As my loyal fans and followers may be aware, I recently had the pleasure of interviewing the lovely Tracie Renee, cast member of the new VH1 reality TV show “K. Michelle: My Life” (first aired Nov. 3, 2014) and a close friend of talented R&B singer K. Michelle on the Hot Vybe.
In the interview Tracie puts it all out there about the pitfalls of the show and reality TV. She gives the full scoop on her and K. Michelle’s relationship before the filming, during, and now. She’ll answer the burning questions of inquiring minds and ya boy Vybe, trust that.
Find out who Tracie’s got issues with from the show, even now. What her true passions and calling in life is? Is K. Michelle the real deal or just hype? Who gets slapped and into the cat fights? Is there a K. Michelle: My Life season #2 in the works already? If there is a season #2, is Tracie on board? Does DJ Vybe have a “thing” for the Tennessee titan Tracie Renee, or is it the other way around? And of course the million dollar question — what the hell did she charge on K. Michelle’s credit card that got all this drama started in the first place!? Is she being truthful, or is K. Michelle overreacting or petty?
We also get into it about: her sex toys and Virgo freakiness that we share, men in her life, did she get her fresh start in New York, the long history of her 10 year friendship with K. Michelle, calls out Paris (K. Michelle’s BFF), she even throws some shade at K. and reveals a shocking secret about herself with me.
To check my Hot Vybe interview with Tracie Renee of VH1’s K. Michelle: My Life reality show uncut, just download the free DJ Vybe mobile app for Android & iToys: www.realdjvybe.com/GetTheApp
Born in Florida, raised in Maryland. Setoria fell in love with the way music made her feel at the tender age of 5. She began singing in church choirs and also explored the art of theater as she participated in many school musical plays. Setoria tried to master other instruments such as various percussions, keyboard and flute, but soon discovered that a pen, pad and microphone were the only tools needed to make a statement.
To enhance her gift, Setoria has gained vocal lessons from Eric Arceneaux, who has also earned the respect of industry heavy weights, like Brett Manning, Lis Lewis, and Jennifer Hudson. She made her mark in the Washington, D.C. area by regularly performing with the band, N-Touch, as well as other various R&B/Jazz and Go-Go bands around the Metropolitan region executing soulful cover tunes. She is currently working on her solo album featuring her first smash hit single Shorty. The song, released in May of 2014, has already hit the ground running with international recognition and will also be featured in
an upcoming independent film by April Reign Productions entitled “Love Him or Leave Him”. The film is set to be released the Fall of 2014. Her sophomore single #Hustle represents a daringly innovative example of Setoria’s cutting edge music style as she successfully integrate Soul, Pop, Rock, Hip-Hop and Go-Go into her Funky new-aged signature sound. #Hustle will also hit the airwaves in the Fall of 2014. Setoria continues to connect with other Indi-artists and fans locally and world-wide by serving as co-host to the internet radio show – Back2Basics, a station powered by Gogoradio.com, designed to discuss and support Hip-Hop, R&B and Go-Go culture.
The well-rounded vocalist, songwriter and music activist cites Chaka Khan, Jill Scott, Mahalia Jackson, Lauren Hill, Prince, Curtis Mayfield, Millie Jackson, Miles Davis, Bon Jovi and Chuck Brown as some of her biggest influences and inspirations. With an eclectic sound stemming from her diversified musical background, it’s hard to place her in just one genre so she created her own, “Gumbo”. She describes this as a mixture of R&B, Soul, Jazz, Funk, Gospel, Hip-Hop, Rock, and Go-Go beats. Her expressive lyrics are recognized more as pages to her diary as she share stories of her personal experiences, thoughts, dreams, and nightmares.
So the rumors are true… DJ Vybe has joined teams with the “Fastest Female On A Bike”, Crystal Dickerson / Crystal Dickerson Racing.
Crystal Dickerson, (if you haven’t heard of her), is a Mirock Series Professional Motorcycle Drag Racer in the 5.60 Index and Top Sportsman that started racing in 2006 entering the Atco Prostar posting a 9.01 ET & the 2007 Del’s Fry at Englishtown Raceway posting a 8.80 ET; with this she gained the title as “Fastest Female On A Sport Bike” and continued to reign on the track as one of the top racers in her class. The hometown girl of Newark, NJ, now residing in Maryland, is also recognized for “wowing” the world of Motorcycle Drag Racing with an immediate “Fastest Female” title capture at Maplegrove Raceway in Pennsylvania September 2009, followed by an impressive semi-final finish in Street E.T. & the Quarter Final Finish at the Mirock Series held at the World Famous Rockingham Dragway of North Carolina.
Die hard motorcycle racing fans and enthusiasts may have additionally seen Crystal Dickerson Racing this past season (2013) at the Mirock Superbike Series to race for “Paint The ¼ Mile Pink” Event to raise money for Breast Cancer where she made her loyal fans & team proud igniting the board and racing straight into the semi-finals with an 8.90 at 156 MPH!
This history making move is the first of it’s kind in the realm of a nationally ranked celebrity DJ (Vybe) sponsoring a MIROCK Series Female Pro Motorcycle Drag Racer —
“This 3 year sponsorship deal between Crystal Dickerson Racing and myself is an awesome partnership, and I am excited about what this means for both brands. I also cannot wait to get down to the track to show love and support to Crystal. I might even just have to show up with the “twin towers” (my speakers) and rock the track for those thousands of racing fans one day”, said DJ Vybe.
And although neither side is giving numbers or juicy details just yet, sources close to DJ Vybe have rumored that this sponsorship deal to be worth somewhere upwards of $25,000 over the 3 years. Fans of DJ Vybe can expect to see the turquoise trademark highly visible on the uniforms, trailers, and the perfectly pink Kawasaki ZX10R & Kawasaki KZ Drag Bikes currently in service for the 2014 season kicking off March 1st in Shelby North Carolina at the Shady Side Dragway “No Mercy Motorcycle Grudge Fest”.
In the meantime visit Crystal’s website at www.crystaldickerson.com and follow her on Twitter @CDRacing1134
There is no question about it. Jana Mashonee has a voice. Maybe even the voice. One listen to her performance on her newest recording, Stay With Me Baby, will tell you that. Knowing Jana Mashonee and her music is an incredible adventure that’s worth the listen. First signed to Curb Records, her single, Ooh, Baby, Baby was picked as Billboard’s single of the week and went on to become a radio and sales success. More than Life followed, selling over a million copies on its own and as part of numerous compilation albums. A controversial version of Led Zeppelin’s epic, Stairway to Heaven, came next, earning her the honor of being the first Native American to top the Billboard dance charts.
Exploring her cultural roots, Jana then released American Indian Story, a brilliant concept album that garnered her a second GRAMMY nomination. The video for the single, The Enlightened Time, won awards at major film festivals around the world as well as a NAMMY for Best Short Form Music Video. Music from the album is featured on the Discovery Channel’s new hit series, Flying Wild Alaska.
Her first book, American Indian Story – The Adventures of Sha’kona, based on the GRAMMY nominated album of the same was also recently completed. The fantasy filled mystery-adventure is the uplifting story of the young heroine, Sha’kona, and her journey of self-discovery and courage. Fans and critics alike have praised this young adult novel for its characters, magic and message.
Jana continued to pay tribute to her heritage with the exquisite, American Indian Christmas, an extraordinary work featuring ten classic Christmas songs sung in ten different Native American languages accompanied by a full orchestra and traditional Native American instruments. A critical and commercial success beyond her wildest imagination, the album won her another NAMMY award. On December 16, 2011 she featured some of these songs in an emotional and intimate performance at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall in New York.
A soul-stirring collection, steeped in R&B and gospel roots, New Moon Born brought Jana back into the mainstream spotlight. She debuted the featured track, an emotional cover of Sam Cooke’s classic, A Change Is Gonna Come, at the American Indian Inaugural Ball for President Obama. This was her second performance for a First Family. A year earlier she sang at the First Lady’s Luncheon for Laura Bush. The song went on to win her an eighth Native American Music Award for Song of the Year and the video took the Best Music Video prizes at the prestigious Indie Film Festival and at the American Indian Film Festival. In March of 2012 she was named Best Female Vocalist by Rockwired Music Awards.
In December 2012 she co-headlined a show at Carnegie Hall with Sarah McLachlan for a magical evening.
With all she has going on and with a tour schedule that has brought her to forty nine of the fifty states as well as overseas, Jana has still found time to give back. Her Jana’s Kids Foundation has been helping Native youth achieve their dreams through its programs and scholarship offerings for almost as long as she has been an artist. In recognition of her efforts, Jana was named 2011 Woman of the Year for her philanthropic work.
In February 2012, Jana’s new movie in which she stars, Raptor Ranch, debuted at the Berlin Film Festival and has been working the film festival circuit before its release.
Those are the facts, but to find out who Jana Mashonee really is, give a listen to Stay With Me Baby. That will explain better than any words could ever hope to.