by Andrea Jackson
Her sweet spirit, beautiful smile, natural beauty, and curves, are easy to see. The hustle that goes in fulfilling a dream of making it to the Grammy’s is not so straightforward. Based out of the “city that never sleeps,” She maintains her regular 9 to 5 to keep the wheels turning. She is an artist: writer, songstress, and performer. She is a woman who believes…in love, purpose, peace, good music, good people, dancing, miracles, and the journey. She is…Rajdulari.
Her sound has been categorized as Jazz, R&B, and Soul. Depending on the track, you may think you are hearing Jill Scott, Ella Fitzgerald, or even Chaka Khan, but it is all Rajdulari. From her lyrics to her jazzy, perfectly pitched, smooth ad lib, “la da dee, la da da,” she has an authentic sound. Her debut album, Honeywine, was released in 2011. It was a huge hit, bringing some fresh flava to her genre. The title track was so popular that, in that same year, it made Amazon’s list of Top 100 Downloaded Songs. Her sophomore album, Journey of a Woman, was released earlier this year. It has done great by bringing some more variety to her style and making it to the Billboard charts. She has hit the ground running with performances throughout the U.S.
POSE Magazine caught up with Rajdulari in Chicago over the weekend. It was a brisk afternoon, but that did not stop the music lovers from heading to Hyde Park Records. The patrons mingled and flipped through CD’s and vinyl awaiting the woman of the hour. I was able to secure a nice spot near the front of the store where she would be performing. The performance was great! She performed some pieces from both albums, including her new single Peace. The audience was rocking, patting thighs, tapping feet, snapping fingers, and mouthing the lyrics. She took out the time to greet, sign CD’s, and take pictures with everyone. Her goal is to spread love, inspire, and make you feel better from the “Rajdulari experience.” She did just that.
Haven’t seen Rajdulari live? Visit her website to find out where she will be performing next. Also, check out her official videos, connect with her on social media, and purchase her music. You can find Rajdulari’s music across the web: Reverbnation, iTunes, Pandora, etc. Rajdulari was recently nominated by SoulTracks.com’s Readers’ Choice Awards for “New Artist of The Year!” Voting ends November 2nd. Be sure to show your support and vote here!