“They like working with me because it is easy, I am one of the few females in the urban pop landscape that owns the masters to my music. I own my publishing, when you see Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Pink in Cover Girl commercials, you never hear their song because they never wrote it or the songs were written in a big committee where everyone has a piece of the pie. In these cases to get permission to use the music, it would literally take years, so they come to me as a one stop shop because I own all my masters,” she said.
Empire I is known for songs such as “Come With Me’, ‘Ignite’, ‘Nana Power’, ‘Get Up On It’, ‘Passion’, ‘Bang Bang’, and ‘La Pongo”
She has had song placements in numerous network and cable shows and her music has been used in advertisements for Cover Girl makeup featuring Queen Latifah and Drew Barrymore. She recently landed another successful placement in HBO’s popular comedy series, ‘Girls’, with her single, ‘Get Up On It’, being used in the promotional ads for the upcoming season starting February 24th 2016 (Clink the link at http://youtu.be/Q-ehvqJjiec ). Movies and videos games are all on her long list of collaborations with her catalogue.
Born in Wales to a Moroccan father and British mother, she was raised in Morocco. At age 7 she moved to Montreal, where she lived with her 2 brothers, mother, and Ugandan/Yemeni stepfather.
At the age of 16, Empire I moved to Costa Rica for school and began a four-year trip around the world, living with small and marginalised communities. Her love for music and anthropology led her to visit and live in 30 different countries, and to eventually put her experiences to music.
Since 2012 Empire I has been collaborating with a variety of producers in and out of Jamaica including Truckback, Jam 2, J. Hennessy, Sam Diggy, Frassman Brilli and Rebel Camp Entertainment and Got It Records “Scheme Up” riddim.
Watch out for Empire I new video for the single “Confidence” on the Cartwheel Riddim which was released in January and racked up thousands of views since its release as well as getting posted to World Star Hip Hop front page.