March is National Women’s History Month so to honor the extraordinary achievements of women everywhere we’re featuring some hardworking individuals whose outstanding talents have made them trendsetters in all that they do.
LA based singer/songwriter/actress Chris Jane has been seen on “American Idol”, “Law & Order”, “CSI: Miami”, “The Bounty Hunter”, “Brooklyn’s Finest”, “The Wire”, “The Good Wife” and publications like Maxim Magazine. Throughout all of the work she’s done, this multitalented artist found her true calling in music. With a Caucasian mother and a Nigerian father, growing up in a bi-racial family wasn’t easy coming from a small town in Virginia. Jane said that she was bullied often by the community because of her ethnicity, and identifying with her peers most times seemed impossible. Music was her escape.
Jane found her creative expression through developing a hybrid sound of Pop and R&B. Premiering on REVOLT TV and MTV2, her latest single entitled, “Spin Me”, is reminiscent of the artists who have inspired her like Vanity, Lady Gaga and Madonna.
Jane told byteclay.com that styles change so when it comes to finding what you love, the key is in being fearless. She said that her stylist, Nadia Tulin, is great at keeping her style on point. One of her fashion go-to favorites is Kit and Ace – A Vancouver based brand with three great locations in Southern California (Pasadena, El Segundo and Venice). Jane expressed, “I want to be a woman who shows other women that we have the power to live our lives beautifully, just the way we want to. My music is the story of what happened yesterday, and the tale of what’s going on right now. I am writing every day, I’m living for today, and I’m here to share my life with my fans every day.”
Bronx musician, Elle Royal, whose parents are originally from Jamaica, grew up in a large family and attributes her love of music to the rap influencers she was lucky enough to cross paths with early on. Formerly known as “Patwa”, this groundbreaking artist completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at Georgia State University and at a young age purchased her very own makeshift studio where she first recorded music inspired by the Hip-Hop classics that dominated the airwaves in the ‘90s.
She was recruited by her current manager and soon after released her debut mixtape, “One Gyal Army”. It was a huge success, praised by popular sites such as WorldStarHipHop and put her on the map with pioneers such as Erick Sermon, and Jamaican-American artists such as Mad Lion and Vicious.
Elle told byteclay.com that she knew she needed to bring something positive to the world of women in Hip-Hop. So, after taking time to reignite her passion, “Patwa” reemerged into the music world under a new name (Elle Royal) and with a new agenda. She told byteclay.com that women (especially in the Hip-Hop world) need and deserve respect and her new mission was an embodiment of that. Women are queens and as such, should perceive themselves like that. In her new movement – P.O.P. (Purpose over Popularity), she’s pushing to change the way the female is represented in Hip-Hop. Elle believes that you should always try to create your own style. She said, “It’s a physical form of your personality and should be all your own”. Elle is now working on her follow-up mixtape and has released a few tracks including “Jammin”, “Lights” and “Statements”.
Emily Guglielmo was born and raised in Florida and is the face of MOR.TV which is based out of Tampa and St. Petersburg. Also known as the “Florida Mermaid”, this young actress/artist/entrepreneur founded her own non-profit organization in 2015 called, Saving Souls Foundation, where she raises monies for other organizations that create fresh drinking water for third world nations. Emily is now making nationwide waves as the co-founder of the “Rel/event” series which is gearing up to take place out here in LA next month. As producer of an event that recognizes up-and-coming trends in Hollywood, this rising star had a lot to say about fashion in LA. Emily told byteclay.com that her motto is simplicity. Everyone has their own trend that expresses their individuality and that should be honored.
Emily went on to say that there is so much beauty in diversity. Even when people dress the same there’s a certain artistry in the way that someone wears something. She said, “The key is to take risks, to go out of the box, and not to take things too seriously. Really, just wing it, because after all, you never know until you try”.
Jane’s voice delivers an electric shock that brilliantly connects the dots between Pop and R&B, producing a seductively soulful sound. You can check out more of the lovely Chris Jane on SoundCloud, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Elle Royal advocates feminine respect, strength and consciousness. Bringing with her, her female movement entitled P.O.P, Elle pushes to change the way the female is represented in Hip-Hop. You can find more on this fashion-forward progressive thinker on SoundCloud, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.
Emily’s colorful fashion sense combined with her outgoing personality makes this up-and-coming producer a force when it comes to trends in LA. You can stay up-to-date with Emily through her website and follow her bi-coastal adventures on Instagram.