Birthed amidst the flashing lights and glits & glam of Hollywood, there is no uncertainty that budding R&B beauty, Asia Shabazz was destined for stardom from the very beginning. Besides her fated birthplace, the stunning songstress with the tomboy aesthetic was blessed with all of the key elements of a dynamic performer.
Early on Shabazz honed her innate passion for dance, and soon after began to nurture her vocal abilities. “I was born and raised off dance,” said Shabazz. “Dancing has my passion and music has my soul.” Both talents have made her a stand-out performer and her ability to fearlessly take the stage doesn’t hurt either. “Performing for me is my ultimate favorite thing. To be on that stage is everything that I live for. It takes me to a whole other light that I can’t explain,” said Shabazz.
In 2010, the 22-year-old songstress was introduced to the music scene as one-third of the R&B group, HerStory. With a spunky, girl-next-door image, the group’s popularity grew rapidly—but just as they began to shift into high-gear things abruptly halted and HerStory was put on hold with no definitive answers about their future. But Shabazz’s ‘don’t stop’ work ethic wouldn’t allow her too much time away from working towards her dream. She made the bittersweet decision to pursue a solo career in early 2011. “It [being a solo artist] takes a lot of disciple and it really just goes back to whether or not you’re ambitious enough to do what you want to do…I’ve been blessed with a really great team behind me, so I’m alone but I’m not alone,” Shabazz expresses. “[As a solo artist] you’re going off of your own instincts…”
In just a short amount of time, Shabazz has stirred up an impressive buzz and has begun working on her first solo project pulling influences from the voices she grew-up listening to in the 90s like Janet, Mary J., Brandy, and Chaka Khan.
Her cover of the popular Frank Ocean track, “Novacane,” has landed Shabazz on the pages of blogs all over the net and on the lips of many music admirers. She nailed the cover with a femininely flawless rendition about love and heartache, which was more relatable to her opposed to the song’s original focus. Appropriately titled, New Beginning, Asia’s forthcoming EP will be a fresh start for the songbird and will give her listeners an opportunity to hear her new sound. “You can expect to hear a little bit of Hip-Hop, a little bit of Rock, a little bit of my edgy side and a little bit of my around the way side,” she said.
Balancing her singing career while pursuing a degree in Business Management, and making it a point to attend church every Sunday are only a few examples of Shabazz’s drive. And with the belief that “in order to stay true to yourself, you have to know yourself,” her witty, free-spirited personality, and passion—Shabazz will own the spotlight as a solo artist!
If You Haven’t Heard it Yet…Check out Shabazz’s “Novacane” Remix…
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