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Simply by daring to enter into the rock arena is a testament to her fearlessness and drive, but Esh the Singer is threatening to go one step further and actually break the invisible sonic barrier that has been in place for far too long in the genre of rock for women of color. As a singer-songwriter, her past collaborations and machinations are leading her to the very moment and moments that any true artist strives to reach.

 

The solo career of Esh began in earnest as a background singer, where she honed her already considerable talents before joining the band Red and Reckless in 2009. Gaining even more experience in the industry, she soon made the decision to form her own band, gathering around her an impressive roster of musicians that have worked with the likes of some of the biggest names in the music business, including Estelle, Ice Cube, Syleena Johnson, and Academy-Award winning rapper and producer Common. Having set the bar high for herself by working with such an esteemed collection, Esh ramped up her exposure as a viable commercial artist by appearing on American Idol in 2010. By placing within the top 60, she not only expanded her fanbase week to week with her powerful vocals and singular style and look, but proved that she was more than capable of bringing a new element to the music scene rarely seen by a black woman.

 

Now armed with a bigger fanbase, with listeners eager for what she had to offer, Esh released the debut EP You Should Know Me with Red and Reckless in 2012. The title alone signaled a call to sonic action, a demand from those interested in the group’s efforts. Melding 70s/80s American rock, punk, metal and new wave, this was the very sound that most would not expect from a black woman, a welcome entry into a predominantly male-dominated section of popular music. Undaunted, Red and Reckless began touring, sonically trailblazing at Summerfest to rave reviews, which led to Esh’s nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year from the Midwest Wisconsin Area Music Industry.

 

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The appeal of Esh is obvious: glamorous girl meets glam rock. In an attempt to keep momentum going and forge her own singular path in the recording industry, she has recently been announced as one of the stars of the Los Angeles based show, ‘Reality Point of View’. The show, to be hosted by Frenchy Morgan and DJ Short-E, will dissect what’s current in the entertainment world, pop culture, politics, and other hot topics of the day. Scheduled to appear on the show already are Bobby Trendy, Phoebe Price, Shahim Ibrahim, Matt Burch (Tru TV), Doug Stone (WWE), Kidd Envy, and other special guest stars.

 

Our exclusive interview with Esh is upcoming in a few days, where our Heauxz will get an inside glimpse on the makings and machinations of a diva in the making.

 

Reality Point of View’ debuts on Channel 56 in Los Angeles on May 29th.

 

Stay tuned…

 

Triston
Triston is an American jetset performance artist, writer, event organizer, and activist based in Europe. As a freelance journalist, he has covered both the underground and mainstream aspects of the arts, culture, music, entertainment, travel, fashion and Fashion Week in several cities, including New York, London, Berlin, Istanbul, Sydney, Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Tokyo to name a few. He has been published in The Huffington Post, Trespass (London), Adaras Magazine (Miami) as well as featured in publications such as the New York Times, Vogue Italia, Turkish Huriyet and other on-line and print magazines in the U.S. and internationally. He recently released his memoir on life in Europe, 'Heaux Confessionals'. As a solo performer and with his band $kandal Du$t, he has toured in some of the world's most renowned clubs, simultaneously maintaining an underground renaissance, blurring the lines of all that is traditional and leaving his indelible, and ultimately unforgettable impression. There is no divide.

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