New Art Piece

Worked on a new piece that resonated with me and speaks to the social climate today.
Hope it resonates with you as well.
I also just started her book Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, and I will definitely keep you posted on it.
Please feel free to check out my other art work on art page as well.

As I had mentioned in my earlier posts.. I am considering to pursue freelance as an artist.
And based on your guys’ feedback, it seems like something ya’ll were interested in.
Ask and you shall receive.. I will be posting my artwork for sale very very soon.

Thank you for your support on my site ya’ll!

much love x Lo

“If I Could” by Regina Belle (1993)

If I could
I’d protect you
From the sadness
In your eyes
Give you courage
In a world
Of compromise
Yes, I would

Definitely reminiscent of the great Whitney Houston. Just discovered the great Regina Belle, from New Jersey. Her song “If I Could” was released in 1993 under Peak- Concord Jazz Label. Such a powerful vocalist and song.

“Belle was born in Englewood, New Jersey. It was at Englewood’s Mount Calvary Baptist Church, and then Paterson’s Friendship Baptist Church (presided over by Belle’s uncle, the Reverend Fred Belle), that Belle began attracting attention with her vocal abilities. She sang her first solo in church at the age of eight. She attended Dwight Morrow High School, where she studied trombonetuba and steel drums.[8] After graduation, Belle studied opera at the Manhattan School of Music. She attended Rutgers University and became the first female vocalist with the school’s jazz ensemble. Belle’s musical influences include Phyllis HymanBillie HolidayShirley CaesarPatti LaBelle, and Nancy Wilson.[9] She was introduced to the Manhattans by New York radio DJ Vaughn Harper and began working as their opening act. She recorded the duet “Where Did We Go Wrong” with the group on their Back to Basics album, which helped to attract the attention of Columbia Records. She recorded a second duet, “Maybe Tomorrow (Four Tops song)“, which appeared on the B-side of “Where Did We Go Wrong”. They eventually signed her to a record deal.” – Wikipedia

New Song Piece

hi guys, been a minute but thought it was time to share with ya’ll some new lyrics I had been cooking up during covid. Lately, I have really been into rap, doing my research listening to hip cats like Wu-Tang, Jay Z, Eminem, Tu Pac, etc. and even with modern day rap because the game has been on fire thanks to emerging female rappers like Saweetie & Meg Thee Stallion. If you have followed me for a while, you’d know how much writing is one of my passions, due to my love for music and poetry. And coincidentally, God sends me his blessing by sending one of my new favorite song atm, newly released “Live At The Villa” by Russ. You’d know that I couldn’t resist. Anyhow, below are the lyrics. hope to sparks some sort of creativity in your art work too. much more to share with ya’ll.

much love x Lo

click here for “Live At The Villa” instrumental

ever a time you felt so all alone
got your friends blastin’ like “bitch pick up that phone”
but I’m in another head space n they don’t even know
Instead I grind and I grind and I keep my head low
like how a singer hides right after a sold out show
but you gotta keep faith. so I keep on keepin’ on
gotta appreciate what you got before it’s all gone
like a game of chess; you left with one pawn

play your cards right & you don’t gotta bluff
or throw em on the deck, when enough is enough
cause quite frankly, lames be tryin’ my last nerve
on a different caliber (ya) kick em to the curb

to the man above gracin’ my every move
who’s been guidin’ me in everything everything that I do
I am me only me and that’s because of you
only known struggle, but still paying my dues

been the black sheep (ya) different from the rest
can’t handle me at my worst, sure don’t deserve me at my best
I’m just sayin’
If you don’t fight for your dream
you’ll live life feeling utterly incomplete
for the week souls// nodding’ at my every verse.
uh, if you know then you know. spoken word.

“Great Artist Suffer For the People” – Marvin Gaye

don’t think this song can be anymore relevant than it is now.
At times, I have my doubt & insecurities about my decision of pursuing music and becoming some sort of a recognized singer. But it’s times like these that make me feel the pursuit, struggle, and hurt is all worth it. hope ya’ll find as much inspiration in this song as I do. at the end of the day, it is good music that truly moves the soul. much love. x Lo

“Joanna” by JoJo

If ya’ll remember, JoJo was the iconic of my childhood and 6th grade self. I remember admiring her vocal ability and thought she was the coolest person ever. At the age of 13, JoJo reached the charts with her song “Get Out” and “Baby ft. Bow Wow”. Ms. Jojo Levesque recently released Joanna which I found was really heartfelt and endearing so I thought I’d offer it some recognition here on my site.. The song addresses the highs and lows of her career (hence my site name) that I think many artists go through in their career or at least in the onset of starting their career. I think it offers a invaluable and powerful message of resilience. we often underestimate our abilities and gifts which only cause a disservice to us and those around us. Even in face of all her hardships and struggles, Jojo still managed to break through and continue her passion of singing and music. The song served as a source of inspiration and solace to me that I hope some of you may appreciate and can apply to some part of your life too..

Enjoy xo

Netflix Documentary: Homecoming (2019) Review

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so ya’ll might not be surprised about this one.. I mean, how can I run a music blog but not talk about Beyonce right?

As you can tell from the title, along with my other Netflix binges, I watched Homecoming not too long ago. For those of you not familiar, and I quote, “the film finds the artist getting candid about her journey to her historic Coachella set. Beyoncé’s headlining set at Coachella in 2018 was a master class in pop performance: an instantly iconic celebration of blackness, HBCUs and her own historic 22-year career” (Rollingstone.com). Now, I don’t think anyone can truly get tired of Beyonce. I mean she might not be a-so-called-“legend”, but she has paved a way for many artists in this generation and has done so in an iconic fashion. She is talented & very hard working.. and how can you give criticism to someone like that?

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But that is not to say (and im sorry to say & beehives don’t come for me– or do) that I exactly identify as a Beyonce Stan. Because quite frankly, at one point, I considered her quite overrated. I just didn’t exactly understand the hype of Beyonce throughout my high school years when her career was in her prime circa 2012-2014. While she is a great vocalist, I think the over-sexualization of her image kinda offsets me, which is sad to say because I do admire her as a vocalist. And to me, for the amount of fame and glory she got.. something was lacking and wasn’t hitting right in her music for me. I guess she didn’t exactly possess quite the same charisma & poise (& perhaps technicality?) that the late great Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey had/ have, which might be why they had to up sell her image? might sound odd, not entirely sure. Or maybe it was because I simply didn’t want to identify with the homogenous opinion & wanted to go against the grain? Is that what truly great artists force people to do? Idk what to think honestly. All I feel I can say is, coming from a musical stand point, Beyonce does not compare or even come close to these legends (regardless of how much fame & public praise she attains). This might upset a lot of Bees out there, but it’s only my personal opinion, though an unpopular one, that I’ve only had the courage to share.

But all tangents aside, the documentary was entertaining while informative, as it dips into the empowerment of the black culture– which I am entirely in for (I graduated with a b.a in sociology. so go figure.) while using Beyonce as the “face” or representation of black culture. But I do have to point out my observation, and call me a critic, in that while she does identify as African American, I don’t think she is entirely accurate representation or exactly the most epitomic figure of the movement only because (and wait for it) she is considered the lighter of African Americans. As we may all infer and I think it is fair & safe to say, much the same way colored people do than white, African American women of darker color do experience much more discrimination and injustice. While she may speak for African American, she cannot necessarily represent the very true population/ culture/ story of the black community; she would be, in a lack of better words, the privileged of the minority. I mean do we have to talk Destiny’s Child? Can we even relate her strive to stardom with the historical struggle of an entire oppressed generation of people? But I guess this is a discussion we might have to save that for another topic as I don’t want to delve into that here.

All in all, the film was not entirely a disappointment. I noticed how the film did refer to the Great Miss Nina Simone and her profound message of BLACK power– which you can read here. If you have been following my blog for quite some time now, you’d know that the very first post I made was dedicated to the High Priestess of Soul. I admire her for her intellect, genius, grit, & her musical gift. They also quoted W.E.B DuBois, a sociologist who coined the notion of “double consciousness” (I can go more into this on another post as well if interested). The film showcases what hard work (and a little bit of luck) can bring you all the while celebrating the beauty of black culture in all its glory. And who wouldn’t want to experience that?

Be sure to add Homecoming on watchlist, and let me know your thoughts below!

we did it: we hit 200

wow, what can I say..
it’s honestly been such a long time coming guys.

I literally gave birthed the idea of creating blog back in 2016. my love for the music, arts, vlogging, and writing led me here. that was four years ago! four years ago. (& counting of course) but sheesh! And she’s only growing! & just recently, very quickly!
I know I could have spent much more time only my blog all these years, but know that this blog has always always been on the back of my mind. I found it really difficult to make the time & be in the right creative space to produce for you guys (in the midst of school, working 3 jobs, and others problems, etc). but I am glad I am back on track. I am only finding my niche, sound, & style as an artist and am only continuing to develop over time. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me.
I always put in the energy that I can when working on my blog. For those who are new, thank you for joining me on this journey. You are bound to find something on here that will pique your interest.

My blog/ site is like my baby and I’m only here to nature here & watch her grow!
For those who follow, leave a like/ comment, or simply visit.. Thank you! For those who have been with me since day 1, you guys are everything! I really don’t know where my blog would be if wasn’t for you guys!

There’s always much, much more coming on the arisen so, as always, stay tuned!

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Aretha Franklin “What you See Is What you Sweat”

Ya’ll if this song doesn’t get you up & moving, stirring your soul.. oof! child!
I don’t know what will! So, so, so grateful to have grown up with such legendary artists to bless my soul & ears

He’s sweatin’, he’s got to conquer, he’s sweatin’ by the hour
He’s sweatin’, he’s got the taste, still sweatin’ on the flower
He’s sweatin’, he can’t stand it
He’s makin’ moves that’s how he planned it
He’s not satisfied with the best, he’ got to check out all the rest

Netflix Documentary: Amy (2015)

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Just finished another documentary, Amy (2015), and hadn’t realize how much of a true talent Amy Winehouse is. To provide some context, Winehouse is an English singer- songwriter. She was known for her deep, expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues and jazz. Before watching the film, I had absolutely no idea that Winehouse was mostly influenced by jazz singers such as Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, and Tony Bennett. It makes so much sense now. Her songwriting ability and vocal gift only has inspired my own creativity an artistry. (For those new to my site, I currently work at KJazz 88.1FM & am always excited when hearing about new jazz music). Anyhow, when I first heard Valerie by Amy Winehouse I fell instantly in love with her sound.

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To see how her life ended with such tragedy through the highs & lows of her career, battling alcohol & drug addition, was absolutely heartbreaking to me. The film showed the dangers of fame combined with pressures from the media and world watching you. It is not for the faint of heart. It does sadden me that her addictions weren’t taken as seriously as they should’ve and were overlooked by those who managed her career; and that those who did reach out to her couldn’t get to her. It also really shows how powerful music can be in transcending individuals from a dark place, giving light to those listening. However, I feel that Winehouse has blessed the globe with her talent and music, leaving her mark to inspire following generations.

I hate to give out all the details, and totally recommend ya’ll give the film a shot on Netflix.

Update: My Music Site

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Hey ya’ll,

just droppin’ in to tell ya’ll to peep my new site. Been working really hard on it. Will be making some revisions on it lately as I book more gigs, make new music, covers, and participate in music events here in LA. Can’t wait to fill it with more videos and photos as I grow and pursuit my love for music & singing & the arts.. Got plans get more involved with the great music scene here in Los Angeles as I continue to grow as an artist. As you can see, I’m a super simple kind of gal, so what you see is what you get. Check out my artist site here at lorrainebautista.com! You will find more live performances in the near future, and more content as I find the right time and people to work with. Thank you so much for sticking with me. Can’t wait to see what is in store next for me, and for ya’ll to join me in this super exciting journey.

Much Love,

x Lo

“Joanna” by JoJo

If ya’ll remember, JoJo was the iconic of my childhood and 6th grade self. I remember admiring her vocal ability and thought she was the coolest person ever. At the age of 13, JoJo reached the charts with her song “Get Out” and “Baby ft. Bow Wow”. Ms. Jojo Levesque recently released Joanna which I found was really heartfelt and endearing so I thought I’d offer it some recognition here on my site.. The song addresses the highs and lows of her career (hence my site name) that I think many artists go through in their career or at least in the onset of starting their career. I think it offers a invaluable and powerful message of resilience. we often underestimate our abilities and gifts which only cause a disservice to us and those around us. Even in face of all her hardships and struggles, Jojo still managed to break through and continue her passion of singing and music. The song served as a source of inspiration and solace to me that I hope some of you may appreciate and can apply to some part of your life too..

Enjoy xo

Emerging Artist 2019: Cynthia Erivo

So as you may be following, you know one of my favorite videos to watch on youtube is Terrell’s Blue Wall. On the show, he brings artists from all over the country who are either brand new, veterans, or are emerging artists in the new culture. For this episode, he brought in Britain’s Cynthia Erivo– who is a vocal goddess! She started in theater singing broadway including the broadway revival of The Color Purple. She also plays the lead role in the new movie Harriet Tubman. She is both an incredible actor and vocalist, it only inspires me as an emerging artist myself. She’s truly a one-hit wonder! Check out her amazing video below. Movie Harriet Tubman in theaters now.

Exciting News: December Vocal Performance

Excited to announce that I have a secured a spot to perform with a well established band in Los Angeles. I feel so incredibly blessed and lucky to have this opportunity. I will be joining a band in their Christmas concert performance, who is known to play classical soul, funk, R&B music. The concert will be taking place for a good cause, and I only feel honored to be a part of it.

The leader of the band and I have been in correspondence for a while as we have been meaning to collaborate on music for quite some time. The amazing part of having this opportunity is the fact that it is a Christmas benefit concert. All funds will go towards children with anger management issues to ensure they get the help they need to live happier lifestyles. As someone who aspires to build her own non profit herself, this is a great chance for me to learn from others who are doing the same thing. I am so lucky and blessed, it feels as though things are falling together for me to help me accomplish my long-term goals. There will also be A/B/C listers at the concert who are regular guests for the bands’ appearances. Aretha Franklin’s manager will be there along with many others alike, retired football players and others flying in from other states like Georgia to name a few. It’s going to be a huge event, and I can not be any more excited. This is a chance for to gain some exposure as an artist while also experience performing live in front of a huge audience of about 200-300 people. We will be performing Christmas and holiday songs that will appeal to everybody and who will find a liking to.

As a sneak peak, I thought I’d  include a snippet of me performing for rehearsals and recorded by the band leader himself. Quite honestly, there is no other place that feels like home than to be on a stage, holding a microphone, and pouring my soul out in the form of notes and melodies. While I can appreciate my performance (and I hope you do too) I am a perfectionist and so, it makes me so uncomfortable to hear my mistakes in the video. However, as an aspiring vocalist, I am learning every day to become a better artist. As I’ve always lived by, mastery takes humility and this is only the beginning. Anyhow, hope you enjoy.

I suggest you put your volume up since it is a bit low in the video!

 

Upcoming Electric, Funk, R&B Artist from East London Makes Way: NAO

I have been following NAO for a while, and I absolutely love the vibe/aesthetic of her music. I am rooting for her all the way. Check her out her newest album Saturn (2018) if you haven’t. Read more about her here. New music from her album below.

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Neo Jessica Joshua (born in December 1987), better known as Nao (/ˈn./[2]), is an English singer-songwriter and record producer from East London Her sound has been described as soul combined with electronic music, funk and R&B. Nao coined the term “wonky funk” to describe her style. She released her debut album, For All We Know, in 2016, and her second album, Saturn, in 2018. (Nao singer, n.d, para. 1)

If You Ever – NAO ft. 6LACK

Bad Blood – NAO

 

 

 

Personal Update: My Stay In L.A.

So, for those who have been following my for a while (& for all my new followers, THANK YOU), I decided to stay in Los Angeles to broaden my horizons and also figure myself out as an artist.

About 2/3 years ago (2016/2017), I’ve always played around with the idea of making art a full-time job. It wasn’t until when I did some soul-searching that I realized, regardless of where I worked, I always identified as a creative.. or artist. After working a number of dead-end jobs, I’ve realized that art is my truest passion, and I’ve never felt more myself without it. That’s when I decided I needed to commit myself to my art more seriously, and this blog has allowed me to do just that.

I am grateful how far my education and life experiences has taken me so far that I don’t think I would have it any other way. I’ve learned to harden my inner voice and to follow it all the way regardless of doubt & rejection. And I don’t think there is any other self-fulling lesson that life has taught me.

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Though I was born and raised in L.A., my decision to stay and find my independence is probably the best decision I can make for myself. I have built my connections, grown my confidence in my work and belief that it has only taught me how much more I have yet to learn and also, want to learn. Professionally, there is so much about the music business I have yet to learn about and music marketing aspect that I have already learned a great deal about along the way. As an artist, my goal is to improve my media presence, build my following, and my network which I could say I am slowly making this a reality with my time here in Los Angeles. Stepping into the music industry in general is highly competitive and a very small number succeed at it. But given the amazing encouragement and feedback I have received from my managers, peers, and followers, I only feel inspired to produce more for ya’ll and my job(s).

With my experience with vocal coaching, studio time, alongside my employment as a music teacher, promotions intern, and music analyst, I’ve learned that it takes persistence and perseverance to grow and I am learning that through hard work and solid work ethic and a little bit of faith, anything is possible. Nothing is guaranteed, and that only pushes me harder.

Thanks for following me on this journey, ya’ll. Can’t wait to share more with ya’ll very soon.

Lo x