• Avi Cantor

Meet Honey Blu: the South Central LA songstress you need to hear

Her new single "Sex Ain't Better Than Love," is out now.

Photo credit: Emmanuel Bello (@filmmannie__)

"Honey is sweet, tough, and raw and I felt that it was a good metaphor to describe my personality," explained LA's singer/songwriter Honey Blu.

However, these attributes that helped Blu figure out her artist name apply just as well to her music. Her new song "Sex Ain't Better Than Love" mixes the raw sensuality of 90s R&B and the smooth vocals of modern soul. However, her ability to extract the best attributes of different musical styles goes back to before she was born.

Blu's great grandfather was Al Wilson, a soul singer from the 1970s best known for his songs "Show and Tell," and "Snake." Her father and late aunt were also very musically inclined with her father being a rapper for much of her childhood and her aunt being a singer in their church's senior choir.

Blu picked up music at age six and began recording herself on a karaoke machine that her mother gifted her for Christmas. She then followed in her aunt's footsteps by joining the choir at church and often tagging along with her father to the recording studio.

Blu's mother introduced her to R&B at a young age, especially the likes of Amerie, Jill Scott, and, Keyshia Cole which led her to some of her musical influences. The singer cited 9th Wonder, Queen Latifah, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, and many others as inspiration for her music.

Fast forward to today, the R&B songstress uses her music to "communicate and connect with people." She also aspires to "be transparent, honest, and myself with my art." Now that she's really found her creative footing with "Sex Ain't Better Than Love," she looks to release her debut project this year as well as singles and exclusive content via her website.

Make sure to check out "Sex Ain't Better Than Love" right now on Spotify!