St. Beauty

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St. Beauty
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St. Beauty opening for Janelle Monáe in 2018
Background information
Genres
Years active2012 (2012)–present (present)
LabelsThe Wondaland Arts Society
Associated actsJanelle Monáe
MembersAlexe Belle
Isis Valentino

St. Beauty is an American musical duo consisting of singers Alexe Belle and Isis Valentino.[1][2][3][4][5][6] The duo is affiliated with a larger artistic collective called Wondaland Art Society, a group of musicians that also includes Janelle Monáe, Jidenna, Roman GianArthur, and Deep Cotton.[7] Both the duo and the collective are based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Career[edit]

Belle and Valentino met while working at a clothing boutique that held a showcase for local artists in 2012.[8] In light of the acclaim they received after the performance, the two officially formed a band and selected the name St. Beauty. In a recent interview, the duo explained that they selected the name because, "St. Beauty is a pure beauty that lives in everyone."[8] Their mission is "to heal and inspire."[9]

St. Beauty's song "Going Nowhere" appeared on the album, Wondaland Presents: The Eephus. The album was released on August 14, 2015,[10] and was distributed by Epic Records.[11] The album debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Chart for R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.[12] In November 2017, St. Beauty toured as an opening act for Jhené Aiko's Trip Tour.[13]

In 2018, the group released their debut extended play Running to the Sun, featuring the singles "Caught" (2017), "Not Discuss It" (2018) and "Borders" (originally released in 2016).

Discography[edit]

Extended play[edit]

Title Details
Running to the Sun

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Going Nowhere"[15] 2015 Wondaland Presents: The Eephus
"Borders" 2016 Running to the Sun
"Holographic Lover" Non-album single
"Caught" 2017 Running to the Sun
"Not Discuss It" 2018

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Hell You Talmbout"
(Janelle Monáe and various artists)
2015 Non-album single
"Castles"
(Bosco featuring St. Beauty)
2017 b.
"No Escape"
(Spree Wilson featuring St. Beauty & Big Rube)
2019 Thank You for Coming, Enjoy

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artists Album
"Safari" 2017 Jidenna, Janelle Monáe, Nana Kwabena The Chief
"Up" Pvndo, Bobby Earth Shapes in Odd Spaces
"PTSD" 2019 Dreamville, Omen, Mereba, Deante' Hitchcock Revenge of the Dreamers III
"The Other Half" Jidenna, Mereba 85 to Africa

References[edit]

  1. ^ Krishnamurthy, Sowmya (January 6, 2016). "Meet St. Beauty: The Eclectic Girl Group We Have Been Missing". Essence Magazine. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  2. ^ Dungan, Christina. "Introducing St. Beauty". People Magazine. Retrieved Apr 23, 2016.
  3. ^ Vivien Killilea. "Singers Alex Belle and Isis Valentino of St. Beauty perform on the..." Getty Images. Retrieved 2015-09-05.
  4. ^ Diep, Eric (August 17, 2015). "Janelle Monae and Wondaland's The Eephus Is A Must Hear". Vibe. Retrieved 2015-09-05.
  5. ^ Di Nunzio, Miriam (August 17, 2015). "Ahead of her 'secret concert,' Janelle Monae rallies in Chicago in support of #BlackLivesMatter". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2015-09-05.
  6. ^ "Janelle Monáe, and Other Wondaland Artists, Step Back in Time at the Highline Ballroom". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-05-09.
  7. ^ "Janelle Monáe Releases Visceral Protest Song, 'Hell You Talmbout'". NPR.org. August 18, 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-05.
  8. ^ a b St. Beauty - Wondaland: Welcome to the Future - St. Beauty. YouTube. 17 August 2015.[non-primary source needed]
  9. ^ "Jidenna, St. Beauty, and Roman GianArthur Explore Music's Extra-Sonic Powers". Spin.com. Retrieved 2015-09-05.
  10. ^ Jones, Jaleesa (August 17, 2015). "10 times Janelle Monae's 'Eephus' tour was just TEW MUCH". Entertain This!. Retrieved 2015-09-05.
  11. ^ Shaw, A.R. (September 1, 2015). "Janelle Monae introduces her wonderful Wondaland crew at concert in Atlanta". Rolling Out. Retrieved 2015-09-05.
  12. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-09-05.
  13. ^ Nerisha Penrose (October 12, 2017). "Jhené Aiko Announces Trip Tour With Willow Smith, St. Beauty & More". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  14. ^ KEVITO. "Atlanta's Own St. Beauty Announces 'Running To The Sun' EP Release Date". Okayplayer. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  15. ^ "Watch: Wondaland Presents St. Beauty's Debut Video For 'Going Nowhere'". Clutch Magazine. SUTTON NEW MEDIA LLC. Retrieved February 6, 2018.