As someone who has professionally experienced all walks of entertainment – from singing and dancing to playing piano and acting – 20-year-old Briannagh D. has talent and experience far beyond her years. Briannagh released her debut “American Fab Kid” from her home in New Jersey in 2013, at just 12 years old. Since then, she continued to gain a loyal following and perform her music for various audiences across the United States, United Kingdom, and the Caribbean. In 2018, her single “Feel the Beat” made it to the top spot on the Tempo Caribbean charts in more than 24 countries. Two years later, her song “Grateful” surpassed one million views on YouTube. Briannagh has also flexed her acting abilities for popular shows on Disney and NBC. She certainly has the attention of the media and her fans, and in 2022, Briannagh is well on her way to yet another year of groundbreaking success in the music and entertainment industries.
Briannagh’s latest song is “RUN MY CHECK,” featuring Jadakiss. This pop hit has such an upbeat rhythm and catchy melody that it’s guaranteed to get audiences dancing and singing along. Accompanied by a rap from Jadakiss, Briannagh breaks down how people should not take advantage of her kindness and generosity, especially when borrowing her money. The rap echoes this theme of how the character makes a person, not what’s in their wallet. So, a person’s goodwill should be considered when they make a deal to lend out money that they worked hard to earn. Those who try to rip Briannagh off and break their promise to return her money are warned that she won’t forget their unpaid tabs. Briannagh tells those people not to ask for anything else until they have returned the amount they already owe since they will be held accountable for their debt until they pay it back.
With a special appearance from renowned comedian Michael Blackson, Briannagh D’s music video captures her roaming the streets of Beverly Hills as she does some window shopping at quite a few high-end stores. The camera completely showcases Briannagh’s animated, fun-loving personality, from her poses outside the shops to her singing and dancing in front of a red Ferrari with Blackson. It all makes sense, considering this song revolves around money. Some shots bounce between her and the dancers jamming to her track, and during the rap with Jadakiss, viewers get to see Briannagh join in the dancing while continuing her flawless performance.
How have your New Jersey roots influenced your music? When did you realize you wanted to take your music more seriously and share it with the world at large?
I think it was only until I left New Jersey for a few years that I realized how much we, as New Jersey citizens, have in common. Whenever I would meet someone from New Jersey in Los Angeles, I’d instantly click with them because we automatically had something to talk about. I think it’s helped me realize how big the area you’re from impacts your thoughts and what you display in your work, whether your conscious of it or not. I knew from a very early age that I always wanted to do this. I was five years old
when I started taking piano lessons, and I always loved performing in front of family members at gatherings and holiday parties before I even started grade school. I think some people are born with certain professional desires.
Your musical journey started when you were only 12 years old. Reflecting back on your early entry to the music industry and looking at where you are now, how has your sound and style evolved over time?
My first original song came out when I was 12 years old, but I was recording covers, performing at venues, and doing everything I could to get my name out there before that. My first larger scale performance took place when I was 10 years old. This past summer, I performed in Times Square. The growth has felt so rewarding. I have seen so much progress in the last 10 years, and it never gets boring or old to me. I find that there is always something new to get excited about when it comes to performing.
As for my sound, I will say that overall, it has pretty much stayed within the pop and r&b categories, but I have experimented over the last 4 years or so with songs like “Feel the Beat” featuring E-Dee. We came together to create a dancehall-pop record, which was so much fun to record. Duane DaRock has pushed me musically to test out different styles, yet he still wants me to be myself and formulate my own sound. This is a big reason as to why I have so much respect for him as a producer. After spending so
much time working with different producers, engineers, and other artists, I don’t think that I’ll ever shy away from combining multiple genres of music. If it sounds good, why discard of it just because it doesn’t fit within a specific genre? I think that focusing too much on “unspoken rules” in music is what can hold you back from creating an amazing project.
Based on your accomplishments and status to date, what has been your experience being a triple threat in the entertainment industry?
It’s essential to master as many skills as possible within your field of work to further succeed in your career. Under the umbrella of “entertainment,” I knew that to ultimately get to the level of exposure that I desired, I’d not only have to be able to sing, but I’d also have to be equipped with interviewing skills, and prove myself as an actress in order to get there. Being able to write songs and play instruments was just the plus that I knew I’d need to facilitate a smooth process when making music. I am extremely proud of the things I’ve accomplished so far, but I want to keep going and see just how far I can get in the entertainment field. I still have a long way to go, but the ride thus far has been exhilarating.
What inspired you to write “RUN MY CHECK”? What is the overarching message in this rap/hip-hop hit?
Although I cannot speak for Jadakiss and his immense lyrical contribution to the song, I will say that I was inspired by a few real-life scenarios in which I did not get the money that I’d loaned people. I think I was just fed up and I felt that, given this is a universal experience for so many, why not write a song about it? Not that this is some ground-breaking and innovative topic, but I do tend to enjoy finding unconventional things to write songs about. Many songs that I’ve written and recorded but never released are centered around things that artists would not typically think to write songs about when it comes to mainstream music. When you think about it, you can quite literally write a song about anything. This is why I think it’s important to be open- minded about new song topics.
What was it like working with Jadakiss on “RUN MY CHECK”? How did this collaboration come to be?
It was such a great learning experience for me because he is such a legendary rapper and has always been known for his lyrical intelligence. He was really nice to me on the set of the music video and he maintained this professional aura which is always nice to see in an established artist like himself. This collaboration came about after we had both performed at the same event in Newark, New Jersey. The event was “24 Hours of Peace,” and it took place around Labor Day of 2021. Just a few weeks after that we
put the song together with my producer Duane DaRock who created the beat from scratch, and that’s how the project was put in motion.
Comedian Michael Blackson makes a cameo in the music video. What was it like having him be part of this visual project, and what was your overall experience shooting the music video out in L.A.?
Michael Blackson was such a joy to be around. He was very humble, kind, and of course funny. Shooting the music video in Los Angeles was a lot of fun because there are obviously many areas to take advantage of. I think the fact that it almost never gets cold here makes things a lot more predictable in setting up the scenes and planning to shoot in certain locations. Overall, it was a very enjoyable experience and I’m grateful for everyone who took part in the creative process for the song and video.