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Independent Artist Erik Jerrod wins the first Artist Of The Year Award

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Erik Jerrod is an independent artist from Washington DC whose dedication to the culture of hip-hop surpasses everyone. He has been creating music for more than 15 years now which has led him to a career of creating mixtapes and albums that spread throughout the industry. Inspired by the likes of Anita Baker, Isley Brothers, 90’s Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, Erik’s first love are writing and poetry. Words were his foundation starting out which paved the way for him to give them more life through beats and melodies. He also recalled Jay Z as his favorite hip-hop rapper citing his magnificence in writing lyrics that resonate. Something that Erik is applying to every art he creates.

On the Radar’s Artist of the Year award started last year as a means to give Independent artists a boost and platform to showcase their music. It started as the Artist of the Month award where fans and followers of the page voted for the artists nominated that month. In March 2021, Erik Jerrod was shortlisted as a nominee to win the AOTM award. With his finesse and undeniable talent, Erik won the hearts of people gaining the most votes among all the artists and gaining the opportunity to win as the Artist of the Year.

To win AOTM award is already an impressive feat but nothing beats winning it all. And so, on January 2022, On The Radar hosted the first Artist of the Year award. With 12 artists who won their own respective months, everyone is eyeing the prized title. It was a very close competition but Erik came out at the top with 17.92% of total votes, becoming the artist of the year. The 2nd place came in at 13.33% votes which gave him a little bit of breathing room. All artists are deserving to win the award with proof of how close the votes are but the people have the final say and it was done successfully.

Erik, being the humble artist that he is, quickly thanked everyone who participated in the contest. Even though becoming the artist of the year is something that he cherishes every day, he doesn’t forget why he is making music in the first place. 

“I don’t do this for monetary value, I do it because I love to create and I love to create things that make people feel good.”

With this kind of attitude and purpose, we will definitely not be shocked when we see Erik Jerrod one day at the top – inspiring others to love what they do. Follow Erik on his Instagram account. 

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TaniAKyllikki’s soul-stirring new album Why Chapter One

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TaniAKyllikki is a British singer and songwriter who hails from a small town just outside of London. It is not a secret that she is making a name for herself in the music industry. She is quickly becoming one of the most popular rising independent artists in the world thanks to her skill as a songwriter and her incredible, ethereal, raw, and dramatic vocal range. This has allowed her to win the hearts of millions of people all over the world. 

The song “WHY” was the inspiration for TaniA’s first studio album, and it served as the album’s lead single. An emotional reaction is prompted in the listener almost instantly by the first sentence, which states, “far too many breaks now in my heart for me to truly heal.” It could be challenging for some individuals to watch the music video while also listening to the song at the same time. As a direct result of the honesty displayed by TaniA in this song, a greater number of people are becoming aware of the dangers of not only physical but also emotional abuse. TaniA is also a survivor of domestic violence, which makes the message of her song even more inspiring and accessible to listeners.

On the 30th of January 2022, TaniA presented the world with her newest album, which is titled “Why Chapter One.” The album is deeply autobiographical, and each of its nine songs conveys its own potent message in its own unique way. It has been possible to compile a list of songs by TaniA that are emotional in nature. The lyrics are primarily driven by the musical emphasis placed on story telling. The audience is given a glimpse into TaniA’s personal journey through the use of real-life experiences that are woven into the lyrics of the songs on this extremely personal album. This album gives hope to all of those who have had their lives broken as a result of abuse or neglect.

TaniA, who lives in London UK, and Garry D. Hairston, her fiancé and music partner, who lives in Greensboro NC United States, worked together on the production and writing of this album. Garry D. Hairston is also an accomplished behind-the-scenes musician. Some of the topics that are discussed in “Why Chapter One” are as follows: being broken, enduring abuse, finding love, learning to trust again, forgiving oneself, and healing from the past. The album debuted in the top 100 most popular new albums chart during its first month of release and has since amassed 2 million streams. 

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Michael Andre Braxton Releases “Purple In My Cup”

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Philly native Michael Andre Braxton shares a captivating instrumental from his forthcoming album. “Purple In My Cup” is out now on streaming platforms. Braxton offers an arrangement of varied melodies and tones. The hard, yet striking bass thumps throughout the track while the violins provide a calming before the storm. This combination executed by Braxton emanates an edgy, cinematic vibe.

Braxton leaves an out the box impression for the track to be interpreted by listeners. The skillfully curated track is awaiting an emcee to deliver thought-provoking lyricism, or the opposite, laid-back, chill storytelling.

Stream “Purple In My Cup” and connect with Michael Andre Braxton below. Be sure to check out his podcast, The Blue Check Podcast. The podcast is by invite only and guests need to be certified on Instagram.

Hailing from DarbyTownship in Sharon Hill, Pa. Michael Andre Braxton is an up and coming Lyricist, Singer/Songwriter and indie film director with a penchant for writing infectious tunes and relatable narratives. Inspired by Hip Hop, Braxton’s music journey began with various underground recordings that surfaced with his work.

He later started to make reference recordings over tracks which amassed a significant amount of interest, bringing Braxton to take a more serious approach in his music. And if you enjoy podcast shows. He’s also the host of the blue check podcast show. The show is by invite only. The only way guests can get on the show is if they are certificated by Instagram with a blue check.

Do you want to learn more about Michael Andre Braxton? You can connect with him through his social media pages:
Official Instagram pages: @getmoneyfilmz215 and @getmoneyfilmzllc

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Meet Rising Entrepreneur, Producer & Engineer “808Spinz”

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Meet Harris, most people know him as 808Spinz. Spinz is a 19 year old producer from
Charlottesville, Virginia but grew up in Tucson, Arizona. Spinz has only been making beats for about 5-6 years. He specializes in production and takes passion in creating songs directly with artists. 808Spinz has his fair share of placements, but his love lies in executively producing and watching songs go from one shots to mixed, mastered, and radio ready. We got to connect with 808Spinz & ask him some questions about his come up!

What Made You Get Into Music?

“I’ve always had a passion for music. When I was young my father introduced me to
Eminem, Snoop, and Dre. I fell in love with hip hop instantly. I never learned how to play an instrument, but started making beats in high school. My audio teacher/mentor pushed me to learn new things and let me stay to use the school studio almost every night from 4 to 9. I wouldn’t be on the path I’m on now without him and am forever grateful.”

How Is It Doing Business As A Music Producer?

“I have enjoyed the challenges of working with people who are at different stages of their lives. Many people see my work ethic and hustle, and assume that I am much older. Although, sometimes people assume that because I am young, I don’t understand the business, and think they can take advantage of me.”

In 3 Words How Would You Describe You Sound & Why?

“Atlanta, DMV, and Memphis. I have always loved the Atlanta sound and listened to a ton
of Future and Gucci growing up. Zaytoven, Sizzle, and Metro will always be some of my greatest influences.”

Who Are 3 Major Producers You Would Like To Work With In The Future & Why?

“I’d love to work with Zaytoven, TM88, and Twisted Genius. Their sounds have always been influential and stuck out to me.”

What Are Some Things You Have Coming Up In The Near Future?

“I’m currently working on some singles and a project. I’ve released 2 projects so far, but it’s been over 2 years since I’ve dropped my own music. It’s time for me to put something together. Other than that I’ve got 2 upcoming shows in Georgia with my partner BagTalk Zach. I’ve never had the opportunity to host a show so I’m looking forward to those! Also coming out soon is my new line of merch. In the past I’ve done hats, ski masks, and hoodies. I’m currently working on the design for my new shorts and shirts.”

If you would like to stay tapped in with 808Spinz check out his music/social media links all linked below!

https://linktr.ee/808SpinZ



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