This past Saturday, I got to meet up with Justina Valentine for the beginning of her tour with Mike Stud at the Theater of Living Arts in Philadelphia. As soon as we met, she greeted me with open arms and immediately made me feel right at home. We went straight into her dressing room where we discussed details on everything from her journey in the music industry along with her new album “Valentine” now available for purchase on iTunes. Justina has certainly been working hard to setting a name for herself in this
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On her album Valentine being dropped today on iTunes
“This album includes six tracks along with a bonus one. I had the amazing opportunity to work with creative and talented producers such as Shy Boogs, Infamous and Claws to name a few. This album means a lot to me because I really took my time crafting my sound and image for this project, it’s all been a fulfilling experience. We’ve actually just released the first video for Valentine “Lord Have Mercy”. As soon as I’m back from tour I’ll be preparing to shoot for our next video, it’s all really exciting.”
On touring with Mike Stud for his Relief Tour
“I’m excited. This past summer was crazy I did 15-20 shows so it was basically like a little tour to prep me for this upcoming one. There was no better time to start this tour since the day before I had my album release party in both New York and New Jersey for Valentine. My crew (including her DJ K. Fre$h and guitarist Randy) and I are all still pumped and juiced from that we already felt like it was time to take over the world.”
If she had a message to get across to a large group of people it would be:
“Just be yourself. You can’t please everyone all the time. People will either love you or hate you, just love what you do and I promise you will be happy.”
Many Unite for R&B Holiday Benefit Concert To Raise Funds for Philadelphia’s Ronald McDonald House
On Thursday, December 20th, several local R&B artists joined forces for the inaugural R&B Holiday Benefit Concert. This year’s showcase, held at Philadelphia’s historic Trocadero Theatre, benefited families being supported by Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.
This Holiday Benefit Concert was a labor of brotherly love, with every single event organizer and performing artist involved having direct Philly ties. Attendees were serenaded with hits from each emerging artist as well as several of their favorite holiday classics such as “Joy to the World,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Silent Night” and more. This year’s concert lineup included:
- Julian King – contemporary R&B artist fresh off a concert tour in China
- Star Castillo – Trenton native with the ability to fuse R&B, Pop and Soul into her renditions
- Judaea – previous America’s Got Talent contestant and rising R&B star
- Good Girl – R&B quartet from Philly striving to revive and lead the next girl group era
- Audrey Jackson – internet darling, R&B songstress and head of It’s All Music, The Movement LLC
- M!SHEL – Armenian and Jewish singer / songwriter powerhouse heralding from the suburbs of Philadelphia
“We could not be more excited to be able to come up with such a fun and engaging way to give back to our community,” says event organizer and host Delilah Dee of Delilah & Co. “Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of what’s truly important during the holiday season so I’m grateful that I, alongside Revli Management, AB Media Group and Kelsi with an Eye, were able to rally together to organize this showcase benefitting the families of Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.
All those involved decided a month before show date they wanted to team up to give back to a local organization while also providing a platform for local talent. In less than a month, a venue was secured, non-profit organization was selected, artist line up and vendors were finalized for the concert. Not sure how the turn out would be since the team only had a short amount of time to put together this event, it is safe to say all involved felt a deep sense of gratitude to see that the community supported the initiative – the concert ended up being a sold out event.
What a great way to close out 2018.
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