When it comes to manifesting ones dreams, Em Jai knows the importance of sacrificing what one wants in the short-term in order to make the long-term vision happen. At 24 years-old, the singer, rapper and songwriter, who hails from Chicago’s Southside, has diligently built her music career for over a decade, saying, “When people were out kicking it, I was writing and recording,”
Her childhood was filled with piano and vocal lessons, church performances, and a growing love affair with R&B, thanks to the influence of her cousins. In 2012, her self-proclaimed “urban pop” music started opening doors that she didn’t necessarily anticipate; earning her a placement deal with Disney to have her music featured on its sitcom, Shake It Up, and the subsequent soundtrack, Freaky Freakend, as well.
With her EP, Love Etc.etera, completed and currently available on iTunes, this evolving woman has taken ownership over her artistry and is getting comfortable steering her career towards the success that she has always envisioned. The Black, Fresh & 20-Something star shared with EBONY.com how she’s been able to create her music on her own terms.
– Sincerely Syreeta