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March 7, 2017 – Fast rising reggae-roots artist, Empress Akua, seems set to move to the next level in her career
March 7, 2017 – Fast rising reggae-roots artist, Empress Akua, seems set to move to the next level in her career after years of developing her music.
The talented singer is riding high on recent strong performances and has now teamed up with Issachar Muzik in Los Angeles, California, to help push her musical message. Most recently, Akua has been holding her own as a guest artist on shows with some of the biggest names in reggae music.
The singer is not a stranger to working with elite local and international superstars. Akua’s last major show saw her sharing the stage with veteran, Anthony B, but she has also performed alongside other greats, such as Pato Banton, Horace Andy, Tosh 1, Eek a Mouse, Tina Marie, and Rick James, among others.
With a growing fan base across the United States and the Caribbean, Akua has been putting out more of her own music in recent times. Her latest song, “It’s Cold Out There,” produced by Chris Records and Issachar Muzik, is set to be released in stores in three weeks. A thoughtful, reflective tune, the song showcases Akua’s soulful melodies against a warm reggae beat.
The song follows the release of a CD last year entitled “LIONESS,” for which she embarked on a tour to help promote the project. The disc features songs produced by Fully Fullwood, Shaka Man of the Rastafarians, and Lucci from Platinum Track records.
An established vocalist, she has been offered several record deals and was once signed to Pioneer Records. Her musical achievements include having two of her songs placed in three different films and one being used as the theme for the Burning Man Festival.
In addition to writing and arranging all of her songs, the soulful singer has toured extensively across the United States and Central America. In the process, she has rubbed shoulders with many of the who’s who in reggae, hip hop and R & B. Her earlier years saw the self-titled “Sweet Messenger” touring as a backup singer for Ini Kamoze, Shine Head, and El Jai, among others.
Akua has also opened shows for a number of reggae superstars such as Damian Marley, Kymani Marley, Shaggy, Sean Paul, Jimmy Cliff, and Pressure, as well as for American pop and hip hop acts, including Black Eyed Peas, Outkast, and T.I
. The singer, who says she’s “forever committed to the meditation of a goddess,” has also worked on projects with Left Eye, Junior Kelly, and Grammy award winner, L.V
Born and raised in south central Los Angeles, Empress Akua traces her maternal roots back to the Aboriginals of New Guinea and the native Cherokee Indians. She was introduced to reggae music at an early age, writing her first song at age eight, and has not looked back since. Her powerful voice and style is often compared to the likes of Lauryn Hill, Marcia Griffiths, and Judy Mowatt. Coincidentally, Akua has named these women among her musical influences, as well as Bob Marley and Tanya Stephens.
With her recent successes on the stage, Empress Akua plans to keep putting out more music for her fans at home and abroad. She is also looking forward to spreading her message to other parts of the world.