R. Nezz is a Mississippi native, graduate of Mississippi State University, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has participated in a number of talent shows and expos during college and expanded her performing to local events and open mic nights when she moved to Dallas in 2014. R. Nezz released her debut single I Am Here February 2017 and was featured on Erotic D’s King Shit album released in 2020. She has performed on the Iconic Apollo Stage in Harlem, NY and has headlined the 2nd Annual Cabaret Festival in Dallas, Tx. She has performed with AT&T’s DFW Chapter of the NETwork for fundraising projects for high school seniors since 2019. She co-headlined the 2022 Celebration of the Arts Festival in partnership with AT&T.
She has been featured in Dallas Voyage Magazine, which expounded on her musical journey. You can catch her performing around the city at Dallas Black Canvas and Westend Burger Bar. Music is an extension of herself as she feels that it connects her to others in an effort to take them on a journey they never knew existed.
What does Black Music Month mean to me:
Black Music Month is a celebration of creativity and ingenuity of African American culture. Black music has been ladened with colloquialisms and hidden messages which can be traced back to slavery days in songs such as Go Down Moses and Wade in the Water, which gave hope and instructions of escape to enslaved people in their quest for freedom, respectively. Modern day music such as Kendrick Lamar and India Arie, reminds us of our strength, power, and royalty birthright.
The African American diaspora is a creative community– music is both timeless and a reflection of the times- it is a piece of history that can be passed down through generations without the complexity of life alteration and highlights our ability to use available resources to accomplish a task much greater than ourselves- one of truth, hope, pain, resilience, and power. Recognizing and celebrating Black Music Month is the celebration of Black Culture.
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