JADA LEE IN LOOT & RIOT MAGAZINE
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DMV native Jada Lee sings her high praises with an effortless allure any record label would find salient and saleable. The Temple University honors graduate’s latest single “Star67” breathes a bluesy soul into mainstream music with good timing, as all things soulful are globally celebrated. From natural-hair journeys, to people of color ascending to new heights in Hollywood, women rising in business and entertainment, to Beyoncé reigning supreme over festival season’s crowd-favorite Coachella (the first African-American woman to do so) – Jada has arrived in the optimum moment for a singer with her combination of talent and marketability.
Having grown up as an accomplished church choir performer, and later opening for R&B royalty Jazmine Sullivan, Jada’s voice was raised to uplift and enlighten. With “Star67” the vocalist does just that, singing: “You never told me that you had a woman / You never mentioned that you’re living with her / Now she’s calling me, blaming me / For your infidelity,” referencing the popular method of blocking your phone number when anonymously phoning someone else by entering “Star67” in your phone, the single addresses a commonly discussed relationship faux paux: cheating. “I don’t need that kind of karma in my life,” the songstress continues. While the content doesn’t break new conceptual ground, The Beat Plug-produced single successfully showcases Jada’s vocal range, emotional control, and impressive enunciation. Look for next moves and new music from this emerging starlet soon.