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There's something undeniably profound about great voices. From the beginning, talented singers and their melodic gifts have served as soundtracks to our lives. Dreamville's Ari Lennox is no different. The D.C.-born singer-songwriter experienced an incredible 2019, complete with her debut album, Shea Butter Baby. The video for the duly titled platinum single, "Shea Butter Baby," alongside label head and marquee artist, J. Cole, has surpassed 50million views on YouTube alone. Surpassing 1 billion global streams, Shea Butter Baby also spawned the singles "Up Late" and "BMO," which Ari performed on Jimmy Fallon in June 2019. The intimate video for "Up Late" received nods from several major outlets, including ESSENCE, Noisey, Pitchfork, and Billboard. Ari supported the album by headlining her sold-out Shea Butter Baby Tour before joining Lizzo's Cuz I Love You Too Tour. Ari has been a frequent name on the awards circuit, receiving a Grammy nomination for her contribution on Dreamville's album, Revenge of the Dreamers III. Ari was nominated for three 2019 Soul Train Awards, two 2020 NAACP Awards. "BMO" The singer/songwriter returned with her fresh new single, "Pressure," produced by an all-star cast of Jermaine Dupri, Bryan Michael Cox and Johnta Austin. The Chandler Lass-directed video reached over one million views within 24 hours and is Ari's first Billboard Hot 100 entry (currently at #66), #1 record at Adult R&B Radio, top 10 at Urban Radio accumulating over 74 million streams.

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