Less than a year on from bursting onto the scene with her progressive soul debut ‘Spring’, which garnered over 100,000 streams on Spotify alone, and caused quite the stir on TikTok, multi-faceted Atlanta-based singer, songwriter, and vocal producer Aryeè The Gem returns with an exquisite new R&B jam titled ‘To It’. Produced by Trakmatik, who has also worked with the likes of Snoh Aalegra, Keyshia Cole, and August Alsina, ‘To It’ is the first single from Aryeè The Gem’s upcoming debut solo EP, which is set to be released this summer via independent label Saint & Citizen Music. To celebrate the upcoming release, Aryeè The Gem shares her top 5 dream collaborations.
“Since Ari Lennox came out I always thought it’d be really dope if we could make a song together strictly on the basis that we have the same name. I love the fact that she is rooted in R&B music and elevates it. Ari has such a unique voice and a strong vocal presence, I think that sonically we could cultivate an anthem on the caliber of a Monica and Brandy “The Boy Is Mine” vibe.”
“Seeing how musically diverse Willow has been through her career thus far is a major reason why I’m inspired by her. The way she infuses mindfulness and spirituality into her music in a down to earth way is reflective of the style of music I make and I feel we could create really impactful pieces of art together. Also Willow being such a multifaceted artist, musician, producer and songwriter I think that level of authenticity is admirable and exactly what the music industry needs. She’s truly the embodiment of a well rounded artist unafraid to think outside of the box, explore and express every aspect of herself and I resonate with that. I think we’d go super saiyan in the studio.”
“Tierra Whack is so dope to me. She reminds me of what Missy Elliot was like in her time with Timbaland, a complete musical anomaly. I appreciate the way she approaches any song she’s a part of. I can feel the impact of each bar and I feel like a collaboration with her could cultivate perspectives uncharted. I feel strongly that if Tierra and I were to work on music together, it’d cultivate a musical paradigm shift and set the tone of originality.”
“When I think of the foundations of Hip Hop and the people who are actively maintaining that legacy, I think of Joey Bada$$. His profound lyricism elevates any production he gets on. Ever since I was in high school, I’ve been tapped into his frequency and felt that what he was creating with his collective and in a solo capacity was next level. I admire his intentionality and his ability to push the mould, a collaboration with him would be huge.”
“When it comes to vocal production, James Fauntleroy is the GOAT. He’s worked with some incredible artists such as Rihanna, Summer Walker, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar and I would love the opportunity to learn from him. My passion for creating intricate harmonies would tie well his ability to develop unique melodies and I know we’d create a MASTERPIECE!”
Recommended if you like the sounds of Victoria Monet, Syd, Ari Lennox, or Solange, Milwaukee native Aryeè The Gem comes with a strong passion and love for music that started from a very young age, having been immersed in choirs from elementary school all the way to the collegiate level. With early influences coming from black music legends such as Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott, and Brandy, Aryeè The Gem beautifully merges R&B, soul, hip-hop and indie elements to deliver an eclectic high frequency sound that intersects art and healing through musical expression.
‘To It’ is out now: https://aryeethegem.fanlink.to/toit