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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Nia: Next In Line - The Project (Self-Released, 2006)

Extremely hard to find debut release from Nia (real name: Stephanie Hearon), an independent singer-songwriter out of Chicago who is still quite active in the local music circuit. A jazzy, polished blend of neo soul and mid-2000s electronic R&B, comparisons can be drawn with early work by Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Mya and others. Mainly produced by local producers with the exception of track 3 Journey which was produced by Hi-Tek and track 8 Let's Be Real which uses the instrumental to I Still Love You by The Neptunes and 702. The above album is currently out of print and unavailable anywhere but fortunately, Hearon is still doing her thing and her latest work of art Gym Shoes is available to download via the digital service of your choice.

Intro - Next In Line 1:59
Can't Change UR Mind F/I.D. 3:49
Journey 3:36
Get Away F/Malik Yusef 5:48
Hard 4:35
Step On 3:57
Let It Ride 3:28
Let's Be Real 4:49
I've Decided F/ZZAJE' 6:26