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Meet Naé

Today we’d like to introduce you to Naé.

Naé, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up in foster care where my two siblings and I were eventually adopted by my aunt and uncle. It was a struggle growing up in Philadelphia, but all that my parents wanted was for us to beat our odds and make something of our selves. My singing started in the church. My parents made sure we went every Sunday. From there I’d sing at every talent show at school. I even had the honor of singing the national anthem at my high school graduation. I never had a lot of confidence in my singing but my parents always pushed for me to believe in my self. I felt I owed it to my parents to go after my bachelors at Penn State. Once I completed the ultimate accomplishment I decided to really give music a chance. I packed up my things and moved to California. It’s been a blessing ever since.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has definitely been a rough road. My first year in California was the toughest. I was staying at my sisters apartment and could barely afford to help out with the rent. I knew I needed a job but didn’t want to dedicate too much of my time to the workforce. I also struggled with networking and just putting my self out there. I’m a bit of an introvert, so showing my personality was something I had to work on. The biggest struggle was me discovering my self. Figuring out who I am as an artist. I went through a lot of phases and a lot of rejection. I took a lot of criticism and just had to learn to be my self and not who I thought people wanted me to be.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a singer. I specialize in RnB Soul. I’m known for doing covers and remixes to different artists music. I’m really most proud of my original music that I have since released. I’ve gotten amazing feedback from listeners. Just the amount of love I’ve gotten has been amazing. I think what sets me apart from other artist is my versatility. I can create different vibes that go from slow jams to club hits. I try to outdo my self with every project that I take on.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I really love the energy here in Los Angeles. That’s one thing that keeps me here when the thought of moving back to Philly seems so much easier. I love the hustle here and the willingness from people to support each other and network. I also love the variety of opportunities here for artists. The thing I like least is the struggle it takes to survive here. It’s so easy to get caught up in just trying to financially be able to stay here that you can get lost in a 9-5. I constantly have to remind myself that I didn’t move to LA just to survive here. I moved here to invest in a dream.

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