For Immediate Release: July 25, 2019 (Toronto, ON); With the Toronto Raptors still riding high from winning their first NBA championship, PhemPhat Entertainment Group’s Executive Director Ebonnie Rowe reflects proudly that Honey Jam began the same year as the champions. “One of our alums Denosh Bennett was the Raptors first Dance Squad Captain for the cheerleaders,” remembers Rowe. “I also remember that the team had some struggles in the early years as they worked to establish themselves just as we were with Honey Jam, but look at us now!”
Both organizations have come a long way since 1995 and will be celebrating their 25th Anniversaries next year. This year in particular Honey Jam alums are making waves:
Haviah Mighty made the Polaris Prize short list and was featured on a Spotify billboard at Yonge & Dundas Square and her latest track “Wishy Washy” was selected as one of the top songs of the summer.
Lu released her single “Don’t Count Me Out”, became iheartRadio’s Future Star and broke through to the Top 40 of two Canadian Billboard Charts.
Jordan Alexander was selected to star alongside Juliette Lewis and Ryan Kwanten in Sacred Lies: The Singing Bones TV series on Facebook Watch and collaborated with Carly Rae Jepson on the “Feels Right” pride remix.
TiKA was chosen as a face of Sephora Canada’s #withSephora campaign and also received a Slaight Music residency at the prestigious film centre.
The Sorority opened for Snoop Dog and Wutang Clan at Ottawa Bluesfest and were chosen to create a song for Canada’s women’s soccer team in partnership with NIKE.
Amber J, Will, Julia Gartha, Divine Lightbody and Saveria were all chosen for CTV’s The Launch
Chelsea Stewart was nominated for the 2019 Reggae Recording of the Year at the Juno Awards
Saveria’s song “Down to the Roots” has charted #3 on iTunes Canada, reached 200K streams on Spotify and plays around the country on Hot AC radio. She also performed at the iHeartRadio Fanfest
Each year Honey Jam artists participate in a music industry workshop at Harris Institute, receive one-on-one vocal and performance coaching from celebrity coach Elaine Overholt, participate in multiple mentor café’s and have Q&A’s with celebrities that have included LeToya Luckett (Destiny’s Child), Marsha Ambrosius (Floetry), Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu, Jessie Reyez, TrakGirl, and this year’s guests Elle Varner, Nova Wav, and Amaal.
Saveria will be returning to the Honey Jam stage to perform her hit song and the host of the night is CBC host and playwright Amanda Parris. The Honey Jam concert will take place on Thursday August 22nd at the Mod Club in Toronto and acts as a fundraiser for the YWCA programmes for women and girls.
Check this link for the 2019 artist lineup: http://dianefoy.com/honey-jam-alumni-artists-reaching-new-levels-of-success-in-2019/
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