By Todd T. Rogers, Journalism Major
Three very “artistic” young women hit the stage at the Entertainment & Recording Management (ERM) Showcase during the Communication Week Kickoff at Texas Southern University (TSU) on Friday.
BlushhhMusic: Sunnie, Ray, and Tali were all smiles after their energetic performance, where they engaged with journalism students and posed for press photos.
Originally from California, Sunnie, leader of the up and coming hip-hop girls’ group BlushhhMusic, said the team has been developing its unique look and sound for three years.
Taking influence from girl groups of the 90s like SWV and Exscape, the three talented young women blend bright personalities and tomboy uniforms with provocative lyrics and music samples that are reminiscent of a jumping 90s house-party.
“Our outfits, our style, and our name is all influenced by old school things we’ve grown up seeing and the things that we admire about the music industry during that era,” Sunnie said.
The trio said their origins began on social media. Two of the members, Tali and Ray were found on Facebook and Instagram. Sunnie said she scouted the two potential members based on looks and attitude.
Tali, a Houston native and the only singer in BlushhhMusic, said she feels pressure to meet the high expectations of manager, Mathew Knowles.
“Well, I have a gift and a blessing. I get compared to the great Beyonce Knowles, and that’s my pressure honestly because that’s a high standard to live up to,” Tali said.
Knowles, known as the mastermind behind the Grammy award-winning girl group Destiny’s Child, which propelled his famed daughter Beyoncé into the national spotlight, has also dedicated his time to developing new talent like Sunnie, Tali, and Ray.
The manager of BlushhhMusic is also a very popular professor amongst the students in the School of Communication at TSU, where he makes strides to bring notice to the Entertainment & Recording Management program.
The newest member of the group said she had less than three days to impress Knowles and the other two group members who welcomed her with open arms.
“Coming into it they were both very welcoming and easy to bond with, so the bond came naturally. When it was time to work and get it all done, I did it in a matter of two days,” said Ray.
The ladies said they are bringing “old school” back. Their sound is nostalgic and empowers young women. With plenty of hard work, practice, and coaching from manager, Matthew Knowles, it is apparent that BlushhhMusic will have a promising career.