Ever since J. Cole founded Dreamville Records, an imprint under Interscope, it has grown into being a reputed hub for soulful and innovative music of quality.
Joining the ever-growing catalog is Washington D.C. native, Ari Lennox, who made her debut this Friday (October 21) with the release of her 7-track EP, PHO.
At this time, Lennox holds it down as the imprint's only female signee, and her powerful voice is a testament that not only is there plenty of room on the radio for a strong vocalist, but that Lennox is inevitably going to be inspiring an army of female talent in the years ahead.
In her words, the project, which is mostly produced by DJ Grumble, sounds like "modern, relaxed, turned up soul."
“Sometimes women are put in this box where we’re only supposed to talk about certain things,” the 25-year-old singer-songwriter shares in a press release. “I want to be braver and riskier. I think people want to hear that kind of honesty and frankness.”
Drawing inspiration from Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Minnie Riperton and Whitney Houston, Lennox's new EP shows she's looking to make her mark as a self-described "vulnerable and soulful; imperfect but pretty" singer, while also paying homage to those who paved the way before her.
Take a listen to Ari Lennox's new EP, PHO, below and also be sure to peep the visuals for her whimsical track "Backseat" here.
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