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Sim's kid sis takes the mike

Yashi Rice was the first name on her big brother Simeon’s record label.

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Yashi Rice was the first name on her big brother Simeon’s record label.

We know him for his size, his sacks and his Super Bowl ring. And soon, if he has any say, his sister.

Simeon Rice, the outspoken former defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has a new record label, Lucid Dream Entertainment. His first signee: little sis Yashi.

The 21-year-old pop/R&B songstress grew up with the Pro Bowler on Chicago's South Side, where she still lives. She comes to Tampa for a launch party Tuesday at The Kennedy in SoHo.

The youngest of six siblings, Yashi Rice started singing at an early age but didn't publicize it to her sports- oriented family until years later.

"I thought she was joking until I heard her do karaoke," Simeon said on Lucid Dream's Web site. "I was blown away."

Yashi ran track throughout school and set her sights on the Olympics but quit running competitively to pursue her dream of singing.

Working with "Simi'' has been a blessing but not without pressure.

"I know how seriously my brother takes things. He wants everything to be right,'' she said. "He wants me to succeed, but he's still hard on me. I know that I have to keep it going.''

For inspiration, Yashi looks to singers such as Lauryn Hill, Aretha Franklin and Al Greene. Her iPod picks include Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Moby and Lil Wayne.

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.

She'll also seek audience feedback. She expects it will be positive.

Her 6-foot-5 brother will be standing by her side.

Yashi

The singer will perform a few songs from her upcoming album during a party Tuesday at The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. The free event runs 9 p.m. to midnight. To hear her single If I Had My Way, visit blogs.

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Sim's kid sis takes the mike 04/23/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 23, 2009 5:03pm]

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