ASCAP Continues to Recognize Female Talent in the Music Industry
This week ASCAP held it’s annual “Women Behind the Music” event in the Flatiron District. Hosted by Nicole George-Middleton, the VP of ASCAP Rhythm & Soul/Urban branch, people packed in to Toshi’s Living Room to celebrate and honor the success of three outstanding women. The honorees were, DJ Kiss, Sam “Baby Sam” Selowane, and Jazmine Sullivan. Each woman had a chance to talk a bit about her unique place in the music industry, as well as share some personal anecdotes about each of their impressive and diverse careers.
DJ Kiss explained that she realized early on that she didn’t feel musically talented, so instead she focused on DJing. Kiss has been connected to impressive ad campaigns and many celebrity parties. Focusing on curation, she has created a great career from it. She iterated the not everyone is going to love you, so don’t take it personally. When asked to finish the phrase “If I knew then what I knew now…” she quickly replied “I would have moved to New York a lot sooner” stating that it takes awhile to get into your groove.
Sam “Baby Sam” Selowane who is the VP of Urban Promotion at RCA started off DJing at a college radio, where she gained some attention from the station manager and grew from there. Sam’s impressive roster continues to grow, she’s responsible for some of the biggest artists out there right now. Her main point for people that are trying to make it in the music industry was to stay focused with passion and integrity. “This business is hard,” she said “but you can’t deny talent.”
Jazmine Sullivan at the age of 27 has been nominated for 11 Grammy Awards, 3 BET Awards, multiple Soul Train Awards, and the list goes on. She was absolutely radiant, beaming positivity out into the audience, before performing a new song “Stupid Girls” from her upcoming album Reality Show. She said she wanted to encourage all females out there to not be Stupid Girls, “We all are at one point, but we can grow from it.”
ASCAP makes a concerted effort to not only support, but propel females forward in the music industry every single day. It’s clear that there is a progressive shift happening, because of these ladies’ talents. Here’s to more women breaking out and making it big while doing what they love.