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RJ Word may just be 20 years old, but he’s already achieved more than most artists do in a lifetime.
The young singer/songwriter planted his roots in R&B and pop music and has watched them grow exponentially. From building a social community of more than 2.5 million followers and racking up more than 10 million views on his official YouTube channel to performing in front of more than 50,000 people during sold out shows in Mexico and the U.S. and releasing hit singles that have trended in over a dozen countries, his résumé shows that hard work pays off. And Word has been working on his craft his whole life.
At age 5, he began singing in school productions; at age 10 he started a classic rock cover band; in 6th grade he was discovered by acclaimed vocal coach Roger Love, and by age 13 he knew he wanted to write his own songs and create something new. With music being a part of his whole childhood, by the time he officially launched his career in 2015, Word already had more than a decade of experience under his belt.
“Playing in my house as a kid, it had the power to completely change the energy of a room or a situation. I found that inspiring,” the Los Angeles native says of music. “I still do.”
And though growing up in the music industry comes with its own challenges, he wouldn’t change a thing.
“It can be a rough industry to grow up in,” he divulges. “But the experiences I’ve had navigating this business have shaped who I am. It’s been a wild ride so far, and it’s just getting started.”
Word’s next chapter finds him exploring live music in the pop landscape. His latest single, the funk-inspired dance anthem “What You Need,” is the first time the up-and-coming star has worked with live horns, which he admits brought a whole new life to his music. Channeling his inner Michael Jackson, Word effortlessly slinks his way to the chorus, using an R&B-soaked bridge to get there, before proclaiming, “I see you dancin’ like you don’t need nobody / But I can’t help myself.”
The new direction is one the vocalist couldn’t be more proud of and is eager to continue sharing with the world. “[I want fans to] get to know me, hear what I’m trying to make and get a break from the monotonous loop based tracks that dominate radio today,” he says. “I’m gonna make musicality cool again.”
RJ Word announced the launch of his new clothing and merchandise line for all his fans worldwide.
The line is now available at RJWORDSHOP.com
LOS ANGELES, CA, June 1st, 2016 -- The latest musical offering from rising 18 year-old singer and songwriter RJ Word alludes to a sensational experience in the video for his single, "I'm Gone." With captivating production that compliments his distinctive voice, the new music video to the hit single has quickly gained interest in the music world, with RJ's video achieving over a million views on YouTube.
The song "I'm Gone," was co-produced with Grammy-winning La Clique music. The music video features several captivating scenes driven by the charismatic performance of RJ Word. It is available now online.
Discovered by acclaimed voice coach Roger Love in the 6th grade and inspired by his love for music and storytelling, RJ's latest release is a creative production that reflects his overall musical style. RJ has been singing from childhood in various school productions. Initially in the background, he quickly moved center stage with leading roles in several musical theatre productions including "Pippin," "Pajama Game" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie." RJ then shifted focus to finding his own voice and crafting the musical sound to accompany it. Since then, he has spent years refining his talents and fueling his love for performance.
About RJ Word
RJ is a multi-faceted artist with experience in performing, songwriting and musical production. A graduate of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, he delivers each song with palpable power. His recordings testify to his dynamic sound styling and distinctive voice, appealing largely to the contemporary audience. His creative style seamlessly melds R&B with a fresh EDM sound. One fan said, "It's music from the heart that hits you right between the eyes."
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