The Chicago Journal

Sabathil Reclaims Hip-Hop Music and Introduces Subtle, Meaningful Songwriting

Independent artist Sabathil, born Melvin G. Acquaah, is publicly recommitting himself to deliver an alternative message using hip-hop music as a medium. By breaking the mold on artists in this particular genre, Sabathil encourages his audience to take risks as an essential part of attaining success.

According to Sabathil, the themes explored by hip-hop artists over the past few years have become robotic and repetitive. This glorification of the banal pushed Sabathil towards the goal of transforming the genre. Although the artist has been writing music for almost 15 years, he feels that there is a renewed necessity for his role in the industry.

Throughout his career, Sabathil has remained focused on delivering the message of Black history and culture. Recent events in the United States and across the globe, of course, have served to reiterate the relevance of these social issues. It is also Sabathil’s goal to capture his audience’s attention and help them become more conscious.

What differentiates Sabathil is the subtlety of his approach. By choosing to take a subliminal route, the hip-hop artist places confidence and promotes proactivity among his listeners. He is sure that his audience can understand and enjoy the message of his music, even if it does not spell out society’s responsibility to the Black community.

The independent hip-hop artist returns to familial tales when retelling how he started on a journey as a musician. Sabathil cites his late older brother as his primary motivation, with the artist adding that “[my brother] gave me the power and the energy to push myself and to be the person I am today.”

Through personal background and experience, Sabathil learned about waiting for the right timing. He admits that there are moments when he felt like he was wasting valuable time and energy. However, Sabathil knows of the importance of trusting the process; trusting the process requires setting oneself free from the illusory confines of time.     

Sabathil’s latest single, “Like Me,” showcases both his technical abilities and artistic tendencies. The song’s tempo is a slow groove that takes listeners back to old-school hip-hop. However, the use of ambient sounds suggests that Sabathil has kept up with the latest music trends. Combining this wide range of influences and styles produces a harmonious sound reminiscent of modern trap with low subterranean bass.

Beyond all that, Sabathil is first and foremost a songwriter and lyricist. His audience looks to him for authentic hip-hop that prioritizes meaningful lyrics. To create his songs, Sabathil maintains the appropriate mindset. A vital part of this mindset is the artist’s conviction that he is free. Personal challenges, circumstances, and even systemic injustice may affect a person’s progress, but Sabathil believes that one’s future is ultimately in their own hands.

Sabathil has a vision of one day creating his own empire. For now, he is laying the foundation by taking his music to the next level. The artist has his eyes set on exploring film as his next venture, further enlarging his mark on the entertainment industry.

You can listen to Sabathil’s latest tracks on Apple Music. You can also follow him on Instagram to learn more.  

Samaria Kelly to Launch Thee W.O.R.D. Clothing for MH Awareness

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many have found themselves in a state of constant fear, worry, and stress. These are normal and understandable responses to an abnormal and unprecedented situation. Dreadful times like these should inspire kindness and humanity in everyone to lighten the load. Mental health advocate Samaria Kelly aims to preach a message of love and compassion amid these challenging times.

Samaria Kelly is a young entrepreneur, singer and songwriter, creative writer, public speaker, and mental health advocate. She is known as Thee Word Girl by her peers for her encouraging words, taking inspiration from the Word of God. As a servant of God, Samaria takes on many roles and performs many duties, but ultimately, her goal is to give someone a life-changing experience, something that she herself has undergone.

Samaria Kelly brands herself as a survivor. As a survivor of sexual abuse, domestic violence, and depression, there is little that she has yet to face. Her past scars mar her young life, but she looks to God for strength and inspiration. In turn, Samaria preaches stories of hope and a new life to others who may still be struggling in their faith.

Samaria draws strength from her one-year-old son. His birth brought a whole new beacon of light in her life and challenged her to do better to give him a good life. Zeroing in on her dreams, Samaria Kelly recently decided to pursue the life of a full-time entrepreneur. As a nurse, it was hard for her to leave the life and career, but she knew that it was time to move on. Through divine inspiration, Samaria is able to live out the life she has always dreamed of finally.

Samaria is currently working on a series of product releases that she plans to launch by the end of 2020. The young mother plans to publish her first-ever book, which will tell a story of overcoming rejection and achieving success. Being a singer-songwriter, Samaria is also planning to release her first album.

Never one to run out of ideas to honor God, Samaria Kelly is also planning to launch an exclusive subscription service called Thee Word Girl. Through this service, subscribers can receive good news inspired by God’s word and messages of faith and hope. The service also offers tips on mental health along with relevant tools and resources.

To top it off, Samaria Kelly is set to launch the Thee W.O.R.D. Clothing line, which aims to empower others. In this case, Thee W.O.R.D. stands for Win On Repeat Daily. True to her word as a mental health advocate, Samaria plans to donate a portion of the profits to the Mental Health Foundation.

After years of struggling with several battles, Samaria is finally seeing her dreams come true, and she’s not planning to rest anytime soon. With her son by her side, Samaria plans to see the world, speaking and performing on various platforms while transforming lives for God’s glory.

Know more about Samaria Kelly on her website and follow her on Facebook.

Artist, Actress and Humanitarian Sara Alavi Drops Collab with NYC’s Da Poloman

Sara Alavi, BMI songwriter, commercial model, and actress, drops her latest music collab with New York talent Da Poloman. The song Love at First Sight has already become an overnight sensation dubbed as bringing the ole’ ‘90s R&B love back to life. 

Many know Alavi for over 15 years as a musical theatre performer and singer/songwriter, later transitioning into commercial modeling and now acting on film. Being in the music industry, her career in modeling and acting came naturally as a result of her experience with performing on stage and for various publicity efforts. After gaining fame in the music industry, Sara ventured into television and commercial jobs, where she was hired to star in commercial campaigns and films. 

Ms. Alavi has appeared in numerous TV commercials, films, billboards, and print ads for Space Center Houston at NASA, Methodist Hospital, Academy Sports and Outdoors, and H.E.B., to name a few. She has been featured in advertisements for Fortune 500 companies such as Samsung, Exxon Mobil, and Mercedes Benz. During Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway at Jones Hall, she performed for former President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush alongside other N.Y.C. Broadway stars.

Alavi is getting back into the music scene while continuing her acting career. Alavi opens the movie Narco Sub this Fall 2020 in a global premiere. Sara plays in the opening scene alongside Saving Private Ryan actor Tom Sizemore and sister actress Lisa Alavi. Sara is also titled as the lead actress in the film The I Ching Lawyer, filming 2021 in N.Y.C. Reports suggest further that the film script is praised for being the “Lawrence of Arabia of Court Dramas.” Ms. Alavi is additionally joining the cast of Mr. Blue alongside sister Lisa Alavi, and actors Robert Lasardo, Noel Gugliemi, Jessica Morris, and Richard Riehle. Filming dates undetermined.

Sara is “stoked” about the recent release of her music collab with New York City’s Da Poloman. Alavi explained that Da Poloman reached out to her to take a quick look at a song he wrote for a possible collab. She said that she listened to a mini clip, read the chorus lyrics, and was immediately on board. Ms. Alavi mentioned that she couldn’t turn down this remarkable collab, as Da Poloman is truly a rapper lyricist phenomenon, she explained. They then teamed up with Sara’s long-time industry lead, Nova Scotia’s best Dave Lowe. Dave is agreed to be one of the best instrumentalists in Canada.  

Check out this latest hit Love at First Sight on iTunes here. Also available and distributed on all major global digital stores. 

 Sara is not limited to music, film, and the arts. Her passion for volunteerism far exceeds. She uses her strong social media presence and supports a plethora of advocacies. Alavi is Ambassador for non-profit Peace Worldwide Organization (P.W.O.), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The organization publishes annual civility reports to review all countries in the United Nations and provide democracy, civility, and peace scores for all countries. You may download the e-book HERE. All proceeds benefit P.W.O. and the mission to promote freedom and peace for all humanity. 

Ms. Alavi additionally advocates for (United Nations Children’s Fund) UNICEF, UNHCR, and Epimonia. She passionately supports children, women’s rights, and refugees worldwide. Sara reminds us all to be safe with COVID-19 this October and Halloween season, and consider opting to compassionately choose to Trick or Treat for UNICEF with your children to aid children worldwide. 

To know more about her advocacies, latest films, and music, or visit her website, or follow her on Instagram.

Peter Stelling Talks Life and Musical Career as a Rising Artist

Peter Stelling is a rising singer-songwriter, model, and actor who was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. Born with a natural passion and intuition for music, Peter is set to break records and put himself on top of the charts. Never one to run out of something to offer, Peter is also a talented model and actor who is quickly growing in the creative community.

Recalling his childhood and origins, Peter Stelling tells his life as the youngest out of five brothers. Needless to say, he lived a life full of competition. As the youngest child, he felt like he needed to compete the hardest just to keep up with all his older brothers. To compensate for his youth and inexperience, he would often push himself to his limits, which sometimes ended in disastrous consequences. Thinking of life as a competition to be the best often made his wins bitter and his losses heavy.

Getting wiser as he grew up, he learned to outgrow this mentality and instead learn the value of practice. Since then, that’s all he has done. Now, as a young man, he understands that it is not about being the best but about being better than before. Competition within yourself is the only comparison that can truly inspire oneself to move.

Out of fear of being left back, Peter Stelling was motivated to grow forward. He told himself that he wanted to be anything but average. Propelled by this thought, he focused his time and energy on sports, music, arts, and education. Today, he is pursuing a degree in Supervision and Management.

Peter himself admits that these are not areas he was confident in. In fact, before he took the plunge, he did nothing but doubt himself. Now he knows better—one should never doubt their strengths.

Peter Stelling has proudly worked on many campaigns, lending his natural good looks and extraordinary physique to bring the creative visions of many brands to come to life. This, coupled with his lyrical ingenuity and solid vocals, makes him a natural-born performer that has captured the hearts of many across social media platforms.

The young actor and musician is interested in collaborating with producers, directors, photographers, creators, actors, models, music artists, songwriters, musicians, and anyone who is pursuing a passion and wishes to work with a rising star in the industry.

What separates him from the average performer is the level of enlightenment he has achieved. He no longer views life as a competition anymore—he views it as a goal. Peter Stelling genuinely wants to push the entertainment and music industry forward.

His other motivation for making it big in the industry is the vision he holds of a better future for himself and his family and friends. Despite the inevitable challenges that he will face as a performer and the choices that he will have to make, Peter is determined to make it through because of his vision.

As Peter Stelling continues to build his portfolio and establish his brand and social media presence, he keeps at his goal of inspiring others not to give up on what they love to do. Regardless of money or connections, he strongly believes that anyone can still have a shot at greatness if they try hard enough.

Learn more about Peter Stelling by reaching out to him on Instagram.

Legacy Entertainment: Poised to Conquer the Music Industry

There is no stopping the emerging entertainment company Legacy Entertainment from conquering the country’s music industry as it combines its founders’ distinct business acumen and individual skills in introducing new talents. From production services to talent management, talent launching, and writing services, the company is a one-stop shop for aspiring and existing artists in the industry who want to create a lasting impact on this generation.

Inspired by the idea of providing an avenue for artists to share their talents on powerful platforms, founders Steven Middleton, Rondell Cobbs (better known as Beatz), and Edwin Camacho thought it best to embrace this new season and combine their unique backgrounds and over 40 years of combined experience. By putting their skills and expertise together, they are establishing an entertainment powerhouse that has the ability to grow the dreams of music artists. 

“Being in the industry for many years, seeing and learning many things both good and bad, shaped the beginning of this idea for all three founding members. We saw a hole we felt we could fill. Treating people the right way for the long term and building the foundation with integrity where everyone involved feels safe and secure is our vision. Doing this allows massive amounts of inspiration to flow between each other along with the work we do. Legacy wants to help connect the best talent in the world to the right opportunities on every level possible, and their hard work speaks for itself, leaving a positive legacy one deal at a time,” shared the Legacy Entertainment founders.  

To officially make their mark in the music industry, the company will be launching a rising and promising music artist, Meaghan Rose, whom the company just recently signed. Her debut single will be launched in October this year while her full album will make an explosive launch in January 2021. The album will be called Rose’ilium. To help the company launch her personal brand, Middleton, Cobbs, and Camacho will be working closely with well-known talent manager Joshua Mitchell. The founders are confident that just as Meaghan Rose has made an instant connection with their musical style and preferences, she will also easily attract music lovers with her upcoming debut single. 

“We want them to know that Legacy is here to help establish upcoming artists, producers, songwriters, engineers, and creatives get to the level in their career that they have always dreamed of,” the founders added. 

Legacy Entertainment is all about creating lasting working relationships with music talents from all over the country. Aside from looking for promising artists to invite to become part of their company, they are also looking at adding reliable and gifted producers and songwriters to come on board. Respected songwriter and producer Allan Edwards will be partnering with the founders all the way from Atlanta, Georgia. 

For the people behind Legacy Entertainment, the future is looking very bright for them, as music personalities are taking notice of their powerful potential. With their determination to become a household name in the music industry, only the best services can be expected to come from their team. Aside from managing talents, the company also aims to someday become a label company and be home to the next generation of superstars. 

Learn more about Legacy Entertainment by visiting their website, Facebook, and Instagram