My name is TOMI and I’ve been making music for 15 years. I grew up listening to rock and disco and going to see Bruce Springsteen perform (13 times so far) with my dad. As a kid, I kept my guitar playing a secret – no girls I knew played guitar. In high school I started playing open mics and going to shows in Northampton and at The Webster in Hartford, where I sought out female folk singers who made me think a girl playing guitar was no big deal. When I finally got to book a show at The Webster myself, the sound guy heard me and asked me if I wanted to open for bigger acts, so I started playing there every month. For the first time, I was performing my own music in front of total strangers. After two years of college, I dropped out and moved to New York. In New York, I got a day job as a receptionist at an investment bank and played shows and rehearsed at night with my band. For two and a half years, I dreamed of quitting to focus on music, which everyone at the office thought was a “cute” distraction, until finally, I got fired. In the last month that I was at the job I wrote “Carry You.” I was starting to realize that I needed to focus on my music and develop my own voice, and the band wasn’t really doing it for me anymore. I needed an outlet that was private and all mine. “Carry You” came out organically; everything kind of aligned. It made sense. It was actually one of the first songs that I had composed where I never wrote down a word. That’s what TOMI is. I don’t have to write it down; it’s amplifying a feeling in the moment. I was also realizing at the time that the relationship I was in was not what I wanted, which was confusing because we were both pretty sure we liked each other. I always call it my first “mature” breakup. This song is about trusting your instincts. The epiphany doesn’t have to come with a negative revelation about yourself. It can just be what you feel and trust to be true.
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Kianah Jay, better known as her stage name TwoLips, is a Native American and Black singer, songwriter, dancer, poet, and creative director. With influences like Sade, Santana, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and Prince, TwoLips’ sound can be found at the intersection of R&B, Funk, and Pop. Blogs have described TwoLips’ music as “new frequency”. Since releasing her debut EP entitled “Yellow Gold” (produced by Josh Reinhardt) in August, 2017, TwoLips and her live band have played prominent venues throughout Southern California, Paris, and Bordeaux with upcoming dates in LA, Warsaw, and Berlin. TwoLips is currently in the studio and preparing for the release of her new single and music video “Slow Sex”, a playful reclamation of pleasure.