“A year from today I see myself really doing something with my music. I plan on stepping out more and becoming more known locally. Just being heard is something important to me.”

Check out the interview with Brianna Raye exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Brianna Raye:
I’m really just beginning, trying to find my sound you know? I’ve been writing since I was younger, and I’ve always loved music. I used to post poems on Facebook and people have told me that I should start recording. So I am. It’s time to share my music with the world.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I’m still realizing that it takes a lot of work, communication, faith, confidence, determination, and a pure desire towards what you do. I’m just getting to where I’m comfortable with stepping out of my comfort zone.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I can’t say. The only challenge standing at the moment is getting out there and performing. I’m sure it will be one of the greatest days of my life whenever I do get to branch out in that way. I just want to continue building my sound and go from there.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Connecting with fans. Showing them that you really do appreciate them through social media. Building your brand with interviews and performances, friends and family, doing features, etc. Pretty much networking your ass off.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Atlanta, GA. Many artists have become big here, and it’s definitely the place to be if you’re trying to bump into them. People really show love out here. You can come here and get love that you won’t find in most places.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I see myself really doing something with my music. I plan on stepping out more and becoming more known locally. Just being heard is something important to me.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I get inspired by artists that have something to say. Those that speak what many are afraid to or just don’t know how to talk about. My favorites, like Tupac, Biggie, Chance The Rapper, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and so on.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
It’s great if you’re turning up. There are some good songs though. These days it’s more of a contest. Seems like everyone is just trying to seem better than the next. More artists and people should dig into what’s going on inside of them.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Facebook: www.facebook.com/brianna.lester
Instagram: www.instagram.com/_briannaraye
Snapchat: @heyitsbreezeeee

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