Indie Shine – Erica L. James

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In this edition of Indie Shine, a place for rebirthoflisa to ‘Shine’ the spotlight on indie artists, we welcome recording artist Erica L. James!

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Bio:

A timid nine-year-old decides she will try out for her school’s Glee Club. She is nervous and practices all night, hoping her hard work will pay off. The music teacher calls her name and she walks over to the piano awaiting his note. She sings “Happy Birthday.” He stops playing the piano and she sits down uncertain if she’s made it. After all the auditions, the music teacher stands up and says,”…the following students should remain seated,” and this is where it all began… Erica James is a R&B Hip-Hop artist from Brooklyn, NY. From her days in the Glee Club to high school singing groups, Erica has music vibrating in the core of her being. Her earliest influences were: Mariah Carey, SWV, Mary J. Blige, and HiFive to name a few… Her passion for music doesn’t rest with just singing, but is coupled with her songwriting skills. Far removed from those Glee Club days, now as an adult she shares her love of music, seasoned with the commitment to uplifting her people. Her catchy lyrics flavored with soothing melodies are for those wanting music of substance. Music that people of all ages can listen to. Music that is righteous. Her mission is just one…to create a space where love is safe.

 

Q&A

What do you do and Why do you do it? 
I make music that promotes positive responses to life’s challenges. My destiny is to help people heal themselves. Many of us are hurting and suffering from self-inflicted guilt, shame, and fear. We have enough music about turning up, but my music is about “turning in.” It’s time that we fix ourselves and I truly believe once this happens, the world will be a better place.
Erica James2Tell us about your most recent work. 
My recent single, “Other Side,” is about using meditation to find peace in stressful situations or to envision success in your endeavors. As a practitioner and teacher of Hatha Yoga, I think it’s important to share the tools I use to create a more balanced life. This song serves as a reminder to take time for yourself unapologetically.
Who inspires you?
My grandmother inspires me greatly. She is, and has given the purest form of love I know. She taught me how to be: (1) assertive but compassionate, (2) adventurous but practical, and (3) confident but approachable. I have several college degrees but my education doesn’t stand a chance against my grandmother’s wisdom. She is the smartest person I know, and her dedication to her faith and family strengthens my very own commitment to my life’s goals.
What do you consider your “Masterpiece” at this time? 
My “masterpiece” has not yet been created, or maybe it has. It is my hope that my music inspires one person to change something about themselves for the better. If I have done this, then that is my “masterpiece.”
What is your motto in life? 
My motto is: “Nothing is a problem unless you make it one.”
Name your wildest dream. The one you can not imagine achieving, but would love for it to come true.
My wildest dream would be Erykah Badu, Indie Arie, Lauren Hill, Jill Scott, and Ibeyi participating in my yoga retreat. We would all sing, eat good food, detox, share, and create a space of power.
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“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” ~Maya Angelou
When it is all said and done, what would you like to be remembered for? 
I want to be remembered for creating music that changed peoples’ lives. I hope that people will say that I made it cool for music to be spiritual without being gospel.
Tell us about your next project and when will it be available to the public?
My next project is my album, “Always In Love.” Hopefully it will be available to the public next Spring.
Where can fans purchase your work? 
Fans can purchase my songs on iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, and Tidal. In addition, fans can stream my songs on Apple Music, Spotify and Pandora.

Social Media

Website: eljmusic.com

Facebook: @songsbyEJ

Instagram: @songsbyEJ

Twitter:  @songsbyEJ

 

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Indie Shine – Candis Johnson

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In this edition of Indie Shine, a place for rebirthoflisa to ‘Shine’ the spotlight on indie artists, we welcome writer/publisher Candis Johnson!

 

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Bio: 

My name is Candis Johnson. I am thirty years old from Camden NJ. I attended public school and graduated from a performing arts high school in 2006. I attended Delaware State University and graduated in 2010 with a BA degree in Mass Communications and a minor in Political Science. I published my first poetry book in 2008 via Lulu.com called “Splurging on Poetry” and a second in 2009 entitled “Somebody had to say it” Currently, I am in graduate school obtaining a MA in Business Administration. I have also created my own literary magazine called “SOUL” (Say On Universal Languages). So far I have released four issues and many more to come. My future goal is to ultimately own and operate my own publishing company.

Q & A

What do you do and Why do you do it?
Currently I am a freelance blogger and editor of SOUL magazine. As cliché as this might sound my response to this question is simple. I do it because I love it. I found my passion at age 10 or 11 and have been hooked ever since. Also, as it pertains to SOUL, the goal is to help other artists have a platform to use their voices to speak about any and everything they feel is important. Particularly unknown or undiscovered artists, writers, and poets.
SOUL Mag4Tell us about your most recent work.
My most recent work is SOUL issues 1-4. It is a literary magazine that caters to creativity such as poetry, short stories, blogs and any other creative format one wishes to use. I created soul because I felt like there was a need for undiscovered artists to have a place to use their gifts.
Who inspires you?
God is truly my greatest inspiration.
What do you consider your “Masterpiece” at this time?
At this time I would consider SOUL my “Masterpiece”
What is your motto in life? 
“Life is what you make it, so make it epic!”
Name your wildest dream. The one you can not imagine achieving, but would love for it to come true. 
This is a difficult question because I have so many dreams. However, I want to say winning a Pulitzer Prize for my work.
What is your favorite quote? Jan quote
“In complete darkness we are all the same. It is only our knowledge and wisdom that separates us. Don’t let your eyes deceive you.” Janet Jackson
When it is all said and done, what would you like to be remembered for?
I’d like to be remembered for the passion I have for my gift and for my ability to help others achieve their goals.
Tell us about your next project and when will it be available to the public?
Currently, I am working to create a website for my books so that readers and writers can get to know me better and have access to my work.
Where can fans purchase your work?
My work can be purchased from Lulu.

Social Media

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Twitter: @_harlems_child

Instagram 1: _s.o.u.lsistahmagazine_ 

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Facebook: Candis Johnson

Snapchat: candythepoet

Indie Shine – Author Kay Blake

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In this edition of Indie Shine, a place for rebirthoflisa to ‘Shine’ the spotlight on indie artists, we welcome author Kay Blake!

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Bio:

Kay writes sassy, sexy and sweet contemporary and interracial romance. She is from arguably the greatest city in the world. (New York). She is a sarcastic sweetheart who prefers snuggling at home with a good book. She is a mom to three cubs. Kay indulges in strawberry cheesecake, horror movies, Harry Potter, The Walking Dead, wrestling and of course a happily ever after.

Q & A

What do you do and Why do you do it? 
I’m an indie author. There is something to be said about books. Books are so much. They are portals. I love the written word and it brings me peace. For that reason I write. I write also because there are stories inside that I want to get out. Stories that I want to read. So I write. And I hope that someone in the book world can read it, love it or relate to it.
Catch Me If I Fall SIBA NomTell us about your most recent work. 
My most recent work is called Catch Me If I Fall. It is book one in a three book series called The Kim Brothers. My story is about Kasi who is a woman who has to wear a below the knee prosthetic and deal with much from her past. My hero Jae Kim is the oldest of the brothers and he is Korean American. They build a friendship before falling in love. I think it was different from my last works and it was my best that I’ve written so far.
Who inspires you? 
Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, Toni Morrison and Beverly Jenkins.
What do you consider your “Masterpiece” at this time?
My current masterpiece is Catch Me If I Fall as it is because of the subject matter. I do think that because I am working on Book 2, that would probably be tied or this anthology piece I’m working on as it deals with the very real issue of what it’s like to be a black teenage girl in America currently.
What is your motto in life? 
Give your best every time. No matter what the situation is. Because at the end you can say that you did try your hardest and that it something to be proud of.
Name your wildest dream. The one you can not imagine achieving, but would love for it to come true. 
 
Ha ha. I wanted to be an singer growing up. I have a very good voice. I knew how to go from soprano to alto, but I really don’t like singing in front of people. The ones who heard me sing is a small group. I just get in front of people and shut down. Even though I’ve been told I should do something with my voice, I know it won’t happen with my stage fright, but if it could that would be so awesome.
What is your favorite quote?
I have so many. But I’ll choose one. “Today I will behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.”
When it is all said and done, what would you like to be remembered for?
For my perseverance. I had a lot of things happen in my life and I set out to do things that I wanted to make sure that I would’ve been able to do despite the many challenges. Most people know that I’m sensitive, caring and empathetic. But my perseverance is something I admire about myself.
Tell us about your next project and when will it be available to the public?
My next project is a novella called I Knew You Were Trouble. It is an interracial contemporary romance. It will be available on September 22, 2017.
Where can fans purchase your work? 
 

 

Social Media

 

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Twitter: @authorkayblake

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Indie Shine – Kiva

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In this edition of Indie Shine, a place for rebirthoflisa to ‘Shine’ the spotlight on indie artists, we welcome recording artist Kiva!

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Bio: 

Lakeisha Richardson better known as “Kiva” was born August 9, 1991 in Atlanta, Georgia. Her grandmother Barbara helped raise her in Atlanta while her mother attended college in Knoxville, TN. Kiva later located to Memphis, Tn with her mother when she was just 2 years old. She started to have a love for music when was 3. Her aunt would say she’d dance to Sade’s music with a full pamper. At age 8 Kiva began singing gospel music. She would sing Yolanda Adams and Cece Winans. Her musical influences include Sade, Aaliyah, Beyoncé, Tamia, Toni Braxton, KeKe Wyatt, and Whitney Houston. Kiva shares the same birthday as the late legendary Whitney Houston. She’s been blessed with several big opportunities singing to Larry Dodson of The Bar-Kays over the phone when she was 14 was one of them. In 2011 she competed in an online reality show competition called “OnTheSpot”. It was legendary music manager Johnny Wright’s competition to form the next world supergroup. She made the show’s top 20 and also sang to celebrity vocal coach Doc Holliday. He was very impressed with her vocals. The following year 2012 she released her first single, “make believe”. Kiva also had the opportunity to work with grammy nominated singer Toni Braxton’s brother Michael Braxton Jr. She is currently a independent artist with her new single titled “So Lonely”.

Q & A

What do you do and Why do you do it?
I’m an unsigned independent artist who releases music on my own with the help of whom ever I decide to work with. Whether it be another artist, a producer, or a songwriter. I make music because it’s my passion.
so lonelyTell us about your most recent work. 
My most recent work is a single that I released on July 25,2017 titled “So Lonely.” I got my inspiration from Janet Jackson’s “I get so lonely.”
Who inspires you?
My Dad inspires me. He’s also an Independent Artist and just seeing him go hard for his rapping/producing career motivate and inspire me to go even harder.
What do you consider your “Masterpiece” at this time? 
My newest single, “So Lonely” of course.
What is your motto in life?
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain.
Name your wildest dream. The one you can not imagine achieving, but would love for it to come true. 
I would say winning the lotto hahaha.
What is your favorite quote? 
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When it is all said and done, what would you like to be remembered for? 
The woman that worked very hard, never gave up on accomplishing her dream, and goals.
Tell us about your next project and when will it be available to the public?
 
Well, right now I’m currently promoting the music that I do have out. I can say that I also have a bangin’ slow jam single titled “Do You Right” that’s available on all digital store outlets.
Where can fans purchase your work? 
My work is available on iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Spotify, Tidal, Deezer, Pandora, and more.

Social Media

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Indie Shine – My Chérie Amour

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In this edition of Indie Shine, a place for rebirthoflisa to ‘Shine’ the spotlight on indie artists, we welcome author My Chérie Amour.

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Bio 

Chérie is a writer, an author, a Early Childhood Educator and a Adjunct Instructor. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, she currently resides in Southern California.

Q&A

Tell us about your most recent work. 
My most recent work is posting about love (people, places and things) on my blog. I am also currently working on writing the third book in the series of my dating experiences. It a work-in-progress. So, stay tuned!
Who inspires you? 
It’s not who inspires me, but what inspires me. Everything anywhere anytime can inspire me on any given day. It’s called life.
What do you consider your “Masterpiece” at this time? 9781438997728_cover.indd
My masterpiece is my first book entitled YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME?!; Stop Playin’ or Play Right. I consider it my masterpiece because it was originally just something to check off from my bucket list and now it’s become a number one best seller! YESSS. Lol I think it will always be my masterpiece! Wink. Wink.
What is your motto in life?
My motto in life is “Take care of YOU.” YOU are the most important person in your life, so take care of YOU.
Name your wildest dream. The one you can not imagine
achieving, but would love for it to come true. 
Ooooh! My wildest dream?! The one thing I cannot imagine achieving, but would LOVE to come true is my books becoming a huge play!!! I see me having a huge book signing from my favorite restaurant, Killer Shrimp, serving my favorites during the cocktail hour. Then, serving popcornopolus, my favorite snack!, during the premiere of opening night of the play. During the Meet&Greet afterwards I would sell and sign autographed copies of my first book and pose for pictures until dawn. Lol That would be surreal!!!!
What is your favorite quote? 
My favorite quote is from Ru Paul. “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell can you love somebody else?!”, or something along those lines.
When it is all said and done, what would you like to be remembered for?
I just want to be remembered. The good, the bad and everything in between! The fact that my name is on your mind or spoken out of your mouth, well then mission accomplished. You remembered me!!
Tell us about your next project and when will it be available to the public?
The book series is what I am currently working on writing. To be continued. So, please keep in touch with me through social media!!!
Where can fans purchase your work?
You can purchase my work at Amazon.com

Social Media

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Author Websites: www.mycherieamour.me

Blogs:

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Facebook: @Chérie MiAmour 

Pinterest: @authorcherie

Please reach out to me! I would love to hear from you!

Indie Shine – Abbie Johnson Taylor

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In this edition of Indie Shine, a place for rebirthoflisa to ‘Shine’ the spotlight on indie artists, we welcome author Abbie Johnson Taylor.

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Bio:

Abbie Johnson Taylor is the author of a romance novel, two poetry collections, and a memoir. Her fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction appear in The Avocet, Magnets and Ladders, SageScript, and other publications. She has a visual impairment and lives in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, she cared for her late husband, totally blind and partially paralyzed by two strokes.

Q & A

What do you do and Why do you do it? 
I write because, I, like everyone else, have an imagination, and I enjoy putting my thoughts on paper.
Tell us about your most recent work. 
‘My Ideal Partner’ describes how I met, married, and cared for my late husband at home for six years after he suffered two strokes that paralyzed his left side.
Who inspires you?
I’m inspired by many things, places, and events.
What do you consider your “Masterpiece” at this time? 
I don’t call any one work a masterpiece. Almost everything I’ve written is brilliant, in its own way.
What is your motto in life? The Light shines brightest, when the world is at its darkest.
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Name your wildest dream. The one you can not imagine achieving, but would love for it to come true. 
I would love to be a guest on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor hosting.
What is your favorite quote? 
“Be well. Do good work, and keep in touch.” Garrison Keillor in The Writer’s Almanac
When it is all said and done, what would you like to be remembered for?
I would like to be known for my stylish prose and poetry and lovely singing voice.
Tell us about your next project and when will it be available to the public? 
I plan to publish a collection of short stories set in Wyoming, my home state. I started working on this last year before My Ideal Partner was published ahead of schedule. Since I haven’t had time to get back to it, I don’t know when it will be available. Meanwhile, you can read many of my poems and short stories on my website.
Where can fans purchase your work?
My books can be purchased from Amazon, Createspace, Smashwords, and other sources. On my website, you’ll find a page for each of my books that contains ordering links.
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Social Media

Blog: abbiescorner.com

Website: abbiejohnsontaylor.com

Facebook: Abbies Corner of the World

Amazon Author Page: Abbie Johnson Taylor

Indie Shine – Author L. Loren

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In this edition of Indie Shine, a place for rebirthoflisa to ‘Shine’ the spotlight on indie artists, we welcome author L. Loren!
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Bio:

L. Loren is a former call center supervisor currently based in Upstate, SC with her loving and supportive husband. Growing up the youngest of seven in a small town in North Carolina, she embraced her love of reading which helped to develop her imagination. Her desire to write lay dormant for years until she found the courage to look within and her passion could no longer be ignored.

Q & A

What do you do and Why do you do it?
I am the writer of LoveRotica, love stories with an edge of sexy. I write sexy stories because I am compelled to change people’s way of thinking. My main characters are strong, women of color who have the capacity to love and are not afraid to be soft and vulnerable within their relationships.
Tell us about your most recent work.
My latest novel is a sexy adult contemporary fairy tale called Egyptian Nights. The mainPrint character Egypt Wilson is a young woman who was cursed by her other’s dying declaration that she was unworthy of love, labeling her a whore. Her life since then was spent avoiding relationships with men, only using them for one thing.
Then she meets Harper Beckmann who has the ability to see through her mask and heal her heart. He refuses her offer for a one night stand and instead offers her a relationship. Only problem is Egypt doesn’t do relationships. Egypt, aided by her Naughty Fairy Godmother, soon finds that Beckmann may be the one man who can break her curse, should she decide to let him in.
The story is like most fairy tales and ends with a happily ever after, but you’ll have to read it to see just what that is. This is a stand-alone novel – the first in the Triple Threat Series about triplet sisters and their journey to self discovery. I am currently working on Book 2, which will be out this summer and Book 3 is scheduled for a fall release.
Who inspires you? 
I am inspired by many people. As a writer I sit and observe. I keep an eye out for odd ball people who are outside of the realm of what society considers “normal”. I like to root for the underdog and that inspires me.
What do you consider your “Masterpiece” at this time?
I don’t think my masterpiece has been written yet. I am constantly improving as a writer so will there ever be one? I don’t know. I love all of my book babies, but I have a special place in my heart for The Layover, which is my first LoveRotica book.
What is your motto in life?
“Love is my religion”
Name your wildest dream. The one you can not imagine achieving, but would love for it to come true. 
My wildest dream would be turning my books into blockbuster movies staring A-list celebrities and riding that wave of success to lead to owning my own lingerie line.
What is your favorite quote?
My favorite quote is by my favorite poet, Maya Angelou – maya angelou quote
That quote speaks to me each day, reminding me to be humble and see people individually for who they are and treat them as I would like to be treated. Though I never had the privilege of meeting her, her words made me feel proud of who I am and loved!
When it is all said and done, what would you like to be remembered for? 
I would like to be remembered for making people feel loved.
Tell us about your next project and when will it be available to the public?
My next project is Book 2 in the Triple Threat Series, Model Behavior. It is a stand – alone sexy contemporary adult fairy tale all about Kenya Wilson and her journey to discover who she really is. She spent most of her life being the referee between her sisters and as Brian’s girlfriend. She finally starts living for herself and finds that things are not always as they seem and sometimes the people you thought were on your side, are the ones you can’t trust. I am still writing it, but I plan to release it this summer.
Where can fans purchase your work? 
My books are available on Amazon.

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Author Website/Blog: http://llorenwriter.wordpress.com

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Twitter: @rebirthoflisa

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Amazon Author Page: L. Loren

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