[Interview] Catching up with Soul Singer Amahni Philly

Peace family! I know its been a while. I’ve been on the prowl, searching for new talent, and I found it in Baltimore neo soul artist, Amahni Philly. Amahni has been breezing up the coast with his new single “Forever”, but he’s no stranger to the scene. He has been performing up and down the east coast, promoting his sophmore album Forever Golden. Philly was able to take a break from his busy schedule and chat with us about the project. 

Dropajewel: What made you begin writing music? 

Ahmani Philly: Well I’ve always had the passion to write. I always felt it was easier than speaking. Initially it allowed me to release my emotions, personal feelings, visions and thoughts during a time when I didn’t feel heard. During my younger years I was very verbally introverted  and when it came to being vulnerable it was sort of like expelling everything I hold within through pen . I even now find myself sometimes speaking in song, rhyme scheme, metaphor or parable.

DJ: Who are your biggest influences?

 AP: This is a great but extensive question. My biggest influences are artist who are iconic from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. From the instrumentation of Brothers Johnson, Earth,Wind & Fire…to vocals of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, The Emotions, Patti Labelle, of course on this album Johnnie Wilder Jr.  Today’s artist span from TANK, Tweet, Brandy to a more recent Frank Ocean, Jay-z, SZA, Daniel Caesar.

DJ: How does Forever Golden differ from your last album Home?

 AP: Home was a very weird place for me vocally because of multiple health and life issues. Home was a push album that half the time my voice was gone…I could barely sing and had so much to say. Meanwhile, I wasstill hiding my true yearning in my heart to be completely transparent about where my heart should’ve been. It birthed music from me trying to harness my thyroid health and figure out how to turn what I viewed as a curse into a pathway toward the falling place of my blessings; hence the Title Home. This led me to the Goldenheart and that’s where Forever Golden came into fruition. Forever Golden was the first time I could speak fully from my heart and soul without holding back, and being overly cryptic or without dark emotions of no hope. This is about a real life love of someone. I call him “the Goldenheart” or “Twin Flame”. Since I love numerology and the zodiac and the artistic connotations I used representations of 2 and 11 life path since I am both. It’s in everything from the art work, to the number of tracks on the album. Especially releasing the album in 2018, a universal 11 and year of spiritual partnerships (Forever Golden).We must overcome challenging early lives (Home), to prove to the world that love never gives up! The number eleven is about double beginnings and two is about the combining of the two separate entities to move forward in a new beginning with peace love and understanding(Forever & Golden).

So This project holds hope in life and a sense of permanent position within me in every aspect of my life moving forward. Forever Golden all about complete truth and being naked and literally comfortable in my skin as I step into the New beginning. As you can see my music comes from deep rooted intimate real life and spiritual experiences. Home was the story to get back to the Forever Golden (Kansas) just like the wizard of oz.


DJ: What do you want people to take away from this album? 

AP: I want people to always have hope in love, learn transparency & growth. Take time to redirect, find & never compromise yourself. Remind yourself how much you love [you]. Learn from mistakes or lessons and move forward never backward. Don’t ever stand still and become a victim of your circumstances. Take responsibility and care for yourself. Then the Divine will bring you a heart and the balance that will adore all that you already are and love within yourself.

DJ: What do you think of the soul/r&b game right now?

AP: Well, I think I’m beginning to really love millennial soul as it’s now called. However, I’m not to keen on the fact that hip hop and R&B are lumped together as Urban Music. It’s disappointing. Mostly because R&B is not always “URBAN” technically. Unfortunately, you have to roll with the punches. 

DJ: What can fans expect from Amahni Philly in the near future? 

AP: In the near future more transparency, visual content, and whatever is laid before my path toward the manifesting of the vision. I would love to do a few collaborations. Who knows? I’ll let the Divine guide me.

Visit https://amahniphilly.com/ for more on information. Show your twitter love @dropajewel and @amahnimusic  and don’t forget to check out the album Forever Golden, everywhere you can find good music. #DoItNow   #HappyFriday

 

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Yesterday, June 26, 2015, is a date that will go down as one of the most colorful in history. SCOTUS declared same-sex marriage officially legal in all 50 states in America, and dare I say FINALLY! Ten years ago, as a baby lesbian just fully coming into my own sexuality, I would have never expected today would be a reality. This has been a long time coming for the LGBT community. It feels almost as good as when Obama, our first African American President, came into office. I was never for or against gay marriage necessarily. Marriage is an institution like any other, and I had always felt like I didn’t need my commitment to be recognized by anyone but me and my partner. But much like civil rights, the LGBT community has fought and even died for the right for our marriage to be legal in the eyes of the law. Though we are far from equality as far as the African American community is concerned, the legalization of same-sex marriage is still a huge contribution to equality as a whole.
Naturally, with the equality of all marriage, as the rate of marriage increases, so will the divorce rate. People will want to contribute it to new legalization of same-sex marriages, and maybe even throw in their opinions of abominations, and our love being unnatural. Like any other oppression turned freedom, I am prepared for the next few generations to smooth this out in the LGBT community. Makes me think of a poor person comes up on more money than they ever have for the first time in their lives and doesn’t know what to do with it, or a small town teen that has been sheltered most of their life going off to college and having freedom for the first time. Many of us individually need a few years to navigate life in a way that’s not self-destructive, and we must allow the LGBT community to do the same. Just because same-sex marriage is now legal, doesn’t mean that marriage is the only way to commit your life to your partner, prove your love, or even save your long-term, but rocky relationship. Some say yesterday was just a distraction from other issues, like all other media frenzies, but I say to those that believe that, if this is some sort of distraction, it is a beautiful distraction. Today is necessary for the evolution of this world and is a step in the right direction.

Of course there are disagreements about same-sex marriage vs. the church. I saw a Facebook post earlier that sums up my thoughts on that. It read: “Religion is for those who follow it. Laws are for everyone to follow. Remember this and don’t confuse it. Separation of state and church.”

All in all, congrats and endless rainbows of love to the LGBT community. This is definitely a victory for the United States.