R&B Rising Star Giveon is as Smooth as His Voice
Giveon is a singer-songwriter from Long Beach, California with one of the most unique voices in the R&B landscape. His mesmerizing baritone voice is what he’s best known for. His debut EP, Take Time, dropped a couple months ago, not too long after Drake released his single featuring him titled, “Chicago Freestyle,” the track from Drake’s Dark Lane Demo Tapes album.
Giveon’s music is powered by his colorful lyrics and relatable stories. The rising artist gives all the R&B feels with his moody tracks accompanied by top-notch production. He summarizes the making of Take Time in his recent interview on Wonderland Magazine,
“Creating Take Time was an emotional process for me. It’s a story being told. It’s a tale of a love story that went from sweet to sour and you can feel the love withering away lyrically and sonically as the project progresses. The main thing I want people to take away from it is relatability. I want people to feel what I went through.” – Giveon
Differentiating himself as his own artist and man is something he takes pride in, as mentioned on is Spotify biography,
“I want them to take away originality and I want them to say ‘ok, this is something different, this is not like what we know,” – Giveon
The Epic Records artist actually first favored songwriting prior to singing and he credits his mom for recognizing his singing talent at an early age having him perform in front of his family and friends. His tracks “HEARTBREAK ANNIVERSARY” and “LIKE I WANT YOU” put him on the radar, but needless to say, his earlier tracks, “Fields” and “Garden Kisses” are still worth giving a listen. “LIKE I WANT YOU” was produced by Sevn Thomas, Jahaan Sweet, and River Tiber. Giveon performed his single the following fall as an opening act on a North America tour headlined by Snoh Aalegra. His momentum to stardom continues to climb as reflected by his increasing 80k+ Instagram followers. With a really solid debut EP, he’s definitely established a place in the music industry. It’s exciting to see a fellow 562 resident become a soon-to-be legendary name.
Hazzle Joy Edosada graduated from California State University, Long Beach in Fall 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and minored in Sociology. Her independence, drive and charismatic personality has lead her to achieve early accomplishments, such as creating fashion blog LipstickLaceandlattes.com, thus receiving recognition from Google in the first 3 months of initial launch; and corresponding for 365Voice.com for an exclusive series premiere of BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood and 2nd Generation Wayans. After spending time co-hosting Traklife Radio’s original show, The Layover Show in 2012-2017, she recreated the show with fellow co-hosts to Thanks For The Music and Culture in 2018. While time off the mic has momentarily paused, she continues to work behind the scenes assisting on the Traklife Operations Team as Project Manager and Editor-in-Chief, while making time for hosting events held by Traklife Media. Outside of Traklife she serves as Executive Assistant to a women’s fitness apparel brand, LiCi Fit. As she continues to find her voice in journalism, fashion, and music culture – she will always make sure to express her creativity wholeheartedly and passionately.