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Rising artist Tee Babie provides powerful, positive and engaging voice for women

Tee Babie

Tee Babie

By Naomi K. Bonman

From the “You’re a b—h, you’re a ho, you’re a thot”, as ladies and respectful men, we can attest that there needs to be a change in the way our women are viewed within the lyrics of hip hop, and music in general. These mainstream male rappers are most likely accustomed to a certain type of female that they only “glorify” one type of women—the type that makes the rest look bad.

This where more women come in to give a voice to modern day women. Rising rapper and singer, Tee Babie, is that positive, powerful, and dynamitic force that is filling the void in a positive woman movement in music.

Hailing from St. Louis, MO, but born and raised out of West Covina, CA, Tee Babie has had music instilled and planted in her veins since the tender age of three. As her mother recalls, Tee would sing around the house to the late Whitney Houston. By the age of 18, as most young adults, Tee decided to spread her wings and experience life on the East Coast. While on the East Coast, the aspiring star took a keen to live music and also started developing her style. She stayed in Maryland, VA for 2 years before making the move to Las Vegas, NV.

Upon her move to Las Vegas, Tee met her mentor, King Al Hefner (founder of Beats How You Want Em), who would soon expand her horizon within the music industry. Shortly after, in 2012, King’s Brother RJ II came onto the scene and gave Tee vocal lessons to develop her ear for the music.  King and RJ are Grammy winning producers of the “Misunderstood” by Lil Wayne from the ‘Carter II’ album.

“From there I have just blossomed within these last three years,” Tee said.

In a recent interview with the rising star, she discussed her upcoming projects, her passion for becoming a more positive and strong voice for woman, and what she looks forward to accomplishing in the near future.

What makes you stand out from the rest?

I try to give a more uplifting voice for females. Right now we two types of music when it comes to females, either the “down and out, sad, cheated on, looking for love” or “she’s a ‘ho’, she’s a thot, she’s a ratchet, shake it for a real n—a”.

I’m bringing in a more powerful voice that says, “Hey I am all woman, I am powerful not only that, I am not a thot”. I want to bring out the absurd, confident, but successful and today’s woman. The modern women of today are not miserable, we’re not super sad because we don’t have a dude because most of time we’re juggling multiple or we’re working just as hard if not harder than men.

In my R&B music as well as my rap music, I want to make sure that it’s not only smooth, but relevant.

Being that voice for women, what advice do you have for others that may want to pursue a career in entertainment?

If you want to do it, especially if you have the support, get it, learn it, and study it. To be the best you have to study your craft. It took me a little while to train my ear on what quality sounds like. We think we know, but we don’t until we really study what the difference between what is and is not quality. It’s great if you’re good at something, but to be great at it you really have to emerge your feet in it. It takes time, so perfect your craft, stud it, and be patient. It takes at least 2 to 4 years, just as it does with school to perfect a particular craft, and you just have to be aware of the time frame.

What projects are you currently working on?

This month (May 2015) I will be dropping an EP with Paper Boy Beatz from Detroit called “He Say, She Say”. If you love blues, R&B, Pop, Hip Hop, and rap, then you’ll love this EP. There’s something for all on it. We will be distributing it worldwide and it will be available on iTunes and Amazon. We also hope to shop it around to different TV shows and movies for the future.

Do you have any shows coming up?

Yes I do. I’ll be in San Pedro, Hollywood, Ontario, and Vegas. Then from May 24 to May 31 I will have about five shows lined up in Atlanta.

You’re constantly back and forth between Las Vegas and California and you work a full-t

It has been insane! I am blessed and fortunate to be at a secular position that gives me a little bit of freedom. If you’re in a place that can give you a little bit of freedom or an avenue into your craft that will be the best way to go. It is very hard balancing a secular job and doing music as a side gig because it is very time consuming, but you find the balance and have to pace yourself. You also have to make sure that you’re not slipping on your day job and putting in at least above average to a minimum. You just learn to take it day by day.

What are your goals that you would like to accomplish within the next 1 to 2 years?

I’m hoping to work with a lot of mainstream artists as a songwriter, hook specialist, or as a featured artist [on a track]. My ultimate goal is to utilize and share my songwriting abilities with the likes of Beyonce, Kanye West, Jay-Z, T-Pain, Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill [and others], so that I can get my voice out there.

Who do you want to work with on a regional level?

AV Compton, he’s my next target! California is huge though and there is a lot of great talent out there that I would love to work with. I am also into the Indie, Rock, Pop, and AC/DC scene a well.

Who would you like to work with on the mainstream level?

Shawna, of course, she is one of my favorites. I get a lot of my swag from her. If I can work with Beyonce, I would know that I made it. Others are Future; Nicki Minaj, I love how influential she is in and how she represents the female movement; Ne-yo; Esther Dean; and so many others.

What do you like to do in your free time? What are your hobbies?

Besides being in the studio, I love the beach, traveling, shopping, I love fashion, and kicking it with my best friends and family.

Where have you traveled to so far?

Belize, Mexico, and Mahogany Bay

Where do you want to travel to next?

Dhabi, Panama, Rio, Africa, and Europe

Any last remarks that you want to leave the readers with?

I’m very genuine when it comes to my music. Everything that I sing about is something that I’ve experienced. I work hard to get to reach my goals and I have real and genuine people surrounded around me that I do not want to take for granted.

Life is amazing and very short, so we must use our time productively as possible. Follow your dreams and study your craft, and don’t stop; keep going and pushing through every up and down in life.  

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Part 2 of the Rialto Drop-In Jazz Fest Review

Sheila E.

Sheila E.

By Anthony Garcia

11174934_1607561346157968_4992549697075868977_nThe group Latin Express had just finished their performance for the Rialto Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 25th. This seemed to be the perfect time to speak with some of the musicians performing.

Pete Ortega, saxophonist performing with the Sounds of Sunrise Group. A musician “gunslinger” mentioned to me he recently was on the road with Stevie Wonder’s USA tour band. Mr. Ortega is an excellent player and a gentleman’s musician.

From The Frenz Band, Sir Ronnie Wells (guitar player) and Gabriel (trumpet player) were happy to perform at the festival and felt positive of their performance. Concert goer Gabby agreed.

The David Benoit Trio, world class musicians were absolutely amazing. The trio was on a roll when the Eisenhower High School choir stepped onstage, the rain stopped and the sky turned a beautiful spring blue with puffy white clouds. A beautiful, exciting performance. David Benoit is a class act on and off the stage.

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The Latin Society Orchestra local IE music legends have been performing for at least 30 some odd years. They are one of the Inland Empire’s favorite groups. Moe (bass player and leader of the 13 piece Latin group), mentioned his drummer Mike Coyazo has been with the band for over 20 years. Richard Ramos (horn player extraordinaire) is second in seniority. They are the heartbeat of the group. Legendary Latin Society 13 piece orchestra; well tuned orchestra, two trombones, great rhythm and singing English and Spanish.

Now to the headliners! Byron Millers Tribute to George Duke All Star Band were funky, funky, funky. The band consisted of some of the music industry’s most sought after hired guns. George Duke himself would be proud of their performance. I met Byron Miller and Sheila E. in Sao Paulo. Brazil. They both were in George Duke’s band. I was playing bass for Raul De Souza’s Jazz Funk Brazilian Band. Byron and Sheila E. were amazing then and even more so now.

10404122_1607559122824857_3304688476344126042_nThe all star performance this evening was an overwhelming musical treat. The audience seemed to be digging the tribute to the master George Duke. Byron took time between tunes to mention that Stevie Wonder was with George Duke when he passed. They were best of friends. The band played one of Stevie Wonder’s songs. Byron also mentioned he performed with Luther Vandross for 15 years.

My schedule did not allow me to catch the beginning acts of the festival, but I spoke with many people who saw the early acts snd were more than satisfied to have such an event in their own backyard.

Sheila E., one of the premier percussionists in the music world, has performed with Prince, George Duke, her father Pete Escovedo, her godfather Tito Puente, and many more legends of Jazz throughout her successful career. She is no stranger to the big stage, and took control of the final set. I have to admit the audience was graceful, patiently tolerating the elements. Rain, wind,and mud could not drive them away. Sheila E., who started an hour late on this cold, wet day, had us die hards ready and pumped up. She had an awesome backup band, catering to her every move. Halfway through the show, she stopped and asked why were there people behind the white picket fence. These were the general admission seats. She then asked the promoters if it would be OK if these people could come up to the VIP section. Soon after her request was granted. Now that’s the Sheila E. I remember. From that point on, her performance was awesome. Performance for the people.Hosted by Tommy Davidson and Josefa Salinas made possible a successful evening of important and beautiful music.

Rumor has it the next festival will be a 3-city project with the Mayors of The City of Colton, Rialto and Fontana merging for the cause.

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Essence Announces ‘Peace, Prayer & Purpose’ Rally at 2015 Essence Festival

NEW YORK, NY– In ESSENCE’s groundbreaking February 2015 ‘Black Lives Matter’ issue, ESSENCE editors and a myriad of esteemed contributors focused attention on the daring modern-day civil rights movement unfolding across the nation and set the agenda for ‘What We Must Do Now’ with a bold dialogue in the pages of the magazine. ESSENCE recently announced a slate of empowerment programming and a ‘Peace, Prayer & Purpose Rally’ to bring that conversation to life during the daytime Empowerment Experience at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival, July 2-5 in New Orleans.

“Communities across the country are rallying for justice, as Black Americans face systemic inequalities and troubling disparities with respect to police brutality, employment, education, earning power, health and upward socio-economic mobility,” said ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks.  “In an effort to shed light on the issues, address the pain, explore solutions and advance the movement in these critical times, Essence is unveiling a series of powerful keynotes and in-depth conversations that will culminate in the ‘Peace, Prayer & Purpose Rally’.

The ESSENCE Empowerment Experience programming will extend the conversation on race relations; addressing where we are now and where we go from here with a wide range of the nation’s foremost leaders, activists and influencers—including Deepak Chopra, Rev. Al Sharpton, Steve Harvey, Iyanla Vanzant, Donna Brazile and many more.

In addition, prominent mayors, including Karen Freeman-Wilson (Gary, IN) and Mitch Landrieu (New Orleans, LA), will join a Mayor’s Panel for a deep-dive conversation on the critical issues and best-practices in communities around the country; Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, will deliver a keynote address entitled Moms on a Mission: Mothers Turning Tragedy Into Triumphant Change; and leading experts, including Senator Karen Carter PetersonDr. Steve PerryNicole Paultre Bell and more will weigh in on the educational, policy and social issues impacting our communities for a discussion on Where Do We Go From Here: Black Lives Matter.   The Empowerment Experience Sunday Prayer Vigil and All-Star Gospel Tribute round out the weekend programs with poignant moments of reflection, rededication and inspiration.

For more information about schedules, ticket sales, accommodations and the latest news about the ESSENCE Festival, visit ESSENCE Festival www.essencefestival.com, join the Festival community: follow us on Twitter @essencefest #EssenceFest and become a fan of 2015 ESSENCE Festival on Facebook.