EXCLUSIVE: Lauriana Mae Shapes Music Style with Mentor Kwame

Battling for the spotlight with artists from Roc Nation, RCA and Def Jam, Lauriana Mae cemented her name as a candidate to watch when she performed at Singersroom’s Sol Village in New York City last month. The new Atlantic Records signee is used to competition as she finished at the top of the pack in “P. Diddy’s Starmaker.”

The rising talent has become a mentee of producer Kwame; together they have developed her style, “a combination of Classic Jazz and Rhythm and Blues mixed with contemporary Hip Hop.” Recalling how they initially met Mae told Singersroom, “When I met him he let me listen to some tracks. He played a track with a Ruth Brown sample. I LOVED IT! It is the sounds I wanted to achieve. The songs and sounds are exactly what I was aiming for and we just bonded immediately.”

A record from Mae that has started to gain positive response from fans is “Beat It.” A track she describes as “a sexual song. We are all sexual beings. “Beat It” is a song about empowerment. There is nothing more empowering then knowing what you want and commanding it.”

A debut album from Lauriana Mae is scheduled for 2012. Read more of our interview with this budding newcomer.


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