Music has always been a vital part of Jillette Johnson’s life, from singing in front of her family to releasing numerous albums over a decades-long musical career. From country to pop, Johnson has covered multiple genres of music, her talent and passion ring clear on every song and album. She has powerful vocals that have only gotten stronger throughout her career, and as a singer-songwriter, so has the lyrics she has written.
Twenty-year-old indie-pop musician Arlo Parks has never been one to hide behind her voice; while her music speaks for itself, she doesn’t let it do all the talking for her. Anaïs Oluwatoyin Estelle Marinho, better known as Arlo Parks, an up-and-coming London singer-songwriter is bold in every way. She’s open about herself, active on social media, and an overall force to be reckoned with.
West London might be home for Parks, but her first language was French, due to her Paris-born mother. Parks is half Nigerian, a quarter French, and a quarter Chadian, and as she described herself to Billboard, “I'm a Black kid who can't dance for shit, listens to emo music and currently has a crush on some girl in my Spanish class.”
“If you’re trying to live forever, you’ve got to make things that are going to last. The way to do that is with love and feeling.” These words come from an upcoming music artist that has proclaimed the statement, “Modus Vivendi,” aptly her “way of living.” Vulnerability, honesty, and eccentricity are some of the bold characteristics that can make or break an artist in the music business. To be able to possess these three characteristics effectively takes real character and perseverance. This is what has helped catapult the career of Danielle Balbuena, aka 070 Shake.
The lights go out and the crowd roars. For someone like the extremely talented pop star who just recently began to receive recognition in the states, Ellie Goulding has done a remarkable job of obtaining a fan base. This becomes evident when a guitarist appears on the stage of the Center Stage venue located in Atlanta. Next, a drummer appears, then a keyboardist. The crowd screams louder with each addition to the band. Time stops for what seems like a good minute or two but there is still no sign of the girl we’re all waiting to see.