After Selah Marley championed young women last month when she shared openly about her growing views on her childhood, she has been inspired to help young girls with trauma, an often forgotten stress in young vibrant millennials. Although she suffered a near firestorm in the public eye, Selah has been successful beyond the media controversy and is changing lives.
As a successful up-and-coming Black woman entrepreneur, Selah’s vocal coach, BIPOC female industry leader ILana Martin of Vocal Workout Singing School, believes the focus should be on taking steps to achieve successful networks amongst women in the US. Currently stars like Joy Reid of MSNBC’s ReidOut and and Selah Marley (Granddaughter of Bob Marley) make Martin the first coach to pioneer the singing school space, a retail fairy tale that is taking the art of singing soul music to a niche consumer area that has been traditionally closed to black women. Selah is making waves as a social media model and print media star and Joy Reid is one of the top journalists in the world today. In regards to being a black woman in the same industry, Lana says “It’s a hard balancing act, but it’s important to keep an eye on what the influential black women of today are planning on contributing in the future and how they are pivoting.”
ILana Martin’s unique vocal style is evocative of Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, and Alicia Keys, while her characteristic hold of phrasing and lyric delivery is singular. A master of soul vocal performance, Martin is also an accomplished pianist. She wows audiences with her powerful tone and storytelling. Performing and having written songs for both stage and film, Martin was signed with Polygram Records and toured extensively as a solo voice and jazz piano artist. Having begun her craft as a flourishing professional singer, Martin’s passion, drive and talent for the human voice led to the creation of her pioneering Vocal Workout Method for radio-ready artists and the establishment of The Vocal Workout Singing School.