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Raven Lenae is Making a Name for Herself.


Written by: Aubrey V

Seventeen year old, Ravyn Lenae, is on her way to making a name for herself as a singer. She blends the genres, Hip Hop, Soul, Electronic, and R&B, together to create a perfect melody with her master vocals. After releasing one successful single “Greetings,” she continues to create impressive songs that introduce a new style to the world.

Growing up on the south side of Chicago, Lenae began playing the guitar and piano in elementary school. Her musical influences include, Timbaland, OutKast, Eminem and Erykah Badu. Later, she decided to become a singer, which lead her to attend an art school. While in school, she joined forces with producer, Monte Booker, and rapper, Smino, to create a local music group called Zero Fatigue.
Her first single, “Greetings,” produced by Oz, become a big hit over in the south side of Chicago. It has achieved over 100,000 listens and 3,000 likes on Soundcloud. The music video, shot by AZaeProduction, came out over a year ago, and received more than 100,000 views on Youtube.
After releasing her first single, record labels started to pay attention to Lenae. She took a specific interest in Lyrical Eyes Management. A company that has previously managed, Tink, Lil Durk, Candace Price, and more. She signed with Three Twenty Three Music Group, an independent record label that coincides with LEM.
Lenae has received recognition for her first song. She was named Verzion’s Big Break Artist on WGCI in Chicago. Also, she was mentioned on BBC Radio’s New Names of 2016. Besides that, she has performed across the country and headlined for shows including, Atlanta’s A3C, Chicago’s House of Blues, and performed at African Fest in Chicago.
Later, she released many songs with different artists, including, “Blossom Dearie,” which was produced by her fellow Zero Fatigue member, Monte Booker. “Blossom Dearie,” received more than twice the amount of listens and likes on Soundcloud compared to Lenae’s first single, “Greetings.” “Blossom Dearie,” and “Greetings,” both appeared on her EP titled, Moon Shoes.
In August 2015, Lenae debuted her EP titled, Moon Shoes. The EP premiered on My Mixtapes and Lake Shore Drive, with an overcoming success. Her EP introduces eight tracks that will be released on her completed album, Moon Shoes. These tracks include, “Venezuela Trains,” “Moon Shoes,” “Blossom Dearie,” “Recess,” “Free Room,” “Sleep Talking,” “Greeting,” and “Everything Above”. The producers on the album include, Monte Booker, Oz, Keyzus, and more. The EP has over one million listens on Soundcloud.
Her album, Moon Shoes, will feature two new songs, “Right of Spring,” and “Something In The Air”. The album mixes unique instruments that flow together to make a smooth tone. The vocals are amazingly sung and gives each song an eery vibe.
Ravyn Lenae is a talented singer with a bright, successful future ahead of her. Her mixture of genres and amazing vocals will certainly make her stand out compared to the other artists. Her album, Moon Shoes, available on July 29th at all DSPs, will definitely show her talent. Go buy her album and see why everyone is talking so highly about Ravyn Lenae.

Written by: Aubrey V

The Warped Tour kicks on in 60 days

via Pollstar Pro


By Joe Reinartz

4fini’s Kevin Lyman is set to take Vans Warped Tour out on the road in two months and, with two decades and one awkward tour out of the way, he’s ready to streamline it.
“We went back to the basics with Warped,” Lyman told Pollstar. “We were a little too all over the place.” The reboot includes a straightforward lineup versus last year’s, which Lyman thinks showed too much of his eclectic taste in music.
Also, this year, the crew has been reduced from more than 900 to 800. The onsale began at the end of March versus last year’s tour, when sales began the previous December. And Lyman is keeping his hands off the keyboard.
“Last year, I tried to tackle the woes of the whole world,” he said. “Some of this had to do with some of the artists that were on tour.”
The last tour included allegations of sexual misconduct by Jake McElfresh, who performs as Front Porch Step, and Jonny Craig, singer for Slaves.
McElfresh was accused of sexting with underage girls and Craig harassing the band’s merch employee. The latter led to a “town hall meeting” of the touring entourage and both led to Lyman in online discussions. As he has said in the past, Lyman told Pollstar the only options were to ignore it or to “double-barrel shotgun” it.
“I thought, from the old punk rock days, you could talk to people and confront them. … There were ways to do it and I was trying to fix it all on tour and it wasn’t working.”
This time, Warped is partnering with A Voice For The Innocent, which will help new artists adjust to the road life and manage themselves in a world of social media. Warped and Voice are launching “Save Our Scene,” a campaign to reduce sex crimes in the music industry.
“Any fan will be able to pick up information on local hotlines, local centers, local things for sexual abuse, people they can talk to in their community if they feel in danger,” Lyman said.
Also, a streamlined lineup means Warped returns to the days of the veteran bands – in this incarnation Sum 41, Less Than Jake, New Found Glory and Reel Big Fish – mentoring newcomers like Issues and Sleeping With Sirens.
Finally, there is the onsale. There was no fan club presale or American Express or Groupon sale. The tour announced its lineup then put tickets on sale. That was it, and it was done recently, yet Lyman said it’s tracking better than the last time around when the sale launched in the prior year.
“You always read about how everybody is going earlier with their onsales. I pushed it the other way,” he said. “We didn’t go on sale until March 28.
“I think a lot of reselling has to do with people whose lives change in eight months. All these tickets are bought then they realize they can’t get off work, their lives change, their music tastes change and you see a lot of tickets hitting the secondary market.”
Another advantage is it reduces the effort of maintaining a long marketing campaign, Lyman said. Instead, the tour announced the “90 Days To Warped Tour” program, which is now about 30 days in.
“We give each band a day to take over our social media outlets,” Lyman said. “They’re releasing music, putting out videos. It’s their day to shine.”
It all comes down to simplifying the message, he said.
“We’re going back to basic messaging. People just want it straight: What do tickets cost?”