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June 21, 2007.
After literally exploding on the music scene with the Reggaeton-flavored
“Never Leave You (Uh Oooh),” Lumidee has returned with the aptly titled
Unexpected. The Spanish Harlem native, born Lumidee Cedeño,
the highs and lows of a successful single.
Now she is prepared to establish
a successful career.
“All the success from the first single was too much too soon,” says Lumidee.
“It was hectic, scary and I didn’t know what to expect.” Even with the
overwhelming success of the single, Lumidee still found joy in performing
it. “I could perform it three times and people would still be singing all
the words,” remembers Lumidee.
moderate sales of Almost Famous, her debut album,
the acceptance gained by her latest, Unexpected,
is on another level.
“I truly wanted to show growth on this album,” says Lumidee. “I definitely
want to enjoy every moment.”
The journey began when Lumidee was a twelve-year-old Puerto Rican girl,
growing up in the funky streets of Harlem.
“I always loved music, but I began rapping at first,” says Lumidee. “I
would freestyle with the people on my block, and eventually I started
writing my ideas down.”
Her early influences include Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliot.
“All of them could sing, but I was drawn to them because they all had edge
to them,” explains Lumidee.
Edgy is an apt way to describe Lumidee’s second offering. “It’s a mixture of
all flavors,” says Lumidee. “Hip-Hop, Latin, Reggae, Pop and R&B.”
the new album proved to be challenging for Lumidee.
However, it was a test which she cherishes.
“I went overseas and being there was like boot camp,” says Lumidee.
“The everyday grind of the industry forced me to re-evaluate life and as a
result, create real music.”
is flooded with offbeat, island-flavored cuts,
most of which are sure to be dance floor
staples. “She’s Like the Wind,” featuring crooner Tony Sunshine,
playfully uses a snatch of the Patrick Swayze Dirty Dancing ballad of the
same name and makes a great showcase
for Lumidee and her rapping abilities.
Lumidee returns to more familiar territory on the Latin flavored “Crazy,”
featuring Pitbull. “Crazy,”
with its rapid fire beat is immediately
infectious, highlighting Lumidee’s capability of moving a crowd. Lumidee
contributes the variety of flavors to her everyday emotions.
“They [songs] all represent me at different times in the process,” says
Lumidee. “They represent me in love, me happy, me angry, me confused, and
The one song that will surely stand out is the self-described in-your-face
song, “He Told Me.” The reggae/hip-hop flavored track once again boasts
Lumidee’s ability to effortlessly flow from rapping to singing, all under
The musical journey has been bittersweet for Lumidee. After first signing
with Universal Records, she is now under the banner of TVT, whose label
roster includes Lil’ Jon, Ying Yang Twins and Pitbull. It is this diversity
and opportunity to work with different genres that Lumidee cherishes.
She now has her eyes set on a future collaboration that she hopes will lead
to further success. “J-Lo [Jennifer Lopez] is such a strong Latino
influence,” says Lumidee. “Everything she does, she has done well.”
It is this same influence that Lumidee hopes she can radiate to other music
hopefuls. “I hope I can do nine to ten albums, but I really hope I can help
others succeed in music,” says Lumidee. “I do this for my fans, fighting to
stay on top everyday.”
With an attitude like that, future success for Lumidee will not unexpected.
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