Every day, televised or untelevised one of my people are taken out by authorities that hate us because of the color of our skin, But at the heart of our survival is our deep-rooted connection to our ancestors and the land. Not being able to sleep for countless nights, because the ancestors are restless, on my heart was Never Alone.
ASA ON EMANCIPATED
Emancipated is a song that speaks for the wounded warrior self. I call myself a regular girl who reps her Louisville, KY roots with a New York City soul. I wrote Emancipated in response to my own wounds of, identity crisis, self-destruction, helplessness, depression, and suicidal thoughts. The jolt occurred when someone tried to literally stop me from using my voice. I felt muted and crushed to the point that I did not care about life because my air (my passion to sing) was intentionally stripped away from me. I didn’t write Emancipated. The universe and life wrote it for me because when I looked around, I was not the only one feeling abandoned, shut out and silenced. With the help of a strong family base behind me and my musical family, producers Warren McRae (Joe Cocker, Tina Turner, Nona Hendryx) and Chuckii Booker (Janet Jackson, Lionel Ritchie), music consultant Nona Hendryx (LaBelle), guitarist Ronny Drayton (24/7 Spyz), vocalist Audrey Martells (Steely Dan, Joan Osborne), sax player V. Jeffrey Smith (The Family Stand, Cory Glover), keyboard player Steve McGuire and trumpet player JS Williams (Cheryl Pepsi Riley), the song began to shout a message of freedom from the rooftops. The rise above the noise of life was so loud that Emancipated debuted live at Nona Hendryx’s Rock Solid Women’s Festival back in March of 2018 as a global anthem for women from all walks of life who stood with me chanting its message of freedom, love, and courage. We can emancipate ourselves everyday by facing the fear and walking boldly in our truths.
Singer/Songwriter Asa Lovechild, is a native of Louisville, KY who started her singing and acting career on the theatre stage at the age of four. She has had the privilege and honor of touring with the legendary Nona Hendryx for the past ten years, and has shared the stage and worked with the likes of Meshell Ndegeocello, Esperanza Spaulding, Lizz Wright, Kathy Sledge, Monifah, Tsidii Le Loka, The Black Rock Coalition, Toshi Reagon, George Clinton, The Ladies of SKYY, Sara Dash, Melba Moore, Lonnette McKee, Martha Redbone, Freddie Jackson, Morley, Imani Uzuri, Adam Falcon, Sandra St. Victor, Jerry Harrison ,and many others.
She was honored to be mentored by the late Ruby Dee and the late Barbara Ann Teer in the early development of her career. She is the owner of an entertainment consulting firm, Faison Innovative Concepts, which helps independent artists with business strategy and marketing , given the contributions of modern advances in technology to entertainment.
Her last album Love's Experience (Steve Wallace Edition) has charted twice on the UK soul charts and held strong for more than 8 weeks each time with “Sunshine” and “Maybe It’s Me”, knocking out greats such as Ron Isley and El DeBarge. She is noted as being one of the top 20 digitally downloaded artists in Neo-Soul, on Amazon.com UK. You can hear her music in heavy rotation in Brazil, Germany, Nigeria, the UK, and other parts of the world.
Asa can be seen in acclaimed director, D. Channsin Berry's The Black Line Part 3 and doing voice-over work for Stanley Nelson Jr.’s The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and opened nationwide in the US in 2015. Currently Asa can be heard on the new 24/7 Spyz album The Soundtrack to the Innermost Galaxy and in Night Vale’s Sci-Fi Podcast, New Adventures In America.
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