As an industry newbie making attempts at breaking through R&B music’s glass ceiling, the slammed doors and naysayers make it easy for eager aspring artists to throw in the towel.
But not for the genre’s newest talent Annalé, who has created an anthem that all music novices can proudly stand on as a testament against the cynics.
With a strong entry onto the track, the Berklee School of Music graduate proves adeptly skilled in balancing ear-pleasing rhythms. As she shifts from an aggressive proclamation to a soft serenade on her power-hungry, doubtful detractors, Annalé delivers a musical avowal of self-belief and perseverance for her listeners to confide in.
The Stokely Williams-co-produced single follows her debut track “Roses.” With the success of the Billboard-peaking track, matched beside hits from Alicia Keys, Usher and Maxwell at No. 19 on the Adult R&B Songs chart, things are looking up for the rest of the songstress’s catalog.
She even caught fashion giant Vogue magazine’s eye, where she detailed her journey while attempting the R&B music climb. After discussing her parents worrisome attitude toward her career choice, the premise of “Showtime” makes even more sense.
“My parents were really worried — it’s a hard career path,” she said in the November 2016 interview. “That was never the plan. At first, my dad was opposed to me even applying to Berklee. I applied to six colleges, but five of them were regular colleges, and I did Berklee last minute.”
Now that Annalé has found her influences in music’s most-gifted luminaries such as Erykah Badu, Floetry and Musiq Soulchild and received a co-sign from Mint Condition’s lead singing talent, there’s no doubt in her mind that she’ll live out the dreams that previously seemed so far-fetched.
“I need to keep working hard, never give up,” she said to Vogue. “Improve.”
Allow Annalé to steal the show with a listen to “Showtime” below.
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