going to switch up once your lawyer is involved. With major labels, you’re just like I wrote the record and perform it y’all take care of the rest but, being the Owner you have to make sure taking care of the well-being of that. Usually, with major labels, they take care of all of that stuff, with being the owner you have to make sure every step of the process is being taken care of so that you can take care of the people that are there for you. The great success and the positive of it is you get to see what you’re actually making I noticed I was making more than what I was told. You also get to learn more beyond streams you get to know more about licensing and you get to know how s Terrestrial radio and satellite radio it’s so many different avenues where the masters of your records can go and that’s the major positive it’s like when you’re making this money are you investing back into yourself are you betting on yourself are you doing the things that need to be done to grow and to prosper cause as in indie you wait to be able to sail and to grow into a sizable company. That’s where it all starts the master and the investment and investing back into yourself when you see a great return, so I think it’s a lot of upsides more than it is the negative that you can enjoy as an indie artist. It’s a grind it’s work but if it’s working that encourages you to push forward.

YMMW: With working with the great artist, you have worked with so far, who are some artists that you would love to collaborate with or write for that you haven’t yet?

Kevin Ross:  I’m down to work, it doesn’t necessarily matter who it is or I just love the process of collaborating.

YMMW: I would say my favorite coloration you’ve done is the one with you and Jade Novah for the song Bulletproof.  I love that song

Kevin Ross: Ah yes, I remember that day I remember that day more than I do recording the song to be quite honest all kudos and love to Jade and her husband Devin they already had the song done so when they asked me It wasn’t like I had to write anything I just had to come in and sing. We recorded out in California, they brought me into the vegan lifestyle, we had vegan tacos and a whole lot of tequila. That’s the thing I look forward to not the tequila (laughs) more so the collaboration the memories that you make getting to know these people on a different level. It allowed me to have a greater appreciation for your fellow artist, your peers.

YMMW: With the world slowly opening up again will you be heading on the road to tour anytime soon to promote Drive 2?

Kevin Ross: My ass is on the road now! I just got off-road like two or three days ago, I was in Chicago we did a show out there in City winery. We have a show in Oakland on October 13th. We have a show in Houston on October 15th. We have a show in Wilmington Delaware on October 29th. Then we have a show in DC on November 5th and then we have a show in Atlanta on November 20th. It’s certain dates that we are filling out and making it make sense, but we are back on the road already we just getting prepared for 2022. All these shows we are doing we are working out the kinks while we are on stage.

YMMW: With covid going on have you seen any differences doing shows pre-covid to now?

Kevin Ross: Its big differences especially in the market that I serve I’m doing 300-500 seaters so it’s a lot more intimate than festivals, so for these things it’s a lot of covid restrictions so you got to be vaccinated or you have to have a test that you can prove you are covid free. It’s a different kind of energy going into it where you may not keep everybody coming out because of their personal preference about how they want to handle the vaccine or how they want to handle anything when it pertains to their bodies when it comes to the pandemic, so you have to respect that. Also making sure that you’re one of the front runners as an artist despite however I may feel or whatever my thoughts are, as an artist it is my duty to be vaccinated it’s my duty to get the boosters. I may not necessarily completely agree but if I’m going to be traveling city to city I don’t want to pose myself as a super spreader. If someone’s auntie or grandma comes to see me I don’t want to be the reason If I sing to them or touch their hand that they are In the hospital because of me. We have to as artists and performers we are in the service industry and not in a bad way, but we are here to serve the people. We get paid to be of service. We are people that move around quite a lot and we can be high risk to anyone, so we have to do what we need to do and think about the people we are around and think about their families. We just have to change our mindset as artists and forget all that conspiracy theory stuff. I’ve lost people to covid and so have others. These strains are real and it’s up to us about where we are going to do about it.



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For nearly two decades, AVANT has given us hits such as “Read Your Mind,” “My First Love,” and “Separated”. As Avant released his 9th studio album Can We Fall In Love a two weeks ago, we spoke to Avant about the new project.


YMMW: This Friday you are releasing your 9th studio album Can We Fall In Love, talk about the direction you took for this album, and who you worked with far as producers and songwriters.

Avant: Yea it’s my 9th studio album and the direction I took was basically dealing with relationships. So the way I like to format it is that everybody is home right now but they’re not really talking to each other. They have their devices that are keeping them away from each other and this is the longest you have spent with that person in years, and this is the time you really should have that special relationship going on. What I did with this is album is try to connect everybody, so when they hear the album its more of a conversation they will say “what happened to the love that we used to have?” Is it about the devices or is it about us individually? That’s what I put together with this album. I worked with Travis Sales he’s a great producer he’s my band director and we just found a happy blend as friends and creators, this is how I came up with my album. It’s my 9th studio album and I’m blessed to be able to give people great material which they still listen to and want to cherish I’m just really grateful.

YMMW: As your new album Can We Fall in Love arrives Friday and nearly 2 decades in the game what would say you see the most growth you’ve seen yourself as an artist from Your debut project to releasing your 9th album? 

Avant: The most growth I would say is just pushing through to be in the game for 20 years going through the ups and downs and different companies, now having kids and seeing their perspectives I have a 7-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son. When I first got in the game I only knew about myself and I only cared about myself and now I have to have the songs that I have it’s about the people it’s not even about me it’s about. With the music, you actually help people and to me, that’s my main goal is to help people.

YMMW: You and Keke Wyatt are duets legendary with songs such as You & I, Nothing in This World,  and My First love. Have you two ever talked about doing a duet album? 

Avant: Yes we have. It’s all about the right timing. It’s not as easy as everyone thinks it is because you have two different human beings coming together to think of the right concept and you have to have a conversation with one another about 12-15 songs and you have to really think that out because you don’t want to force that, it can come off as cheesy, it’s a gift and a curse because we have all eyes on us so we can’t come out with anything bad.

YMMW: For years the conversation of the state of R&B and the changes some of the new artists are doing with it. As and R&B icon yourself who has been consistent had had hits for over 2 decades in R&B, what are your thoughts on the way R&B is heading with the new generation? 

Avant: I think R&B is in a great stage actually. If you think about it if R&B would have stayed the same as it did in that era then you would be tired of it. By having this different brand of R&B it’s kind of teaching moment for your kids while they have their brand of R&B you can introduce them to the R&B we grew up on like myself, Joe, Charlie Wilson. We bring back the R&B that the kids need to know about, It opens up that conversation with your kids so they can know this is the R&B that we grew up off of, these are the topics that mattered to us. I think its a beautiful thing because it gives us teaching moments.

YMMW: Recently we’ve seen artists being celebration with the Verzuz series created by Swizz Beatz and Timbaland. If you were asked to go on there who would you like to go head to head with on Verzuz? 

Avant: I don’t get into that. It’s all about the fans, who would you all put me to go against to do that. I do the music for the fans. I think it’s a cool thing what they are doing and they are having fun doing it, but I don’t think you should put artists against each other when I am doing it for the fans. That’s with all due respect, but I understand what they are doing it for though.

YMMW: On this new album which song would you say is the most personable song that you recorded for this album?

Avant: I have a song on the album that I did for the fans it’s called “Nothing Without You,” so that’s the most personal record that I did for everyone. It touches me it’s like I tell everyone if that Maybach that double R sits on the showroom floor and no ever picks it up, it’s nothing without the person who picks it up. So we have to understand our power who we are as people.

YMMW: As we live through this pandemic, making it hard tour right now, what are some of the things fans can expect to see from you will there be a tour for next year or a virtual concert we can expect?

Avant: We definitely are working on somethings, we’re basically working on a tour for next year, and I don’t want it getting to the point where you’re starting to be seen too much. I like the mystique of artists. I still think that means a lot. Right now it’s too much, I can find out what socks you have on or what you ate this morning I don’t know how beneficial that is because once people get tired of you individually, they don’t want to hear from your anymore or see you anymore so I think that can be detrimental to your career so I do like that mystique.

YMMW: Who is one new artist would you love to collaborate on a song with or who are you currently listening to in R&B 

Avant: I really respect my guy Chris Brown, I remember seeing him when he first started so I have much respect for him. It’s a couple of artists, Drake I think he’s a great artist as well. I know how hard this game and build this brand so I have a lot of respect for a lot of artists.

YMMW: To be in this industry for 20 years and all the hit songs you have created, did you ever think that your career would have lasted and had the longevity it’s having?

Avant: I had no idea what I was doing when it came to longevity in my career. It’s funny I tell this story all the time, I did the first album and boom it was finished. Then I had people telling me I needed to work on another album and I’m like wow for real? They told me this is how it goes you had success with that one and then you bring the label something else within 5-6 six months. One thing I can say the music industry taught me was hard work and dedication. If you’re trying to get in the music game you’re not getting in it for a single or an album, you’re doing it for how much you can help people we are literally vessels that’s who we are as artists. That is what we are here for. Once you understand that and what your position is then you will enjoy what making music brings.

YMMW: As music constantly changes do you find it hard as an artist to keep your signature sound that fans love while also making it current for today’s time and new fans?

Avant: You should never have to compromise who you are individually first, the fans remember you for who you are, if you can pick up a few fans through the kids that is fine, but never compromise who you are. I think that’s what happens when you listen to the radio constantly, people start to compromise and now you’re starting to hear one long song. I don’t think that’s beneficial. One of the biggest songs that matter in the world today is Marvin Gay’s what’s going on, it’s still relevant for today. When he made that he didn’t listen to the radio when he wrote that song. He was in the streets and he felt the heartbeat of the streets, and that’s what matters. When you start making records like that, that’s the songs that will stick around forever. That’s what I try to do when I go into the studio.

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Known for crafting hit for a huge range of artists from Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and more. While creating hits for others, Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony also make up the group Louis York. Since creating the duo group in 2015, the two have released their EP trilogy Masterpiece Theater Act I, Act II, and Act III. Back in October Louis York unleashed their full-length LP The American Griots. A few weeks back we got a chance to speak to hitmakers, Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony as they spoke about their new album and more. Check out the interview below.

YMMW: Right now, in music, it feels like a lot of artists especially new artists are afraid to make a new sound and try something different for Louis York’s debut project American Griots you guys were not afraid to step outside the box. Tell us about the process when making this album and the story Louis York wanted to for the debut project?

Louis York: The reason we joined forces to become Louis York was to operate without fear. Too much is done to please critics rather than move the people. We wanted to add to the solution, not the problem. We approached our debut album, American Griots, with the intention of getting all the music we hear in our heads out into the world. That meant beautiful melodies, poetry, chord changes, horn arrangements, live strings, undeniable hooks, soulful grooves. We are making the music we craved and couldn’t find. It’s light music.

YMMW: As successful songwriters and writing for a lot of artists, how does Louis York create the fresh sound that we heard on American Griots without sounding like anything we heard on the radio?

Louis York: We are fans of music, FIRST. Writing for some of the biggest artists in the world was like getting a master’s degree in music creation. We learned from the very best how to create memorable music that also makes you feel something real. We also are students of all kinds of music so it was our goal with our own album to create something that the world is missing.

YMMW: You both have written and produced many hits for a lot of huge stars, do you both feel that standards are set higher or there is more pressure for songwriters and producers who step out from behind the scene to becoming the artist? 

Louis York: There is definitely a lot of pressure for us to be great but that pressure doesn’t come from outside opinions. As the masterminds behind some well-known songs, it would be ridiculous if we didn’t bring the heat for our own artistry. That’s why we are our biggest critics. We are not interested in repeating trends or being cookie-cutter artists so we work extra hard to be excellent. People know of us for amazing music & storytelling, it’s our job to keep raising the bar. I think we are doing that.

YMMW: I saw you both make a cameo on Love and Hip Hop Hollywood talking to K.Michelle about her country music. Will you both be working with K.Michelle on her country project?  

Louis York: We love K. Michelle and have known her for years. We’ve been talking about her country roots for years so we’re glad the world got to see that side of all of us on Love & Hip-Hop. We’ll absolutely be getting in the studio with her to make that dream a reality…K doing country has the potential to be massive.

YMMW: Speaking of country music, we all seen Lil Nas X break barriers in country music, but we haven’t seen any black women take over country music like that yet, do you guys think black women can break into country music? 

Louis York: A black woman can and WILL break into country. Nashville is diversifying every day. It’s taken a long time and it ain’t easy but it will happen. We are at the frontlines of that effort. We live in Franklin, TN and moved our company Weirdo Workshop here to be a part of that change.

YMMW: Now that American Griots is out what else can we see coming from Louis York? Can fans expect a tour?  

Louis York: American Griots is still only our debut album. We will definitely be touring this music, and sharing our stories. We also have many new projects mapped out in our heads so there is always new art coming! This is the beginning of the journey.

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In our last spotlight interview we spoke yo Dutch-born rising singer CIMO, this week we’re shining a light on singer/dancer Jess Lamarre. As she gears up to release her debut EP Phases of Love, we caught up with this rising talent to talk more about her new music, her background in the industry and more.

YMMW: To a lot are new to you but you have been in the industry for a while. Tell us about your upcoming in music and dance, and what artists have influenced you growing up?

JESS: I’ve been singing and dancing since I was a little girl. I started training in dance at 3 and realized that I had the gift of singing at around 7 or 8. I grew up wanting to perform like Micheal Jackson and sing like Whitney Houston. My siblings and I would make up dances and perform in front of the family so I knew then, that I wanted to be a performer, and I kept at it. It hasn’t always been easy and sometimes a struggle, but you have to keep on believing in yourself. I’m influenced by so many, but to name a few… Micheal Jackson, Janet Jackson Sade, Aaliyah, Selena and Charlie Wilson. I also love listening to gospel.

YMMW: You worked with the legendary Mariah Carey and Charlie Wilson, what was the experience like working with the both of them and what lessons have learned from them with having longevity in music?

JESS: Yes the living legends! lol. It is and was a blast being able to work with them. I did one show with Mariah but I grew up loving her music so it was a “pinch me” experience. I tour with Charlie so I’m able to learn and experience more closely with him. Both Mariah and Charlie have been in the industry for years and have seen the ups and downs of the business. Who better to learn from? It takes a certain resilience to be in this industry and you simply have to do it because you love it. It’s like survival of the fittest – if you enjoy it and love it deep enough, you’ll withstand the ups and downs of it. I also think it’s important to have a great team behind you.

YMMWW: You’re working on a debut project titled Phases of Love, tell us more about your debut and the sound we can expect to hear?

JESS: Yes “Phases of” will be my first solo music baby. I’m very excited for people to hear the music and enjoy it. You can expect to relate, being that I’m singing mostly about the ups and downs of relationships. The sound for this particular project is R&B/Pop. I’m influenced by a lot, like my Haitian background and dancing skills so I try my hardest to make sure my music reflects that.

YMMW: With Phases of Love coming out next year what producers and songwriters have you worked with on it?

JESS:I had the pleasure of writing and working with the Hitbangaz who connected me to some amazing producers, Smurv, Davix and Sean 2 Miles. I’ve also collaborated with two other dope writers Que Sylve and The Art Teacher out of Atlanta, Ashley Rose, and producer Tim Boski from Detroit. All of them are so incredibly talented.

YMMW: There are a lot of new artists these days but only a few get attention from big streaming companies such as Apple Music and Shazam, How does it feel to be recognized companies such as these and getting such a great response on your new single Contact?

JESS: It makes me feel like I’ve achieved something. I’m very proud of that and humbled by it. There are so many new and upcoming artist in the world and they chose me to highlight. So it feels great and makes me want to work harder.

YMMW: What do you want fans to know about Jess Lamarre and who you are as an entertainer?

JESS: I want all the people that have been supporting me since day one to know that I appreciate them so much, their support keeps me going. As an entertainer, I’ve always looked as my pursuit in music being bigger than myself. I do it for the people who need to feel inspired, loved and not alone, so it’s much bigger than me.

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We recently had the opportunity to chat with Dondria about her latest project A Tale of Hearts, her growth, future projects and so much more! Get into this juicy read.

YMMW: Dondria! Girl you know here at YourMusicMyWorld we are true friend-fffans, Dondattas all of that! How have you been?

Dondria: Yassss. Love you guys! And I’ve been awesome!!

Can you believe ‘Can’t Stop’ was released 10 years ago as of this past June? How have things changed in these past 10 years?

That’s crazy that it’s been that long. Man so much has changed: I would say first and foremost, I changed. I grew up and learned who I was and what I wanted. I became a businesswoman. I took risks, I won some battles, I fell on my face. And I created all along the way.

For awhile, to most, it appeared you were just chillin’ and then The Day of the Don was released in 2017 under Dondria Nicole. What prompted the name change?

I wanted people to understand that I was coming back as a new Dondria. A re-birthed Dondria.

Since then we noticed TDOTD has been re-uploaded under Dondria, will your previous singles ‘Coat Tail,’ ‘2 Good,’ ‘Options’ and ‘Luh Ya’ also be re-uploaded? Those just happen to be some of our favorite bops.

I might. Honestly, there’s so much of the past I’d rather just leave behind but if enough of you want it, I will most definitely re-upload them.

Dondria & BroadwayUnderstood! Now let’s discuss your new record A Tale of Hearts.

We use to watch you and Corey “Broadway” Stevenson singing on YouTube back in the day, what made you two do a joint EP?

Timing is everything. It’s something about this new season we’ve come into. I think Broadway and I both have had our share of life happen to us. We’ve also had an ample amount of time to hone our crafts and really own it. It was just the right time.

Break the EP down for us. What brought about this concept?

I think we’ve always been really good at talking about love, so we just started there. Once we had all the songs done, we just started playing it from top to bottom and talked about how the songs made us feel. With all of the good and bad, back and forth, it was essentially ‘A Tale of Hearts’.

The cover art displays a playing card with the King and Queen of hearts, what exactly does this symbolize for you?

Nowadays, people look at love like it’s a game, like there has to be a winner. But we wanted to bring the awareness back to the original idea. Love takes two people. It can be beautiful, it can be horrible, but it’s nonexistent without the other person.

You sure you two aren’t playing with hearts?

Lol, no I think we’re both pretty focused on music right now and just going with the flow when it comes to love. No playing over here!
Lol, Just thought I’d ask.

The lead single ‘Crush’ smacks! Can you give us a little info on how the song came about?

Thank you 🙂 It was just a vibe. Patrick of First Kontact Music Group played us a few beats and the beat for ‘Crush’ was the last one. Broadway told me that it was “the one” and I knew right away it felt like having a crush on someone back in the day. The rest was history.

Let me say Jeff Adair was the perfect choice to direct the music video. I felt like I was at the party with you all. Who decided on the party theme?

The minute we started writing the hook, I knew it was gonna be a 90’s house party. We had so much fun at that shoot.

We see you just got off of stage from playing Alexis in Who Made the Potato Salad?, how was the experience on stage?

It was a blast. I love acting. Sometimes it’s good to have a distraction from music so you don’t get burned out. That was my third production with The Jonez Entertainment Group and they’ve really become family at this point.

So to you who makes the best potato salad? Thanksgiving is coming up so don’t get in trouble with your answer lol.

Well honestly, I’m more of a macaroni and cheese person. Lol But I love my mama’s potato salad.

Everyone wants to know, so we have to ask, what’s going on with the second album?

I’m working every day. It’s not quite time for the sophomore album just yet but new music is most definitely coming. The joint EP with Broadway is only the BEGINNING!

What’s next for Dondria?

More everything. I barely scratched the surface with all I have planned. Just expect more music, acting, writing: books, poetry, TV and film, a non-profit organization, fitness, cooking, errrrrthang!

Wow! You have so much going on, Any exclusives? You know you love us.

You just got a lot of exclusives lol. I love you for sure!!!

As always D, it has been a pleasure talking to you. Thank you for being true to yourself and not conforming to fit in. Can’t wait to see you conquer all of your endeavors.


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Music has a new artist bubbling on the scene and her name is Janine The Machine. Hailing from Detroit, MI, Janine recently released her debut EP High Places produced by Tricky Stewart. We recently caught up with JTM as she talked about her start in music, being signed to Tricky Stewart’s RedZone Entertainment and more.

YMMW: You recently released your debut EP High Places, as a new artist what does this EP mean to you and what will new fans learn most about you after listening to High Places?

JTM: High Places is my introduction to the world! I love it because it shows so many different sides of my personality. Women are complex…multifaceted. We’re not just the sexy girl or the tomboy, or the boss chick…we can be all three. There are like 5 personalities inside me at any given time, so on this project, I really got to be myself and let all those characters out! I want new fans to know that I am authentic. I write my own songs so when you hear my music, you’re really hearing me.

YMMW: Not only are you a singer but you also own the studio from writing, engineering, and mixing your own vocals. With having those skills do you feel they have helped you better craft your own sound as a new artist and knowing what you want when collaborating with other producers and artists?

JTM: Absolutely! If you don’t take control of your life, someone else will do it for you. That applies to music as well. You have to be the master of your sound.

YMMW: You’re also signed with Tricky Stewart’s imprint RedZone Entertainment. How did you guys meet and what was it like working someone who’s produced songs with big names such as Rihanna, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, work with you on your debut EP.

JTM: Working with Tricky is amazing! We met through my good friend Raja Kumari. Raja’s a really dope artist signed to Epic. I flew to Atlanta to write with her for her project…that’s where I met Tricky. We immediately connected on a musical level and next on a business level- which is why we decided to create a partnership!

YMMW: High Places has a lot of summertime bops on it such as Origami, Classy, Manana, and Gully. Which song would you say is your favorite from your debut EP.

JTM: All of them are my favorites! They’re like my babies…you wouldn’t choose one kid over the other, would you? I’m kidding! I think I have a different favorite depending on the mood I’m in. I’ve been playing “Origami” a lot lately.

YMMW: A few weeks ago, you released the video for Manana, can fans expect to see any more videos coming out soon? If not which song from your debut EP would you love to make a video for?

JTM: I’m creating a visual for every song from the project. I have so many cool ideas swirling around in my head, I can’t wait to share them with the world!

YMMW: Now that your debut EP is out, what else can we expect to see and hear from Janine The Machine in the future?

JTM: You can expect creativity and innovation…but most of all, you can expect greatness!

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Just recently we caught up with the R&B general himself Tank as he shed some more light on his upcoming Savage, in the new interview Tank talks about he got more aggressive with his new album, Tank also discussed if R&b group TGT would ever get back together and who he feels is keeping the sound of R&B alive.

YMMW:  You have a new album coming out titled Savage, What made you come up with that title and what can fans expect to hear on this album.

Tank: Well, the title represents how were fighting for our position in terms of R&B singers, songwriters those with the passion and love left in them. We have to fight for our position a lot differently with the new style of R&B, that’s kind of with the wave and kind of disconnected from the more traditional way of R&B so we got to be a lot more aggressive with our stance, musically, melodically. I’m just taking a more aggressive approach with this album. When I did Sex,Love and Pain 2, and I heard the songs people were responding to, it gave me the confidence to say “You know what lets just push the lines.” every time I do a Sex, Love and Pain album we just push the lines and push the ideas of what people feel  R&B music is capable of and capable of living.Love and heartfelt music can live all these places if it’s done right so we got to fight to get that message out there we got to be savages about that life, and we got to go at them we got to be all at war just like everything else, so that’s what Savage is. Savage is at war, Savage is that statement.

YMMW:  Earlier this year you performed at D.C Pride, which I gained more respect for you not just as an artist but a person as well. What made you decide to perform at a Gay pride event and not paying attention to the negativity that people had to say?

Tank: There wasn’t really a decision to do it, they have never asked me to do it. They never sent me an offer and say we would like you to perform. So that was the difference in this year and any other year. They asked me, and I said absolutely, Why not? My question is, you know why not? Why would I have said no. You know the fact that I am the first male R&B artists to do that, that’s disappointing. You know how many years pride events have been happening and I’m the first? That’s  not cool.It says we have a long way to go mentally as people. We have a lot to learn about love and true love that is. So no it wasn’t a decision it wasn’t a let’s plan this out let’s figure out the statement not it’s like we got a offer to perform at pride, what’s the offer oh, it looks nice let’s go do it and that’s it. The people who talked bad about it, they didn’t talk bad for very long because a true human being stood up for me and they stood up for everything and that’s how it should be. That’s why I said there’s a war going on because where people will be negative, the people with positive energy have to come in with just as much force we got to come in and combat that. If you stand around and let negativity exist, your just as much as the problem. So we got to fight for that. I hope this does inspire change and I hope it inspires growth.


YMMW: We know that TGT had some issues in the past, do you think you, Ginuwine, and Tyrese would ever put those issue aside and come back as TGT in the near future?

Tank: You know TGT is always a conversation away from happening, it’s just a matter of getting to the table and having that conversation. Is it going to happen now, no, but it’s not a conversation anybody’s afraid of having it just has to be the right conversation the motivation has to be right you know I believe TGT is here for the culture you know I don’t believe TGT is needed for my pockets I’m not looking at looking at TGT and then looking at my bank account like Wow this is going to be the most lucrative adventure ever because I’m doing lucrative adventures outside TGT, but TGT is something that inspires other R&B singer and writers, producers and everybody who loves music. We are (the three of us) the best that we have and the amount of people we have touched we are an inspiration to those people. The longevity we’ve had were an inspiration and that’s what this culture needs it needs true inspiration, it needs true love and we offer that. To only do that once is doing a disservice to the people who need to be inspired and who are looking towards us and we  don’t realize it, so that’s why I don’t know what those guys are doing, I just continue to do my part and give back to theR&B community that keeps giving to me. They gave me an opportunity so I’m giving others an opportunity, I’m going to keep doing that whether TGT keeps rocking or not.

YMMW: On Sisterhood of Hip-Hop we saw that you have signed Siya to your label. Being the R&B General, what made you want to sign a hip Hop artists versus not signing an R&B artist?

Tank: Well it’s not versus, I have R&B artists she was only Hip Hop artist that I have signed so it’s kinda the other way around. I just saw that she was talented and that’s it. Everybody else kinda saw other things about her first, she’s an openly gay artist and this and that I just didn’t care about any of those things. She’s gifted and I wanted to help. I’m not in the Hip Hop game and I don’t know much about it but I believe she’s talented and I believe she has what it takes to be successful in this business so Im going to work with her, I’m going to invest my time and money and it was that simple, you see she’s made some moves and she had the sister hood of hip hop and she put out some albums and mixtapes so she’s still on the grind. She’s still pushing to make her way, to garner some mainstream success and that type of thing. She’s still talented, I still think she’s better than any female rapper out right now. She just had to find her way and that’s what is trying to do.


YMMW: With this new album Savage who have you worked with as far as producers and guest features?

Tank: I got some features I got Trey Songz, Ludacris, Candice Boyd on there she’s Ne-Yo’s artist she’s super dope as well as J. Valentine I made him come out of retirement, that’s really dope. Far as producers I have I have Cardiak on there, I have Flip on there, the internz. I got myself on there, you know I’ve been known to produce and write a little bit  I’ve been known to do a dabble in my day. But it’s a pretty tight-knit on there I got my guys on there, guys that I know, my guys that I rock with they do music, we figured out a way to do something really current but really classic and I can’t wait for everybody to hear it, it’s aggressive it’s mean.

YMMW: Along with being an amazing singer/songwriter you are also an actor. Can we expect to see you in any upcoming films anytime soon?

Tank: We’re working on some stuff, we always keep things close to the chest until it’s press time, but we’re working on some things. I started auditioning for a couple of things and I love that, as well as putting things together on our own and getting our own things shot so, you’ll be hearing some stuff pretty soon. Keep your eye out.

YMMW: If you could choose any dream role as an actor what kind of role would that be?

Tank: Any action role that Arnold Schwarzenegger played (laughs), from the predator to anything you name it, but if Arnold Schwarzenegger played it and he was shooting stuff and fighting people, that’s what I want to do.

YMMW: In support of your new album, you’re also heading on tour. Instead of going the traditional route and picking opening acts you’re actually giving local talent the opportunity to open up for you as well. What made you decided to do this?
Tank: It’s my process it’s what R&B money is all about giving out the opportunity for the next generation of R&B artists. It can’t stop with me, It has to live on and continue to live on and the only way it does that is that the people within my space and have this platform use it to bring the next generation of R&B artists, singers, and producers along. That’s my approach, I just believe that. Nobody handed it to me there was no old school R&B act outside of Ginuwine who would school me and help me out and show me these things. If it wasn’t for Ginuwine I don’t know where I would be. So the way he paid it back to me I had to pay it back to somebody else. That’s why I’m here, It doesn’t hurt me to give someone this opportunity to sing. It doesn’t take away from me it only adds. To be able to say Aw man I remember that kid opened up for me on my show in Nashville and now he’s one of the top R&B artists in the world, or to say that young lady right there wrote a song for me and it was amazing and now she’s had the hot 100 song. That’s what I’m looking for. That’s where my longevity lies, to be apart of helping R&B music continue and live on.

YMMW: When it comes to the new R&B artist today, who in your opinion is keeping R&B alive?

Tank: Well R&B is alive it’s just different, it’s just with every generation it evolves. You can’t say what Bryson Tiller is doing isn’t R&B music, you can’t say that what Bruno Mars is doing isn’t R&B music. It just evolves, everybody has their opinion about it. The thing that I remember about R&B was the feeling and the emotion that’s connected to it. So that’s the part of R&B that I’m apart of keeping alive. Its not the R&B that I’m making everybody do, because that’s not everybody’s style of R&B that’s my style of R&B. So I have to keep R&B alive, I mean my style of R&B, the R&B that I love. The R&B that made you do something, the made you call and ask for forgiveness or made you call and ask to come over one of the two. That’s my job, so for the cats that’s singing R&B now and doing their part, I congratulate them I love it. It evolves, it changes, I salute them. Being able to tell your story and express yourself musically in a successful way is tough to do, it’s hard. To be able to have success at what you love I commend it. So R&B is alive, they are covering it up saying that this is pop and this is that, man those people are singing R&B music, that’s where it all starts.

YMMW: While working in the music industry for a while collaborating with everyone from Aaliyah, Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland and more. Who is one artists that you have not yet worked with that you would like to get in the studio with?

Tank: That’s a tough one I worked with some really cool people. I don’t know, I guess I’m just excited about giving the opportunity to the next R&B artist. I’m ecstatic to see who the next person is and if I’ll be apart of inspiring and helping that growth. Im more excited about. I just signed Dante, Dontay, Duntea signed to my label. That’s what I am excited about, I’m excited about helping growth through careers and making some new dreams come true.

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A few weeks ago we caught up with singer/songwriter QUIÑ, most known for her collaborations with G-Eazy and her breakout EP Galactica. We spoke to the rising singer about being a new comer in the Industry, and how she came up with the term Fantasy Soul.

While currently on tour with JSMN, Quin also spoke to us about hitting the road and her feelings on introducing her music to listeners who may not heard her music. Things got a little deep as we talked about her thoughts on the music industry and mainstream music artists.

YMMW: You identify your music as Fantasy Soul, tell us what does Fantasy Soul mean to you and how did you come up with term as your sound?

 QUIÑ: Fantasy Soul music to me means a lot because I am the one recording back from my imagination and my Imagination is very fantasy- landy. So I decided to come up with the term because every time some one would ask me what kind of music I made it was all very like, it sounds like this and it’s really that, and people couldn’t really relate to. So I was like let me just come up with something and it just kind of came to me and I experimented with it. So now when people ask I say I make Fantasy Soul music and that was enough, and I just rolled with it. It’s fun, my mind lives in a fantasy world and my soul just writes it all out for my imagination.

YMMW: Who were some of your influences in music growing up?

QUIÑ: I really loved Celine Dion and Sade, Michael Jackson. Everyone who our parents listened to basically, I wasn’t really inspired to make music so I feel like back then I was just more inspired general and I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up till I was like 19. As a kid I was just more amazed by the voice and the things that it can do. Subconsciously they were inspiring me to do what I am doing now but I didn’t even know it. So it wasn’t like I had that one person who I said I’m going to be just like this when I grow up, but I knew that by the time I got to middle school. I could do the same runs as these people and it was like oh, I can sing too, but I didn’t think I would ever make it a career. So they did inspire my voice a little bit, but I didn’t even know it, so it was all the people we grew up with like Destiny’s Child, TLC, India Arie, Alicia Keys, Songs in A minor was a really big deal for me that was like the car album for so long (LOL).

YMMW: On your debut EP galactica, you called it the first chapter into a universe you created, with your first EP being released back in 2016. Is there a new project that is on the way?

QUIÑ: Yes so, there’s a new project called Dream Girl. With galactica was kind of like the where and this is kind of like the who and the what happens there. So this is the second chapter of a way bigger situation that I am kind of freestyling. So it’s called Dream Girl and it’s going to becoming out really soon, summer time and it’s touches all aspects of dream girl because when you look at it and simplify it, Dream girls fall in love too and they’re like everyone else’s dream girl. We have feelings too. I kind of put all of my love songs into this one, which explains the simplified version of a Dream girl but then in a more complexes version. This is also me becoming my own dream girl. It’s who I exactly want to be and the things that it takes to get there, including the things from galactica. So I kind of what them to coexist with each other, they are very much siblings and this one is kind of explaining more of the girly side of things and how I get around through my dreams and the whole falling in love. All this stuff is very much real stuff.


YMMW: With Dream Girl coming out soon, what would you say is most different with this project than galactica

QUIÑ: Well this one I feel is more relatable because it has more love songs, but also I had my friends on here too. With galactica it was all me. So I have some cute features. I just think it’s more relatable honestly, because not everybody can relate to space travel. So when you dumb it down in a good way, like now I’m talking to my bad bitches, I have a song called BB and it’s really just talking about how “sometimes they get a little funny and now you wish you had a bad bitch on your side.” So I really simplified it a lot so it’s just like very specific moods instead of being so broad and spacy. It’s just more like all right now im just in a sticky situation and that song is featuring Syd from the internet. Were all genuine friends on this project, so it ended up being really cool and working together. The whole project is very dream girly, that’s how I can best explain it.

YMMW: You’re currently on tour with JMSN, what do you enjoy most about the tour life and performing your music in front of fans and new listeners?

QUIÑ: I think it’s just the face that I am the new kid in school right now, the show is fun and everyone loves it and it’s just funny because they expected to know who I was or confused as to why they didn’t know who I was, it’s because I am brand new. I really here to just introduce myself because no one is supposed to know who I am this is new you know? I think the best things is being able to introduce myself into all of these cities is a real blessing and being able to spread the word to people who actually know it is whole other feeling, it’s just like Oh My God, you know the words and your singing along with me. The best part is that I’m embracing these little times right now because it only gets bigger and bigger. Right now is so important because people want to know the words and by the end of the show they are singing along with me. So that is really important and just me being able to express who I am I’m really grateful for that opportunity.

YMMW: I really enjoyed your EP galactica, it was great to hear an artist do something different and not put out the same music as everyone else. I was having a conversation with a friend of mine the other day, and I was saying how it seems like the some people in mainstream music are scared to be different where as indie artist aren’t afraid to be different with their music. What are your thoughts about the industry as a whole and how a lot of artist are doing the same music and not even trying to be different?

QUIÑ: I personally think it’s just a vibe of insecurities across the board, I don’t think some people are all the way ready to take the risk. I think that now people are ready to get a little more involved in what’s cool right now, but its just a movement happening that you’ll see progress song but I think that its been so stagnant on the radio lately just because people are afraid to be different and I think even going back to the last question, its cool to be able to be an example of comfortability no matter what and it kind just back these people through each show it’s just little more comfort to be themselves.

Some people are afraid to dance and I see that and I think that’s just a little example of what’s going on in the industry too. It’s like we’re the ones with the tastes we are the creators; we’re the ones who make the music. They just need to put a little more trust in that because we’re the leaders of everything right now, so if you give them basic stuff to listen to the majority of people who don’t even know what their taste is will think that’s what’s cool. But if we come out and they just would play it already then we would be able to change the flavor of the world. So I think it’s just a matter of time and a little bit of risk takers in the industry, and there are some really good people out right now, just like streaming wise, the people at Apple music and spotify, they have really amazing taste and have really been helping a lot of kids like me out. I think that’s what its going to come down to, were just going to knock the radio out the water and they are just going to do what we say because streaming is going to be the new flavor of choice. Right now it’s just kind of like who wants to listen to the radio now anyway you know? So we just need to take over. The take over is happening, it’s just a slow process, but I have faith that the industry will get it together. They need us so they just need to not be afraid.



YMMW: Being a new artist yourself, do you think when new artist come out that they should already have an identity of who they are instead of relying on the label?

QUIÑ: I think if you don’t know who you are then you need to figure it out before you do anything. I worked underground I can say that ive been just developing myself and I’m just really grateful that I wasn’t some kid out here signed to a label and then figuring myself out as I go. Even though I’m always figuring my self out as I go, but it’s good to have that private boot camp time to yourself, when your really training to know who you are and what your flavor is, so you can come fully confident. It is a confidence thing, if you go into a label and you think some one else’s opinion is better than what you think you should be doing then you have it twisted. So it’s good to go in there with a full on shield of this is what I do, this is what I need. Y’all have to tools so how are we going to work together, because this is not y’all thought it was going to be. I’m going to need what I need because I have what you all need, so lets work it out you know? That’s how it has to be, because the second that somebody gets a little leeway and try to make you something that you don’t feel comfortable with that’s game over for you. So you just have to be confident and strong in your ways already. We’re all striving for our best but, you just have to know what you came to do, you got to at least know what the mission is. I’m happy that I am where I am right now.

YMMW: You worked with G-Eazy on a couple of songs, what was it like working with him?

QUIÑ: It was cool; he’s really a friend of mine. I remember I was playing a song I had written with my friend Nash and it I was playing it for some friends in the car after a studio session and they we’re just like play it again! It was this really cute love song and I was like Aw, you guys really like this so, G pulled me to the side and said he was getting his album together and he really loved the song. I told him to talk to Nash because he made the beat, and so he did and he was really diligent about getting it on there so, throughout all the picking and choosing the songs on the album they kept it on there. They ended up naming it Thinking about you and that was the song that ended up on his album. We had wrote that song a while ago, what happen was he came out to LA to record his piece for the song, so ours was kind of separate so I came to do a couple of little things to it, so we didn’t really have a writing session together because my part was already written. It was just very natural and genuine and sweet and we didn’t even have to record it together because I had already made it so he just kind of added to it and we got it done and I’m super grateful for him to be on there with me.

YMMW: What can we expect to see coming from you next in 2017?

QUIÑ: Let’s see, so Dream Girl is coming out in the summertime, I’m going to be traveling, I have afropunk coming up in Brooklyn in August I have some cool visuals coming out for the project and I’m just going to keep continuing to travel and spreading the word and introducing myself to everyone because there is so many people in the world.

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R&B singer/songwriter, Jessica Childress got her start on season 4 of the Voice, since then Jessica has been spreading the world with her rock n’ roll energy. Just recently we caught up with the singer/songwriter as she talked about quitting her job to follow her dreams,life after the Voice and Jessica even shed some light on her debut album which is dated to arrive this fall.

YMMW: You made your debut on season 4 of The Voice, how has life been as an artist since being on The Voice.

Jessica Childress: It’s been such a learning process! You think that being in the music business is about artistry and performing and it is – but there’s SO much more to it than that. And I’ve been learning a lot about all of those other things that make music a career!

YMMW: Your debut album will be released this fall, tell us a little bit about the direction you are taking with this album and what can listeners expect to hear on your debut LP?

Jessica Childress: I wanted it to be an aural snapshot into who I am as an artist and a woman in the world. It’s definitely soul music – but it’s also a little disco, a little R&B, a little singer/songwriter mixed into the soul music profile. It’s got a stripped down, raw feel to it that I think that mirrors who I am as a person.

YMMW: Before releasing your debut album, you are planning to release the 4 song remix EP, Far Awaynext month, where there be any songs on there that will give fans a glimpse of what to expect on your debut release?

Jessica ChildressYeah! The remix EP is 4 remixes of the song Far Away from the album. It was really fun to hear the different dj’s take on the song.


YMMW: Before auditioning for The Voice you took a leap a faith and quit your job to pursue a career as a singer. What advise would you give an aspiring singer who may be afraid to take that leap in life?

Jessica Childress: I would say make a plan, weigh your options and then jump! A lot of times, preparation can make you feel less fearful about taking a big risk. If you have a plan in place and some money saved, you just have to do it. Don’t wait until it “feels right” because for a lot of people that feeling may never come. Wait only until you have your plan in place, then just do it! Courage isn’t a feeling. It’s an action.

YMMW: How would has evolved most about your sound since releasing your EP Don’t Forget My Name.

Jessica Childress: My sound now is less vintage and more modern. It’s still got some vintage flair but it’s definitely something new and fresh-sounding.

YMMW: With a new album on the way, when can listeners expect to hear the album lead single?

Jessica Childress: The first single Far Away is already out! You can listen to it anywhere.

YMMW: Besides your upcoming album, what else can we expect to see Jessica Childress this year.

Jessica Childress: Playing lots of shows. Eating lots of tacos. Drinking a scotch or two. Dancing salsa.


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Leela James is back and better than ever! Leela’s leading single “Don’t Want You Back” earned the singer an #1 as the song climbed up the Urban AC Charts. Just yesterday we caught up with Leela James as she spoke about her new album “Did It For Love.”

Calling it one of her most vulnerable projects yet, we spoke to Leela about the direction of her new album and the inspiration behind it. Leela also spoke about her upcoming tours with Daley, Maxwell, and Ledisi.
YMMW: You new album “Did it for Love “ will be released this Friday, so far you have unleashed a few songs from the album.  In the tracks we’ve have heard so far you are being vulnerable with your experiences of  love with all the ups and downs that comes with it. What is one that you would say that you did for love that has been the biggest inspiration for your new album?

 Leela James: Having my children has definitely been one of my greatest musical inspirations. The hard work and sacrifice you make to maintain the balance of working on music, having a relationship and raising kids has inspired my music–all of it, the good, bad and the ugly!

YMMW: What are you most excited for the fans to hear when they listen to your sixth studio album “Did it for Love.”

Leela James: I’m excited for fans to hear another side of me. “Did it for Love” is very vulnerable and I completely expose myself through the music. Fans will also see a different side of me vocally; the songs are more intense than anything I’ve done in the past.

YMMW: Along with your new album arriving this Friday, you’ll be kicking off your new tour with Daley on April 7th what can fans expect to see from you on this tour?

Leela James: The shows are going to be very high energy, filled with great music!

YMMW: A few years ago we saw you hit the reality TV scene on R&B Diva’s what have you learned most about your experience on that show and would you ever do reality television again?

Leela James: I learned that reality TV isn’t based in reality, but I would do it again depending on the situation.

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YMMW: As a successful artist who’s stayed true to her R&B roots, what are your thoughts of live stream award shows such as the Grammy’s that don’t give the proper representation of R&B when it comes to the live award show presentation.

 Leela James: It is unfortunate that there are so many politics involved that these award shows aren’t always about the music.

YMMW: Your single “Fall For Love” was a major success gaining over 10 million views on YouTube and being one of everybody’s wedding songs. On Your New album you’ve done it again with your track  “All Over Again” in a time where hardly anyone in music are doing romantic ballads. How do you feel when you release these romantic ballads and see that they become so successful?

Leela James: When I finished recording “All Over Again,” we were sitting in the studio listening to it and I had that “Wow” moment. I didn’t know how it would come out and it was like “Fall For Love” on steroids! Listening to it was so inspiring it made me want to renew my vows. It felt really good so I can’t wait for people to hear this one.

YMMW: Not only are you kicking off your own tour in April you will also be joining Maxwell on his Summers’ tour. What are you most excited about going on tour with Maxwell and Ledisi?

Leela James: I’m so excited to be back on the road with some incredibly talented artists. It is really all about good music so I’m looking forward to being on stage and having fun!

YMMW: You acted along side Syleena Johnson in her 2015 film Couples Therapy; will fans get to see you doing any more acting in the future?

Leela James: Yes, that’s the plan!

YMMW: With two new tours kicking off this spring/summer and your new album arriving Friday, what else is in store for Leela James?

Leela James: I will definitely be putting out more music; I’m back in the studio recording. I’m also working on a worldwide tour and TV/film are still on my bucket list!

Leela James new album ‘Did It For Love’ Is now available on all digital retailers, you can aslo check out Leela on the road this spring as her new tour with Daley on their  nationwide tour. Tickets are available now.