Artist of the Month: Lively Lizzo revives pop genre


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Houston-based pop singer Lizzo sings about self love in “Truth Hurts.”

Cassia Ramelb

Famously known by her stage name Lizzo, Melissa Viviane Jefferson strikes the music industry with pure, unadulterated confidence.

Not only is the 31-year-old a singer, songwriter, rapper and presenter, she also graces the stage as a talented flutist. The fearless artist became a viral sensation through @theshaderoom on Instagram during a performance at University of Iowa’s homecoming.

The Houston native is a founding member of indie hip-hop groups: The Chalice, Grrrl Prty, The Clerb, Ellypseas and Absynthe.

Jefferson found love for her craft shortly after high school in her first recording session in Minneapolis. In 2013, her debut album, “Lizzobangers” was released. Six lengthy years later, her third album “Cuz I Love You” was released in April 2019.

Her non-stop blockbuster hits feature popular artists including rappers Missy Elliot and Gucci Mane, as well as R&B singer Sophia Eris. Netflix’s “Someone Great” starring Gina Rodriguez features Jefferson’s “Truth Hurts.”

Jefferson breaks social norms by exposing negative views towards women then praising and uplifting herself and her community.

On empowering “Soulmate,” Jefferson sings  “‘Cause I’m my own soulmate. I know how to love me.”

Her music career inspires fans to feel on top of the world by boosting every aspect of individual self confidence in her lyrics.

“Mirror, mirror on the wall. Don’t say it, ‘cause I know I’m cute,” Jefferson sings in self-love anthem “Juice.”

The artist recently released her  single “Juice” on May 10.

In its respective music video, the soulful diva rewinds the clock to ‘70s disco days skating around a roller rink shouting lyrics to the inspirative song.

Jefferson will commence her “Cuz I Love You Too” tour this coming July and will make an appearance on Oct. 18, 20 and 21 at the Hollywood Palladium.