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Exclusive Interview: Rising Artist Kadia Zhané

Tell us a little more about when you first got into music?

I have always been surrounded by music from a young age. Besides singing around the house when I was younger, I was also in a concert choir. From there, my mother had moved me to Atlanta and had put me in this singing, acting, and dancing agency named A.G.I. They would train us starting off by having us do jumping jacks and then running around this huge room 6 times. From there we would have to belt out a song to build up our stamina. I’ve been training since young. 

If you could describe your sound/style in one word, what would it be and why?

That’s really a tough one. I feel like my music can be described with multiple words. If I had to choose one word though, I would have to say universal. My music has been played around the world. It’s very diverse and I can sing and rap in different genres as well in my native tongues of English and Spanish.

What would you say to any aspiring recording artists who look up to your work?

Keep going. No matter how hard it gets, KEEP GOING. It might feel like hell but why would you want to stop there?! I would also say to stay focused on you and your goals. People will try to come and alter your plans and try to convince you that their way is right but ultimately you decide what’s best for you!

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What quote or mantra do you live by?

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m possible!”” – Audrey Hepburn

What is your hobby outside of music?

I love Cooking, Spending time with my family and traveling. I plan to resume traveling out of the country now that Covid has been lifted. 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years, I plan to have my own businesses that I am currently working on. I also plan to get into acting as well as create my own charity organization.

Do you have anything new or upcoming we can expect to see from you?

I have new music coming as well as my ep. I also have merch on the way. I am currently working on recording music videos for the singles currently available on all streaming platforms. 

What is the inspiration behind your latest song?

All my music stems from previous experiences in my life. The Weekend was actually written outside of the studio. I remember I was home and I had decided to write about my previous situation with a guy. I remember writing, “he wanna have for the weekend”. And the rest was history!

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What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

Honestly, the biggest thing I wished someone had told me earlier would be to be patient. It doesn’t happen overnight. It doesn’t look like it but the artists out now have been doing it for years on end. 

I would always think to myself that maybe this music life wasn’t for me. Why isn’t this going as planned? But I realized the things I want most I have to work hard for.  

Another would be that you have to stay consistent. You have to put out work often and frequently. My thing with this is I am a perfectionist and always want to make sure it’s the best quality of things before I share it with the world! The third would have to be quality over quantity. 

This I would say goes with the other reason but it’s true. You can’t just put out anything. You have to have good sound, mixed and mastered and the levels on point. Investment is key! No one will take you seriously if you don’t take your craft seriously and invest. The fourth would be to make sure you have a good team behind you. 

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I had to deal with people who I thought were really just using my name to get into rooms off of the hard work I have done in the past. They weren’t adding value to my life. They were more of a liability versus being an asset. The fifth and final advice would be make sure you enjoy what you do. Don’t let anyone take the joy out of your talent! 

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

I would mainly say pick up other hobbies besides your talent so that way you can feel more alive. I would also advise taking little vacations in between just so you can enjoy and be grateful for the life you are living! 

 How can our readers follow you online?

You can follow me on All social media platforms @Kadiazhane My music is available on all streaming platforms as well. Kadia Zhané

Linda Carter is the founder of PlexFeed and the official Interviewer of Honk Magazine. She shares stories of inspiring entrepreneurs from all around the world and tips to create a better life & business.

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Hip-Hop Sensation: Barbie Doll Is Back For Good

Barbie Doll

One of the most refreshing things to hear in music is an original style. In a time when everything sounds the same, and there seems to be very little creativity and innovation in music, it stands out even more when an artist dares to be great with their own style of music that they would like to bring to the world. That type of sound is what you get from Barbie Doll.

Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Alison Richardson popularly known as Barbie Doll is a multi-talented rapper and songwriter who has gained acclaim on the music scene for some time and earned a huge fan following across various social media platforms.

At the age of 18, she met an Oklahoma City rapper named Starr Lyfe and she traveled all over the US with him helping promote shows, learning about the music industry and eventually learned how to rap.

She has been a big sensation in the music industry after releasing her first music video “Barbie world” which reached over 250,000 views on Facebook in just a couple days. Because of its popularity, the producer offered her a trip to Paris, France and Amsterdam, Netherlands to shoot another video for her official single “Barbie Girl” which reached over 3 million views on Facebook within a week of posting.

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Check out one her latest release “Barbie Gang” on YouTube:

Hi there, welcome to Honk Magazine. Thank you so much for taking out time to respond to us. To kick things off, Can you tell our readers about what really inspired you to write music?

Barbie Doll – I’ve been a fan of music forever, especially rap music & my home state isn’t really known in the Industry for rap music, so I thought about trying it & it worked!

When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?

Barbie Doll – In 2017, I tried it & my 1st video hit over a million views. That’s when I knew this was meant for me. 

Tell us what is so unique about you and your music?

Barbie Doll – It’s authentic & comes from the experience. Either what I’ve been through or what I’ve seen so far.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that? 

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Barbie Doll – OMG! my 1st performance was so scary! I was so nervous I performed with my back turned to the crowd the whole time lol. I definitely learned not to do that again lol.

Can you tell us about your latest releases and what inspired you to create them?

Barbie Doll – My latest releases were with some female artists. Kelsey Lynn, Nayborhood Barbie & Kay Kay. I wanted to start collaborating with more female artists to show our talents, especially since we’re so dominated by men in this industry.

Can you give us a brief insight about your upcoming projects?

Barbie Doll – I have a new single entitled “Push It” coming soon. The world is definitely gonna love this one.

What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help artists just starting out?

Barbie Doll – Never stop! I wish I didn’t take that long break but it’s okay. I’m back now!

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Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Barbie Doll – Keep going because the sky’s not the limit! There are so many goals out there to accomplish and you can never get enough done.

What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

Barbie Doll – I’m a certified esthetician & beautician and I also love to paint. I do vlog as well.

Any last piece of advice for those artists who just started making music?

Barbie Doll – Promote, promote, PROMOTE! .. awareness is everything when it comes to music!

How can our readers follow you online?

Barbie Doll – You can find me on all social media platforms @BarbieDollOKC.

For more updates, you can follow me on Instagram – @BarbieDollOKC.

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Artist Spotlight

Amyr, Setting the Tone and Making Noise from the Midwest to the West Coast & it’s Only The Beginning for this East Side Milwaukee Native

It’s said if you shoot for the moon you’ll land amongst the stars and that’s just what 24-year-old East Milwaukee native Amyr has done. Amyr has taken his destiny into his own hands as he’s begun to make a name for himself within the world of hip hop.
With a new scene and home base in Oakland Ca. Amyr has joined BlackJack Entertainment and proved himself to be a force of his own. Since signing with the rising enterprise Amyr has been beating down the charts from the Midwest to the West Coast with his newly released hit “Seeing Stars” ft. OMB Peezy.

The young artist has his eyes on a much greater prize than what comes with a temporary high. He’s young and ambitious with the hunger of a hustler. It’s not by chance that his audience is growing amongst all major streaming platforms via distribution of Empire.

In both his artistry and personal life Amyr is grounded and puts in the work to reach new levels. He is currently working on the foundation for his upcoming EP and raising the bar in preparation to bring the heat to a city near you.

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For booking and all inquiries contact BlackJack Entertainment. Stay updated on new releases and tour dates below.

Management: [email protected]
IG:@Officialamyr
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