Let’s talk about…. Courtney Shanade Salter, better known by her stage name Ari Lennox. An artist we love and always keep a watchful eye on…

At a tender age of 27 (born March 26, 1991) Ari Lennox is an American singer and songwriter from Washington, D.C. She is signed to J. Cole’s record label, Dreamville Records.

On July 21, 2015, she was featured on Omen’s album Elephant Eyes on the track “Sweat it Out”. On December 8, it was announced that she, as well as Carolina rapper Lute, was signed to Dreamville Records. She made an appearance on the collaborative album Revenge of the Dreamers II, on the track “Backseat” with Cozz.

PHO is the debut studio project from Dreamville signee Ari Lennox. The 7 track EP is mostly produced by DJ Grumble, who delivered “Backseat,” with additional production from Felly and Hollywood JB. Ari says the project sounds like, “Modern, relaxed, turned up soul.”

Ari Lennox names Ella Fitzgerald, Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, Bilal, Whitney Houston, Aaliyah, Lauryn Hill, and Minnie Riperton as her biggest influences. In an interview with The Fader, she also mentioned her admiration of Kanye West and how she found multiple other artists through him.The Gateway described Ari Lennox’s sound as “successfully blends individual slices of classic Motown, modern R&B, and new-age soul into one seamless product.”

We describe Ari as a classic Neo Soul songstress with beautiful writing skills. Checkout Ari Lennox tracks from her forthcoming project: