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Background information
Years active2009 (2009)–present (present)
LabelsKeep Cool / RCA
MembersIvana Nwokike
Jessica Nwokike

VanJess is a Nigerian-American R&B duo composed of sisters Ivana and Jessica Nwokike. The duo began their career on YouTube performing cover songs. After one of their videos, a cover of Drake's "Headlines", had viral success, they decided to pursue a serious career in music.[1] In 2011 the duo hired a manager and recorded in a studio for the first time.[2] On November 12, 2018 the group announced that they had signed to the RCA joint venture label Keep Cool.[3]


The sisters are first generation Nigerian immigrants of Igbo origin,[4] although they were both born in the United States.[5] According to Jessica, they spent 'about eight or nine years' of their childhood in Nigeria, before moving to La Palma, California with their mother, when they were 10 and 8 years old, respectively. They later moved to Cerritos.[6] They attended a performing arts elementary school. In middle school and high school they performed as a duo in talent shows. [7]

They have supported causes like the "Louder than Words" campaign in 2012 and performed at 2013's "Lights Camera Cure" dance-a-thon. They have made appearances on shows like VH1's "The Linda Perry Project".[8] The duo re-released their debut EP 00 till Escape in 2015 which charted in the iTunes top ten and trended worldwide.[citation needed] Their debut album Silk Canvas, an album of original material, was released in 2018. The duo released five singles from the album: "Adore", "Touch the Floor", "Through Enough", "Addicted", "Easy", and "Control Me". The album includes collaborations with Masego, GoldLink, Lil Simz, Leikeli47, and Berhana.

The duo have listed Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Xscape, TLC, and SWV as their biggest musical influences.[9]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
Silk Canvas
  • Released: 27 July, 2018[10]
  • Label: Self released
  • Format: Digital download


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  2. ^ "BAEwatch: VanJess". HYPEBAE. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  3. ^ "VanJess on Instagram: "anyone who's followed our journey knows how crazy this is. being signed with a label who so strongly believed in our potential even when…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  4. ^ "VanJess are the new architects of electronic-soul on their debut album Silk Canvas". FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. 2018-08-22. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  5. ^ "Sister Collab: The 405 meets VanJess". The 405. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  6. ^ "VanJess Are Set to Takeover the R&B World and Beyond". OkayAfrica. 2018-07-12. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  7. ^ "Who Is VanJess?". PigeonsandPlanes. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  8. ^ "VanJess On Working With Linda Perry", VH1, retrieved 2014-08-28
  9. ^ "VanJess Are Set to Takeover the R&B World and Beyond". OkayAfrica. 2018-07-12. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  10. ^ Silk Canvas by VanJess, 2018-07-27, retrieved 2018-10-26