The Universe may not be able to contain her for long, but as Universal Motown’s latest signee, Stori’s talents as a singer/songwriter lend themselves to the powerhouse label. (“Stori has the ability to relate to the masses with her music.”) said Rex Rideout VP of Motown. The young New Jersey natives ability to paint a vivid picture with her edgy lyrics and rhythmic melodies instantly grab the attention of any first time listener. Stori studied the great artists who came before her like, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder and Johnny Cash giving a kaleidoscope style to her music.
Her recent commitments to the label gives the term “full circle” a whole new meaning, after having studied the Motown sound as a child. “It is so surreal,” says the still in shock Stori. The New Jersey native plans to let her life experiences be the driving force behind her music. Stori reflects, “Throughout the years I’ve bounced from situation to situation…. and every time a door closed, immediately, another one opened.” It was one of those doors that put Stori in front of Jae Hill the CEO of Nextday Entertainment. It was then that she started developing her current sound including rap verses to her melodies; with that new electric sound she penned “Just Another Day,” an ode to New Jersey and Queen Latifah. With a catalog of hits she plans on unleashing something game changing in the years to come. (Google “Storimusic” for more great music and beautiful visuals)
Working on her album is paramount in Stori’s life at the moment, while honing her stage presence Stori plans to leave no stone unturned on this journey. She has perfected her writing abilities penning complete songs like “Just Another Day.” Stori wants people to not only relate to her music but go through an experience as well. Stori has worked with Taj Jackson of Nextday Entertainment as well as going through what she called vocal boot camp with renowned vocal coach Craig Derry (Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, etc.). Stori has goals and milestones in the forefront of her thinking,including live performances, and exciting visuals in her near future Stori’s well laid plan is being actualized. Since putting ink to paper it has become more and more evident that her years of “the grind” was just the tip of the iceberg. Label life for this talented young artist in just a few short weeks has proven to be surmountable in comparison. “The work has just begun” says Stori “and I looks forward to every second of it.”
You can definitely look for one or two tracks on the next DJ Vybe Mixtape, and on my Friday night shows:
- Still A Lady
- Jump Off To Lovers
- My Crown (Remix) featuring 50 Cent
In the meantime, follow STORi and myself (DJ Vybe) on Twitter — tell her I sentcha!
As one of New York’s hottest DJs, I can tell you that every era of music repeats itself. And for me (DJ Vybe), that give me one more or a hundred more reasons to take it back to the 90s — the platinum era of Hip-Hop/R&B.
Thinking back, it seems like the majority of the hot tracks where produced by a core of Producers like Puff Daddy, Eddie F., Eric Sermon, Tony Dofat, Andre Harrell, Flava Unit, and a few others like them. And in the 90s when vinyl was vinyl, the aroma of cutting open a stack of new wax from the record pool, breakin’ ya back with 10 crates of records for every party, and you looked forward to the movies with the merging of hip-hop and Hollywood films by Spike Lee and Hype Willams; it seemed like every joint was HOT. But if it was STRAIGHT FIRE in my opinion it had to be released from Sony/BMG Records, Tommy Boy, Uptown Records, RUSH/Def Jam Records, Bad Boy Records, or JIVE Records.
One group I am pleased to see coming back to the forefront is SWV.
Sisters with Voices, better known as SWV, is an American female R&B trio from New York. Formed in 1990 as a gospel group, SWV became one of the most successful R&B groups of the 1990s. They had a series of hits, including “Weak”, “Right Here/Human Nature”, “I’m So Into You”, and “You’re the One”. The group disbanded in 1998 to pursue solo projects, and reunited in 2005. SWV is currently ranked #100 on the Top 500 Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years at the website Rock on the Net. As of 2011 SWV has recently signed a record deal with Mass Appeal Entertainment and E1 Entertainment. On June 10, 2011 SWV was featured on the official remix of Chris Brown’s remake of their Right Here/Human Nature song, “She Ain’t You”. SWV released their first single “Co-Sign” on December 15, 2011 via iTunes off their fourth studio album, I Missed Us
Look for “I Missed Us” in stores on April 17, 2012 via eOne Music and Mass Appeal Entertainment.
In the meantime you can hear tracks from the upcoming release on my show at www.realdjvybe.com on any given Friday night, and follow my conversations with Coko, Lelee and Taj aka SWV on www.twitter.com/realdjvybe. Come Vybe with us.