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Meet Trailblazer Keianna Nicole

Today we’d like to introduce you to Keianna Nicole.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Keianna. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My name is Keianna Nicole. I’m a Singer/Songwriter/Entrepreneur born in Montgomery, Alabama. I lived in Montgomery for six months of my life prior to my father’s job, relocating the family to Hoover, AL, which is located just outside of Birmingham. This is where I spent most of my childhood. In 1999, my family and I relocated to Georgia only to be transferred back to Alabama in 2003. I recently relocated back to Georgia in 2015.

Atlanta was where I knew I wanted to be to pursue my passion for music. I can say that I come from a musical background, starting with my great, great aunt being a blues singer, grandmother, a pianist, and both of my parents were a part of their high school and college bands. I have always had a love for music. Part of my inspiration and passion for music also comes from my father, who plays the guitar, mother, who played the clarinet and my brother is a music producer. I grew up listening to a lot of music from my grandparents’ house and our home. Music was our way of Life. I joined my church children’s choir when I was in 3rd grade but knew I wanted to sing when I was four years old. I used to wake up to my father, blasting music throughout the house. I heard sounds from greats like Jonathan Butler, Journey, Elton John, Chicago, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and many more. Music is a part of my life and will always be. I have had and still to this day have a lot of great musical influences, which have all lead me to where I am now with the release of my fist (7) song EP, “Best Regards”.

Upon my arrival back to Georgia, I started training with Vocal Coaches Ms. Tasha LaRae of the long-standing music group, Arrested Development and industry Vocal Coach, Mr. James Slaughter. My first single was released in 2018 titled, “Love Is In The Air,” which charted globally #200 on the DRT Airplay Charts and #81 on the Independent Artist Radio Charts within the first 30 days of being released. I attribute all these great role models to me being where I am today!

There has been a great amount of opportunities here in Atlanta, which have allowed me to pursue my passion in the music industry. I had the opportunity to work with some of the best vocal coaches, attended ATLA’s Artist Academy for Artist Development, and I had the wonderful opportunity to perform in front of Rico Love and Tammy Rivera. I was up for (3) music nominations, (2) for “Best RnB Artist of the Year and (1) Best Performer of the Year.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No, it has not been a smooth road in getting to the point where I am now. There are times when you’re faced with challenges of wanting to give up because things are not happening as fast as you would like them too and there are times when you come into contact with people who do not have the same goals or values as you and are not trustworthy. It’s during these times that you have to hold on to your Faith, surround yourself with positive people, do your research and at times, process background checks. You must know and be familiar with who you’re allowing to be a part of your energy and space. Having a passion for what I do along with having a great support system and God is who I account for getting me to the point where I am in my music and in life.

Currently, my mother is my Manager and having her on my team has been a blessing as I navigate through my music career. There are times when I enlist the support of my team for moral support to keep me grounded. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that your team is made up of the right people, which are people that are there to help elevate you to the next level and to add value to what you’re working towards in your career and in life. The road will never be completely 100% easy in anything that we do in life, but it just makes your journey an even more unique story to tell and somewhat of a testimony.

The advice that I would give to other women, especially young women would be to, first of all, allow God to guide you, stay true to yourself, know your worth, love yourself, protect your circle, which means only allowing those who will add value to your life in both elevating and supporting your dreams and goals in a positive way. Protect your inner Peace at all costs. Don’t believe all the hype; do your own research or have someone you trust to assist you. Most of all, Trust the process and not the plan. Always remember and know who you are as a person and never let anyone tell you different, no matter how hard or difficult it may seem. Keep pushing because all it takes is one YES! Each day is a new day filled with new hopes, dreams and challenges but know that, Dreams do come true. There is always a new door to knock down. Surely, one will open and when it does, you run through that open door with Pride in knowing that all you have worked for, landed you there! Remember that Success is a Journey, not a destination. In order to be great, especially as young women embarking in this Industry or in life, we must step out of our comfort zones. Protect your peace and your inner circle, set goals and stick to them no matter what. You can do this!

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I am incredibly pleased to announce the release of my first EP, “Best Regards”. A new song off of my EP releases every 6 weeks on all platforms. This awesome EP includes my hit single “Where’s Your Heart”, and recently released was my song “Flames” which is also doing amazing. My music comes first in my work life because of my passion for it. The saying, “Music is food for the soul is true”.

I’ve had the pleasure of sharing various stages with Malachiae Warren, Keke Palmer, Toya Wright, Erica Mena, Cynthia Bailey, Kelly Price and many more greats. My fiery passion for music along with working with 2X Grammy Award Winning vocalist Tasha LaRae and the infamous James Slaughter has helped me stand out as an artist. I will not allow anything to stop me from spreading my love for music.

So much of the media coverage is focused on the challenges facing women today, but what about the opportunities? Do you feel there are any opportunities that women are particularly well positioned for?
In my opinion, there are a lot of opportunities that women are well-positioned for in all facets of business including the music industry. Women are well-positioned to be CEO’s, Presidents of Companies, Record Execs, Lawyers, Entertainers, Banking Execs, Therapists and more because of our ability to be more empathetic and the use of active listening skills. There is a long list of opportunities that women are well-positioned for but are not always given the opportunity to do so. But, we must stand for what we want as women. As women, we represent a vast amount of economic power that includes vital consumer insight.

Pricing:

  • “Where’s Your Heart” Can be purchased at keiannanicole.com for $1.29.
  • “Flames” Can be purchased at keiannanicole.com for $1.29.
  • Additional songs off of “Best Regards” will be availbe for purchase every 6 weeks.

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