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album cover by Femme It Forward for use by 360 Magazine

FEMME IT FORWARD – BIG FEMME ENERGY

FEMME IT FORWARD TEASES NEW INDIE LABEL WITH THE RELEASE OF ITS ALL-FEMALE DEBUT ALBUM, BIG FEMME ENERGY FEATURING LAUREN JAUREGUI, KIANA LEDÉ, RAPSODY, TIERRA WHACK AND MORE.

Femme It Forward, a female-led music and entertainment company announced today the release of its debut album, “Big Femme Energy Volume 1.” The first ever all female compilation album containing original music, not connected to a movie soundtrack, features songs by Tayla Parx, Lauren Jauregui, Kiana Ledé, Rapsody, Tierra Whack, Ambré, SAYGRACE, Baby Rose, Muni Long, and Sinéad Harnett. The album is available to stream on all music streaming services and platforms now.

Big Femme Energy, filled with affirmations of self-empowerment, autonomy, and strength, is Femme It Forward’s latest step towards fostering more inclusivity in the music industry. The first of its kind compilation album of original songs features a female writer on every song, and is led by an all-female team of artists, creatives and executives such as Heather Lowery (Executive Producer), Annie Bercy (Video Director), Katherine Realpe (Behind the Scenes Director), Marcella “Ms. Lago” Araica (Mixing Engineer), Piper Payne (Mastering Engineer) and more. To further expand on Femme It Forward’s overall commitment to infusing women throughout all areas of the business’s operation, the conglomerate has also joined forces with distribution partner Stem and Parx Studios to develop its creative content.

Big Femme Energy is an expression of the unique duality of power and delicacy. Its about family, love, sisterhood, and the experiences that connect us as women. It celebrates the power, and achievements of women and girls, while sharing stories of insecurities, vulnerabilities and navigating mistakes, which every young woman can feel empowered by. It pays homage to those who came before us while paying it forward to those who will come after us,” said Heather Lowery, Executive Producer of Big Femme Energy. “From our all-female show lineups and the announcement of our Next Gem Femme mentorship program to the release of Big Femme Energy Volume 1 and the upcoming launch of our new indie label; Femme It Forward is truly a vessel to promote messages of intersectional feminism and empowerment while increasing the numbers for women in music across the board – from the artists, producers, writers and engineers to the executives and creatives behind the scenes. Were moving beyond just live events and entertainment; were changing the face of the music industry.

The skillfully curated album juxtaposes a soulful sound on tracks like “While I’m Alive” by Lauren Jauregui and “Who New by Tierra Whack, with powerful, high-energy tracks like “Cut ‘Em Off by Kiana Ledé; all with an underlying theme of empowering women to embrace their best selves. Paying homage to industry veterans that have paved the way was a common theme throughout the album with artists like Rapsody proclaiming “I think I’m Mary J, always did it how I wanted” in reference to Mary J. Blige on “Iconic” and SAYGRACE sampling Brandy’s “Have You Ever” on “If There Really Is A God.” From Tayla Parx’s unapologetic proclamation that this world would be nothing without women on the opening track “Mother Nature to Sinéad Harnett’s reminder that “inside you’ve always been enough” on the outro “Crown”, Big Femme Energy is full of quintessential summer anthems that will inspire women for generations to come.

Amazon Music, PUMA, and Glossier will further amplify Big Femme Energy with the release of new original content from the making of the album. Femme It Forward is also committed to donating a portion of the proceeds of all album sales to Next Gem Femme, its annual mentorship program focused on enhancing the futures of women of color by providing them with access and opportunities.

For more information about Big Femme Energy please visit the official website. 

BIG FEMME ENERGY VOLUME 1 TRACKLISTING

  1. “Mother Nature” Tayla Parx
  2. “While I’m Alive” Lauren Jauregui
  3. “Who Knew” Tierra Whack
  4. “Iconic” Rapsody
  5. “Cut ‘Em Off” Kiana Ledé
  6. “What You Deserve” Ambré
  7. “If There Really Is A God” SAYGRACE
  8. “At Your Worst” Baby Rose
  9. “Plain Jane” Muni Long
  10. “Crown” Sinéad Harnett

About Big Femme Energy

Big Femme Energy, an all-female compilation album filled with affirmations of self-empowerment, autonomy and strength is Femme It Forward’s latest step towards fostering more inclusivity in the music industry. The skillfully curated album juxtaposes soulful tracks with quintessential, high-energy anthems, all with an underlying theme of empowering women. Big Femme Energy is a public service announcement reminding women and young girls everywhere that they’ve always been enough.

About Femme It Forward

A joint venture with Live Nation Entertainment, Femme It Forward is a female-led music and entertainment company that centers its mission in celebrating, educating, and empowering the industry’s most creative and accomplished female visionaries through multi-format, multi-market consumer experiences. We produce music festivals, concerts, original music, original content, comedy shows, philanthropic endeavors, panels, college engagements and more. For more information on Femme It Forward, visit FemmeItForward.com. For live updates and to join the conversation, follow #FemmeItForward on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Empowered Women Illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

CÎROC × COMBS ENTERPRISES EMPOWERED WOMEN

The first cohort of the 2021 Empowered Women honorees, including Iman, Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, and Fadia Kader, are announced in celebration of International Women’s Day.

 

Ciroc and Combs Enterprises are proud to announce the continuation of its Empowered Women platform. Empowered Women, first launched in 2016 by Combs Enterprises women-led executive team, uplifts, spotlights, and honors an eclectic and dynamic group of entrepreneurs, creatives, and businesswomen.

This year, Ciroc and Combs Enterprises partnered with Culture Creators, a cultural connectivity organization that aims to spotlight the contributions of individuals who have shaped the global view of Black culture. To further amplify the initiative, fittingly launched during Women’s History Month, Empowered Women will honor 50 successful women and share the narratives that formed them. Championing discussions around the value of mentorship, allyship, and leadership, Empowered Women highlights the importance of celebrating the current and uplifting the next generation of fearless leaders. Honorees represent five categories including social impact, technology, entertainment, art and style, and business.

Ciroc, Combs Enterprises, and Culture Creators will spotlight the honorees beginning in March and culminating this spring. The series will include custom digital content and exclusive honoree interviews shared via Culture Creators’ platforms, curated vodka cocktails, and an exclusive media partnership with women’s lifestyle publication, Elle Magazine.

It is an honor to continue to build and strengthen the Empowered Women platform alongside Culture Creators and Elle Magazine”, says Ingrid Best, Vice President of Global Marketing, Spirits, Combs Enterprises. “As a Black woman, it is my personal and professional mission to honor those who are breaking boundaries, while also providing a platform for us to continue to do the important work of mentoring and showing up for the next generation. We hope this program encourages young, budding professionals to push boundaries and redefine the status quo in their respective industries.”.

The first round of March 2021 honorees is below, representing the industry leaders paving the way for future generations.

 

Empowered Women Honorees – March:

  • Adrienne Lofton
  • Alencia Johnson
  • Brianna Agyemang
  • Caroline Yim
  • Dawn Dickson
  • Donna Stewart
  • Fadia Kadar
  • Heather Lowery
  • IMAN
  • Jamila Thomas
  • Morgan DeBaun
  • Sarah Jakes Roberts
  • Stephanie L. Young
  • Morgan Dixon
  • Valeshia Butterfield-Jones
  • Vanessa Garrison
  • Yvette Noel Schure

Joi Brown, Founder, and CEO of Culture Creators commented, “I started Culture Creators because I envisioned a platform that gives individuals who push the culture forward and strive for inclusion that flowers while they are still here while continuing to develop the next generation of leaders. Partnering with like-minded visionaries at Ciroc to bring Empowered Women to life marries the spirit of celebration and mentorship.”.

As part of its mission to propel Black culture, Culture Creators has consistently celebrated the accomplishments of key luminaries across a broad spectrum of industries, including entertainment, fashion, finance, technology, business, and more. The Innovators & Leaders Awards Brunch, Culture Creators’ annual signature event, exemplifies this mission and has previously honored Sylvia Rhone, Byron Allen, Marsai Martin, Jemele Hill, Kenya Barris, Charles D. King, and the late Andre Harrell, to name a few. In 2019, Culture Creators launched the first-ever C2 Summit, a platform that targets students of color across all universities and provides interactive educational experiences, employment opportunities, and creates access to leaders across various career paths. Today, Culture Creators further advances its mission with the launch of the Empowered Women platform.