The sun is up, coffee’s in your cup,
it’s time to Rise Rock n’ Shine…
Who: We knew we were in the presence of a pop superstar when we heard Brooke Alexx’s “Downplay”. With her latest single, she reasserts her position. It’s Brooke’s world now and we’re so happy to be living in it.
What: The aptly titled “Stole My Heart” is out here to steal all of your affection.
Why: “Stole My Heart” is a slower pop singalong for when you’re really in your feels. Her emotions are raw but the beats are polished and you’ll be #relating so hard, you won’t even mind using cheesy hashtags (tested and proven).
FFO: idobi Radio
“This video really taught me that not all projects will turn out exactly how you envision. That’s the fun in making art- it can become whatever you want. I’m super thankful for my quarantine crew (Kristen and Rosemary), who helped me pivot and finish out the video amidst the pandemic!” – Brooke Alexx
Who: If anything can be said about Virginia-born musician Stephen, it’s that he’s resilient. After launching his career to great reception in 2015, a battle with Lyme disease set him back—but he didn’t let that stop him. Here, in 2020, he’s gearing up for his best chapter yet.
What: The original plans for the “I Never Stay In Love” video went out the window due to the pandemic but Stephen rolled with the punches to make something maybe even more special.
Why: We love the beats and bops that flow through “I Never Stay In Love”, going from sparse and elegant to electronic and funky in the blink of an eye. What we love more, though, is Stephen’s innovation with the video. He relied on his creativity to get his art out into the world and that, friends, is what we call punk AF.
FFO: idobi Anthm
“I’ve found in my own life, with certain compulsions for distraction and addictive tendencies—the things that leave me wanting more are generally destructive. I’m using whatever reward it’s giving me as an escape from a problem, to relinquish responsibility or not have to deal with something—be it ourselves or a situation or circumstance. I tend to fall in love really hard and really fast, and I give someone so much, and then it burns out just as quick, and I no longer want it. And it’s often because I recognize the clinging desperate nature of my relationships once the initial honeymoon dust settles.” – Stephen