It’s hard to find really good talent these days. The music industry today is compelled of either artists who can sing but are unattractive or artists who are attractive but can’t sing. There’s not too many who have both, like the artists in the 70s, 80s and 90s had.
Sophistication Urban Minds (SUM) has a pretty good eye and ear, so when I heard these two ladies sing, known as VanJess, I was like they need to be on the cover for our Winter Edition. Some of the other staff said the same thing.
VanJess represents what SUM is all about. Our primary focus is to highlight young adults who are striving and doing positive things in the community, entertainment industry, sports, fashion and business.
I want to introduce to some and re-introduce to others our Winter Edition Cover Story lead, VanJess.
So for those who do not know you, what are your names and ages? And where are you guys originally from?
My name is Jessica and I’m 18 and Ivana is 20. I (Jessica) was born in Charleston, South Carolina and Ivana was born in Livingston, New Jersey. We grew up in Nigeria from after we were born till the ages of 8 and 9.
How long have you guys been singing?
Since we could speak! (lol) We’ve always sung.
What inspires you ladies to sing?
Our love and passion for music. We couldn’t live without it, it’s just ingrained in us.
Have you ladies performed at any live shows? If so what was your favorite performance?
We did a charity event a couple weeks back. It was a pretty mellow event, but the crowd really got hyped when we got up which was nice.
Do you guys have any upcoming shows coming up?
We’ve got two coming up in March. One being at Cornell University in New York.
Awesome! So are you guys currently working on any projects?
We are currently working on our EP/Original music.
Who are some of your inspirations in the music industry?
We really look up to Drake. He made it at first without a label just off of his own grinding, and we really admire that. We also look up to Beyonce. She’s just such a hard worker and an amazing performer.
Who would you like to work with in the studio and tour with?We’d love to collaborate with any young artist in the industry
When you guys are not working hard at achieving your dream/career, what do you enjoy doing?
We love shopping!! And we love just hanging out with friends, nothing too crazy.
What do you want to accomplish right now to the next five years?
We hope to put out albums, go on tour and just make music full time.
What advice do you have for other young people out there who want to pursue a career in music?
To be persistent, don’t take no for an answer. Also, work hard on your craft, it’s all about the finished product!
Are there any mottos or quotes that you live by?
There’s one that goes, “When your resting or sleeping, someone is out there fighting and sweating, and working hard and if you meet them they’ll take your spot,” so we always just work hard and never get lazy.
How can people book you for performances?
They can contact Victor Murgatryod at email@example.com.
How can the fans connect with you?
Hit us up on Facebook, twitter, Tumblr whatever we always respond.
Thank you so much ladies for taking a few minutes out of your busy schedule. I wish you much success and we are supporting you a 110%