Often times singers find their voice when they least expected. For some it is when they’re in church when they evoke the spirit of the Lord and the congregation feels it; for others it’s when they feel the need to come out of their shell and express who they are in song that moves the crowd.
When it comes to Jakiya Ayanna and Shaina Aisha, better known by their stage name, the Amours, their story is not much different but their desire to be the next best musical duo since Floetry makes them as brilliant as any shining star in the sky.
The Washington D.C. based sisters are known for their eclectic harmonies kismet with a refreshing organic blend of R&B, Bluegrass-Soul, Jazz, Pop, and Classical fusions with their undeniable, one of a kind sound.
“Before music, I had more interest in dancing and fashion,” says 17 years old, Shaina. “I was in musical theatre camps at a young age, so I wanted to dance.” Jakiya, 21 years old, wanted to be a basketball player.
Things changed for these talented ladies when they posted a cover on Instagram that got the attention of recording artist, Luke James. “We knew that music was the right path for us when we made an Instagram together and we posted 15 second singing clips of different songs that we loved,” Shaina reminisces. “Then this one particular song we covered titled “Strawberry Vapor” got reposted by Luke James himself!”
Their natural gift was gaining the attention that it deserved. The repost helped them receive a great following from music enthusiasts around the world that gave them positive feedback on their harmonies and tones.
While the dynamic duo continued to approach music on their own terms, they were felt extremely blessed when they were hand-picked by Philadelphia’s truth-telling, soulful sister, Jazmine Sullivan, to be her opening act for the finale of her “Reality Show” tour. After their amazing performance, the talented singer has worked closely with the Amours ever since. “The Amours have the most angelic voices with a vocal blend only sisters can have,” says Jazmine Sullivan. “Their sound is authentic, and I know they will go far.”
Just how far could they go? How about singing for the FLOTUS, Michelle Obama? “It was a dream come true!” says Jakiya. The Amours received an invitation by the Children’s National Hospital where they dazzled Michelle Obama and the children with a live show-stopping musical performance. “She was all smiles.”
Since the Amours gave the world its very first glimpse inside their vocal masterpiece with the debut of their 2015 EP, “Rhythmic Love,” the duo are on their way to achieving mainstream success, and show no signs of slowing down. After much anticipation, the powerhouses are ready to “smile and spread some love” with the re-release of their brand new single, “Smile,” to their ever-growing fan base. The feel-good track showcases the Amours’ beautiful harmonies, all while embodying the very mantra of their music. “When Smile was written, it came from a place of realization,” says Shaina. “Realizing that things happen in our lives that we cannot control, so just smile because it’s a part of the makings of you, and it’s only going to make you stronger!”
“Our biggest aspirations are to change the world through music, mentorship, and spread love, love, love, love!” adds Jakiya. “We want to go as far as we possibly can and finish up what some of our musical inspirations and heroes started.”
These young ladies have several musical heroes but their make it very clear that they love the sounds of big bands. “James Brown is number one! We love, love, love the big band sound and how full his band was and how soulful he was. He really made you feel and connect to the music,” says Shaina. “We also love Earth Wind & Fire and the queen of funk, Chaka Khan.”
Jakiya adds, “We have to give love to the Braxtons. Their harmonies were out of this world—a true sister blend.”
While their journey to success is just beginning the young singers seem to have no fears towards accomplishing their goals. “We don’t have fear, we have faith,” explains Shaina. “We know that we’re destined to spread our message of love to the world because that’s what the people need, more love. So it doesn’t matter how the goal is accomplished or how long it takes to accomplish our goals, it will get done with the power and our faith in God.”
In the near future, the girls will have their new music for those craving the sounds of soulful harmonies, but in the meantime, listeners can download Here.
To learn more about the Amours, visit: www.theamoursmusic.com