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Daily Inspiration: Meet JaNay Adgers, Kai Manning, and Darius Sheppard

Today we’d like to introduce you to JaNay Adgers, Kai Manning, and Darius Sheppard. They and their team share their story with us below:

The members of EleveN2wenty2 started off by singing in church together over 10 years ago. While members of the group were pursuing their music degrees and classical vocal training, JaNay, KAi, and Darius sharpened their individual skills so that when they reunited, they would return as a powerhouse. It was in 2018 that the group reunited for an opportunity to provide background vocals for a couple of well-renowned gospel artists. Ironically, this performance occurred on November 22, 2018, thus the name EleveN2wenty2. This show exposed the group to artists around the city and afforded them many opportunities to provide background vocals. In 2021, EleveN2wenty2 decided to work on original music and expand their services to include songwriting for other artists, vocal and performance coaching, and business consulting. This allowed EleveN2wenty2 to transition from being a hobby to becoming an Enterprise. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The road has not always been a smooth one for EleveN2wenty2. The group has had to overcome various obstacles regarding monetization, contracts, ownership of their images, and publishing rights. What was once seen as trials and obstacles that the group had to overcome proved to be the proper grooming that the group needed to launch into their next level of excellence and professionalism. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
EleveN2wenty2 specializes in background vocal work and is what we are most known for around the city. We are most proud of our work ethic and being able to establish ourselves as monetized artists. What sets us apart from others is that we are established as a background vocalist group. A lot of times artists will have to hire individual background vocalists and try to cultivate a chemistry between the vocalists. EleveN2wenty2 has ten years of chemistry along with professional and collegiate vocal training. 

What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
JaNay, KAi, and Darius’ chemistry has contributed to their successes thus far. The group is consistently working on how they carry themselves as artists while building and maintaining relationships with fellow artists around the city. EleveN2wenty2 also has a strong belief in maintaining the training that they have accrued over the years. This ensures that their performance quality never plateaus but continues to improve each time. 

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