Meet R&B Artist
Since birth, it seems as if Asia has been in constant transition. At eight months old, Asia’s mother made the decision to move the family away from the crime and violence of inner city Paterson, NJ to the more family oriented Charlotte, NC where Asia began performing wherever she could and later to Charleston, SC. Shortly after the move, Asia faced a series of tough life obstacles; including the divorce of her parents, which came especially hard for the “daddy’s girl” who would never see her father again due to the strain of the separation. A few years after, she suffered a tragic loss of her younger brother to an asthma attack. Asia says, “I guess music became a release, a way to get away from everything, a way to talk about what was going on without actually saying the words, I could just write songs about it.”
In 2001, Asia decided to take control of her own life and the many changes within it. Determined to pursue her dreams, she ran into Craig A. King at a local restaurant – a talented producer who has worked with Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Kanye West, Aaliyah, Will Smith, and more. Only moments into their encounter, Craig decided to take Asia under his wing. With the help of James “Choirboi” Bennett (personal A&R and best friend to Ludacris) they began to groom Asia in the ethics of songwriting, composition, and performing. After a few years, touring, opening for some of the biggest acts in the game including Ludacris, Kanye West, TI, Young Joc, Life Jennings and many more the trio began to plateau and then halt all together.
In the end of 2011 Asia knew it was time to stand on her own two feet and take on the music industry solo. From years of writing for herself, Asia began to write songs for other artist. With no time at all Asia has placed records with Iconic Artist like Akon, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Drake, Miley Cyrus, Lil Wayne, and so many more. Writing with some of the biggest producers in the game including Quincy Jones and Co-writing with the likes of Chris Brown, Sam Hook, Dj Mustard, Mike Will Made It, and Rock City, Asia has quickly made great buzz and name for herself.
Her previous EP “Analog Girl x Digital World” released in 2012 had songs feature in various shows such as MTVs “Real World Las Vegas”, “16 and Pregnant”, Oxygens “Bad Girls Club”, “Single Ladies”, ABCs “Don’t trust the B in APT 23”, “Shark Night 3D” the Movie, “The inevitable defeat of Mr. Pete”. Her Christmas EP “Christmas In Asiaville” featured one of its songs in the Nationally broadcasted Kmart Commercials.
In March of 2014, Asia signed to Rondor/Universal Music Publishing Group, spearheaded by Kevin Hall who is excited about Asia taking her Artistry to new levels.
Never Forgetting her Artist roots, Asia is gearing up to release a project all her own that embodies Asia’s urban/ alternative/world sound yet still oozes the soul of all of those who have influenced her like Prince, Etta James, Aaliyah, Mariah Carey, Tina Turner, Jimi Hendricks, The Beatles, and Lalah Hathaway.
Most recently Asia was also chosen by Dr Dre to feature on his new and final album “Compton”. The record “Just Another Day” feat. Asia and The Game was also the only song from the final Dr. Dre album to also be premiered in the NWA movie “Straight Outta Compton”. “Asia’s talent and voice is amazing! She is the future” – Dr. DRE. With these type of co signs Asia is well on her way to creating a Musical Journey to be remembered.
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