Self-described as “100% Tange Lomax,” this emerging singer and vocalist offers something fresh for fans of female legends such as Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill. While working to find her own place in this world, Tange’s free spirit has led her to experimenting with a variety of vocal stylings, resulting in a diverse and engaging outcome.
Tange’s latest track, Like I Do as produced by Graveside, is a great introduction to her music, and this track will find its way getting inevitably stuck in your head. Don’t let Tange’s laid back demeanor as an r&b singer fool you, she can spit a mean verse with the best of ‘em. Her strong personality matches her multitalented approach as a musician, and is the type of artist that deserves a spot on your up-and-coming radar.
We took some time to get to know more about this young talent, check out our Q+A below.
Introduce yourself! Where you’re from, where you’re at and what you do!
My name is Tange Lomax (like Tangerine) and yes, it’s my actual name! I was born and raised in High Point, North Carolina, about an hour away from Charlotte. I’m am a rap and r&b vocalist.
What helped you get started? Tell me about some past projects, or an early memory of deciding to start making music.
I grew up in a church and I used to watch the drummers, the singers and of course, the heart of it all – the organist – as a kid. I would see the anointing God gave the musicians to be able to touch a church full of people. They made people cry, laugh, rejoice all in one moment. I wanted to do that for people!
Over time Rapcity, 106 and park was at its prime and it all just became a part of my everyday life. I always loved to read and write poetry, and slowly but surely I started freestyling with my brothers and his friends and writing my own raps. I was about 9 then and never stopped loving the art of words and the power it has over wax.
What is your favorite part about your creative process? When you are writing your verses, what does the environment around you look like? What helps you to get inspired?
My favorite part of my creative process is recording, although writing is a fun too. Things sound way different on wax than in your head, so finally getting to the recording process, I’m able to hear what I do and and don’t like. If I’m doing a feature for someone, the environments always change but the party favors are always present. *laughs*
If I’m recording at home, it;s just me, a Mac, a mic and my hallway to practice my on stage moves. Hearing really good songs gets me inspired like, “wow this is so I can make something this good, maybe even better, let me give a stab at it.”
Beats inspire me, as well as my peers. Watching up and coming artist from my city like J.K. the Reaper, Seers, Josh Jones etc. Watching them grow and constantly working makes me go super hard, “like yeah I gotta go record.” These guys want it BAD.
As a creator, what is your mission in your music, especially in today’s music industry? What are you hoping to express through your lyricism?
My mission is to spread honesty, love and joy.
Records like “Breakthrough” feat. J.K. The Reaper was probably my most honest track to date. During the process of trying to find yourself, you’re going to make some pretty shitty mistakes no matter how much money you do or don’t have, or where you are in the world. It’s just unavoidable. Accepting, growing and moving on to better yourself is the point of it all.
I want to let people know they’re not alone in this journey of life. We’re all on the same mission, just taking different routes. Although I’m not in love at the moment, I’m in love with the possibility of completely loving myself, as well as someone else. I make a lot of love songs because that’s the most important thing we can do for someone. You can be broke as a joke or depressed, but that good friend or that stranger who said they like your sh*t changes everything. Love is everything.
What are some of your favorite releases that other artists have put out this year?
Every Future project, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, Seers Lil tape and I’m loving Raury’s All We Need album. Also all of the underground, local soundcloud GEMS I’ve found throughout the year.
What project can we look out for next of yours?
I’m currently in the process of recording a 5 song EP, titled FEELS. People know me for singing a lot of the hooks on my songs and rapping the verses, and there’s a lot of singing on this EP. It has some cool slow jams to get people prepared for fall and of course the legendary “cuffin” season. It features the homie Josh Jones from Greensboro, North Carolina.
What do you aim to accomplish next up in your career?
I simply want to touch people hearts and ears enough that they’ll invite me to their city. I want to tour the world but first more music, more features and more visuals!
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