2022 ARTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM LINE-UP JUST ANNOUNCED
TORONTO, July 26, 2022 – Honey Jam – a national youth artist development programme founded by Ebonnie Rowe – has just announced their line-up for their 2022 Artist Development program. The fifteen artists were chosen following in-person and virtual auditions held last month, and as part of the program will be provided with mentoring opportunities, networking assistance, the opportunity to attend workshops featuring industry professionals, vocal/performance coaching, and performance opportunities, including the annual Honey Jam Showcase which is set to take place on August 18 at Toronto’s legendary El Mocambo.
Honey Jam will welcome the following artists hailing from British Columbia, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec to the 2022 program:
- AshaLee, a 28 year old Jamaican singer-songwriter based out of Toronto, fusing together Dancehall and RnB elements to deliver moving and high-energy performances
- Talia Aoude, a 22 year old Ottawa-based RnB Soul singer who uses her passion for music to create a safe space for others to feel comfort and emotion by sharing her own experiences and story
- Summer Bennett, a 14 year old award-winning Pop singer-songwriter from Paradise, NFLD
- Siobhan Bodrug, a 17 year old Toronto-based Pop, RnB and jazz singer studying at the Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts
- Fafiélla, a 24 year old Experimental-Soul artist from Saint Maarten now based in Toronto, using all genres of music to influence her unique experimental but soulful tunes
- Feura, a 20 year old Toronto-based performer, producer and DJ bringing a fresh take on Pop by incorporating their theatrical background, and drag-inspired costuming and performance
- Sofinari Grange, a 22 year old RnB singer-songwriter from Toronto whose music explores many themes including self-confidence, new love and heartache
- Aliah Guerra, a 25 year old Canadian-Trinidadian Jazz artist from Montreal, whose sound has been compared to the likes of Erykah Badu in the realm of Neo Soul, RnB and Jazz
- Haleluya Hailu, a 19 year old Vancouver-raised singer-songwriter and producer who channels her own experiences of the stress and angst of growing up into music that anyone can seem themselves in
- Leah Holtom, a 22 year old singer-songwriter from Brampton with a passion for country, folk and bluegrass music
- Julianna Jones, a 24 year old Toronto-based RnB singer-songwriter who infuses soul, pop, rock and RnB into her music, writing from her personal experiences in love and life
- Osé, a 19 year old Nigerian born, Toronto raised R&B singer whose heartfelt lyrics and 90s RnB style provide a nostalgic yet refreshing feel
- Villah, a 25 year old Canadian-Filipina rapper from Burlington who draws inspiration from Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliott, Eve, The Weeknd and more
- Zamani, a 25 year old Alternative R&B/Neo Soul/Urban Jazz and Pop singer-songwriter-producer and engineer from Halifax, NS
- JUNE 6XTEEN, a 17 year old singer and actor from Montreal, QC and past contestant on Quebec’s The Voice Kids
Hosted by Angeline Tetteh-Wayhoe (Host of The Block on CBC) with sets from acclaimed DJ MelBoogie, who has been the resident DJ for Honey Jam since it launched in 1995, the 2022 Honey Jam showcase will also feature a special tribute performance in honour of Deborah Cox, celebrating her historic induction at the 2022 JUNO Awards as the first Black woman inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
More about Honey Jam
Honey Jam is a non-profit multicultural artist development programme run by PhemPhat Entertainment Group. Since 1995 they have worked with young emerging Canadian female artists of all cultures and representing all genres of music to provide mentoring, educational, vocal coaching, performance and networking opportunities. The annual programme culminates with a stellar showcase of live music. They organize impactful experiences for the artists such as songwriting camps, industry knowledge workshops, mentor cafe’s, tickets to major artist concerts, opportunities to attend the music industry conferences and events, to be considered for paid public live and online performances and artist talk sessions to learn from major artists such as Jessie Reyez, Melanie Fiona, Serena Ryder, Marsha Ambrosius, Estelle, LeToya Luckett, Elle Varner, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Alison Hinds, Shontelle and more. It is a welcoming, supportive sisterhood and a safe space for young women to not only learn about the industry but also to be vulnerable, to build self-esteem and long-lasting relationships.