Trilogy Tril
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Trilogy Tril

Milwaukee, WI | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | INDIE | AFTRA

Milwaukee, WI | INDIE | AFTRA
Established on Jan, 2015
Duo R&B Hip Hop




""Teenage trio sings, dances and raps for youth empowerment""

Four years ago, Madison teenagers Jhanae Harris and Makahya Drake were celebrating their first-place finish at the Madison Star Showcase talent competition. Out at Applebee’s, they were congratulated by other diners who had seen them sing and dance in the showcase. “People were telling us that we looked great together and that we might as well start a little group,” Harris says. “So we wrote our first song right there on a napkin.”

That group became Trilogy, a three-piece pop and hip-hop outfit fronted by the 17-year-old Harris, who goes by “Nae Nae.” Drake, 17, whose stage name is “Foxy,” is the other main vocalist, singing and rapping over beats provided by 15-year-old Toniece Allen, aka DJ T-Lite. All three attend La Follette High School. “We’re Trilogy not just because we’re three people, but because we sing, dance and rap,” Drake says. “We’re a triple threat.”

The group is managed by Greg Doby, a music industry veteran and producer who has worked with hip-hop artists like Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Lloyd Banks. A former arts coordinator at the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, Doby was asked by Harris’ mother if he would help coach the girls prior to the talent show. He recalls being immediately impressed by their wide range of talents and sparkling personalities. “They had the ‘it’ factor; I saw that early on,” says Doby, who is known affectionately by the girls as Uncle Greg. “I’ve been working with them ever since — recording, marketing, media, the whole shebang.”

Trilogy’s music features tight vocal harmonies, classic hip-hop beats and polished production, all wrapped up in themes of girl and youth empowerment. “Our inspiration is a mixture of everything — inspiration from the kids arounds us, the whole environment, the issues that are going on,” Harris says. “The music that we write is very relatable and positive.” In May, Trilogy released a video produced by DJ Pain 1, “Never Walk Alone.”

Harris is the primary songwriter, with other members adding input. Her favorite artist is Beyoncé, but she draws from a variety of styles, including South Korean K-pop “and other weird stuff,” she says, laughing. Drake favors country and R&B, but she also loves bachata, a style of music from the Dominican Republic. “I don’t know what they’re saying, but I like it,” she says, also laughing. The girls share a close friendship that has grown deeper over the years of rehearsals and performances. Drake says the members are able to sneak homework breaks during practice, and Harris acknowledges that being in the group has meant sacrificing a typical high school social life. “I’ve had to cut back on hanging out, but it’s worth it,” she says. “This is what I want to do.”

Over the past several years Trilogy has performed hundreds of shows around Madison and throughout the state, on stages big and small — Summerfest in Milwaukee, Juneteenth in Appleton, the Madison Hip-Hop Awards, the Overture Center’s Rising Stars competition. This summer, they are preparing to embark on two major tours — the Beyond Beautiful Youth Empowerment tour (an anti-bullying program organized by local “doctorpreneur” Jasmine Zapata) and the Extreme Tour, a traveling music and extreme sports showcase. Both tours include stops in major U.S. cities as well as abroad, and both start in July — the girls are raising money to help cover travel costs. Doby says it’s rare for a group so young to have the opportunity to travel internationally to perform. “We’re very fortunate; both these tours sought us out,” he says.

But even as Trilogy’s profile is growing, the group has at times struggled to convince venues in Madison to book their shows — a frustration shared by many local hip-hop artists. They performed recently at the Between the Waves festival and hosted an anti-bullying benefit at the High Noon Saloon, but Doby says the bookings are often met with skepticism and questions about the music and the performers.

“For a lot of urban music, it’s hard to find a lot of outlets,” he says. “Hip-hop gets a bad rap.”

MUSIC HIP-HOP - Isthmus Publication

"First-time music festival hopes to draw crowds to South Madison"

While Soul Company takes the headlining spot, Gaines said Trilogy and Orquesta SalSoul are both worthy of topping the festival’s lineup.

The girl group Trilogy has two members — Jhanae Harris and Makahya Drake — plus a DJ, Toniece Allen, and dancers. All three principals go to La Follette High School, said Greg Doby, who runs Unidec Music, and manages the group.

He said Trilogy, which has been together three years, perform almost every weekend, especially during the summer. Most recently, they played the Wisconsin State Fair and Atwoodfest.

The group brings a message of youth empowerment. “It’s all positive music,” Doby, 45, said. “Right now they have an anti-bullying campaign. They really try to identify with what youth are going through in this generation and trying to give them a positive, encouraging outlook on it.”

At the Next Level festival, Trilogy will be celebrating the release of its new album, “Hold Up, Better Ask Somebody,” said Doby, a music producer, who once worked with famed rapper 50 Cent.

The young women in Trilogy are multi-talented, he said. “They sing, they dance, they rap. They have a DJ. If you are familiar with old R&B and hip hop, I would compare them to like a TLC mixed with a Salt-N-Pepa with a Destiny’s Child, because they do it all.”

Trilogy performed with the Black Star Drum Line at Atwoodfest and everyone was just blown away, Doby said. “It was one of the best shows we’ve had.”

He calls Next Level Artists Showcase another great opportunity to highlight local music. Doby said even though Trilogy gets booked often, in Madison, it’s hard for urban acts — R&B and hip-hop artists — to get shows. - Wisconsin State Journal

"Come together at V100.7's seventh annual Family Affair Expo"

Come together at V100.7's seventh annual Family Affair Expo

"Family Affair Expo is fun, free and it brings our listeners together with the resources their families need to succeed," said Bailey Coleman, program director for V100.7, in a press release. "It's another great opportunity for V100.7 to bring our community together and celebrate family." _ national and local – at its main stage, hosted by V100.7's on-air personalities Bailey Coleman, Reggie Brown, Promise and DJO. This year's newly announced lineup includes Def Jam recording artist Danileigh, comedian Kelly Kellz, Shannon from All Around Sports Fitness and the V100.7 Heat on the Street segment featuring all local artists – such as Sawi Perry, Trilogy Tril and Denny Lanez. - By Matt Mueller


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Trilogy Tril is an American teenage pop and R&B/hip hop girls group. The young ladies that shape the teen duo Trilogy Tril are Jhanae Harris ("Nae Nae") and Makahya Drake ("Foxy"); together they compose a blend of pop, hip-hop, and urban soul. They’ve got all the infectious playfulness and “girl power” of TLC, the swagger of hip-hop duo Salt-N-Peppa and incredible soul voices with harmonies that have been compared to Destiny's Child. The message in their music is to promote girl power, achievement in school and to use their personal power to achieve their goals and change the world.

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