Artist of the day: Yashi
Twenty-one-year-old pop/R&B songstress Yashi is the sister of former Tampa Bay Buc Simeon Rice, and the first signee to his record label, Lucid Dream Entertainment.
The youngest of six siblings, Yashi Rice started singing at an early age but didn‚Äôt publicize it to her sports-oriented family until years later. She ran track throughout school and set her sights on the Olympics but quit running competitively to pursue her dream of singing.
"I know how seriously my brother takes things. He wants everything to be right," she said. "He wants me to succeed, but he‚Äôs still hard on me. I know that I have to keep it going."
Yashi lives on Chicago's southside, where she and Sim grew up, but she'll be in town for a record launch party Tuesday at The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa. The event is free and open to the public from 9 p.m. to midnight.
At the launch party, Yashi plans to perform a few singles off her upcoming, to-be-named debut album, including If I Had My Way, due out this summer. Her 6-foot-5 brother will be standing by her side.
Click here to listen to an mp3 of Yashi's If I Had My Way.
-- Susan Thurston, tbt*