Antonia Jenae'

Antonia Jenae'

BandR&BSinger/Songwriter

A funky blend of Soul, Jazz and R&B, representing Southern Soul. All original songs written by Antonia Jenae'

Biography

"Years ago, Florida went into labor and when her water broke, rhythm washed over the South. Florida screamed at the release, and showed her new native "dawtah" the range she would eventually use to belt out the lyrics of her life. The universe slapped the baby's bottom and her resulting cry wailed operatic, with undertones of jazz rallying around chords that were a different type of soul...a neo soul. Birds chimed in, silencing the chirping, since it now seemed more natural to "skat"...and on her last note, the baby girl reached out and slapped the universe back!"- "TERRI!", spoken word artist
For anyone who knows, truly knows, Antonia Jenae' this could easily be the actual legend of her birth. Her voice, her attitude, her "Southern Diva" persona is at once overwhelming and easily digestible. South Florida has given birth to many talents, but few are as proud of their southern roots as this accomplished Soul songwriter/singer/poet.

It is rare that a singer can simultaneously spark moments of an infectious flow throughout an audience, while feeding them with wisdom and touching their soul. This talent comes naturally to Antonia Jenae'. Perseverance, combined with an enthusiastic style and an insatiable appetite for success has earned Antonia the opportunity to open for some of the music industry's most renowned artists, including The Isley Brothers, Miles Jaye, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, and Vicki Winans.

Originally from Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, Antonia's lifelong dream has been to write and perform. She is fueled by her ability to capture listeners with her charm and soulful voice. She was offered an opportunity to audition for Betty Wright, the legendary 70's Soul singer who is originally from Miami. The audition went well and Antonia got the job, with a slight deviation from the plan. She was instead offered an opportunity to provide backup for, a then unknown EMI artist, Joss Stone. Who knew that Joss would take the world by storm?! Antonia Jenae' was officially along for the ride. And what a ride it was! Since 2003, Antonia Jenae' (AJ) has been touring the world as Joss Stone's backup singer. Yearning for the spotlight, AJ worked hard writing and recording her debut, "For Medicinal Purposes" (FMP). With her first full-length project completed, Antonia Jenae' is preparing for her time in the spotlight.

Antonia wrote the entire "For Medicinal Purposes" project, while providing all the back-up vocals, making every track reflective of her unique lyrical style. For Medicinal Purposes offers a soul-filled mixture of Soul, Alternative Jazz, Funk and Blues rhythms. The versatile 5-octave songbird has a timeless reverence for the soul divas of yesteryear and pays homage to their "music with meaning" by fusing her own invigorating vocals with thought provoking messages. 4Cryinoutloud Productions' online magazine, "Outloud", reviewed Antonia's first EP "Left Of Center". Publisher Melissa Balthazar emphatically wrote, "Imagine the sound of Jill Scott, the vibe of Erykah Badu and the feel of a full body massage, and you get just one-fourth of the Antonia Jenae' experience." Armed with a spirit to succeed her debut, "For Medicinal Purposes" is just the beginning. On FMP, Antonia effortlessly solidified her place as the next big singer to come from South Florida since Betty Wright, who is now her "mama-mentor", as Antonia lovingly refers to her.

Some say talent isn't enough, and many careers have been spawned due to timing. Antonia Jenae' had such an opportunity to showcase her talent and shine, and shine she did. Antonia Jenae', with pizazz and charisma, took The World Famous Apollo Theater by storm! Antonia Jenae', along with three other participants who withstood the infamous Apollo Theatres' rowdy crowd, was selected from a group of twenty to return for a standoff. Singing an original song entitled "Freedom", played first by Demas on WHQT, Hot 105 in Miami, Florida, Antonia Jenae' garnered a great deal of respect. "We strongly advise our participants to do a standard, because 98% of the performers that do original songs have a difficult time," commented Vanessa Brown, the Talent Coordinator at The Apollo Theater. "Antonia Jenae's performance was an exception to the rule." Antonia Jenae' is the ONLY person in History to win at the Apollo with an original song.

Her resolved spirit has been demonstrated through her premiere skills at Tampax Total You Tour (FL), The Guinness Reggae Cari-Fest (NYC), The Roots & Cultural Festival (FL), and The Mango Festival (FL). Antonia Jenae' has also appeared at more intimate live music venues throughout South Florida such as Love Hour @ JAZID Bar & Lounge, Ellington's Jazz Club, Sax on the Beach, and O'Casey's to name a few. Antonia has also performed for various benefits in the community at The James L. Knight Center, The Old Dillard Museum, Barry University, Florida International University, University of Florida and Pro Player Stadium. As a new Harlem "transpla

Lyrics

Purple Haze

Written By: Antonia Jenae'

I want to rub your back again
I'm reminising bout the time we had...
you know you got me...
and now that I see your face again
all of those feelings that I felt are back

I know you feeling me coming babe
I can't control the way I act
you got me caught up in a daze
feel like i'm blowin purple haze (repeat)

I can't believe the way I feel is still the same....what you doing to me
You got me drifting on surreal ain't nothing changed!

I know you feeling me coming babe
i can't control the way i act
you got me caught up in a daze
feel like I blowin purple haze (repeat)

Baby....since I met you i'm so messed up in the head...you got me feeling like...like i'm going when i'm coming

You got me feeling like this, baby
When you do me like that, sugar
I love the way I feel, baby
When you put that thang on me...

I know you feeling me coming babe
i can't control the way i act
you got me caught up in a daze
feel like i blowin purple haze
(repeat til fade)

Kiss

Written By: Antonia Jenae'

your temple
your leg
your neck
your back....your neck...your back

i just want to kiss you
from your head down to your toes
boy i really missed you
can't you tell

every time i lay eyes on your lips i wannna know
i just gotta know
how they.... feel

i don't know what you're doing to me
but i don't care
cause all i wanna do is kiss

your temple
your leg
your neck
your back....your neck...your back
(repeat)

I don't know what you are doing to me but i no longer have control...
let in intermingle in your mind,
let the thoughts of me take over you
every time that you close your eyes..i know you feel it too...

you don't have to wait long
cause i know, exactly what you need
you dont have to wait long
tonight's the night...tonight's the night
you don't have to wait long
cause i am exactly what you need...
tonight's the night...tonight's the night

Kisss.....Kisss.....

your temple
your leg
your neck
your back....your neck...your back
(repeat)

ooohhhhh..oooohhhh...oooooohhhhh
ooooooo.....
Kiss....Kissss..

Addicted

Written By: Antonia Jenae'

am i addicted to the way,
to the way you make me feel ...
should i, be spending this much time with you....
everytime you enter me
my soul becomes deep
as you move within my body...

i'm addicted to the way you move
i close my eyes, that thing you do
oh i, love the way i feel baby

i'm addicted to the way you smell
i wake up some mornings needing to have you near...
i'm so gone

take your time
ease your mind
lose yourself
in my head (repeat)

Seeking shelter from the rain
turned to you to ease the pain that comes from the troubles of the world.
realized there was nothing gained
love you more than words can say
emotions, get in the way of what i feel...

i'm addicted to the way you move
should i be spending this much time with you
oh i, love the way i feel baby

i'm addicted to the way you move
close my eyes so you can do your thang...i'm so gone,,,,so gone

take your time
ease your mind
lose yourself
in my head (repeat)

Discography

2001- EP, Left Of Center
2005- LP, For Medicinal Purposes

Set List

Antonia Jenae'
Best Of It
Purple Haze
Addicted
Can I Trust You?
Mr. Right
Kiss
7 Days