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Homecoming

Netflix released Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé, which presents an intimate look at her historic 2018 Coachella performance that paid homage to America’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Interspersed with candid footage and interviews detailing the preparation and powerful intent behind her vision, Homecoming gives a peek into the process and emotional physical sacrifices it took to conceptualize and execute a performance of that magnitude that became a cultural movement. This stand-alone Netflix original is now available globally on Netflix.

As the first black woman to headline Coachella, Homecoming recognizes the African American visionaries who inspired Beyoncé, including HBCU alums Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, activist Marian Wright Edelman, and scholar W.E.B. Du Bois, in addition to cultural luminaries such as Nina Simone, Maya Angelou, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Audre Lorde. Beyoncé’s personal knowledge of the relevance and celebration of HBCUs started with her father, Mathew Knowles, an alumnus of Fisk University.
Shot over eight months, the film follows the global entertainer as she returns to the stage after the birth of her twins, highlighting the comprehensive preparation involved in creating her groundbreaking performance, which included four months of band rehearsals followed by four months of dance rehearsals with over 150 musicians, dancers, and other creatives, — all of whom were hand-picked by the artist herself.
In juggling dual roles as both the director of her live performance and the film that captured the process of making it, Beyoncé says, “It was one of the hardest jobs I have taken on but I knew that I had to push myself and my team to go beyond great to legendary. We knew nothing like this was ever done on a festival level before and it needed to be iconic beyond compare. The performance was an homage to an important part of African American culture. It had to be true to those who know and entertaining and enlightening to those who needed to learn. In making the film and re-telling the story, the purpose remained the same.”
Many in the cast; band, singers, dancers and steppers are former HBCU students, immersed in the HBCU marching band tradition. They joined Beyoncé’s own group of performers, some who have toured with her for years. Viewers not only get to see the intense dance rehearsals and talent of these amazing artists, but hear their personal journey from HBCU student to artist and the lifelong impact that comes with performing alongside Beyoncé in this historic concert.
“So many people who are culturally aware and intellectually sound are graduates from historically black colleges and universities, including my father,” she says in the film. “There is something incredibly important about the HBCU experience that must be celebrated and protected.”
As a treat to her fans, the film also includes, in the end credits, her remake of “Before I Let Go” by Frankie Beverly and Maze, a 1981 R&B classic that’s commonly performed at HBCU games. The single will be available on the film’s soundtrack, Homecoming: The Live Album, available today from Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records. smarturl.it/BH9102
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé was directed and produced by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Longtime collaborator Ed Burke served as co-director. Steve Pamon and Erinn Williams are executive producers.
Set List

“Crazy In Love”

“Freedom”

“Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing”

“Formation”

“Sorry”/”Me, Myself and I”

“Kitty Kat”

“Bow Down”

“I Been On”

“Drunk In Love”

“Diva”

“Flawless” (Remix)

“Feeling Myself”

“Top Off”

“7/11”

“Don’t Hurt Yourself”

“I Care”

“Partition”

“Yoncé”

“Mi Gente (Remix)”

“Mine”

“Baby Boy”

“You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)”

“Hold Up”

“Countdown”

“Check On It”

“Déjà Vu”(featuring JAY-Z)

“Run the World (Girls)”

“Lose My Breath” (featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams)

“Say My Name” (featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams)

“Soldier” (featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams)

“Get Me Bodied” (With Solange Knowles dancing)

“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”

“Love On Top”

About Netflix
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About Parkwood Entertainment
Parkwood Entertainment is an entertainment and management company founded by entertainer and entrepreneur, Beyoncé in 2010. With headquarters in New York City the company houses departments in music and video production, management, marketing, digital, creative, philanthropy, fashion, publicity and a record label. Under its original name, Parkwood Pictures, in 2008, the company released the film Cadillac Records (2008), in which Beyoncé starred and co-produced. The company also released the film, Obsessed (2009), with Beyoncé as star and executive producer. Parkwood Entertainment produced The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour (2013-2014) and The Formation World Tour (2016), and co-produced the ON THE RUN TOUR (2014) and ON THE RUN II (2018).

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Beyoncé’s Homecoming

Writers: Vaughn Lowery, Tara McDonough, Stella Iman Dugall

Every once in a while pop culture encounters a rip in its continuum. The latest breach comes from one of the most effervescent entertainers of all time, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles Carter, as the first Black female to headline one of the most prolific festivals since the iconic Woodstock. Introspective yet intimate, Homecoming is positioned to be one of the most immersive concert series in the history of music and streaming services. Beyoncé, the Director and Executive Producer of the film, creates a visually captivating story from the beginning to end. The documentary answers a plethora of questions, at which the infamous Beyhive has had about the historical moment.

With intermittent quick cuts of her family before, during and after the epic performance, Beyoncé gives herself permission to exhibit her vulnerability. After all, she planned to take the stage at Coachella in 2017 before she was pregnant with her twins. The tour was postponed and we fast forward to ‘Mrs. Carter’ having to deal with the aftermath of a complicated pregnancy, which ultimately ends in a c-section. Similar to friend, and professional tennis superstar, Serena Williams, Beyoncé bounced back harder than ever after her tough pregnancy. Throughout the piece she digs deep and pummels through some of the most difficult days she has ever encountered. She even speaks to her weighing 218 lbs and how she was only able to zip her costume up after months of hard work alongside of a dedicated clean/raw food diet – no meats, carbs, sugars. The director of photography expertly captured an extremely intimate and vulnerable side to the strong and flawless Queen Bey.

Inspiration

Having family members as graduates of some of the prominent HBCU (historically black colleges and universities), Beyoncé was able to tap into the most celebrated moments of their collegiate life. Her full show not only highlighted the history of these schools but also their social networks and fraternal organizations; transforming the stage into one of the most dynamic Black Southern spaces of cultural legacy and pride. Much of it was enunciated with their boot dancing, a traditional dance style for HBCU called J-Setting, in between transitions. These dance formations visually anchored the performance. Contortionists contributed an urban Cirque du Soleil vibe to the display which can be more accurately described as an infused gumbo of Chicago (the musical), Moulin Rouge! and the Off-Broadway play Stomp. To date, the pyramid stage has been persevered onsite at this year’s Coachella as an art installation.

A group of 200 people shared the stage with Queen Bey including Jay Z, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams and Solange Knowles. The expansive crew that Beyonce worked and practiced with for 8 months is featured in the documentary, as each individual had their own part in making the event a success. The dancing in her set is not technical, but emotional. The crowd, as well as audiences watching the documentary at home, are meant to feel something from just the way Beyoncé and her dancers, who she handpicked herself, move with each other. The concert experience not only exhibits the immense talent of HBCU musicians but works towards using this heightened exposure to aid these institutions that have been struggling with little resources and grants since their establishment.

After the the release of Homecoming, Netflix will more than likely notice a spike in downloads/subscriptions; Beyonce will notice an increase in her fan base and HBCU enrollment rates will most likely skyrocket. Overall, most audience members will be thrashed into a world of black honor, history and preservation. While the Pew Report notes that there is a varying “black/white digital divide” concerning internet usage, (87% whites, 80% blacks), there is little divide when it comes to mobile platforms. The growth of black presence in media, such as on social media, in streaming services and more, will only continue due to the imminent success of Beyoncé’s partnership with Netflix. Her myriad of success as a dominant Black woman breaks down barriers in the same way Jordan Peele has done for young Black filmmakers across the diaspora. This will become one of the most treasured pieces of mass media and should offer encouragement to both women and minorities to bust through the glass ceiling on all fronts especially digitization and technology.

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Illustrator: Alejandra Villagra

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Kim Viera “Here For Ya”

KIM VIERA RELEASES NEW SINGLE “HERE FOR YA” TODAY

Puerto Rican singer and songwriter Kim Viera releases her brand new single “Here For Ya” today in both English and Spanglish.

Listen to “Here For Ya”: HERE

The track is powered by a throwback beat and sultry production, building toward a seismic and soaring refrain carried by Kim’s powerhouse voice. The two versions in English and Spanglish speak to her worldwide appeal.

In many ways, Kim Viera was destined to merge cultures in her music. Growing up of Puerto Rican descent in an artist-friendly New York household, her parents both worked in the entertainment industry. Dad launched, owned, and operated a live production company, and Mom could be heard as a backup singer for Willie Colon, Ruben Bladés, and more. Yearly vacations in Puerto Rico represented that balance as the travel mixtape spanned Selena, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, La India, Sia, Brandy, and Whitney Houston. A vocal powerhouse, she made her introduction on viral hits alongside YouTube mega-star Kurt Schneider in between writing for superstars such as Lil Wayne. In 2016, she landed a major label deal with Republic Records and made waves by contributing “Tribe” to the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for Pitch Perfect 3. This anthem quickly clocked 1.8 million Spotify streams. Along the way, she honed her “American Latina” style and set fire with her single “Como” feat. Daddy Yankee. It exploded as an international smash with 40.8 million cumulative streams and counting, while the music video surpassed 24 million views in under a year. Meanwhile, she garnered acclaim from Billboard and NPR who pegged it among “Our Favorite Latin Songs This Week,” upon release, setting the stage for her 2019 anthem “Here For Ya.”

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Gunna Releases New Single

GUNNA RELEASES NEW SINGLE & VIDEO 

“ONE CALL”

+ PRODUCED BY TURBO

+ DRIP OR DROWN 2 COMING SOON!

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Following his cover art reveal, Billboard chart topping artist, Gunna drops his brand new single “One Call.” The track is the first offering from his much anticipated debut album Drip Or Drown 2. The addictive Turbo produced single highlights Gunna’s melodic bars paired with pitched down guitar melody and thumping bass. Maintaining his drip driven signature on “One Call” Gunna proves why he continues to be an exciting addition to hip hop. Listen to “One Call” here!  

Dominated all of 2018, the critically acclaimed Atlanta rapper topped multiple “best of” lists including New York Times, Pitchfork, and Complex and more. Drip Harder, the Gold certified mixtape released with Lil Baby, hit  #4 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart which included the double platinum single “Drip Too Hard.”  Collaborating with some of the biggest artists in the world including Travis Scott, Mariah Carey, Drake, Usher and more, there seems to be no stopping the new age rapper. 

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ARIANA GRANDE RELEASES “NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY”

Grammy Award®-nominated, multiplatinum, record-breaking superstar ARIANA GRANDE returns with her brand new single “No Tears Left To Cry” today via Republic Records. Get it HERE.

Produced by Max Martin and ILYA, written by Ariana, Max Martin, ILYA, and Savan Kotecha, “No Tears Left To Cry” is the first single from her upcoming highly anticipated full-length album.

In addition, she simultaneously unveiled the song’s music video, directed by Grammy Award®-winning director Dave Meyers, on VEVO this morning. Watch it HERE.

ABOUT ARIANA GRANDE
With her powerful vocals and astonishing range, Ariana Grande has emerged as one of the most magnetic and massively successful performers in pop music today. At age 24 she’s delivered three platinum-selling albums and surpassed 18 billion streams, in addition to nabbing four Grammy Award nominations and landing eight hits in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. With her most recent album — 2016’s critically acclaimed Dangerous Woman — Grande both boldly defies expectation and reveals the full force of her voice (recently hailed as an “extraordinary, versatile, limitless instrument” upon Grande’s appearance on Time’s “100 Most Influential People” list).

Since making her full-length debut with 2013’s Yours Truly (featuring the game-changing, triple-platinum smash “The Way”), Grande has brought her striking vocal presence to a genre-blurring breed of pop, taking on R&B, soul, and electronic music with equal nuance and assurance. Arriving in 2014, her sophomore effort, My Everything, garnered a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album and spawned the 6x-platinum hits “Problem” and “Bang Bang” (a Grammy nominee for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance). Through the years, the longtime actress and former Broadway star has proven the scope of her talent by appearing on Scream Queens and Hairspray Live! and showcased her comedic chops by hosting Saturday Night Live. With her social media following now surging past 200 million, Grande has also earned numerous accolades from the MTV Video Music Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards, and American Music Awards (including the highly coveted Artist of the Year prize).

The first artist in music history to see the lead single from her first three albums debut on the Billboard Hot 100, Grande embraced a more uncompromising vision than ever before in the making of Dangerous Woman. With People noting that the album “celebrates feminine might,” Entertainment Weekly praised Grande for “having something meaningful to say with that jaw-dropping voice — one of the most exquisite in pop today.” Grande wrapped up her widely lauded Dangerous Woman Tour in support of the album, performing 85 arena shows worldwide.

ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Aminé, Black Sabbath, DNCE, Florence + the Machine, Gotye, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Jordan Smith, Julia Michaels, Keith Richards, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Marian Hill, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers, Towkio), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Giorgio Moroder, KUNGS, Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (The Weeknd), Roc Nation (Belly, Justine Skye, The Dream), Tuff Gong (Damian Marley), Victor Victor Records (D Savage, Ski Mask The Slump God), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift), and Universal Music Latin Entertainment (Luis Fonsi, J Balvin). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels’ STAR), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.

POO BEAR ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM

GRAMMY Award-winning songwriter and producer Poo Bear unites some of the hottest names in pop, hip-hop, Latin, R&B, and electronic music for his upcoming full-length debut, Poo Bear Presents Bearthday Music arriving in stores and online Friday April 27, 2018 via Capitol Music Group. This special bilingual collaborative album properly ushers the preeminent writer and enigmatic presence into the spotlight for the first time. POO BEAR PRESENTS BEARTHDAY MUSIC is available for pre-order HERE. Fans who pre-order the album will instantly receive Hard 2 Face Reality

An inimitable curator of unparalleled influence, Poo Bear assembled an event-size cast of guests for what will be the first in a series of Poo Bear Presents releases, happening annually like a birthday. To celebrate the announcement, he serves up the new single ‘Hard 2 Face Reality’ feat. Justin Bieber & Jay Electronica. A blockbuster collaboration, the track showcases the energy and ambition that define Bearthday Music. It also follows up the previously released ‘All We Can Do’ feat. Juanes and ‘Will I See’ feat. Anitta, which has racked up 16.1 million Spotify streams to date. Other cameos include longtime friends and frequent collaborators Jennifer LopezSkrillexZara LarssonTy Dolla $ign, and more. Check out the full tracklisting below.

The record represents an important milestone for Poo Bear. It’s a moment for him to share his artistry and Passion projects among friends as he delivers a unique platform for mega-stars to unleash music off-cycle and a venue to showcase buzzing talent. It’s unlike anything else he’s done or that anybody else has done for that matter.

Emerging in 2001, the four-time GRAMMYAward-winning songwriter and producer began collaborating with the likes of Jill Scott before co-writing “Caught Up”, Usher’s RIAA diamond-certified classic Confessions in 2004. Along the way, everyone from Big Boi, Lupe FiascoChris BrownKelly Rowland, and Mariah Carey sought out his pen, prose, and perspective. Introduced to Justin Bieber in 2013, he became a collaborator to the pop icon on Journals, Purpose, co-writing “Where Are Now,” “What Do You Mean?,” “PYD,” “Hold Tight”, “All That Matters”, and more.

Regularly on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2017, Bear’s nimble curiosity and hyper creativity would define a string of genre-busting smashes, including David Guetta’s “2U,” DJ Khaled’s “I’m the One” [feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, & Lil Wayne], Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” (Remix) [feat. Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber] (for which he received a Song of the Year; nom at the GRAMMYS and Songwriter of the Year nom at the Billboard Latin Music Awards), Latin Grammy Award Winning album “Energia” by J Balvin and more. Simultaneously, he dropped his first solo single “Will I See You” [feat. Anitta] and generated over 10 million Spotify streams and 32 million YouTube/VEVO views.

Poo Bear Presents: Bearthday Music Tracklisting

1. Hard 2 Face Reality (ft. Justin Bieber and Jay Electronica)

2. Put Your Lovin Where Your Mouth Is (ft. Jennifer Lopez)

3. Perdido (ft. J Balvin)

4. Will I See You (ft. Anitta)

5. All We Can Do (Poo Bear and Juanes)

6. Shade (ft. Elvana)

7. Inevitable (ft. Sasha Sirota)

8. Either (ft. Zara Larsson)

9. From Here (ft. Nikki Vianna and LAZR)

10. That Shit Go (ft. Ty Dolla $ign)

11. Moves (ft. Nechie)

12. Vegas (ft. LAZR)

13. On My Kids (ft. RaRa)

14. Blessing And A Curse (ft. Ashley Joi)

15. Early or Late

NE-YO

NE-YO returns with the title track off his debut album ‘Good Man’.
Written by NE-YO, D’Angelo, Raphael Saadiq, Darhyl Camper, Jr and produced by Camper (Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige)
The track samples D’Angelo’s ‘How Does It Feel’
“This album focuses on the journey of what it is to be a good man: a good man to your spouse, a good brother to your brother, a good person to the world.
I am not proclaiming to be perfect. A Good Man makes mistakes, learns from those mistakes, therefore to not then repeat those mistakes.

A Good Man makes mistakes, learns from those mistakes, therefore to not then repeat those mistakes.

Being a A Good Man is a journey.”
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Marty Kudelka

Marty Kudelka is Justin Timberlake’s exclusive choreographer and artistic director, having choreographed numerous performances.  Most recently, the opening Oscar-nominated hit song “Can’t Stop The Feeling” performance which Marty was the film choreographer for “Trolls.” He is a five time MTV Video Award Nominee for Best Choreography in a Music Video and Winner of the 2013 and 2007 MTV VMA for best choreography in Justin’s videos “Suit & Tie” and “My Love.”

His resume includes pop artists such as Mariah Carey, Pink, Janet Jackson, One Direction, Jason Derulo, The Backstreet Boys, The Jacksons, Jennifer Lopez and New District.

His other credits include choreography for commercial ad campaigns like, Target, Tommy Hilfiger, Coca-Cola, Old Navy, McDonald’s, Citroen, Wild Turkey and Stuart Weitzman.  Also, Marty’s work has been featured on Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance.

Asia Monet

Asia is best known for her standout role on Season 3 of Dance Moms and can be seen as the subject of her own show Raising Asia. The series follows the young performer along with her mom, dad and little sister on her journey towards becoming a star. Things are not slowing down for Asia. She can currently be heard showcasing her vocal chops with her new original song ”Come Along” which is available now on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music and all other digital platforms. Asia co-wrote the upbeat, dance track to inspire people to come together and empower one another to make a change in the world. You can listen to the track here and watch her music video here, which already has over a 900,000 views. Asia also was a recent guest on the popular Daytime Talk Shows Home & Family and Harry, where she had singing and dancing segments. You can watch her performances in the links below.
 

Please see below Asia’s recent interview footage, highlight reel and more to get a feel for her great personality:

Harry Appearance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONq-Z3Z9unA

KTLA Morning News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gk-gTJ4pdyA&feature=youtu.be

Singing the National Anthem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdZ8WKgzI20

Highlight Reel: http://youtu.be/hiZGcA37uK0

 
Asia has also made a name for herself as an Internet sensation as her fan base continues to grow with a verified Instagram of over 1.4 million Instagram followers, a verified Facebook of over 333,000 followers and a verified Twitter of 195,000 followers. She gains over 1,000 followers per day and has over 7 million views on her wildly popular YouTube videos. In addition, three of her recent music videos each have over 1 million views.

Her voice and her music have evolved over the past few years. She released a Christmas single, “Christmas Time”, which received over 7 million views on VEVO. She also released solo covers of Katy Perry’s “Rise”, a piano cover of Justin Bieber’s “I’ll Show You” with her friend, fellow actor/performer Rio Mangini and most recently Selena Gomez’s “Kill Em With Kindness.” You can view the covers on her channel here. As she matures, Asia continues to turn heads with her incredible talent and solidify her status as a triple threat. She was most recently seen performing alongside Mariah Carey in her popular “All I Want for Christmas is You” shows at NYC’s Beacon Theatre. She has also performed live at large venues including Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, Universal CityWalk, Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, and most recently the Clippers Game at the Staples Center.
 
Asia can has also showcased her talents as a fashion designer. She has partnered with Target to design a new fashion line for the Gen Z kids titled “Art Class”. The line made its debut in Target stores nationwide and is tailored to the 86 million teens and tweens who make up Generation Z. Read the announcement here.

Asia has also showcased her talent as an actress outside of the reality television realm in the critically-acclaimed American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, as Sydney Simpson. Produced and directed by Ryan Murphy, it features a star-studded cast including Cuba Gooding Jr., John Travolta, David Schwimmer, and Sarah Paulson to name a few. The show was the most-watched original scripted series premiere in FX’s 22-year history. The limited series drew 12 million total viewers and won countless awards. After working with acclaimed Executive Producer Ryan Murphy on American Crime Story, Asia caught the attention of another TV powerhouse, Shonda Rhimes. She starred as Jasmine in two back-to-back episodes of Grey’s Anatomy. Her role earned her a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series- Recurring Young Actress. Other credits include TNT’s Major Crimes and the film Sister Code starring Amber Rose.
 

ABOUT ASIA MONET

Born in Yorba Linda, California, Asia first took interest in gymnastics when she was just a toddler. Quickly realizing she had a natural athleticism and a love for movement, her parents enrolled her in dance lessons. At the young age of five, she made history by becoming the youngest StarPower National Championship winner to ever take the title. She has since gone on to win or place at numerous competitions. When Asia is not busy showcasing her many talents, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends at the pool, going to the mall, or reading a good book. She also loves arts and crafts as well as songwriting.
 
At such a young age, Asia is no stranger to the small screen. She made her television debut at only six years old when she entered the first season of Lifetime’s Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition. Despite being the youngest in the competition, she beat dancers up to twice her age to make it to the finale. Her hard-hitting, sassy moves earned her third overall. After the competition, Asia joined Abby Lee Miller’s elite junior competition team on season 3 of Dance Moms. Asia won virtually every competition she entered while on the show, blowing her opponents away with her talent.
 

COOPER PHILLIP

Edited by Vaughn Lowery 


With her stunning voice and intense drive, COOPER PHILLIP captures the undivided attention of most people around her. COOPER has always been a small town girl with big dreams. Born in Russia to a family of classical musicians, her adolescent years were shaped by her grandmother and aunt. Her mother, a master violin player, toured the world with various symphonies. This separation led COOPER to take comfort in music at an early age where she was mesmerized by the vocal stylings of Ella Fitzgerald. She learned many of her songs, paying close attention to her pronunciation and vocal tone.  At 12 years of age, COOPER went to live with her mother. It was a major adjustment for both of them, but her mom soon realized her daughter possessed a gift and encouraged her musical talents. Moreover, COOPER attended the prestigious Moscow State Classical Academy (she studied classical piano, theory, harp, jazz, blues, ballet and voice). Her vocal teacher at the academy introduced her to the music of Mariah Carey – COOPER was obsessed!


“I WOULD JUST LISTEN TO HER FOR HOURS, UPON HOURS.”


She diligently worked to expand her range and control her voice to impress both her audience and her teachers. She loved the challenge.

 

“[THERE’S] SOMETHING ABOUT BEING IN FRONT OF A [LIVE] AUDIENCE; AND WINNING A COMPETITION AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE, ONLY MADE ME MORE CURIOUS …. AND, I BECAME [MORE] INTERESTED IN SEEING WHAT I COULD DO WITH MY VOICE.”

 

She began singing every day, taking in the sounds of Barbra Streisand and learned both classical piano and harp.


Determined to pursue a career in music, COOPER’s mother allowed her to move to New York City at 17. With barely a dollar to her name, she worked and hustled, singing in weddings and clubs and sleeping in the storeroom of a restaurant where she sang. It wasn’t easy but she would not be deterred. After a few years in NYC, COOPER jumped at an opportunity to sing in Los Angeles. With a strong sense of direction, COOPER began pouring her heart into songs she would write for her debut EP, Walk A Mile. In writing, she found an outlet to tell her story of love and pain in soul-filled ballads like Black Box, Tough Love and her song, Silence.  She’s performed her music at various venues in LA such as Viper Room, Soho House, Spaghettini, Hotel Café and Sayers Club.

For additional information on this recording artist visit http://cooperphillipmusic.com