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Artist Of The Month: Stanaj

Stanaj "The Preview" Lava/Republic Records
  – Stanaj "The Preview" Lava/Republic Records

STANAJ released his debut EP The Preview [LAVA/Republic Records],which premiered exclusively on Complex, at all digital retailers 8/9.  Upon its release, the EP entered the Top 10 on iTunes pop chart. Listen HERE. The first single “Ain’t Love Strange” spotlights STANAJ’s massive and magnetic voice. Co-written by Sebastian Kole [Alessia Cara’s “Here”], the track juxtaposes airy, sparse production and piano with STANAJ’S undeniable, resounding vocals. In addition to releasing his debut EP, Stanaj is also currently featured on Lemaitre’s newly released track “Playing To Lose,” listen HERE.  Within a week of its release, “Playing To Lose” reached over 1 Million streams on Spotify.

Before ever touting a proper single, the 22-year-old New York-born singer garnered glowing social media endorsements from Chris Brown, NBA star Brandon Jennings, Kim Kardashian West, Russell Simmons and many more. He also had a breakthrough performance at Coachella prior to releasing any original music, famously played Drake’s piano at the YOLO Estate, and landed a record deal with LAVA/Republic Records.  Brandon Jennings would catch one of those performances and upload a clip online. In the aftermath, STANAJ’s Instagram following quickly exploded. As his name spread, his following on Instagram would grow to over 300K followers within a year. He made his national television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon  with an memorable performance of his single “Ain’t Love Strange” on October 26th.

 

Stanaj 

“Ain’t Love Strange”

From The Preview EP 

Lava/Republic Records

Stanaj 

From The Preview EP (Playlist) (Explicit)

Lava/Republic Records

 

Stanaj 

“All I Want Is You” (Miguel Cover)

From Sole Sessions 

Creative Recreation

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“Playing To Lose”
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This month, STANAJ will embark on his first ever tour, joining label-mate SoMo’s The Less Stress More Love Tour. The tour will include a hometown stop for the Yonkers native in NYC at Webster Hall on November 11th.

THE LESS STRESS MORE LOVE TOUR DATES WITH SoMo:
Nov 9 – Boston MA – House of Blues
Nov 10 – Philadelphia PA – Trocadero
Nov 11 – New York City – Webster Hall
Nov 13 – Washington DC – 930 Club
Nov 15 – Chicago IL – House of Blues
Nov 17 – Minneapolis MN – Skyway Theater
Nov 19 – Salt Lake City UT – In The Venue
Nov 22 – Seattle WA – The Showbox
Nov 23 – Portland OR – Crystal Ballroom
Nov 26 – San Francisco CA – Social Hall
Nov 29 – Ventura CA – Ventura Theater
Nov 30 – Los Angeles CA – El Rey Theater
Dec 1 – Santa Ana CA – Observatory
Dec 3 – San Diego CA- Observatory North Park
Dec 6 – Denver CO – Gothic Theater
Dec 7 – Wichita KS – The Cotillion
Dec 9 – Houston TX – Revention Music Center