Tommi has always been involved in the arts. From the tender age of nine, he was drawing, singing, drumming and even playing around on the piano. But he soon found out that he was meant for all of this. Tommi wrote his first song in the fifth grade entitled “Supernatural” and it was about his childhood crush. I know, kind of cheesy but it was worth a shot. A few years down the road, Tommi really started putting more emotion into his lyrics. Now writing various poems about pain and loneliness, entitling them to the “Lost Souls & Emo Lovaz”, he was also in a dark place. From losing family members left and right there was only so much he can do to get his mind off of those things. He then turned to writing. And one day changed everything. After having a writing session with his brother and sister, they helped Tommi shape his poems into raps and taught him to be a conscious rapper because of everything he was going through. He’s been making music ever since and has various mixtapes that were never released entitled “Based On A Tru Story”, “My Daily Truthz”, “The Untitled Truth”, “A Truth Unspoken” and “The 2nd Coming”.
Following the release of “A Tru State Of Mind Vol.2: The Last Tru Standing”, Tommi has been hard at work recording and doing shows around NYC. A fresh new year ahead and he’s back at it with the conclusion of the series he’s been proud to say that has been very therapeutic. “Better Living and Good Ends” will show Tommi at his most vulnerable. He did something different this time around. With only 12 songs selected specifically for this project, he chose to take a risk and keep every song warm but personal. You can say he shows more of his sweet side. “I felt like it was time for a change and I should show my maturity as a person. I lost a decent amount of weight and changed up my eating habits and I also wanted to show more of my happy side instead of that angry/bitter Tommi that everyone is so comfortable with”. The growth and change in attitude is felt throughout the mixtape. On February 13, 2014, Tommi actually performed a new song from the mixtape at The Studio at Webster Hall entitled “Shot Glass”. A record about self reflection and the audience felt the words and music as he let himself go into the music. This mixtape will be short but to the point. Tommi is also working on his first solo singing project entitled “Crooner Chronicles” which doesn’t have a release date at this time. He has also premiered the name of his debut album “A Tru Overdose On Reality”, which he hopes to start working on very soon. Stay tuned truth seekers, “A Tru State Of Mind Vol.3: Better Living & Good Ends” is slated for a summer release.
Shawndesha “Shawnee Jay” Johnson is a modern day singer/songwriter with an old soul and a story to tell. As a vocalist who prides herself on creating topic-driven music, it comes as no surprise that singer/songwriter Shawnee Jay is the breathing result of someone who spent their childhood being exposed to genres of thought-provoking themes. Between her time spent in various children’s choirs, and growing up listening to her foster parents’ playlist of disco hits and oldies, it was nearly impossible for the Harlem Heart to go through a single day without a melody. During her school career Shawnee would write songs religiously, first trying her hand in Hip-Hop and then refocusing on singing as it was her true passion, however, with no means of recording at the time, her efforts would seem like no more than a hobby– at least until graduating her senior year of high school.
“It wasn’t until my foster father passed away in ‘09 and I went to college that I decided to really do something with my talent and be heard. My father never got a chance to hear me and I didn’t want that to be a Constant.”– Shawnee Jay
Since then the persistent dreamer has enrolled herself in the Performance Arts School: “Five Towns College” to educate herself on the world of recording, Music Business, and maturing her voice. In the two short years that followed, Shawnee Jay gained regular access to professional recording, song wrote a jingle for the all-girl group, “The Amazons,” performed as back-up in Five Town’s 2011 “Hip-Hop Showcase” (the school’s biggest annual music event) and similar school shows where she played more prominent roles such as the “the Christmas carol remix competition.” In addition to all of her triumphs so far, she also makes up 1/5th of “Ugly Soul,” an Alternative Hip-Hop group that she named herself. With a past and present rich with music and motivation, Shawnee Jay is bound for a future of success. With the release of her first EP entitled “Flirting with the Red”, only time will tell what a longtime admirer of Earth, Wind and Fire, The Delfonics, James Brown, and many more will bring to the table in a world where, “music with meaning” is rare.
Creating cinematic arrangements and seeing an Artist's vision as vividly as the Artist does. These are among the large list of talents that Michael Drake possess.
Born & Raised in South Jersey, Michael gambled on his pursuit of being as widely respected for his attention to details as his idols before him (J. Dilla, Kanye West, etc.) & studied in New York in hopes to refine those skills as well as expand his knowledge.
"In the music industry, being a diligent worker and an over achiever isn't rare, that's the status quo, but [Michael Drake] is an overachiever at overachieving - and that's something that deserves recognition" - Conflict
Michael Drake uses a wide array of options at his finger tips to orchestrate original concepts or create hard to forget samples pulled from his own song collection which consist of several genres & generations of music large enough to put any local record shop out of business.
In September of 2013, Michael Drake would release his first E.P, entitled "The Fall Of Autumn" which utilized all of his production prowress up to that point to create a 10 track playlist based solely around using the most important instruments of all: personal emotion.
With the music knowledge of a DJ, the passion of a songwriter & the technical skills of a soundman, Michael wears a lot of hats and wears them well. Its only a matter of time before his set of skills gain the attention of companies looking for sparks like Michael Drake's to turn the industry on it's ear once again in years to come.
Nicholas Massey, better known as "DJ C-Note" (Or Just simply: C-Note), is a master of the turn tables in addition to possessing other talents. Adept and self taught in several fields of music, C-Note is proficient in live sound mixing, Beat Production, Audio Engineering (mixing and mastering) and even takes part in his fair share of vocal recording. Hailing from the Bronx, The birthplace of Hip-Hop, this up and coming DJ pulls his greatest influences from the creativity and art that his peers (all of diverse backgrounds) have opened his eyes to. Rap, R&B, Reggae, Soca & Pop can always be found in his serato and elements from each can be equally seen in his original music.
C-Note has been working hard crafting and hosting different mixtape projects that incorporate a wide array of local talents that he's worked with (both in front and behind the scenes) to help showcase and expose other musicians as he further develops his own sound. With many accomplishments under his belt and even more ahead of him, C-Note can always be recognized as an ambassador of musical individuality and potential.