By Jack Barnes
Brooklyn-based trap/R&B artist Jimi Noel today released his EP STAGES. Jimi plays with genre throughout the record, showcasing his versatility and ability to craft his own sound with witty lyrics, velvety vocals, and elements of R&B, pop, hip hop, alternative, and electronica from several eras. The EP features the singles “All Day” (Feat. Kas), a grooving R&B track with gritty lyrics and a rockstar attitude, and “SAVAGE,” a catchy and harmonic R&B track produced by Lehkz (ProducedByTheVamp). Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
The new songs on STAGES further showcase Jimi’s memorable and genre-spanning talent. From tracks with sensual and moody sounds to vibrating synths and head-bobbing beats.
A skilled singer/songwriter, Jimi (an acronym for “jump into my imagination”), draws inspiration from several R&B heroes including Miguel, Usher, and The-Dream. His passion for music is driven by his desire to tell stories through his music and give his listeners something they can relate to.
Jimi Noel was first introduced to music while playing with his mother’s record player, which is where he heard a lot of the classics including Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, and many others, that would have an undeniable influence to his sound today. Like a lot of aspiring performers, Jimi would “practice” his performances in the mirror. Jimi’s first live performance was in elementary school, where he performed a cover of Usher’s “You Make Me Wanna.” At thirteen, Jimi and his older brother visited hospitals to serenade patients. At this time, the duo was inspired by groups like Boyz II Men, AZ YET, and New Edition. Jimi’s music filled childhood would lay the foundations for his defined R&B sound.
Jimi was originally on the road to play professional basketball outside of the United States. Basketball had been a love of his since he was 10 years old. Due to an injury he sustained from a car crash he got permanently sidelined. This somewhat traumatic experience led to a change in his life plans and motivated him to pursue his lifelong passion for music and dedicate time to crafting and mastering his skills.
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