Purple Reign, Purple Reign: Gabe Rickard

Gabe Rickard is a creative influencer, content creator and model based in Los Angeles, CA; his focus is on skincare and wellness, but he has since started to venture into fashion and style; he is currently steeped in a project where he explores his favorite hues in the color spectrum via creative shoots; this photo shoot was for his homage to the color purple; follow @gabeybby on Instagram to join him on his colorful journey

Photographed by Angelo Kangleon in Los Angeles, CA, on July 12, 2020, with social distancing precautions in place; makeup by Emilee Mae (@emileemaemua); nine of these photos were taken using 35mm film (expired Fujicolor Superia X-tra 800)

All of the Lights: Demie Cao

Demie Cao is a rapper, singer, songwriter, and dancer based in Los Angeles, CA, signed to 5A Label/MRMG (Mister Rocks Music Group); she broke into the scene in the summer of 2019 with her debut single “Night Vision,” released as part of VIBE Presents: Urban Asia Vol 2, the much-heralded compilation album of Asian rap and hip hop presented by VIBE in partnership with Hong Kong-based b2 Music; the song held its own among a flurry of other tracks from top rap and hip hop names from all across Asia and the Pacific (including Ramengvrl, Mrs M, MIYACHI, etc.), carrying a torch rather than shrinking in the shadows, thanks to the unique contours of her voice, the trilingual verses she spits and freewheeling eclecticism of her melodies; “Night Vision,” along with  the high-wattage, hyper-vivid and hypnotic visuals of the accompanying music video, was quick to earn her a cult following not only in Asia, but in the U.S., as well; as a dancer, she has appeared in music videos for Lydia Paek and Sik-K; she has also penned songs for other Chinese and Korean artists; earlier this year she dropped her much-anticipated follow-up single, “Yung,” which quickly became a fan favorite; and, as if to prove she is as prolific as she is talented, just this past month she released another single, the deliciously catchy and danceable “Sage,” a collaboration effort with Holly, and, as of this writing (August 7, 2020), she just released another new track, “Rari;” she is currently working on her debut EP Airplane Mode, which she plans to unleash later this year; when she is not busy working on her EP or writing songs for other artists, she is donning the hat of label A&R for 5A Label/MRMG, flexing her music business muscles and broadening her scope (she graduated with a B.A of Arts in Music Business from USC); click here for Demie’s official artist bio; visit her Spotify to listen to her songs, or her YouTube channel to watch her videos (the video for “Night Vision” can be found in b2 Music’s channel; visit the 5A Label/MRMG Website or follow @demiethedestroyer on Instagram for updates on upcoming releases and shows

Photographed by Angelo Kangleon in Los Angeles, CA, on June 13, 2020, with social distancing precautions in place

Maybe I’ve Been California Dreaming: Claire Reneé

Claire Renee is a singer-songwriter and dancer based in Los Angeles, CA; originally from the Bronx, NY, she began her foray into performing as a child when she got accepted at the Dance Theatre of Harlem to study ballet, tap, jazz, and classical dance at the age of 10, after which she proceeded to attend the prestigious Ailey School/Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS); it was this head start that planted the seeds of her passion for not just movement, but also for making music, and soon after she would find herself watering those seeds by attending several acclaimed music schools, including Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA; her background as a dancer informed her unique vocal style, evident in the delightful lilts, exquisite cadences and off-kilter flows of her verses; she broke into the scene in the spring of 2013 with her first EP Doubts, Dreams, and Ambitions, which showcased her raspy yet winsome vocals and astute storytelling set to a unique blend of hip hop soul and boom bap; later that year, she released Wasted Years, a collaboration EP with Joe Grisly, which featured more of her early writings, this time set to neo soul and ’90s-style R&B; a second collaboration effort, Breaking Code (with Brooklyn-based producer Bagir-Ba), followed shortly thereafter, further flexing her neo soul muscles; by 2017 she decided to move to Los Angeles to make it on her own, and that journey fuelled a solo LP, Let Me Glo, released later that year under the Japan-based label Sweet Soul Records, which mixes the formulas of its predecessors, but this time with experimental R&B and jazz thrown in for good measure, cementing her place in the industry as a global artist; West Coast breezy melodies and East Coast gritty lyricism find a shared language in Let Me Glo, and the LP has garnered wide attention with the lead single “Easy Come, Easy Go (Nights With You)” and the follow-up L.O.L.;” she is currently wrapping up a new quarantine-inspired EP that will be released towards the end of the summer of 2020, as well as a full-length album to be released next year; visit her Website clairereneemusic.com to listen to her songs, or her YouTube channel to watch her videos; follow @artisterenee on Instagram for updates on upcoming releases and shows 

Photographed by Angelo Kangleon in Los Angeles, CA, on August 27, 2017; some of these photos were taken using 35mm film (Fujicolor PRO400H and Kodak Portra 400) 

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