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Meet Ameera Perkins

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ameera Perkins.

Ameera, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Being raised by Jamaican and American parents allowed me to discover different artists and genre’s at a young age. Though I started out actually singing in church, I found my sound and own voice at home. I would love to write lyrics and stories and would then add melodies and beats. I was an only child for a while, so the time alone sparked a wide array of creativity. I was accepted to Columbia College in Chicago, IL with a full scholarship in Jazz Vocal after high school.

From there, I began learning technique and the actual science & theory of music as I crafted my solo career. Meanwhile, I auditioned for different local things and really got my big break when I was offered the position of backing vocalist for Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball tour. Performing on stages across the world made me realize that I wanted to take my solo career to the next level. I recorded and released my debut EP, “Teriyaki” and to much acclaim it was successful! I completed a West Coast tour, had a successful four months residency in Shanghai, CH and toured the states and West Indies with reggae artist Mr. Vegas. I am currently working on my sophomore EP and I can’t wait to share it with the world…Again!

Has it been a smooth road?
I was on a time crunch to finish “Teriyaki” EP and many times the pressure of wanting to make it perfect got to me. I wanted it to be a perfect representation of who I was and where I was in my life. I infused a lot of reggae, R&B, and Pop so I wanted to make sure my fans and followers “got it”. At the end of the process, I was very pleased with my body of work.

What else should our readers know?
I think what sets me apart from others is the fluidity in my craft. How does a jazz vocalist sing reggae? How does a Pop vocalist sing Blues? How does a Blues vocalist sing Musical Theater? I’ve done it all. I love it all. I encourage other singers to follow their “genre heart”. No one has to be stuck in a box. Artists are unique, eclectic creatures. I sing the style of what I feel at that point in my life and go with it.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Los Angeles is the pinnacle of talent and show business. So many great artists and entertainers got their start here in this city. Also, you meet so many amazing talents that inspire you. It’s a melting pot for creativity!

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