Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Evolution of Tanyayette Willoughby

Question: How many folks can put on their resume that they've written two top 10 R&B singles, one of which was also a top 40 pop single...

a top 40 R&B single featuring the vocal prowess of a young Luther Vandross...

contributed vocals and lyrics to an album by a jazz luminary...

AND was part of a major label group with lauded jazz fusion drummer/ percussionist Lenny White at the helm...

...all by the age of 20? To quote Carl Carlton, It's safe to say that singer-songwriter-violinist Tanyayette Willoughby is a bad mama jama. You may not know her name, but you definitely know her hits:



But now, under the moniker TanyaBe, she's turning a new page in her illustrious career with the release of her new album Elz Ancillary Accessory!

Nearly a decade in the making, the album is a fine-tuned double disc collection of 30 dynamic songs. “I did that because we’re living in a mixtape world,” says the New York City native. “You can have any number of songs on a mixtape.” The album finds Willoughby bravely defining her newly minted signature sound: millennium soul. “I call it millennium soul because it encompasses all people, places, and things,” she explains. “It starts off with gospel, goes into jazz, R&B, fused with hip-hop. Everything is tasteful.” Check out the lead single "Mistakes," featuring 15-year-old New Jersey native Lara Begg:

Download your copy of Elz Ancillary Accessory at Digistation today!

Sunday, August 28, 2011


05.04.41 – 08.22.11

Your legacy has left an indelible impression on the world-at-large.
Thank you for the precious gifts you bore.
May your journey be peaceful and radiant.