BET Music Matters at SOB's

On Tuesday April 14, 2015 BET Music Matters presented its music showcase at NYC’s S.O.B.’s. Music Matters highlights the next BET superstars through music, bios, music videos, photos and intimate interviews where the artists explain who they are and what music means to them. Headlined by Amina Buddafly, performers included Bb Thomaz, Ginette Claudette, Gina Lee, B. Reith and Rudy Currence.

BB Thomaz is the music industries newest best kept secret! This powerhouse is Germany’s recent import to the United States and she is crossing the border with a ferociously vibrant sound that crosses genres as she delivers a Pop, Alternative style all her own. The “Deutschland” singer, songwriter, producer, is a self-taught musician who plays the piano, and guitar with a Masters Degree in Musicology. This rising star’s debut single “Fighter” available on iTunes describes everything that she is.

Hailing from Uptown New York City, Ginette Claudette is a singer/ songwriter with a unique voice and a story to tell. Born into music, Ginette was given the same name as her mother, a latin pop star with a successful career in the Dominican Republic. At the tender age of 3, Ginette discovered she not only shared her mother’s name, but also her passion for music. She allowed music to become her outlet when dealing with major life obstacles, like the passing of her father and her ill-fated sister, Ginette Claudette decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps, honoring her talent and pursuing her dream. Performing anywhere and everywhere that she could, she tirelessly worked her way from studio to studio and managed to get her foot in the door.

Toronto, Ontario native Gina Lee is an R&B singer who writes her own lyrics. With a strong following in Toronto, she has come to New York City to follow her dreams.

B. Reith, is a Christian hip hop/pop singer and rapper. He began his musical career with the release of his first album, “Urgent Message” in 2003. In 2008, Reith signed to Gotee Records and released his EP, “The Forecast”. Later that year, he toured with TobyMac on Winter Wonder Slam tour. In September 2009, Reith released his second album Now Is Not Forever, which charted at No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 32 on Heatseekers chart.[1] The album spawned the singles “Antidote”, which peaked at No. 50 on the Christian Songs chart, and “The Comeback Kid”.

Singer/Songwriter Rock Hill, SC, preacher’s son Rudy Currence, is a study in contrasts: refreshingly familiar, humbly confident, classic yet innovative. His song “Weave Ponytail” proves he’s an immensely talented crooner who can make you laugh too. Currence plays piano, keyboards, trumpet and guitar, and he’s garnered writer credits Mya and Ray J. A winner of several ASCAP awards, his work has been featured in major motion pictures like The Bourne Identity and Minority Report. Having released two albums independently—More than You’ll Ever Know in 2003 and Here With You in 2006—Currence is currently signed to Ludacris’s DTP Records.

Amina (formerly of “Black Buddafly”) was born and raised in Hamburg Germany, to a Senegalese father and a German mother. Together with her older sister Sophie and her twin Jazz, she began singing before she could talk. Her mother, a music lover who introduced her to the old Motown, The Jacksons, Earth Wind and Fire & Marvin Gaye, says there was always music playing in the house and she would sing with her daughters whenever she could. Her father is a hobby Jazz musician who played the guitar, sax and salsa music all day long. Amina describes her music as pure and real. Big songs with truthful, meaningful lyrics, musical and organic sounds and peerless harmonies.. and that is what sets her apart from others. Amina is currently promoting her first ever solo debut Album entitled “”MYmusic” (including the single “How Can I Be With You”).

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