Whitney Coleman (The Whitney Coleman Project)
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Whitney Coleman (The Whitney Coleman Project)

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States | SELF

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States | SELF
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The Love Chapter: Lessons From A Human Heart (2011)


Falling Hearts (2011)



Whitney Mariena Coleman is a self-taught singer, songwriter, and musician who is known by audiences for her eclectic mix of music genres including Rock, Hip Hop, Jazz and Neo-Soul. A Gospel singer at heart, the young artist and Adidas All-American Basketball player from Southern California, started making music in her later years of high school once suffering from an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury to her knee. Whitney states that the recovery process and journey towards self-empowerment not only strengthened her relationship with God but strengthened her love for writing and making music as well. After receiving Best Female Artist for the Inland Empire Music Awards in 2005, Whitney took that motivation across the country academically and athletically to the East coast. During her five years of college in upstate NY, the young artist and athlete was able to discover a deeper understanding of her purpose in life in regards to her academics, music and basketball and how she could utilize each of those components in order to reach people. This search for purpose driven success resulted in a series of community service involvement within her campus community, local youth and surrounding churches. After a variety of performances locally in Upstate New York, in 2009, Whitney debuted her sophomore album, “Bright Morning Star”, at the Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) Concert Hall in New York. Well over 300 audience members came to show support of Whitney’s new sound.

Whitney’s passion is something that people say is what moves them. The young artist expresses her life through music, the lessons learned and the emotions she has felt by exposing her heart with catchy tunes, complex meanings and soulful undertones. Whitney is known for her ability to not only play the piano while singing but also playing while rapping. In addition, she also plays a plethora of instruments (i.e. bass, drums, flute, guitar and conga’s) which she self-taught herself to play as well. When asked about all of her musical influences and abilities, Whitney states that she learned from watching her father Gregory Coleman Sr. (a former guitar player for The Orlons and Sister Sledge out of Philadelphia, PA) play with his musician friends from church. It is evident that she definitely has taken note of the Motown showmanship, for she is known to be diva-like and to “rock out” and “jam” on stage frequently throughout her performances.

A graduate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and all time record holder for most points scored for basketball, Whitney now resides in Indianapolis, IN where she attends IUPUI for a PhD program in Informatics and also has continued her love for singing music at venues such as Jazz Kitchen, Locals Only, Blue Moon Sunday and Tantrum Lounge since her relocation to Indy in August 2010.

The Whitney Coleman Project is a new take on Whitney’s style and vision for her music that includes vibrant and soul-foul sounds tapped with conscious lyrics that will uplift your spirits.

Whitney’s newest album “The Love Chapter: Lessons From A Human Heart” was released Summer 2011 and she notes that the albums goal was to welcome all people to hear and see what she so passionately believes in, “Our experiences may be different, but we all feel a need to be connected to something or someone and since music is universal, it’s the best way for me to express myself and relate my experiences.”

“Whitney is a natural musician. Her singing will take you away,” – Pauline Oliveros (Acclaimed internationally as a composer, performer, and humanitarian; central figure in the development of post-war Electronic Art Music)