Ja’Vell is an artist that was born in Chicago, but currently lives in the Carolina’s. Music has been his life since the early years, and recently he has been taking his music to the next level by building his catalog. He is focused on building a local fan base and honing in on his craft currently, while also internalizing growth as a man, and mapping everything out while also being an example for his 5-year-old daughter, Journee.
He recently has dropped a video titled, “Unfortunate Times.” It speaks on the inequality that continues to go on in the world, and it shows that Ja’Vell is fighting for justice! This is a great song to help inspire people to continue to fight for the Black Lives Matter movement. Ja’Vell states, “Unfortunate times call for change so that we as people can rightly have the yearned fortunate times. Equality across the board for all human walks of life,” We can all take something from this quote, and continue to fight for integrity, justice and equality! Check out the video below.
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Soft Punch, aka Rye Thomas, of Washington D.C. released his debut album, Above Water on September 15th, after years of working on it.
The album is a labor of love that Soft Punch, the stage name of Rye Thomas, has been working on for years since the diagnosis of his chronic illness. It takes you through the highs and lows, mourning the freedom lost, and celebrating the things that he is grateful for in his day to day life. I had the opportunity to sit down and talk to him about his process of writing the album.
The titles of albums are the first thing that an artist sees. That, and the artist’s name. When I first heard the name ‘Soft Punch’, I was intrigued. It was gentle but intentional. “I don’t know if I had a specific ‘A-ha, Lightbulb’ moment, but I was interested in words that sound good together and have multiple meanings,” Thomas said. “It’s a gentle hit, and a nonalcoholic punch. It’s the image of something harsh and something soft is interesting to me. I think I lucked out.”