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Meet Summer Walker, Your Favorite Artist's Favorite Artist

The singer has her foot squarely on the industry's neck with her 18-track debut album, Over It.

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At the beginning of this year, Summer Walker's only goal was to purchase a Mazda but last Friday, the 23-year-old artist released an album that has the potential to help her could buy her the whole dealership.

The singer rose to popularity after the debut of her mixtape, Last Days of Summer, last October, and one year later, Summer is here to put her foot on the industry's neck once again with her 18-track debut album, Over it.

Featuring collaborations Usher, Bryson Tiller, Jhene Aiko, 6LACK, and PARTYNEXTDOOR, Over It hit No.1 on the Apple Music charts yesterday and is projected to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 next week; since, the singer has garnered the attention of quite a few industry heavy-hitters.

After the album's release, Drake even slid into the singer's DMs to let her know that she was the muse for his two latest songs; but before she became our favorite artist's favorite artist, she was a pole-dancer from Atlanta who just wanted to play her guitar and make herbal soap.

If you haven't heard of Summer yet, you will soon; here are 3 things you need to know about the up-and-coming songstress before she takes over the charts:

1.She's Extremely Introverted

If you're hoping to see an interview where Summer gives us all the details on her feelings and emotions during the creation of her music, keep hoping, sis. After growing up in a large family environment and then witnessing a divorce between her parents, Summer says that she's learned to greatly appreciate her alone time, especially when she's creating. In an interview with Up Next, she said:

"We got older…my parents got a divorce, so it'd be, like, just me again. As time went on I didn't really hang out with people. It takes a lot of energy out of me to maintain multiple relationships."

Because she's an artist and, like most artists, is sensitive about her shit, she likes to cultivate her creative vibes in the studio alone or with her producer, London On Da Track, who is also her boo. According to Summer, the only time she isn't nervous is on stage.

2.Her Father Is British

Born to an American mother and a father from England, in an interview with Beats One, the singer said that although she's always wanted to live in London, she probably won't because it's too damn cold.

3.She's Always Wanted To Make Herb-Infused Soaps


While many artists have dreams of owning a big fancy house with lots of cars, Summer says all she really needs is a Mazda and a place to plant her garden. Although Summer has never actually made infused-soaps, the singer says that it's a dream she's had for years. According to her, true success means having a house where she can grow a garden of herbs that she will later use to make DIY beauty products.

Watch her latest video for her single "Playing Games" with Bryson Tiller below!

Summer Walker - Playing Games (with Bryson Tiller) [Official Music Video]www.youtube.com

Featured image by Summer Walker/Instagram

Before she was Amira Unplugged, rapper, singer, and a Becoming a Popstar contestant on MTV, she was Amira Daughtery, a twenty-five year-old Georgian, with aspirations of becoming a lawyer. “I thought my career path was going to lead me to law because that’s the way I thought I would help people,” Amira tells xoNecole. “[But] I always came back to music.”

A music lover since childhood, Amira grew up in an artistic household where passion for music was emphasized. “My dad has always been my huge inspiration for music because he’s a musician himself and is so passionate about the history of music.” Amira’s also dealt with deafness in one ear since she was a toddler, a condition which she says only makes her more “intentional” about the music she makes, to ensure that what she hears inside her head can translate the way she wants it to for audiences.

“The loss of hearing means a person can’t experience music in the conventional way,” she says. “I’ve always responded to bigger, bolder anthemic songs because I can feel them [the vibrations] in my body, and I want to be sure my music does this for deaf/HOH people and everyone.”

A Black woman wearing a black hijab and black and gold dress stands in between two men who are both wearing black pants and colorful jackets and necklaces

Amira Unplugged and other contestants on Becoming a Popstar

Amira Unplugged / MTV

In order to lift people’s spirits at the beginning of the pandemic, Amira began posting videos on TikTok of herself singing and using sign language so her music could reach her deaf fans as well. She was surprised by how quickly she was able to amass a large audience. It was through her videos that she caught the attention of a talent scout for MTV’s new music competition show for rising TikTok singers, Becoming a Popstar. After a three-month process, Amira was one of those picked to be a contestant on the show.

Becoming a Popstar, as Amira describes, is different from other music competition shows we’ve all come to know over the years. “Well, first of all, it’s all original music. There’s not a single cover,” she says. “We have to write these songs in like a day or two and then meet with our producers, meet with our directors. Every week, we are producing a full project for people to vote on and decide if they’d listen to it on the radio.”

To make sure her deaf/HOH audiences can feel her songs, she makes sure to “add more bass, guitar, and violin in unique patterns.” She also incorporates “higher pitch sounds with like chimes, bells, and piccolo,” because, she says, they’re easier to feel. “But it’s less about the kind of instrument and more about how I arrange the pattern of the song. Everything I do is to create an atmosphere, a sensation, to make my music a multi-sensory experience.”

She says that working alongside the judges–pop stars Joe Jonas and Becky G, and choreographer Sean Bankhead – has helped expand her artistry. “Joe was really more about the vocal quality and the timber and Becky was really about the passion of [the song] and being convinced this was something you believed in,” she says. “And what was really great about [our choreographer] Sean is that obviously he’s a choreographer to the stars – Lil Nas X, Normani – but he didn’t only focus on choreo, he focused on stage presence, he focused on the overall message of the song. And I think all those critiques week to week helped us hone in on what we wanted to be saying with our next song.”

As her star rises, it’s been both her Muslim faith and her friends, whom she calls “The Glasses Gang” (“because none of us can see!”), that continue to ground her. “The Muslim and the Muslima community have really gone hard [supporting me] and all these people have come together and I truly appreciate them,” Amira says. “I have just been flooded with DMs and emails and texts from [young muslim kids] people who have just been so inspired,” she says. “People who have said they have never seen anything like this, that I embody a lot of the style that they wanted to see and that the message hit them, which is really the most important thing to me.”

A Black woman wears a long, salmon pink hijab, black outfit and pink boots, smiling down at the camera with her arm outstretched to it.

Amira Unplugged

Amira Unplugged / MTV

Throughout the show’s production, she was able to continue to uphold her faith practices with the help of the crew, such as making sure her food was halal, having time to pray, dressing modestly, and working with female choreographers. “If people can accept this, can learn, and can grow, and bring more people into the fold of this industry, then I’m making a real difference,” she says.

Though she didn’t win the competition, this is only the beginning for Amira. Whether it’s on Becoming a Popstar or her videos online, Amira has made it clear she has no plans on going anywhere but up. “I’m so excited that I’ve gotten this opportunity because this is really, truly what I think I’m meant to do.”

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