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The best kept secret in music



For songstress Ja'Quay, sweetness is her virtue and sultriness is her sound. The Oklahomans's fluid harmonies are blended by local producers hAzel and Big Wolf, who also wrote a few of the tracks. "Deja Vu",a song about a daydream come true, underlines her smooth transition from gospel choirs to R&B. The decision was'nt easy, she acknowleges, but it's one that allows her more freedom of expression. "I wanted to be able to sing about whatever comes up," Ja'Quay says. The single mother knows about taking risk: She has put school and her 9-to-5 aside to focus on honing her ample talent. With plans to sell the completed album on her own, Ja'Quay is hoping for a breakthrough. "Maybe a record compnay will look at it and spark some interest." Feed the fire, cause that flame has just been lit.
-Georgette Cline, VIBE Magazine, August 2004


If anything, singer-songwriter Ja'Quay follows in the traditional Alicia Keys formula of charismatic, warm, romantic love ballads--though in this case they're augmented by Ja'Quay's sophisticated and soulful vocals. Her music is truly a singular experience, bringing forth optimism and endearment. – Editor’s Review, Download.com - Download.com


The untitled sophomore album is scheduled to be realeased by late 2006, but her music is all over the net on sites such as www.myspace.com and download.com, where Ja'Quay has recieved well over 60,000 downloads to date. To hear the complete first album go to www.soundclick.com/jaquay


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Name: Yashika Ja'Quay Robinson
Hometown: Tulsa, OK
Management/Booking: Henry Byrd/Cinemental Management big_hank72@cinementalentertainment.com

Like many R&B artists, Ja’Quay’s roots can be traced back to the church where the precocious daughter of a Baptist minister learned that she had a divine gift. While her voice was being molded in the church, her young ears were consuming the sounds of 70’s acts such as The Emotions, Earth Wind and Fire, and Chaka Kahn. Born Yashika Ja’Quay Robinson, the Tulsa Oklahoma native began her career as a member of the gospel group Quintessence, where she honed her performance skills. Through these performances, she became an “in demand” artist, featured on many local artists projects. With this new-found confidence and experience under her belt, Ja’Quay decided to make the transition from singer to solo artist. Teaming up with an up-and-coming label, she began on an R&B project that would enlist some of the regions best and brightest artists and producers. Over two years later, the album was complete, but due to personal and creative differences the album, unfortunately, went unreleased. In 2004, Ja’Quay was featured in an article in Vibe Magazine’s “Free Agent” section, which spotlights up and coming talent. Last year, Ja’Quay was honored with a Spot Award nomination for Best R&B. The annual award show recognizes the best in Oklahoma music. Currently, Ja’Quay has once again enlisted a talented group of artists and producers on her second album. This album promises to be more introspective than the first, revealing an older and wiser singer, writer and first time producer. With this multi-talented star on the rise, there is no doubt that she will soon influence the voices of generations to come. -Hank Byrd