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New York City, NY | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | SELF | AFTRA

New York City, NY | SELF | AFTRA
Established on Jan, 2010
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"Olamide Faison"

You may have seen him singing the alphabet song on Sesame Street, or remember him from the ‘90s boy-band Imajin, but whether his name rings a bell or not, Olamide Faison has made some major moves in both the music and television industries. The little brother of Donald Faison, Olamide has a valuable source of inspiration. In 1993, he played in Seven Songs for Malcolm X, a documentary that pays homage to the legacy of the fearless civil rights leader. Three years later, he appeared in the HBO film Rebound: The Story of Earl Maniguaut. As a singer, his soul-seducing vocals are comparable to some of our greatest R&B talents. Now working as a solo artist, the New York native travels throughout the country, serenading audiences with his tongue, and hypnotizing them with his guitar. - BET.com


"Meet former R&B teen heartthrob turned singer/songwriter, Olamide."

ESSENCE.com's "New and Next" column spotlights the brightest new talents we think you should know. This week we highlight former R&B teen heartthrob turned singer/songwriter, Olamide.

Who is Olamide?
In the late 90s Imajin, a boy band that actually played instruments, hit the Billboard charts with their single “Shorty (You Keep Playing with My Mind).” Their pictures were featured in Word Up! and Right On! magazines so pre-teens could plaster their bedroom walls. If you look closely, you’ll recognize Olamide as the guy in the front with guitar, just add a decade or so, muscles, and facial hair.

While he spent a significant part of his youth in Los Angeles, the 20-something crooner is a New York native who hails from Hell’s Kitchen. He’s home, hitting stages, and making a new name for himself as a gifted singer-songwriter who just might win your heart, or convince you that he knows your life story, when he pulls out his guitar.

“I’m giving my thoughts and my feelings, my emotions on records and you can kind of get a gist of the kind of person I am,” he tells ESSENCE.com. “I’m a Cancer so everything comes out on the table at one point and this is the best way for me to communicate.”

If at first you don’t succeed... Imajin released one studio album under Jive Records and then an under the radar independent album. They spent years trying to craft a comeback. “Between 2000 and 2007 we decided to pursue another record deal,” explains Olamide. “We were out in California hustling and grinding to get another name out there for ourselves all over again. During that process you know money got short and people had to make personal moves in order to you know survive.”

In 2009 Olamide decided to head home. Unsure if he wanted to pursue a music career, he spent time readjusting to New York and building with friends and family. “I was so gung-ho about Imajin, it took me a while to get my bearings back,” he admits.

After performing at an open mic in Harlem, Olamide was certain that he needed to get back to music and that’s exactly what he did. “I’ve just been sort of hitting stages and not really talking about it, just being about it,” says the singer who released his EP Live from the Bitter End in December of 2011.

Where you’ll see him next: Olamide is taking his talents to the booth to work on his first studio album since his teenage years and performing with his band. “I feel like I planted a seed all over again, I’m kind of watering it everyday,” he says. His goal is to have his product out before the end of the year, with or without a label. “Everything that a record company would do for me, I kind of am doing it myself now,” he says noting that he isn’t opposed to signing —it’s just not his focus. “This is how my cards were dealt so this is what I’m doing,” he says. “Right now it’s independent, who knows what it will be in the future.” - Essence.com


"New Music: Olamide Faison – I Know Read more at http://www.thisisrnb.com/tag/olamide-faison/#SxfftmPft7IrMEBl.99"

Olamide Faison continues to strum into our hearts, but his heart is feeling other feelings on the new song “I Know.”

The NYC based singer-songwriter has a moment of reflection over the simple acoustic track, as he fights back the urge to call up his ex.

“With the dawn of change some wonder if anything will remain. It’s not easy letting go but It’s a must in order to grow,” says Olamide.


Read more at http://www.thisisrnb.com/tag/olamide-faison/#SxfftmPft7IrMEBl.99 - This is R&B.com


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Olamide Faison is a singer/songwriter from Hells Kitchen NYC. He grew up in a musical family and he's been singing since age 9. Olamide landed his first major record deal at age 13 as lead singer of the group Imajin  on the Jive records label where the had the top 40 hit "Shorty You Keep Playing With My Mind". Olamide has appeared as the character "Miles" on The award winning childrens' show Sesame Street. Olamide left Imajin after a brief stint at Motown/Universal. He began performing at different venues around NYC with his band. Jamal Hampton aka J Starr (co lead singer of Imajin) would play drums with his former bandmate, Bass player/Producer Brady Watt would be on bass and Keyboards would be played by veteran producer Bert Price. Olamide would perform reknown venues like SOB's, The Bitter End, The Village Underground, Kennys Castaways, The Shrine, Highline Ballroom, Fat Babys and many other venues.

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