Introducing Marlena Mo'niece
You may be forgiven for thinking that quality R&B music has been on life support for the last few years. The good news is that it's just been given the kiss of life and the vocalist providing the resuscitation is Bayonne, New Jersey native Mar-lena Mo'niece. A teen gospel sensation who has performed up and down the East Coast, from Miami to Maryland with legendary gospel acts such as The Winans, Marlena has also been featured on television on FOX 5 News, CBS and News 12, Nick Cannon's New Year's 2015 and won New Artist Awards on iHeart Radio and BBC Radio. Her vocals are as soulful and thick as molasses and just as sweet.
Her music is a combination of classic R&B vocals and melodies with cutting edge production, courtesy of Fety Wapp producer Treadway and a contingent of hot beat makers out of New Jersey and New York. All songs were co-written by Marlena.
Q: Your voice belies your age. It's rare to find singes so young with so much soul. Did you come from a musical family?
A: Yes. My father Mark Jeffeson and my mother Lena Jeffeson both were singers. I started singing at 3 years old. I just walked around the house humming and making bebop noises with my mouth. At the age of 5 years old I performed her fist solo in school, the gospel song, "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" and I haven't stopped singing since.
Q. You're well known on the gospel scene and have performed with some of the biggest names in the business. How did it start?
A: When I was 12 I was part of the Friendship Baptist Church in Bayonne, NJ and from that I started performing at dif-ferent church anniversaries and concerts. A year later I auditioned for the McDonalds Gospel Fest and became a finalistfrom 2011 to 2014. Finally I beat out over 35,000 contestants and won and formed the group Mission 3.16. I'm not ex-aggerating when I say that we were the hottest teen group in New Jersey. I mean we performed everywhere - schools, churches, community cenyters. We marketed ourselves extensively, online and to venues and that's how we got to support some of the biggest gospel names in the business in huge venues. We also sold our music online on Amazon and elsewhere.
Q: How did you win a State Teen of The Year Award?
A: I was honored by the city of Bayonne and presented the Award by Senator Cunningham and the City of Bayonne NJ for my hard work & dedication as a teen starting a band and taking performing our music in so many different venues.
Q: Was it difficulto make the transition from gospel to secular music.
A: No. Firstly the songs and melodies are so strong that they're a joy to sing and secondly because the subject matter comes from a pure place. I'm expressing honest feelings and emotions and what I've learned from my years as a gospel artist is that honesty is always the best policy when it comes touching people with music.
Pastele an edgy hybrid of reggae pop and indie art, draws her inspiration from disparate influences such as Gwen Stefani and Andy Warhol, Bruno Mars and Keith Herring. She prefers the term, "Hip-Pop". Pastele's unique reggae/ska vibe to her vocals creates an interesting dynamic when driven by hip-hop style beats, sweet guitar riffs, and infectious pop melodies.
Born and raised in Livingston, New Jersey to a music family Pastele performed throughout her childhood and by the time she was 16 her songs (which she sang as part of the group Candy Coated Chaos) were being used by MTV on their wildly popular shows "The Hills", The City" and "Jersey Shore". However, while suburban teens were hearing her music on TV, Pastele was also drawing inspiration from the art scene at the highly regarded Fashion Institute Of Technology in Manhattan.
"My grandmother and uncle were artists so I was always inspired by them" she says. "I realized my talent in preschool when everyone was drawing stick figures and I already had the anatomy of a figure down. I then was put in a gifted and talented art class through elementary and middle school then AP and Honors art in high school. I would hang out in the art wing during lunch or study hall and just paint. Stubbornly, I only applied to one college which was F.I.T., and was accepted and graduated as a fashion/general illustration major."
Constantly working in her world of creativity, Pastele graduated college with a vision to mesh high fashion, art and music in the way she wants the world to view it. "Musical artists such as David Bowie and Prince who have matched their ever evolving music with a great visual image have always spoken to me. Of course on the visual art side Keith Haring, Basquiat, Salvador Dali to be intertwined with the pure feel good pop of Madonna, Britney Spears and Gwen Stefani that I love. Somehow I try to throw it all into what I do."
Pastele produces her own material as well as working with various cutting edge producers in NY, NJ, and LA. "The general rule is that there are no rules" - Pastele. "I'm heavily influenced by so many cultures that in result, what comes out of those speakers becomes a beautiful collage to me. There are no walls, no barriers, I just want people to feel this vibe and connect with something special".
I love pop culture but yet I love the indie art world. I hope to bring that world into the masses and create an awareness. It's all art and I want to show how great it can be co-existing together in the best way I can.
B-Room Entertainment Presents TINAMINA MeetTINAMINA , the brainchild of Sony/ATV writer Justine Mina Ok, whose larger than life singer/rapper persona has come into her own with latest single "Jello."
The behind the scenes New York based Korean-American songwriter has proven herself to be a seasoned poptress attested to by her growing list of Billboard top ten songs and movie placements in South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia and Portugal. But Ok the songwriter has now taken a backseat to her alter ego, TINAMINA, with plans to take over the United States music industry and beyond.
Supported by her dedicated Fiera Music collective, TINAMINA has already attracted endorsements by fashion sunglass company Jimmy Swagg and fashion leather goods and accessories label Bruce Glen. Booty movin' feel good twerk music is the best way to describe TINAMINA"s outrageously infectious single "Jello," the pop/dance party anthem of 2015.
This breakout debut single is a bold introduction to TINAMINA, and it has all of the key ingredients for major success. With a killer hook, an unlikely rap diva, and a sassy music video chock full of duckfaced girls and oversized rears, this song is destined to have more international success than the departures board at JFK. Visit www.akaTINAMINA.com. /akaTINAMINA The story behind TINAMINA"s music is intriguing as it is complex. It"s the story of a vindicated good girl gone bad. She initially followed her conservative parent"s strict doctrine for academic success, before she rebelled and enrolled in Berklee College of Music.
After graduating, she moved to New York City with only a dream and a suitcase and hustled her way to signing a publishing deal with Sony/ATV. Having written several chart-topping songs for other artists, Ok is finally ready to get personal and unleash TINAMINA onto listeners bringing them on a satirical, fun and refreshingly honest journey through the farthest reaches of her mind.
"I"m diverse and unexpected," TINAMINA says, "People are always surprised because no one ever expects this music to come from me."
It has been said that good things come to those that wait. This nimble-fingered keyboardist and DJ/Producer has been extremely patient, humbly traveling the dance music landscape visible only to those who "know" Newark, New Jersey native Tony Vee realized that he had a talent and passion for music froma very young age. "I used to bang on my mom's furniture to get different sounds out of each piece. "My grandmother told me that when I was a baby, I would not go to sleep unless I had music playing under my pillow."
Tony was introduced to DJing through his uncle, known to many as DJ Freeze. "I would go with him on gigs and be amazed at the crowd response to him mixing records". Tony would then start to mimic his uncle mixing records and found that he had that same natural gift. The gift to make people dance.
Tony started DJing professionally as a teen playing with high school friends who then became partners forming The Nocturnal DJ's Crew. They released a 5 series mixed CD of classic dance, R&B and House called The Nocturnal DJ's Live. Tony then branched out and began work as a producer/remixer for legendary New York/New Jersey based DJ Tony Humphries.
Tony Vee alongside Humphries co-produced and remixed a slew of dance hits for notable's D-Mob, Living Colour (Epic Records) and Jellybean (Atlantic Records). Tony Vee has produced and released a slew of international dance hits for labels such as Strictly Rhythm Records.
Tony Vee's latest release "No Regrets" featuring Teau Johnson is the first single from his upcoming EP "Tony Vee" on The B-RoomMusic label.