Daryn Alexus Hits 1K & Releases “Wake Up”

Our homegirl Daryn Alexus is back! This time she indulges us with her latest offering, “Wake Up” which she released after hitting her milestone of 1K followers on soundcloud. As she continues to create her own lane, “Wake Up” showcases Daryn’s ability to lyrically empower and encourage people of all ages. She reminds us how amazing and beautiful life can be when we pursue our dreams and wake up to being our true selves. Although many people may not be familiar with the name Daryn Alexus as of yet, we’re sure much greatness is to come for her in the near future!

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(Uh • Kway • Us) Aquaus Kelley is a forward-thinking Brand Strategist, Educator, and Music Publisher. As the Founder of A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group, he specializes in identifying talent and creating opportunities for brand development, exposure, and growth. Aquaus has worked with companies such as Cornerstone Agency, Universal Music Group, and W Hotels. He is extremely passionate about helping companies adapt to culture and building value between brands and their consumers. His ultimate mission is to use his influence to project positivity across the globe.

W Hotels + Billboard Present: Next Up

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On Tuesday April 26, 2016, we received the April 30, 2016 issue of Billboard magazine. To our surprise, we stumbled upon W Hotels and Billboard magazine announcing the launch of “Next Up,” an emerging artist showcase series featuring new artists and new music. When we first saw this event advertised in Billboard magazine, we only knew that it was going to consist of 4 artists performing in 4 different cities at 4 different W Hotels.

Upon looking further into the event, we found out that the first official Next Up concert will be held at the W Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA on May 25, 2016. This launch will then be followed by events in Seattle, WA and Minneapolis, MN. The last stop is expected to be at the W South Beach in Miami, FL sometime in October of this year.

In September of 2014, W South Beach Hotel & Residences, in partnership with Vision Compere’s creative house, VISION, extended their W SpeakerBox concert series music program. It was also a live music program featuring intimate performances by celebrated and emerging artists from a variety of international genres.

We personally worked very closely with Vision Compere’s creative house. Our particular focus was to curate and identify emerging artists from various cities throughout W Hotel properties in Chicago, IL; Miami, FL; and San Francisco, CA.

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  • On October 2, 2014, Daryn Alexus was featured as an artist who was #NextUp and performed at W Hotels City Center property located in Chicago, IL.

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  • On October 30, 2014, Kyle Dion was featured as an artist who was #NextUp and performed at W Hotels South Beach property located in Miami, FL.

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  • On April 30, 2015, Lara Johnston was featured as an artist who was #NextUp and performed at W Hotels San Francisco property located in San Francisco, CA.

Overall, we love the fact that W Hotels and Billboard are teaming up to provide a platform for emerging artists to shine! This is exactly why we teamed up with VISION for their W SpeakerBox concert series 2 years ago.

We’re glad to see that Billboard expanded on a similar model of music programming with W Hotels. Lets continue pushing culture forward and allowing artists the opportunity to showcase their talents!

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(Uh • Kway • Us) Aquaus Kelley is a forward-thinking Brand Strategist, Educator, and Music Publisher. As the Founder of A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group, he specializes in identifying talent and creating opportunities for brand development, exposure, and growth. Aquaus has worked with companies and organizations such as Cornerstone Agency, City Year Miami, Universal Music Group, and W Hotels. He is extremely passionate about helping companies adapt to culture and building value between brands and their consumers centered around love. His ultimate mission is to use his influence to project positivity across the globe and invest in the collective future of society through the arts, education, entertainment, and leadership.

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Behind The Hustle

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Behind The Hustle is a content and curriculum platform targeted at creative entrepreneurial young adults ages 18 to 34. The platform helps our audience achieve their career goals in the industries of entrepreneurialism, fashion, music, and pop culture. This is done by exploiting first hand and sought after knowledge from our network of rising stars, key influencers, and industry experts.

Interviews have included:

+ Ryan Babenzien of GREATS
+ Jeff Mazzacano of Complex Media
+ Jaha Johnson, Music Manager + Designer
+ Anthony Demby of HumbleRIOT
+ Dierdre Maloney of BPMW Agency
+ Marc Simons of Giant Spoon
+ jeffstaple of Staple Design
+ Maxwell Osborne of Public School
+ Kellen Roland of The NTWRK Agency

W Speakerbox Music Series

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W Speakerbox Music Series, in partnership with Vision Compere, was a live music program featuring intimate performances by emerging artists from a variety of genres. W Speakerbox took place throughout W Hotels’ properties in cities including Chicago, IL; Miami, FL; and San Francisco, CA.

Artists who have performed include:

+ Brika (W South Beach – Miami, FL)
+ Daryn Alexus (W City Center – Chicago, IL)
+ Jennah Bell (W South Beach – Miami, FL)
+ Kyle Dion (W South Beach – Miami, FL)
+ Lara Johnston (W San Francisco – San Francisco, CA)

Artist Management | Ian Grey (Singer + Songwriter)

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Ian Grey is the Re‐Evolution of pure artistry; a divine storyteller that stems his scriptures from the soul and his message from the heart. As a New Jersey native, Ian’s familiarity with a diverse range of cultural experience exudes through his music in a vast array of dimensions. His interests span from basketball, cars, sneakers, and women — to art, fashion, film, literature, and music.

Ian’s influences include the likes of Coldplay, Frank Ocean, John Legend, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder, just to name a few. When asked how he wants to leave his impact on the world? His answer is simple, “Inspire others to be creative while transcending the barriers of stigma and genre.”

Media Relations Liaison (U.S. / U.K.) | Izzy Bizu (Epic Records)

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Izzy Bizu is an 19-year-old singer songwriter hailing from South West London. Born to an Ethiopian Mother and English Father, she grew up listening to Ella Fitzgerald, Bettye Swann, Betty Wright and James Brown and draws on these alongside newer influences, Amy Winehouse and Adele to create a fusion of soul, funk, jazz, and pop that sounds classic and brand spanking new all at once.

She performed at the ILUVLIVE Open Mic in February 2013 winning over the crowd, which included Emeli Sande and Naughty Boy. Needless to say, she won and performed at the following months ILUVLIVE to another rapturous response. Since then, she has gained enormous interest from music industry heavyweights and is fast becoming one of the most highly anticipated acts of 2014. Izzy released her acoustic EP entitled “Coolbeanz” in September of 2013 and is currently signed to Epic Records.