Tuesday, August 9, 2022

New Artist to Watch: Njomza

*It was a warm summer night, not too long after I first moved to Los Angeles. One of my roommates and I went to a bar to meet up with a friend of mine that I’d met back home in New Orleans.

As we sat and talked, he got a text from a friend of his saying she would be joining us. That’s when I first met Njomza (pronounced, “Knee-Ohm-Zuh”).

I had never heard of her before. She was a sweet girl and very easy to talk to. You could tell she just wanted to relax and be in good company. As the convo went on, she shared that she and her friend had just left a tattoo shop where she got a tattoo dedicated to Mac Miller.

This was soon after his passing. They were very close as she was an artist that he discovered. She credited her leaving her hometown and chasing her dreams on a bigger level to him. Eventually we all parted ways. On the way home, my roommate and I listened to her song “Lonely Nights.”

That was my first time hearing Njomza and I was thoroughly amazed. Her voice had soul. Her song had meaning. In today’s society where artists can go triple platinum on just saying something catchy, you don’t always get soul and meaning.

As time went on, I would hear about her more and more. Aside from being a great singer, she’s also co-written songs for Ariana Grande, including “Thank U, Next” and “7 Rings”, both songs have broken records that were previously set by The Beatles back in 1964. Njomza has had featured cameos in both of those music videos.

When I heard that she would be playing a show in LA, I thought it would be great to go and bring a couple of friends. Thursday night’s show at The Mint was sold out for Njomza’s Vacation tour with dedicated fans singing every word of her songs.

Although I only met her that once, I enjoy humble spirits. In speaking to her I could tell that she was grateful for where she is in life. Njomza’s 2019 is starting off very well and I’m excited to see where her journey takes her.

Njomza on stage at The Mint February 21.

 

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