After a short hiatus from music, eight-time GRAMMY Award nominee Jazmine Sullivan tells her story in all its unfiltered, unabridged, and unrestrained glory on her third full-length album, Reality Show. The Philly native served as the primary writer on each of the album’s twelve tracks, and for the first time, she also assumed the role of executive producer. As a result, Reality Show encompasses everything from R&B and Soul to Hip Hop, Funk, and even a little Disco. Jazmine’s evolution shines throughout the album loud and clear. She has come a long way since her gold-certified 2008 full-length debut, Fearless. The record boasted the chart-topping singles “Need You Bad” and “Bust Your Windows” and achieved seven GRAMMY Award nominations. Her sophomore effort 2010’s Love Me Back garnered critical acclaim as well as her eighth GRAMMY nomination for “Holding You Down (Goin’ In Circles).” Along the way, Jazmine also received Billboard’s “Rising Star Award” and played to sold out crowds worldwide.
At just 19, vocal prodigy Avery Wilson has enough talent, fire, and creativity in his 6’4 frame to bring an arena to its feet and capture the hearts of fans around the world. A songwriter and self-taught instrumentalist as well as a vocalist of stunning power and subtly, Avery counts as one of his greatest goals bringing real music back into the lives of listeners. And he has the unique gifts to do exactly that.
Under the guidance of two of music’s heaviest hitters —super-producer Sean Garrett (dubbed “The Pen” by Jay Z) and legendary industry icon Clive Davis — Wilson will release his debut single and album this year. In doing so, he joins a tradition that runs from Davis’ history-making work with Janis Joplin, Whitney Houston, Billy Joel and Aretha Franklin (among others) to the eighteen number-one hits Garrett has written and produced for Beyonce, Usher, Miley Cyrus and more. “I don’t take it lightly,” Avery says, “to be so young and to be mentioned in the same breath as some of these artists.”
You’ve got to understand music’s traditions in order to reinvent them. Jordan Bratton certainly does. The 18-year-old singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer possesses a prodigious grasp on all aspects of music. His critically applauded 2014 mixtape, The Grey Area, and debut single “Danger 3” are wholly the products of his personal production and songwriting vision. Armed with a multitude of talents, he stands poised to truly break ground.