SHARES “SMILING” EXCLUSIVELY WITH HIPHOPDX
NOSTALGIC VIDEO CAPTURES ATL ENERGY AND R&B UPBRINGING
QUEEN ALONE OUT NOW VIA BIG CROWN RECORDS
“The positivity that radiates throughout the track is impossible to ignore as the Virginia-born singer belts her way though the uplifting lyrics”
“Lady Wray brings sultry soul on Queen Alone… an organic set that takes listeners back to the roots of R&B, from Etta James and James Brown to Michael Jackson”
“With a production team consisting of two seasoned retro-soul veterans, Nicole Wray’s solo act shepherds ’60s and ’70s R&B styles into the present… a touch of the new blended with the old”
New York, NY (December 7, 2016) — Layered with doo-wop undesrstones and bright, powerful vocals, Lady Wray’s “Smiling” has a signature feel-good vibe. Premiering exclusively with HipHopDX, the official video follows the release of the soulstress’ long-awaited comeback LP Queen Alone, out now via Big Crown Records, and caps a West Coast tour with labelmate Lee Fields and the Expressions.
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The Virginia-born vocalist, who climbed the ranks of ’90s hip-hop with Missy Elliot, Timbaland and more, shows off a day in the life of her now-home base of Atlanta as she soaks in the little things about the city that help her keep her head up. From a trip to the hair salon to a trip down memory lane with polaroids of MIssy, Lady Wray’s latest installment is exploding with positivity.
“I had all my family and friend come over for a BBQ in Atlanta, where I live, to shoot the ‘Smiling’ video at my Aunt Moe’s house,” Lady Wray shares. “I kinda just wanted the conceptto be about love and coming together with the people you enjoy. For me, that’s my family and friends.”
Lady Wray (real name: Nicole Wray) has everything you’d want in a singer: an infectious Jackson-5-family-member flare, a range like Aretha’s and a church upbringing that brings an untouchable purity to her vocals. Discovered by Missy Elliot at age 16, the singer-songwriter possesses a rich history in the business, one that’s equally textured by struggle and success.
Produced by Leon Michels and Tommy Brenneck, Queen Alone marks the opening of a new chapter for Lady Wray. Its fresh spin on classic R&B/pop and the integrity in its soulful storytelling has earned the LP praise from NPR, Billboard, Consequence of Sound and a long list of others.