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Highness

Chicago, IL | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF

Chicago, IL | SELF
Established on Jan, 2011
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"HIGHNESS AFROPUNK PREMIERE"

Today we're premiering the new video from Chicago's all-female soul collective Highness - 'Have A Nice Day'. The group, formally known as SHE, are made up of producers/musicians Ora Nchi, RED, Midore, Loona Dae, and Gem Tree. And In regards to their new release, the group tell us: "It's a song that's declaring positive vibrations/waves in your life. Seeing the good and being grateful". - AfroPunk


"Have A Nice Day"

It is a bright moment for women in Chicago’s vibrant music community. The single “Have A Nice Day” by the soulful ensemble Highness further proves that. The track premiered on All Unsigned and sounds like summertime with it’s optimistic yet wise message. Highness (formally known as SHE) is comprised of five women: Ora Nchi, RED, Midore, Loona Dae, and Gem Tree. These women are collectively producers, musicians, performers and simply do it all themselves. Stay tuned for their debut project in the next few months. Until then, “Have A Nice Day.” - 1833.fm


"Get To Know Highness"

Giving us their first music video, Highness have captivated all of the soul and smooth R&B you need to embrace the sunshine.

Formerly known as SHE, Highness is a five-piece, all female band from Chicago. Over the last year, they have been performing around Chicago, but with only one official release to their name: “Hush”. Following that drop, they helped us with W2NDCH2LL last summer. - Mishkanyc.com


"NEW ALBUM: HIGHNESS 'YOUNG TABOO'"

Highness released their debut project, Young Taboo a 7-track project that blends aspects of R&B, soul, avant-garde jazz-leaning instrumentation with hip-hop distinctly dipped in the delivery and energy of forward-thinking 90s acts.

The all female group has long possessed one of the most exciting live shows in Chicago and here they accurately adapt the feelings of that live experience into this tightly-wound release that should prove a perfect entrance into the powerful, perspective-based sound of Highness. - AllUnsigned.com


"PREMIERE: CHICAGO GROUP HIGHNESS RELEASES NEW SINGLE ‘HAVE A NICE DAY’"

Formerly known the S.H.E. band, Highness has made a name for themselves locally behind the stylings of the group that possesses more soul than can be described here in a simple release. The five part group of Gem Tree, Loona Dae, RED, Schenay and Ora blend sensibilities from across several influences into one fluid motion that is expressive, uniting and powerful all at once.

The all female group plays their own instruments and performs one of the livest in concert sets in a city packed with talent and have yet to truly break out with released recordings until now. Currently preparing for a campaign towards their upcoming album titled Young Taboo, the group is shopping the premiere of their lead single, “Have A Nice Day” that we thought would fit perfectly with All Unsigned.

Raw, but with a sense of understanding of music and it’s intricacies, Highness is a band that you want to take note of in 2015. Have a listen to these powerful young women on their new single ‘Have A Nice Day’ below - AllUnsigned.com


"CUSP Magazine Interview"

Imagine standing on the Roosevelt station platform, waiting for the L, mindlessly watching passersby below go about their day in the South Loop. Express train after express train blows by, the screeching whistle taunting you, and you buckle down for another seven-minute wait for the next Orange Line to pull up. Maybe in the background some old man, who looks like he’s done some living, surreptitiously advertises his individual cigarettes for sale. “Loose squares,” he calls them.
On this platform, you watch the sunset. The day is ending, the night is just beginning, and you pull your light jacket closer to your body, a habit the Windy City has so deeply ingrained in your psyche despite the late-August warmth. Now imagine, while this typical scene unfolds without you giving it a second thought, you hear a soulful but guttural voice crooning in your ear. The voice overlays a soul/funk melody that eventually leads into a saxophone solo, making the view of the sun setting over the Loop that much more appealing. There’s nothing more Chicago than listening to jazz and blues while waiting for the L.



The song is “Monk’s Joint,” written and performed by Highness, a Chicago-based music collective. This song quickly became one of my favorites off their EP “Young Taboo” as I stood waiting for the L on Monday night, making my way to the Music Garage in Union Park to interview the members of Highness. The all-female, intensely talented group is currently going through transition after transition, the biggest one being finding their footing after recently changing their name from SHE to Highness. While many of their intricately crafted tracks have heavy soul, funk, jazz and blues influences, there is no all-encompassing word to describe the five eclectic women who, in addition to playing their respective instruments, sing, rap, shout and riff on every one of their songs. I was welcomed by Ora, Loona, Red, Gem and Schenay into their rehearsal space at the Music Garage, and they helped me try to capture their essence on paper as well as listen to them jam and preview their soon-to-be-released new singles. - CUSP Magazine


"STREAM: Highness-'Young Taboo" (Album)"

Chicago's all-female band, Highness have created considerable buzz with the rollout of their debut album "Young Taboo".
Chicago has made a move to the national audience as a collective scene, bringing with it a bevy of sounds, intonations and aesthetics that touch on a large swath of genres, styles and generational feels and today another talented act puts its stamp on the current renaissance going on in the Midwest as all-female group Highness released it's debut project, Young Taboo today on the heels of several well-publicized singles and just ahead of a live performance at Emporium in their hometown tomorrow night. Blending aspects of R&B, soul, avant-garde jazz-leaning instrumentation with hip-hop disctinly dipped in the delivery and energy of forward-thinking 90s acts. Highness has long possessed one of the most exciting live shows in Chicago and here they accurately adapt the feelings of that live experience into a tightly-wound seven track release that should prove a perfect entrance into the powerful, perspective-based sound of Highness. Feel free to reach out with any further info or interview requests. Having worked with a lot of the talent from Chicago, I can guarantee you won't want to front on this one.- Jake Krez - Prime Fortune


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Still working on that hot first release.

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Highness is a five piece collective/band made up of artists and musicians RED (drummer/producer), Gem Tree (MC/vocalist/producer), Loona Dae (vocalist/songwriter/producer) Schenay Marie (vocalist/songwriter/producer/pianist) and Ora (guitarist, songwriter/producer). The group was formed and has been amongst the Chicago live wave scene since 2011 and is quite respected amongst the Chicago music scene. After going through a name change circa 2014, the group has been reinventing their sound collectively and operating as a band and collective. They've played alongside Chicago acts, Ravyn Lenae, Jean Deaux, The O'mys, Noname Gypsy, M&O, Vic Mensa, The Whoevers, and continue to perform throughout Chicago. 

"These women are collectively producers, musicians, performers and simply do it all themselves" (Mama Sims, 1833.fm). With one EP "Young Taboo" under their belt and singles from Schenay, Loona Dae and Gem Tree, they are currently working on a collaborative album. 

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