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Soulful, Natural, Authentic, Vivacious, and Intriguing – ESNAVI {pronounced Es-Nah-V}. A singer/songwriter hailing from Milwaukee, now residing in NYC, she is a multifaceted artist with a voice of undeniable soul, lyrics of thought provoking truth, and music that harmoniously blends everything in between. With the release of her debut album, EXIT E, a 16-song musical journey inspired by love, society, and real life, her mission to enlighten the world through her music has begun. Her 1st single, Unexpected Love, reached the Top 40 on the Urban Adult Contemporary Charts shortly after its release and remained in the Top 40 Urban AC Charts for 10+ weeks. The video for the single has remained in rotation on VH1 Soul & Centric since its release and was selected as one of Centric Hot 10 Countdown picks. Now with the release of her 2nd single, Morning Dew, Esnavi is on the brink of becoming the next big thing to hit the music industry.

In 2012, she has already headlined in front of a sold out crowd at Apollo Music Café, performed on Good Day New York on FOX 5 NEWS, which has 2 million+ viewers daily, sang The National Anthem to 5,000+ people at the IZOD Center for the Harlem Globetrotters World Tour, performed at BAMcafé Live for an overcrowded room that had a line so long people were turned away, secured a music licensing deal with Abercrombie & Fitch, and to top it all off, she’ll be one of the faces for Alison Raffaele Cosmetics campaign, a cosmetics line that will be carried in Duane Reade stores nationwide, launching in Puerto Rico in May.

Esnavi has become an indie powerhouse in a short time. Although new to the mainstream, she’s been on this journey for years. As a child, her performing and writing skills were fostered. At the tender age of 3, she performed for the first time at a Miss Wisconsin Pageant and acquired a love for writing poems around the age of 8. A love for music was evident during those years. Her vocal ability, however, wasn’t discovered until she was in high school. It was then that the music she listened to growing up started to subconsciously mold the artist Esnavi is today. From Stevie Wonder to Annie Lennox to U2 to Miles Davis, she was drawn to all genres of music. Once she graduated from high school, layers came together and Esnavi was writing, recording and performing at a local studio.

After high school she pursued a marketing degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. While studying, “Music became the driving force in my life while in college, and the moment I turned in my last exam, I had an epiphany.” She realized becoming part of the corporate world was not her calling, but becoming an extraordinary artist was. “Singing was the only thing I envisioned myself doing. I became so passionate about it because I knew I had something unique to share.” No stranger to recording and performing, she had no qualms about making her move to New York. She teamed up with a fellow Milwaukee native, Fulani Hart, and completed recording her first project in which she co-wrote, Uncommon Ground in 2005. The album was never officially released on a label, but Esnavi created enough buzz on the New York music scene to get noticed.

NYC audiences were soon captivated with performances that brilliantly showcased her stellar vocals and versatility at historic music venues such as CBGB’s, Joe’s Pub, Village Underground, The Groove, Crash Mansion, The Shrine, and S.O.B.’s. As word traveled about her, she caught the attention of TV networks and appeared on BET’s The BETJ List as a featured unsigned artist and on MTV’s reality show The City. Since then, she has performed at the world famous Apollo, the historic Brooklyn Academy of Music, the IZOD Center and has been seen on one of the highest rated local morning shows in New York. Watching her perform, you sense a savvy entertainer with a deeply embedded passion. “I belong on stage. This is my home. It’s where I connect to the audience with my live energy.” She remains true to that connection by living in the moment each time she graces the stage. From her Paris Blues show with an impromptu freestyle of her song “Ding Ding” with beat box legend Rahzel, member of The Original Roots Crew, to her performance at S.O.B.’s Sol Village, hosted by Eric Roberson, where she exemplified her prowess to go off script and keep the crowd engaged or even when she effortlessly rocked a crowd of 200,000+ at the Taste Of Soul Music Festival in LA and made sure they knew her name before leaving the stage, Esnavi is electrifying and proves that every time she performs.

With the release of Exit E, which she co-wrote with producer, Michel Kunz, Esnavi has taken her career to the next level. Her current single, Morning Dew, is beginning to take the radio industry by storm. Despite comparisons to the likes of India.Arie, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, and Lauryn Hill, Esnavi is definitely in a lane of her own. Her voice is clearly distinct and the beautifully arranged story that comprises Exit E is incomparable. “We wanted to create good music that transcends everything. Music that anyone in the world could listen to and love.” When you listen to her music, see her perform live and feel her energy, you experience Esnavi. “This journey is not about becoming a celebrity. It’s about music that stems from a real place with substance people can feel and relate to.”

Esnavi is truly an original artist on the brink of delivering a unique sound of soul to the world…her soul.

Q & A with Esnavi

BS: When did you realize singing was a talent of yours? Did you always know singing would be your career?

Esnavi: I didn’t realize I had vocal ability until I was in high school. No, I didn’t know I would pursue a career in singing until after I graduated from college.

BS: Which artist have inspired your growing up?

Esnavi: Stevie Wonder was a main inspiration while growing up.

BS: What do you do to grow as a singer in regards to vocally and performance wise?

Esnavi: I work on my vocal technique daily and vocally train weekly. I try to discover new and old music on a weekly basis as well to expand my repertoire. I also study my live footage and musical recordings to see what I want to work on to make each performance better than the last.

BS: What risks have you taken to attain your successful music career?

Esnavi: Leaving the 9 to 5 work world without financial security.

BS: Have you encountered any obstacles? How did you overcome them?

Esnavi: Yes, several. However, I overcome them with my team and I figuring out ways around those obstacles. I believe that nothing can stop what God has planned for you. With that mind frame, you’ll never encounter obstacles, you’ll just find other ways to make it happen.

BS: What is the most memorable experience you have encountered as an artist?

Esnavi: After a show, a complete stranger walked up to me crying. She expressed how one of my songs touched her so deeply and helped her through a very difficult time in her life. I’ll never forget that moment because it was the first time I realized that my music was serving its purpose.

BS: What advice would you give to an aspiring singer?

Esnavi: Sing for the love of it and be true to who you are as an artist and the rest will follow.

BS: What motto’s do you live by?

Esnavi: YOLO! Ha! I live by several mottos, but my number one is, The best way to predict your future is to create it.

BS: Other than your singing career, what other areas are you currently delving into or aspire to delve into?

Esnavi: Currently music is it. However, I will be part of a beauty campaign for a cosmetics line that is launching next month. So I’ll be delving into the beauty and fashion world soon. I’d also like to get into acting and perhaps becoming a radio/tv host or personality at some point. I love the camera!

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