Sharaya Howell, better known by her stage name Sharaya J, is a Hawaiian-born American female rapper and choreographer. She has been in the studio with several great artists Producer Timbaland - and her latest music video for "Takin' it No More" and "Shut It Down" is produced by another great Artist and Music Legend - the one and only Missy Elliott! Watch the music video below:
It was while studying to be a nurse that singer/songwriter Roxanna witnessed first hand the healing power of music. Sitting bedside with a patient suffering from dementia, she sang gently to the elderly woman, who was no longer swallowing. “She looked into my eyes and for the first time, I saw her smile. And she began to eat,” Roxanna says. “The doctors were amazed.”
After becoming an RN in Toronto, again, Roxanna sang each night to a young man battling cancer while enduring a regimen of caustic treatment. When he was at last released from the hospital, the man’s father—with tears in his eyes—said to her, “My son is better because of the way you sang to him.”
With that, she realized that music, like medicine, is a great healer—and destiny would take her down a different path. “When I saw patients return to health, I knew my music could be useful in this world. Pursuing my dream as a singer was the happiest moment in my life,” Roxanna says. “There’s a quote from Shakespeare that goes, ‘If music be the food of love, play on.’ I like to put my own twist on it: ‘If music can heal your soul, it can also heal your body.’ No matter where you are from, what language you speak, music has the ability to soothe, revive and foster hope. It is truly universal, in any language.”
That theme is pervasive across the 13 songs comprising Roxanna’s debut album “Exotica,” released via RoxArt Inc. With a rich tapestry of velvety ballads and rousing, robust pop anthems of healing, forgiveness and strength—accompanied by the grandeur of string orchestration and jazz, Spanish and flamenco influences—the sensual songbird has certainly found her calling.
Here is her live performance of "Close Your Eyes" - from Exotica Live at Vibiana:
After listening to the first thirty seconds of 'Pursuit of Happiness',K Major's introductory track to 'The Pursuit Of Happiness EP' - you get the idea that you won't be displeased with these mixtape. Although it is 4 tracks, every song is nice! Take a listen and download the mixtape for free from livemixtapes.com