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e Are Jersey Magazine is a subsidiary company birthed out of the parent business entitled Jersey Turn’t Up Entertainment. Having achieved rising success within only two years of business, the owners wanted to create something that would expand their networking repertoire while promoting positive talent both locally and abroad. The Publisher: Daniel Banks idea of creating We Are Jersey Magazine began when co- CEOs, Bridget Papino Jersey Turn’t Up Entertainment Daniel Banks & Bridget Papino, were featured in the July 2014 issue of another magazine company. After discussion with the Editor: Shanna Banks owner of that magazine, as well as experiencing the positive responses that exposure generated towards their entertainment Photographers: LacQuan Scott business, they decided to begin a magazine company of their own @mr_giovanni that would target a new type of entertainment promoting style. We Are Jersey Magazine’s goal is designed to provide exposure, Location: clifton, new jersey references and resources that will influence all those aspiring Models: www.jerseyturntupent.com to do something positive with the talents they possess. Through the lives of the individuals that are highlighted in the magazine, @WeAreJerseyDiamondz it is the desire of We Are Jersey Magazine to encourage, uplift Features: Monee’ Chante’ and inspire anyone to continue to soar to greater heights and deeper depths with their abilities. While We Are Jersey Magazine kaelyn primarily focuses on talent within the state of New Jersey, it lil nina troy reign is open to talent presented from abroad. The single focus is the robin shaw promotion of positive talent so others can read and possibly durell peart experience for themselves the benefits that these talents offer. “We Are Jersey” is a positive platform with great opportunities. are highlighted in the magazine, it is the desire of We Are Jersey Magazine to encourage, uplift and inspire anyone to continue to soar to greater heights and deeper depths with their abilities. While We Are Jersey Magazine primarily focuses on talent within the state of New Jersey, it is open to talent presented from abroad. The single focus is the promotion of positive talent so FOLLOW. others can read and possibly experience for themselves the LIKE. benefits that these talents offer. “We Are Jersey” is a positive SUBSCRIBE platform with great opportunities.

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MONEE’ CHANTE’

Upcoming artist Monee’ Chante’ of Jersey City, New Jersey specializes in portrait painting. Her work has been noticed by some of the hottest artists such as Chris Brown, Fabolous, Cardi B. and August Alsina.

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Kaelyn formerly known as Kae Sez is back with a new show! Check out what she’s been up to during her mini hiatus!

26 LIL NINA Talented female artist Lil Nina lets us know the story of how her passion for music and performing began. Read more about her journey

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JBoogz just dropped ‘Rico’ but he isn’t done yet. He’s ready for the 1st quarter with “Rico Project” on the way. Check out his story!

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Rapper, songwriter, poet, & entrepreneur Troy Reign has been blazing the mic since he was ten years old. From his freestyles to music videos, he’s proven he’s up next. Check him out!

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From street dancer to artist, Robin Shaw’s career took an inspiring turn after he worked where David Bowie’s early career began. Fastforward, he’s ready for 2019 to kick off ‘P45’.

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Durell has already began making his mark inspiring numberless individuals across the globe in the industry. looks forward to continuing to be a bridge for indie artists worldwide as an advocate and speaker. Look out for some awesome things coming from Durell. Read more about his journey and how he keeps his positivity alive.

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y name is Monee’ Chante’, and I am a 24-year old artist from Jersey City, NJ. I specialize in portrait painting and custom apparel & accessories. Growing up, I’ve always had a passion for art, but I didn’t realize how far a talent could take you. I

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decided to pursue art after graduating promote my work. In the beginning it high school. I felt stuck with what started off as a hobby, but eventually I wanted to do in life, but I knew people were offering to pay for my I didn’t want to follow the norm. work. I sold my first drawing for $25! The one thing I knew I was good While it was a small amount, it meant at was art. Following high school, I a lot to me at the time. As my business enrolled into Delaware College of started to grow I’ve gained some Art & Design where I obtained my of the best supporters from NJ and Associates degree in Interior Design. beyond. My work has been recognized It opened me up to a new world of by Cardi B., Chris Brown, Dreezy, art as I learned the history behind Fabolous, August Alsina, Ruff Ryderz, it. With a desire to learn more and & TheShadeRoom. As I continue on my earn additional income, I began to journey, I hope to create more art and use Instagram as a tool to help me focus on starting a fashion line.

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aelyn (22) born in New Jersey and raised with the influences from Brooklyn, NY. While growing up Kaelyn was active in the arts and heavily influenced by music. From ballet, acting, musician of 3 different instruments, she is well endowed in her craft.

composing, cowriting and developing many artists.

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Taking a break after the death of her brother Ato Finney in 2011, Kaelyn lost her music mojo and started to get into a more spiritual and influential headspace. The last song that she wrote before calling it off was “In memory of As talented as Kaelyn you” or as her father is, she knew that calls it “The Ato music was something song”, while mentally that she wanted to and emotionally make a career out of.  trying to figure out who she was, and “Music is a universal where she was going language, & I just so became the main happen to be fluent focus. She started in it. Amongst other to participate in things ya know!” mental strengthening Kaelyn Finney.  activities, and joined the conscious Having yet to put community where out any singles, she she later became an would always find activist within the herself recording, association “Black 20

Lives Matter” and stood strong for Women’s rights. She participated in protests, and held forums which got her recognized by major media platforms Hot 97, and Power 105.1. Now that Kaelyn had found her voice, she knew she wanted to be the change that she knew she needed, and that this world needed. The question now was how? She had started working with Ericka Williams as her production assistant, & as her social media manager for Boss Lady Chronicles Radio Show on NjWebRadio in 2015. Then branched off into television where she was coproducer of the show Circles by Ericka Williams. Soneil Lindsay appointed her as assistant manager of the radio station (NjWebRadio), where she took charge of production for 7 different shows.  This is the home where she created her renowned platform “KAESEZ” in 2016 WE ARE JERSEY MAGAZINE| Issue 27


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in memory of her cousin Bevon Senior. She says that he pushed her to be all that she is. She says: “If it wasn’t for him telling me that I would be the next Amy Winehouse mixed with Oprah, I don’t think I could have went through with everything. He was my biggest influence, and my biggest supporter. & I will be forever grateful.” 22

Kaelyn continued to work tirelessly day and night to make sure there was a platform where she could educate, as well as inspire others. Kaelyn could add music, her first love into the mix. She interviewed musicians, artists, other activist, doctors, and real estate agents who were all an advocate for the same thing, CHANGE.

Kaelyn, an entrepreneur & multimedia maven, turned producer has started to welcome a new idea that what we know, isn’t all that we should know. As someone with a reputation for honesty, fairness and a unique perspective on events that transform our world, Kaelyn strives to captivate, inform, and educate others.

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Her following on her social platforms speak for itself. She is glad to announce her debut in 2019 with a brand-new show, and music that fills the soul. For now, you can catch her interning with BackPageSports as a sports journalist, covering all things with focus on the NY JETS. As she would say, “stay lit and always stay conscious”! Be sure to follow all platforms: Instagram: @Kaesez Facebook: @KAESEZTV Twitter: @YvesSaintLyn

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LIL NIN A “You’re not alone, you can do anything you put your mind to, and you WILL get through anything life throws at you because you always do”.

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arolina Cruz Aka Lil Nina has been around music her entire life. Lil Nina says, “My mom used to sing and when I was growing up she owned a restaurant where she would host karaoke every week”. When Lil Nina was 4 years old her passion for music had begun. Lil Nina says, “She would stand me up on a table on karaoke nights and let me perform “Selena” songs”. From this experience, Lil Nina would pick up instruments throughout middle school and high school. Lil Nina always loved to sing and dance/perform in front of others. Nina says, “My motivation to enter this area was realizing this is what I want to do for the rest of my life”. Lil Nina attended schools for 7 different trades and realized her true passion was not in those careers. While trying out so many different interests, music seemed to be the only thing Lil Nina could envision herself WE ARE JERSEY MAGAZINE| Issue 27

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doing for the rest of her life. Nina says, “I would rather make music and live a life doing what I LOVE rather than waking up unhappy to go to a job that I LIKE”. Lil Nina targets her audience based off teenagers but her music path can be received by different audiences as well. Nina says, “As I continue to grow as an artist I’m trying to reach further and NOW I want to touch people with my music”. “I want them to “FEEL” what I felt when I was going through that”. Lil Nina has based her career by creating music for people to relate to. Nina says, “Every song is a part of me”. Lil Nina’s future goals are to open shows for Iconic artist from an early start in her career. Lil Nina say’s, “I’ve been through so much shit, toxic relationships, fucked up family problems, experiencing different types of losses, backstabbing, even shit like becoming dependent on drugs for my mental state, starving myself, being homeless and completely alone”. Nina say’s, “I don’t see them as setbacks, it was just shit that needed to happen for me to be where I am today”. Lil Nina has shown a limited amount of people her unreleased music and the feedback she receives is nothing less than incredible. Nina say’s, “They all told me they felt my music on an emotional level and loved the messages”.

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orn straight out of New Jersey JBoogz has shown interest in music since a young age. JBoogz older brother Khaseem Hilliard and cousin Navarro Gray (now featured on LNHH and a Powerhouse Entertainment Lawyer) was both an artist and producing music at the time. Before making moves in the music world, JBoogz was known around the state for sports. JBoogz later gained his passion for music in high school by connecting with other artists in the area. In 2010, JBoogz started music label known as “Music Notes and Dollar Signs� alongside FeliFame. MNDS had begun to buzz around the state for the determination, music creativity, and parties thrown as a unit which always brought out large crowds. JBoogz first hit the state as a Hypeman for

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Feli Fame. From this experience he knew this was his destiny to begin his artistry career. JBoogz continued to manage both marketing and promotion for MNDS by releasing songs on his soundcloud page. JBoogz soundcloud page had begun to skyrocket with interaction and gain attention. As time progressed, JBoogz realized “networking is key” and building connections with important industry icons. JBoogz feels now is the time to “Pull The Trigger” and take his career to the next level! JBoogz recently released a song on soundcloud titled, “ Got Damn “ which has shown numbers on all music platforms and video on YouTube. JBoogz has 2 independent films available on YouTube which have been been featured at film festivals. JBoogz work has been

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premiered on MTV, BET, and CMT. For the first quarter of 2019, JBoogz is set to drop his “Rico Project” and collaborative songs with Cruchcalhoun, Rioma, Brodie Mac (UK artist), and several on the rise artist. You can follow JboogzMNDS on s ocial media @JboogzMNDS and Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and JBoogzMNDS on all music outlets.

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obin George Baxter Shaw aka Robin Shaw is 26 years old and hails from a village called Bressingham in South Norfolk (the East part of the UK). After attending local primary school, he began secondary school and followed his interests in Drama and English Literature. It was at this time that his love for performing started with a talent show he entered in 2009 as a solo street dancer. Street dancing became something he pursued more of as well as his interest in music. He is self-taught and has competed at several talent shows across East Anglia in the UK. He has been fortunate to appear as an extra in a scene of a movie called ‘Street Dance 3D’ which included dance acts Diversity and George Sampson. In 2014, he entered as a contestant on the TV show ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ as a street dancer. While he only got through to the producer’s stages, the feeling of competing on stage especially, to hip/hop music gave him more confidence and an appreciation for the rhythm in music. 46

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After connecting with an agency, he was contacted by ‘Regent Street Artists’ who were then called ‘Downtown Artists’. This afforded him the opportunity to audition for a singing/ recording contract of two songs. Over the years, he had developed a passion for writing stories, poems, lyrics etc., so the opportunity to record/write his own songs was something he fully embraced. The audition was in March 2016 and was held in the same studio as where the icon David Bowie recorded in his early parts of his career. A month later, he began his work there and his potential to make a mark in the industry was birthed. The studio became his home

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away from home. Soon thereafter, he was introduced and connected with his current producer Chris Hall. Instantly there was a musical chemistry and an understanding from the very first recording session. His interest in singing and writing grew. His lyric books got bigger as he would write down every day rhymes from all types of life situations ranging from family, relationships to the jobs he’d worked. His first two songs were called ‘Time Is Your Own’ released in June 2017, and ‘Hair Clip’, released in August 2017. ‘Time

Is Your Own’ is a reflection and observation of the importance of time and embracing the life we live. The title was inspired by an unassuming customer who came into the shop where he worked. ‘Hair Clip’ was based on a romantic experience. Both have an Indie/Pop sound. The importance of lyric content and imagery is always at the heart of his music. In July 2017, the company offered him the opportunity to continue to work and make more music with Chris. Their third record entitled ‘Routine of Love’, was released in May 2018. This song has a mix of a classical/hip-hop feel and focuses on an elderly couple of whom he briefly 47


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years ago. The song also addresses the sensitive context of Dementia and has a 1950s feel to the story. From the moment ‘Time Is Your Own’ was released, Robin has been fortunate to have had songs played on a variety of radio and TV platforms. He’s also had a variety of press, TV and radio interviews both locally and across Europe. His confidence has grown in radio and TV interviews and he has developed a musical reputation in his area. He has also been very fortunate to be featured in a magazine called ‘Cover Revista’ all the way in Mexico in August this year. With a professional illustrator as a personal friend, together they collaborate on the artwork design for all his labels. Robin’s fourth song is nearly finished and in the production stages which will be released in 2019 and is entitled ‘P45’. The term derives from a form you get to show proof of employment. This song has more of a hip-hop feel, which is a genre that he desires to explore more. To this day, he is proud of

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being self-taught and successful in this industry. It serves as further proof that determination and hard work can get you on the path you want to be. Robin’s songs can be found on many platforms including Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Deezer and Soundcloud. He attributes and is grateful for his success from his family including his Mum, Dad, brother and close friends for their continued support and backing in every step he’s taken on his journey from dancing to recording his own songs. His social media can be found on the following: Instagram: rshaw Twitter: RGB_Shaw Facebook: Robin Shaw

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DURELL PEART FOUNDER OF DOUBLE N MANAGEMENT & MARKETING GROUP

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urell Peart, Founder & CEO of Double N Management & Marketing Group, LLC was born on November 24, 1985 in Brooklyn New York. Durell was born with Acute Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy. He attended regular school and graduated at the age of 17. Durell began to gain an affinity and love for the entertainment industry when he relocated to Raleigh North Carolina to joined a local hip-hop dance group explore additional career opportunities. At that point, Durell became the solo manager called H.Y.P.E (Hot Young People Entertaining) at the age of 19. It was of an Orlando based R&B/Soul artist named D.Cody. This turned out to be something that there that he met his mentor LaShon would be a pivotal turning point for Durell “TS” Jones. LaShon began to teach because he knew that he could take all the him the in’s and out’s and the proper lessons he learned from his mentor LaShon way to navigate the music industry. and his own experience to branch out on his Durell later asked LaShon to help him own. He played a key role in helping D.Cody put together his solo debut independently run his indie label that he created in released LP entitled “Us Against The World”. 2005 called Bros. 4 Life Music Group. Unfortunately, after experiencing little LaShon and Durell ran B.F.L.M.G. success with the album and working hard for the next 3 years. In 2008, LaShon together for the next few years, Durell and D.Cody decided to part ways.

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He has played a key role in helping to secure international touring opportunities for his artists ranging in territories including India, Spain, Luxembourg and France. He has been featured in Brash Magazine, Urban Magazine and as the cover story in Urban Grand Stand Digital Magazine: “The Power Issue”, for the work he does in helping independent artists.

In February 2013, Durell began a new journey as a college student in the Entertainment Business Bachelor of Science Degree Program. During his time at Full Sail University, Durell received numerous awards including course director awards throughout the various classes within his program. Durell completed his degree requirements in February 2015 and was awarded the top award of his graduating class, as class Valedictorian. His WE ARE JERSEY MAGAZINE| Issue 27

classmates also voted him as the “Advanced Achiever” (The most likely to succeed in the entertainment industry). Following graduation, he launched Double N Management & Marketing Group (N’Courage & N’Spire) where his main focus was help up and coming indie artists build a business as a creator in the new digital musical landscape. His passion has become not to make people famous, but rather make them global

artists. Since creating Double N Management & Marketing Group, Durell has worked with artists in states from Florida, Georgia, Virginia, New York, Los Angeles, and Australia. Durell has worked to expand his global profile establishing business partners all over the world. He has played a key role in helping to secure international touring opportunities for his artists ranging in territories including India,

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France. He has been featured in Brash Magazine, Urban Magazine and as the cover story in Urban Grand Stand Digital Magazine: “The Power Issue�, for the work he does in helping independent artists. He looks forward to continuing to be a bridge for indie artists worldwide as an advocate and speaker. Look out for some awesome things coming from Durell & his movement pushing independent music forward! From all of the networking and traveling you have done to get to this point in your career, what is the number one advice you would provide to someone following your footsteps? The number one piece of advice I would provide to someone following in my footsteps is really simple and that is learn the importance of investing in people. The entertainment industry is really a people industry and the fact is people have to genuinely like you in order for them to want to help you in any way. Being from New York and now currently residing in Florida, where do you feel is home for you the most? The place where I feel at home the most is Florida. I have been in 54

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Orlando Florida for 25 years, which is more than half my life. Most of my family still currently resides in New York but I myself don’t really know the city because I left there as a 7 year old boy in ‘93. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way though looking back at it. Where do you imagine Double N Management & Marketing Group to be in 5 years? When I look ahead in the future for my company Double N Management & Marketing Group, I think about the fact that I’ve designed my company to not be reliant upon the success of artists that

I manage but more about educating indie creatives. I think that’s what’s the most important thing for the indie music community is learning the business behind music. In 5 years my brand will be more known for writing books and speaking I believe just as much or even more rather than how many artists my company is managing. What keeps you going when you feel like giving up? What keeps me going when I feel like giving up is the fact that what I’m doing is truly about passion. Passion and purpose in my opinion

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Dash where he said that nothing he’s ever tried to do in business that has been successful came without pain along the way. I think struggle is actually a good thing because it helps to build character and resilience for when you have to go through unexpected hurdles and challenges along the way to success.

parents say to their kids to focus on pursuing a real career. Most times they fail to realize that being a creative is a real career that requires structure and education in order to create opportunities for revenue and building a business that is profitable as well as scalable. When my clients send me testimonials about their overall experience working with me and they say that it’s What is your favorite been nothing short of part about being in the positive industry and owning vibes is truly what Double N makes what I do Management & extremely enjoyable. Marketing Group? My favorite part about How do you balance being in the industry helping numerous and owning Double N artist careers, and Management & personal Marketing Group is the life? fact that I love music and more importantly I balance helping helping people. I can’t numerous artists’ stand it when I hear careers and my 56

personal life pretty easily. Most of the artists that I work with on a daily basis are what I refer to as my clients. When I work with clients I’m usually providing a service that isn’t really required for me to be involved with them on a day-today basis. If I decide to work with an artist on a within the role of management then I refer to them as my artist. As my artist I’m involved within the day-to-day career in helping them to build and succeed in accomplishing their goals. At the moment I’m currently only working with one artist right now so it’s been pretty easy to balance my professional career and personal life. What made you realize that this is what you wanted to do long-

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term? I realized that this is what I wanted to do long term because at the core of what this industry is predicated on is people and relationships. I know without the shadow of a doubt that this is what I’m a master at doing. When I get to help artists pursue their lifelong dream it genuinely means so much to me. As I mentioned earlier in this interview it’s truly about me pursuing my passion. I truly believe when your passion and your why are both side by side and connected, no matter what obstacles lay ahead you will always find a way to push through. I always tell people that when you are walking within your purpose things will always work out. Where can all of our readers follow your journey? Your readers can follow my journey on social media. My social media handle on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn is @Durellpeart. If anyone is interested in working with me personally they can visit my website at www.nnmanagementgroup.com as well as send a text to (407) 326-2352 with the hashtag #WeAreJerseyMag and let me know that they discovered me here and we can make some things happen. I want to thank your publication for taking the time to let me share with your readers about what I’m extremely passionate about and more importantly making a difference in the lives of others. WE ARE JERSEY MAGAZINE| Issue 27

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We Are Jersey Magazine: November 2018  

Check out our latest issue packed with talent across New Jersey but also the globe. Subscribers enjoy exclusive features while viewing our...

We Are Jersey Magazine: November 2018  

Check out our latest issue packed with talent across New Jersey but also the globe. Subscribers enjoy exclusive features while viewing our...