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Underrated Artistry of Mainstream

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I’m an 80’s baby, but the 90’s raised me. I grew up listening to musicians such as Lauryn Hill, Sade and Erykah Badu. Their music has always held value and true meaning. They’re all artist, musicians, as well as legends. As I was sitting here shuffling through my iPod, I stumbled upon six amazing artists that I felt had such great talent and who were so underrated. These “singers” today couldn’t stand a chance against these six artists whom I would love to see make a come back into mainstream.

Tynisha Keli – Best known for her hit single, ” I Wish You Loved Me” her first single from her debut album “Chronicles Of TK” and her single “My Everything”. Tynisha had every 16 year old wishing they can tell their high school crush ‘I Wish You Loved Me’. This song was on every girls Myspace page (When Myspace was poppin’). Tynisha had a few hits over the years; Love Hurts, Shatter’d, Inhale Exhale, and one of my favorites Romeo & Juliet, nothing mainstream but Keli is still making music, recently releasing her latest single April. 16, 2016 “Forget It All” on iTunes.

For More check out her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theetynishakeli

Karina Pasian – This 16 @ War musician has been out of the lime light for a while now; with much success from her hits Can’t Find The Words, and Fall In Love Again. Did you know Pasian and Tyler James Williams were once an item? YES! The “Everybody Hates Chris” star. The Professional Performing Arts School Alumni is known for her gifted fingers and Alto voice. Pasian can sing in six different languages, including English, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Turkish, French and began playing the professional piano while in kindergarten.

For further information about this Dominican, Armenian singer check out her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karinapasian

Tiffany Evans – We all know Miss Evans, appearing in Tyler Perry’s Diary Of A Mad Black Woman, also contributed to the movie soundtrack on “Father Can You Hear Me”. This Bronx native has had major hits such as “Let Me Be Your Angel“, a cover of Stacy Lattisaw’s song, her single in 2004. Three years later releasing “Promise Ring” featuring 1,2 Step singer Ciara. A year later releasing “I’m Grown” featuring BowWow was released January. 2008. Since then Evans has married, Lorenzo Henderson, welcoming their baby girl, Adalia Henderson, on Sept. 25, 2012. Following the news of her marriage and pregnancy, Evans also released her first single “If You Love Me“, a powerful R&B ballad, from her mixtape 143. The mixtape was released on February. 12, 2013. November. 4, 2o14, Evans released “Baby Don’t Go” as a buzz single as she worked her new EP. This song was also featured in an episode of Love & Hip-Hop: New York. Evans even launched her eye-wear company Eye Hunee in December. 2014. Eye Hunee shades are of the highest quality; including its Carl Zeiss lens. The glasses itself were designed by Nature Optics, who had designed for Calvin Klein, Diane Von Furstenburg, Bebe, Michael Kors, and Henri Bendel.

Check out Miss Evans on her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tiffanyevansofficial

JoJo – Known for her gold- certified debut single “Leave (Get Out)” JoJo had every girl singing …

Get out, (Leave) right now,

It’s the end of you and me

It’s too late (now) and

I can’t wait for you to be gone

‘Cause I know about her (who) and

I wonder (why) how I bought

All the lies

You said that you would treat me right

But you was just a waste of time (waste of time)

Leave (Get Out) released in 2004, I was just a sophomore in high school. JoJo was the Britney Spears of the 2000’s! The old Britney that is… With hits like How To Touch A Girl, and Weak a cover to SWV’s 1992 hit single. JoJo has also appeared in movies such as Aquamarine, and The High Road. On August. 20, 2015, JoJo released three singles; When Love Hurts, Save My Soul, Say Love simultaneously on III extended play, which she referred to as a “triangle”, as a preview of her third studio album.

JoJo is all grown up, check her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamjojo

Sammie – You can’t forget this fine brotha from his 1999 hit, “I Like It“, from his debut album, From The Bottom To The Top (2000). His Second single “Crazy Things I do” was released in early 2000’s and peaked at number 39 on the “Top R&B Hip-Hop songs” charts. In 2001, Sammie supplied the chorus vocals for “Hardball”, a collaboration with rappers Lil’ Bow Wow, Lil’ Wayne, and Lil’ Zane for the Hardball soundtrack. Taking a break from the music industry to focus on school, where he re-entered the studio with top producers – Dallas Austin, Jazze Pha, and Bryan – Michael Cox for his second studio album, Sammie (2006). His album debuted at number 8 on the “Top R&B/Hip-Hop song” charts. Recently releasing an EP on iTunes entitled “Indigo“. He’s back! He’s here to bring REAL R&B back. Watch out Trey, and Chris you have competition.

To listen more of Sammie’s new EP just go to iTunes and search “Sammie, Indigo” also check out his Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sammiealways

Amanda Perez – Lastly, this list wouldn’t be a list without the infamous Amanda Perez. She graced us with her beautiful, angelic voice back in 2002, with her smash hit “Angel“. Well we’re wondering what happened to the Indiana native? Well, Perez took some time off to care of her mother, who was diagnosed with Cancer. In 2007, Upstairs Records released a special album, dedicated to Amanda’s mother’s death. The lone single from that album “Candy Kisses”, did not break any records, but it had success on the Top 40/Rhythmic chart peaking at #17. Did you know Amanda Perez is apart of the LGBT? Along with other artist such as Tyra B. the “Country Boys”, and “Still in Love” singer. Shocked? So was I!

To see what Amanda is up to these days, just check her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amandaperez_1951

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From the home of HipHop: The City That Never Sleeps Khloé Sierra, also known as KhloéFromBrooklyn has always had a passion for music and writing. Bi-racial; Puerto Rican and black and profiles herself as a logophile. Khloé remembers her siblings and herself waking up to their grandmother singing songs by the Four Tops, Temptations, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The O'Jays, Isley Brothers, Earth Wind & Fire, and singers like, Otis Redding, Betty Wright, Al Green, and Marvin Gaye. As she grew older Khloé developed a love for artist such as: Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, Sadé, Lauryn Hill, Anita Baker, and Tevin Campbell. Khloé's grandmother would make her and her siblings read a chapter from the encyclopedia and then write an essay. By her grandmother doing that, Khloé developed the love for writing. At the age of 14 Khloé decided she wanted to to become a Music Journalist. What better way to enjoy two things you love the most... Writing and Music. She majored in English for two years, and minored in theater. Although she has no professional experience she doesn't let that discourage her. She's very passionate, driven, and ready to deliver. From The City That Never Sleeps, to The Lone Star State she's now received an opportunity to began her journey.