Kentucky’s Finest R&B Sensation Era’Nay on Building her Reign in the R&B Industry!

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R&B is not dead, and Kentucky’s finest Era’Nay is a beautiful vocalist with a growing, loyal fan base who appreciates her. The hard-working song writer has already opened different concerts for big names such as Vedo, Jacquees, and has a hit inspirational Gospel song out now with singer Daren Lee Jr. Hearing her music on the radio was the fuel she needed to continue breaking barriers for herself and her career. Originally starting her journey as a Gospel artist, she decided to walk on the wild side and begin recording R&B music. It wasn’t until she opened for Vedo at a concert that her mother attended where her family eventually gave in and begin to fully support her career. A very classy artist, she is inspired by power house vocalist Aretha Franklin, embodying a mature essence about her and the way she carries herself. With so many accolades growing under her belt, Era’Nay was also the Authentic Empire Showcase Winner gaining an opening performance for Gucci Mane at the past concert in Atlanta over the summer.

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What are you working on, what’s your next project?

a. EP ELEVATE!!! I’m currently working on marketing and promoting my EP – ELEVATE which takes listeners on an emotional rollercoaster. I’m performing every opportunity offered: events in-person & virtual, weddings, and more.

So excited for this next project, “Harmonious”. I am giving the fans more of my unique sound, blending traditional soul and vocals with the modern R&B vibe of today. My album will release Summer ’22.

I am always working! Shout out to artists, producers, and labels looking for a quality additive to your project. I’m your girl

Describe your artistry

a. I’m learning that in today’s music industry, artist development is the responsibility of the artist, whether you’re signed to a major label or indie. In my artistry I set aside my ego so that my music can speak, allowing listeners to get the essence of my works. With every performance I take the audience beyond itself, transcending their outlook on life affording them the chance to dream and imagine through stimulating every emotion. My sound is R&B/Soul/Pop/Country genres.

Who is your inspiration?

a. God is my inspiration! Next is what I call my 3 F’s (family, friends, fans). As a young girl I lived in the small town of Carlisle, KY where I spent time worshipping and singing in church. It shouldn’t be a surprise to learn my musical inspiration is Whitney Houston. Growing up as a teenager I became inspired by Toni Braxton and the stories she told with her music. Now as a singer-songwriter I find inspiration from H.E.R., Jazmin Sullivan and others.

What was the hardest obstacle you ever had to go through in life?

a. Oh Wow! My Life! Right Now! Just know, I’m growing in my spirit and adulthood! Being a Youth Minister transitioning to “The Princess of R&B Soul”, has me thinking outside the box and out of my comfort zone. I’m pursuing my musical career, adapting as I encounter new experiences and seizing opportunities, while seeking ways to empower other women. My Faith is in and with my God, appreciating his Grace & Mercy.

What’s your thoughts on the direction of where music is going?

a. Music is going in several directions following many social trends and becoming incredibly social. Music is becoming a melting pot of great sounds as more and more artists identify with more than one genre. I’m loving the revival of older sound I’m hearing in Pop music lately. I’m joining the wave of rap/R&B singers collaborating with Country music artists.

What’s your thoughts on the direction of where your music is going?

a. At this point in time, my music is going in the direction I want it to…UP! I am creating, releasing, and performing “Timeless Music” and supported by an amazing team. My EP ELEVATE has hundreds of thousands of streams on Spotify and doing well on other platforms. EraNayMusicVEVO has captivating videos with more than 100k views. Each month bookings are increasing and I’m looking forward to Carter’s Music Group’s Christmas Program Show this December.

Thoughts on cancel culture?

a. I’m indifferent in my thoughts on cancel culture. On one side it’s speaking truth to power and on the other, a senseless form of social media mob rule. I believe that CC may affect your career differently based on your level of success or status. For indie artists just beginning it could kill your career but for celebrated artists it rarely makes a lasting impact. CC’s punishment is the modern-day treatment like growing up in a traditional small church, inside a small town, in the south, not living according to the expectation…

What’s your thoughts on where the R&B Industry is headed?

a. With the Princess of R&B Soul and her affiliate Mr. R&B, Darrin Lee Jr, R&B is expected to have a resurgence. Modern R&B is more rap influenced especially with all the singing rappers these days. It goes to show how rap music influences the industry. This new wave in R&B has created a niche for my unique sound bringing together modern and traditional styles of soul music.

Tell us when you 1st fell in love with music?

a. Omg! It still makes me smile now! When I was a child my “Aunt T” sung “Reading Rainbow” to me, and my eyes lit up as my heart filled with joy. I’ve fallen in love with music three times already and feel as I grow in my career my love for music will strengthen, causing me to fall deeper in love. First when I was four years old my mother would sing chores and church songs with me. Next at sixteen years old I fell in love with music singing in churches. Here recently when I joined my affiliate group CMG at twenty-two, I fell in love with music and began chasing my dream. I see myself falling in love again once I sign to a major label and begin making global hits.

What don’t your fans know about you?

· I love animals & Nature

· I like to think I’m a Daredevil

· I’m competitive and try not to lose

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