Jhenè Aiko Efuru Chilombo, more known for her stage name, Jhenè Aiko, is a famous american R&B singer and songwriter. Jhenè is known for her feather toned voice and has more than 11.3 million followers on instagram. Jhenè Aiko represents a wave of younger artists bringing the introspection of ’70s R&B and ’90s neo-soul into the self-care era, handling real, everyday things- relationships, parenting, and personal discovery- with a slight cosmic slant.
Jhenè Aiko was born on March 16, 1998, making her 32 years old. She was born in Los Angeles, California, and is of mixed heritage. Her mother, Christina Yamamoto is of half-Japanese, Dominican, and Spanish descent. Her father, Karamo Chilombo is of Afro-American and German descent. Jhenè was raised in a middle class family and had four older siblings named Miyoko, Mila J, Jahi, and Miyagi. However, Miyagi sadly died of cancer in July 2012. Before he sadly passed away, Jhené wrote and recorded a song named ‘For My Brother’. Miyagi died soon after hearing the record. Although it was only intended for her brother, the record was later released online. At the age of 20, Jhenè Aiko gave birth to her daughter Namiko Love on November 19, 2008. Before she found out about her pregnancy, Aiko had been attending vocal lessons while studying at West Los Angeles College, She was gearing up to finally commence work on her debut album. Those plans were pushed back following the life-changing news about her pregnancy.
In 2011, Jhenè Aiko released her first mixtape ‘Sailing Soul(s),’ which featured artists like Drake, Miguel, Gucci Mane, Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West. She began working on the mixtape after giving birth, so she can get back in the music industry. Aiko wrote all the mixtape’s songs except “July,” which was written by Micah Powell. Jhenè made it known that Tupac Shakur was one of her biggest influences. She also credited Kendrick Lamar, Eminem and Kid Cudi as big inspirations.
Jhenè Aiko started her musical career contributing vocals to the group B2K. She worked with the group, which featured Lil’ Fizz, J-Boog, Raz-B and Omarion, on a number of releases, including a Christmas cover of ‘Santa Baby’. On December 16, 2011, Aiko signed a recording contract with American record producer No I.D.’s record label ARTium, distributed through Def Jam Recordings. In 2013, Aiko appeared on Big Sean’s single “Beware”, also featuring Lil Wayne, which became her first top 40 single on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. In November 2013, she released her first project for Artium and Def Jam, an extended play (EP), titled Sail Out. The EP was supported by the singles “3:16AM”, “Bed Peace” and “The Worst”, the latter of which went on to become certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Aiko released her major-label debut album, Souled Out, on September 9, 2014. On September 22, 2017, she released her second studio album Trip. In 2020, Jhenè Aiko released a new album named after her ‘Chilombo’, it features the transcendental tones of the ancient bowls, which are said to balance chakras and soothe anxiety.
Jhene Aiko’s debut EP ‘Sail Out,’ which released through ‘Def Jam Recordings,’ reached the No.1 spot on R&B chart. Most of the songs were written by her. It was nominated for a ‘Grammy’ for ‘Best Urban Contemporary Album.’ It was also nominated for ‘World Music Award’ under the ‘World’s Best Album’ category. Her other major work is ‘Souled Out,’ which released in 2014 by ‘Def Jam.’ The album peaked at No. 3 on ‘Billboard’ and sold 70,000 copies in the first week of its release. The musical style of this album combines elements from different genres. Though the lyrics are not so closely woven, they create an everlasting impression of pain, sorrow, and aggression when combined with melodious tunes. Aiko’s second studio album ‘Trip,’ which released on September 22, 2017, peaked at number five on the ‘US Billboard 200’ and topped the ‘US R&B/Hip Hop’ charts. With positive reviews from critics and great commercial sales, the album was certified gold by RIAA. Jhene Aiko’s single ‘The Worst’ was accredited platinum by ‘Recording Industry Association of America’. The single also won the ‘Centric Award’ at the 2014 ‘BET Awards.’ In February 2015, she was nominated for the ‘Grammy Awards’ in three categories.
At some point on her path, R&B seeker Jhenè Aiko discovered the concept of sound healing. For as long as she’d been making music, people had been telling her how it helped them study, helped them sleep, and helped them get through hard times. Jhenè Aiko works with genres, such as R&B, Hip-Hop, and Rap. She never knew quite where she fit, in a sense of dislocation of someone whose identity felt somehow fractured or unresolved. In other words, a person in search of themselves.
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