Known for collaborating with major acts like The Game, Wiz Khalifa and Machine Gun Kelly, Cameroon native, Lorine Chia’s “$ and Peace,” combines Hip Hop’s simplicity, Jazz horns, and Neo-Soul’s melodic magnificence. Covered by Billboard, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and Complex (with The Cool Kids), the songstress provides her own sound with a dulcet composition expressing self-awareness and reassurance. Recently, Lorine was hand-picked by Pusha T for Adidas latest Soundlabs grant contest.
Featured in Neutrogena’s Pure Wow 100 and the face of Soundcloud’s latest advertising campaign, the self-taught guitarist’s contemporary and expressive take on modern R&B is cultivated and quintessential. As Lorine Chia continues to permeate a sea of homogenous artists, her eccentric wave will define her own destiny as one of the most promising new artists today.
ABOUT LORINE CHIA:
25-year-old Cameroonian-native, Los Angeles-based singer, rapper, and songwriter Lorine Chia grew up between two worlds: one her family’s deep ties to her native country of Cameroon and the other adjusting to the American way of life and its music. Being culturally enriched in her native country, Lorine exudes a flavorful persona equivalent to the music she creates. Garnering praises from the likes of Complex, Fader, and Billboard, Pitchfork describes her as “plucked straight from a different era, but…ultra-contemporary.” Her contribution to her collaboration with Bad Boy/Interscope artist Machine Gun Kelly has been called “fabulously rich” by Rolling Stone. With no surprise to the heights her music has taken her, it is safe to assume the Cameroonian singer’s career peak is on the horizon.
Born in the West African country of Cameroon, Lorine Chia was reared in an environment that was instilled with a strong sense of self-sufficiency and determination that would prove integral in her future. At the age of six, Lorine moved to the rough and tumble urban environs of Baltimore, Maryland. While life may not have been a facsimile of the HBO series The Wire, life in Baltimore was not without its unique set of challenges for the young immigrant. “My parents didn’t let me go outside too much,” she says. “I got made fun of in school because of my culture and accent. It was weird. I was confused as to why they were making fun of me.” Instead of succumbing to bullies, Lorine decided to learn the culture of the urban Baltimore community all while embracing her differences. It was then she discovered Baltimore club – a genre of hyperkinetic dance music native to the region.
Taking the next decade to develop her musical attributes, Lorine’s music style has been described as “a love child between Erykah Badu and Amy Winehouse”. Her music stems from overcoming life’s lows and guiding hope into people’s lives, “There’s nothing greater than helping people overcome their lowest moments with sweet noise” says the Cameroonian singer. Recalling the moment she taught herself to play the guitar, “That right there started everything,” she reveals. “When I started playing guitar, I found a way to piece together my music. That’s when I started writing actual songs because I found some type of sound to go along with those words I had been writing all along.” Garnering an overwhelming positive response after performing in her high school music class, Lorine gained the confidence to move full speed ahead with her musical endeavors.
Reaching a pedestal of recognition for her lush take of neo-soul, the Neo-Soul singer acknowledges the deep purpose of her music, “To raise awareness of the suffering of my people. To bring hope and light and love. To change the world in a positive way.” Lorine has gone on to write, produce, and sing alongside of major artist such as The Game, Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy, Jim Jones, and more. Fortune 500 company Coca Cola named Lorine artist of the week and featured her on their website dubbing her as “sassy and soulful” and “a star for the future.” She also worked with veteran rapper Pusha-T, starred in her own Soundcloud campaign, and was featured on her own billboard ad in Times Square. Lorine is currently working on her highly anticipated album titled “Sweet Noise” due out 2019.