Hip-hop, R&B, and Reggaeton artist Ms. Alikea was born in Brooklyn, and raised in Panama until coming back to Brooklyn, NY, at age 7. By the time she was 9 years old, she'd begun performing, starting a lifelong passion for music which continues to this day. Ms. Alikea sang in her church as a child, and upon reaching her teenage years, began composing her own songs. Gaining a local following with performances in Brooklyn's parks and other concert venues, Ms. Alikea established herself as a popular, engaging new voice on the music scene. This led to early signings with record labels, and valuable lessons in how the industry works, and about life in general. Ms. Alikea credits her mother as an inspiration, for "holding down our family in two countries at once", and cites Brooklyn natives Mary J. Blige and Lil' Kim as artistic influences that shaped her own creative vision.
This young, gifted, reserved artist conveys a message of positivity, showing everyone that they can rise above disadvantaged upbringings to realize their dreams and achieve anything.
Perseverance is her watchword, and Ms. Alikea believes that any obstacles or limitations can be overcome if you refuse to give up. Looking to her future, Ms. Alikea counts revenue-producing gigs and radio airplay among her goals, as well as completing her first album and going on tour. In the long term, she seeks to compile a successful catalog, and see her family live comfortably and well, and accede to international icon status.
Recalling the lessons she learned earlier in her budding career, Ms. Alikea chooses to remain independent. "I know people in the industry," she observes, "But I've chosen to do it in my own way, so no one can say I couldn't have done it without them, or that I owe them any favors." Her latest singles are Show Off and Bad Ass B****. Ms. Alikea's manager "DJ" handles bookings, promotions and general inquires and can be reached at Demetrius.Gatlinsr@gmail.com. Her PR is handled by Ernest Jackson of MNS Media Group, who can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org for media inquiries and other information.