Letter From The Editor
On January 21, 2017, the world witnessed the power of women’s voices united as more than 2 million women (and some men) flooded the streets in cities all over the world to voice their dissent, concerns and outrage during the historical Women’s March.
As my Team and I prepared to publish this, our 2nd Annual “Women in Music” Issue, we reflected on the symbiotic relationship between art and activism. Artists have long been at the forefront of battles for social change in the world. Voices from the likes of Joan Baez, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Joni Mitchell and so many more have turned the spotlights off of themselves to illuminate the hideousness of injustices such as war, lynchings and the homegrown oppression of Jim Crow.
The current generation of women in music have learned well from their foremothers and we see them using award show stages and Super Bowl halftime shows as platforms to push for they causes in which they believe. But it’s not just the superstars who are taking up that mantle. Wiles has a long-standing tradition of showcasing emerging and independent talent, and, in this issue, we’re privileged to feature several women in music at various career stages who are all using their voices, in one way or another, to bring light into this world.
Our review of former LaFace Records executive Sheri Riley’s new book “Exponential Living” will encourage you to pick up the must-have life strategy book of 2017. Our Artist Spotlights on newcomers Annalé and Djoir Jordan will encourage you and remind you that no dream is too big and that even our flaws can lead us to perfection. Our Socialite Spotlight on industry veteran and pioneer Tanya Hart will give you rare insight into the careers of some of music’s most iconic stars…before they became stars.
Finally, in our cover story on Prince protégée and The Voice contestant Tamar, you’ll learn the true meaning of “staying power” along with some of the most valuable advice “His Royal Badness” ever gave her.
The relationship between artists and the public is more intimate than most of us seem to realize. It’s a give and take. They, in fact, need us as much as we need them. And as many of us grapple with uncertainty, disappointment and downright fear about what the future may bring, I think it’s comforting to see artists and audiences standing united, speaking out, and demanding that we all live up to the values we profess to hold so dear.
“An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.” – Nina Simone