In honor of me LOVING Rihanna’s new album, Unapologetic, here goes the video for one of my favorite tracks. Diamonds has definitely grown on me…it may even be my best friend! Love, love, love…enjoy!
Cute new song off of Rihanna’s latest album Unapologetic:
If you are a fan of NBC’s The Voice, then the name Jonathas will certainly ring some bells. He was the soulful powerhouse from Season 2 who was cut in the final battle round, just before the ultimate live competition. Jonathas was a fan favorite, bringing something new to the competition…a Brazilian who could sing Usher’s U Got it Bad better than Usher himself (yes, I said it!). For those that aren’t as familiar, Jonathas migrated to the United States on a boat for over a month with his mother at the age of four. Growing up poor, music is what he turned to at a young age and it has become the one thing that could help provide for his family. Now living in Texas at the age of 24, he has a wife and two kids and drops his debut album, Numb, which is slated to be something that the R&B game needs. Check out my interview with Jonathas and see what he has to say about his upcoming album, his migration to the U.S. and choosing team Christina on The Voice.
Tell me about your journey from Brazil to the U.S.
I came to the States when I was about 4 or 5 years old. I was on a cruise ship with me and my older brother and my mom was pregnant with my younger brother. We came to the States super young and Austin was one of the first stops we made. Singing was always a part of my life…I tried to enter as many things as I could; we grew up really poor so money was always a situation and we tried to scramble around and get into as many free things and contests as we could.
At what point did you know that singing was a passion and something that you were going to follow for the long haul?
I gotta say when I was probably in Middle School, there was a big show that I did and I lead the choir and had these big solos and I knew from there exactly what I wanted to do. I had to grow up and learn everything on my own [including] all the studio stuff, so I just started taking it to the next level. Middle School was really it…not only was I like, “I can do this” but I love to do it and I love to hear the fans yell. It was what I wanted ever since I was young.
Even though this is your passion, it’s obviously a way for you to provide for your family. Given the struggle that you’ve had early on in life, does that add any extra pressure to succeed?
Yes, absolutely! I make a little money here and there, but I also work part-time. I’m 24 hours, fully committed to this music thing because that’s what I do and that’s what I love to do and it’s what I’m gonna do until I’m where I want to be, but even now it’s tough. You go onto a show like The Voice and you get cut where you did and you get back home and people had all these expectations, family as well. It was tough. Having to pick it up from there, it was tough. I had to search deep and find myself and that’s where Numb came from.
What can fans expect from your upcoming album, Numb?
Numb is real, it’s something that I had to step out of where I was and I had to find myself and I had to do my own soul searching. It was the first time I was dealing with another writer that was writing something for me and that was big because I’m real picky when it comes to my music and I like things a certain style. I really opened up for this project. I had a writer for my first single, Written in Stone, who was Karen Rodriguez. It’s me thinking, it’s me searching and I’m still finding my voice.
You have an amazing voice! Where do you get your main inspiration from?
That’s a good question! I never grew up with any vocal coaching, but I did grow up with my heros like Usher. When Ne-Yo first broke out as an artist, that’s when it struck me. Ne-Yo was one of my biggest inspirations and not just as an artist, but as a songwriter and having to work behind the scenes and see everybody else get the fame and high accolades. Then he comes out and BOOM, he’s the man! I really kept that in mind and stayed focus. I really follow up on the artists that I have a lot of respect for and it keeps me in line with my music. Nowadays, a lot of things are going Pop and it’s rare that you hear R&B on the radio. What I don’t want to do is reject what I have now and where my voice is best at and go do the Pop; I want to stick with what I love and what I do best and that’s R&B.
Did you get a chance to work with Ne-Yo?
I didn’t and it kinda sucks because I ended up going with team Christina and Ne-Yo was a mentor on Cee-Lo’s team. But, everything happens for a reason and hopefully things come up after this project is released.
You chose team Christina, was that something that you did on your own and if so, what was the ultimate deciding factor?
I did choose her on my own, but I didn’t have intentions of choosing her…I don’t even think they give you more than a minute to decide. I went into the competition saying I wanted to go with team Cee-Lo. He’s another artist that I have a lot of respect for. I felt like Christina wanted to fight for me more and when she was looking at me and talking to me I just really felt like she wanted to connect with me as a artist and elevate what I had to the next level.
Were you happy with your decision at the end of it?
That’s a tough question to ask. I can say yes and I’m really thankful for everything she’s done for me, but at the same time did I make the right decision? That’s a question I ask myself all of the time. Everything does happen for a reason and maybe it just wasn’t meant to be quite yet and maybe there’s something bigger for me out there.
What advice can you offer up-and-coming artists who are hustling just like you in this industry?
The best thing that I can say is, if you have a dream, never throw it away just because someone tells you that you can’t do it or someone tries to bring your down. You can do anything that you put your mind to, you just have to go out there and do it and take chances. You have to leave it all on the line and try your best every single time. Your work ethic is one of the most important things. This music business, it sucks to say, but it’s grimy. You have to hustle to get into where you need to…when you’re hustling, you have to have a work ethic and you have to put in work.
How can fans support you?
You can go anywhere from iTunes to Amazon or my website, IknowJonathas.com.
Any last words for your fans?
I hope everyone is on board; I’ve been working really hard on this project. I’m here for them and I hope they’re here for me!
Thank you for visiting the Dreamworld and I hope that Jonathas’ story has inspired everyone to keep pushing! Check out this video of Jonathas singing Usher’s U Got it Bad onNBC’s The Voice and be sure to buy his new album, Numb!
My interview for Jarvis The Artist drops tomorrow at 4pm, along with the release of his new album, Heartache! His music is beyond HOT! Make sure you check out his single, Make a Little Room, which is currently on heavy radio rotation in cities such as Atlanta!
Check it out:
He’s taken a hiatus and has come back with a masterpiece! With all that life has put at his feet in recent years, he’s put it all into his craft and the argument of who the best rapper is will definitely be reignited with this album. Life is Good brings lyrical content and plenty of personal confirmations, especially in reference to his saddening divorce from Kelis. If you’re wondering if he drops her name…yes he does! He’s back! If you haven’t done so yet, be sure to support real artistry and get the new Nas album! This is what Hip-Hop needs!
Before I go, I’m leaving you with a small excerpt from the album…and this is just from the intro; only the tip of the iceberg:
…who wasn’t the most faithful husband, revealed my life, you will forgive me, you will love me, hate me, judge me, relate to me. Only a few will, this how it sounds when you’re too real. They think it’s just music still. Well, I am a graphic, classic, song composer, music notes on sheets I wrote this piece, to get closure. Some of yall might know Kelis, this goes to her with love, also goes to yall to see, the craziest things already happened to me…so either you’ll be laughing at me or you’re laughing with me.
Leave your thoughts/comments on what you think of Life is Good!
It’s always nice to share the journey of others, whether they be famous or not, but it is always rewarding to highlight individuals within the industry. Hearing how they made it and what their experiences have been like, let’s us all know that anything is possible if you just follow your heart and your path. YOU can be successful in any talent you choose to pursue; the drive just needs to be steadfast. I recently had the pleasure of exploring the female, Hip-Hop world (for all you aspiring female rappers out there)! Well known rapper, Charli Baltimore, blessed me with a few moments of her time to catch the Dreamworld up on life and offers some advice to female artists on the come-up.
Born Tiffany Lane, to a German father and Black mother, she adopted the name “Charli Baltimore” from Geena Davis’ character in the film, The Long Kiss Goodnight. She’s seen her fair share of ups and downs, in and out of the industry, but remains grounded and driven; determined to be a strong support system for her family. A Philly native and a mother of two daughters, India and Sianni (to the right), Charli is taking a step back into the limelight and on her own terms. Since meeting The Notorious B.I.G. in 1995 and given her first shot at fame, she has continued to write her own rhymes (something she prides herself on) and has always sprinkled her unique flare among other female rappers.
Dealing with personal losses and an abusive relationship, she managed to graduate from Pierce College as a certified paralegal. She’s also earned a Grammy nomination, been featured with Junior M.A.F.I.A. and released a debut album (Cold As Ice). After a five year hiatus, she signed to Murder Inc. but separated with them in 2006 due to album delays and creative differences. She’s since released an EP on iTunes and in March 2012, released the mixtape titled Mickey and Mallory Knox: Natural Born Khronicles. With a new album on the horizon, True Lies, Baltimore is determined to continue doing what she loves, while making sure that she doesn’t settle.
Take a look at what she has to say to the Dreamworld:
I don’t necessarily think it’s missing anything but more females…I think that their is a diverse mix right now but we could always use more females.
What motivates you to continue to follow your passion for music?
It’s not so much a motivation at this point…I’m good at writing…it makes me happy…
Who do you think is the best female rapper?
Best female rapper? Well to not hold one’s self in the highest regards would be awkward.
What advice can you offer other females trying to make it in this industry?
Stay away from it…lol. No..it’s a hard business so you have to develop a tough skin and be able to take the good with the bad.
What do you think is your God-given purpose in life, outside of rapping?
My God given purpose is to make sure my Children are good….first and foremost. Everything else is secondary.
If you could have a conversation with the younger you, what advice would you give?
Learn to relax…have more patience..actually that applies to myself now as well.
Are you involved in any other business ventures outside of music?
I am actually, but I kinda gotta keep it under raps for the time being.
How can fans show their support?
Well, for now they can support my two films, my single All Lies, my album (when it’s released)…and [follow] @charlibaltmore on Twitter….
What’s one funny/quirky thing about you that fans may not know?
One quirky thing..I’ll give u 3. I have OCD when it comes to cleaning. It destresses me…Walls, floors, whatever. I turn into Cinderella..lol. I’m a bit of a nerd and I was a huge wrestling fan forever. I used to attend all the matches and everything!
She has a great sense of humor and a much appreciated dose of sarcasm. I was so excited to have her as a guest on danithedreamgirl.com. Thanks for your time and best wishes on your new album…WE are patiently awaiting the drop!