Jhene is Unveiling Her 2017 Plans

Jhene Aiko, known to many just as Jhene, is a talented singer and songwriter that has a long history in the music industry. Jhene got her start early by contributing vocals and appearing in several music videos for the R&B group B2K – the singer ended up taking a break from music, signed with the label Atrium which is distributed through Def Jam Recordings, and returned later in 2011 with the mixtape Sailing Soul.

In February 2015, Jhene was nominated for three Grammy Awards at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards and later joined rapper J. Cole on his tour. Since then Jhene has collaborated with rapper Big Sean and in November 2016 Jhene released a single called “Maniac,” which is the first single from her upcoming album in 2017. Jhene has several performances scheduled for the remainder of 2016 and dates in 2017 – tickets can be found at  See Tickets.

“Maniac is part of an art vision that involves Jhene being :ed in rope – which can be seen on the single’s cover art and a video that Billboard debuted. Jhene worked with photographer and director Steven Taylor and a master in the art form of Japanese bondage called shibari. She told Billboard in an interview, “This is something that the Japanese do and it’s decorative tying. They do it for sensual purposes too, but it’s a true art form.”

When Jhene collaborated with Big Sean she went under the name Twenty88. When the media inquired why the duo chose the name to also be their self-titled debut album they both said that Twenty88 is a story that talks about the highs and lows of a relationship, with insights into conflict, memories, love, sex and more. Jhene is respected artist.

Nick Jonas cited Jhene as an influence during the recording of his debut album – referencing her alternative R&B sound as his influence. Jhene has credited rapper Tupac as the major influence in her inspiration in music. She has also mentioned artists such as Aaliyah, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar as being musical influences within her life. Jhene grew up in Ladera Heights, California. She was homeschooled and took vocal lessons throughout her childhood.

2016 has been an interes:ng year for Jhene. She shocked everyone when she announced her separation from husband Dot da Genius citing irreconcilable differences. A lot of fans and media were not aware that the couple were married.

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