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Ari Lennox, Baby Rose, Mikhala Jene, Ron Gilmore

May 17, 2019 @ 9:00 pm

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It never fails. The moment you hear a distinctive voice, it pierces right through and stays with you. Ari Lennox possesses such a voice.

Early fans of the Washington, D.C.-bred singer-songwriter became clued in three years ago when they began repeatedly clicking onto YouTube to hear her refreshing, laid-back vocals on soulful covers of songs by Coldplay, Fantasia, Blink 182 and finally her own track “La La La La.” The buzz grew following the release of “Backseat” featuring Cozz—her first single after being signed to Dreamville/Interscope in late 2015.

Now it’s time for everyone else to catch up. And that will happen with the release of Lennox’s PHO EP. Then everyone will learn that besides her unique vocals, Lennox isn’t afraid to unleash what’s exactly on her mind. Take “Backseat,” for instance, in which the female is the one shifting the romantic gears in the relationship to get what she wants physically.

“While the music is soulful,” explains Lennox, “I’m also talking about something suggestive and unusual for a young female. Sometimes women are put in this box where we’re only supposed to talk about certain things. I want to be braver and riskier. I think people want to hear that kind of honesty and frankness.”

Being brave and taking risks is how Lennox has always approached her craft. While her high school friends were talking about college and joining the military after graduating in 2009, she knew only one thing absolutely: “I wanted to do music.”


May 17, 2019
9:00 pm
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The New Parish
(510) 444-7474
579 18th Street (at San Pablo), Oakland, CA 94612 United States


The New Parish
(510) 444-7474