RAVS is a 27 year old musician from Dallas, TX who has been creating her own definition of what being an artist means. She taught herself the guitar when she was 15 years old after dominating the expert levels of Guitar Hero. She learned countless covers by her favorite artists such as Amy Winehouse, Norah Jones, A Tribe Called Quest, Mac Miller, Chance The Rapper, and Tyler the Creator. But, she didn’t start writing her own music until she got to college at The University of Missouri; a time where she was so overwhelmed with the idea of needing to decide her future at only 18. Music started as a therapeutic hobby, but quickly became her sole focus when RAVS decided to merge her soul-wrenching love for hip-hop with her own chords and lyrics around 2015. The rest was history.
Musically, one of the biggest highlights came early on. She was asked to be a part of a band post-graduation that was formed in order to promote diversity and inclusion on campus after the 2015 Mizzou Protests. She helped usher in the entire freshman class of 2016 through Mizzou’s “Talking Drum” seminars which were devoted to using music as a way of shifting campus culture and mentality. She was given the freedom to remix songs from Marvin Gaye, John Lennon, etc. with her own verses and took that opportunity to talk about current events and issues that continue to plague the world today. This is something that has carried on into her own music and has helped RAVS find her voice in the music industry.
Returning to her hometown in 2018, she decided to completely forgo the corporate opportunities that were offered, and sought out the daunting life of a musician. After many, MANY open mics and countless local shows, RAVS has grown into an artist that she could only dream of being. What pushes her to reach new levels of artistry is the value of self expression. She breaks down her own creative boundaries everyday and constantly works to build environments for others to have the freedom to express who they are. She believes that in this life, the only true way to live, is to be yourself completely and fully; then everything else will fall into place the way it is supposed to.
Along with music, RAVS is constantly creating visually. She currently runs an art business with her partner, Ike Egege, called Sketchy Outlaw. A brand made for the outcasts. With a focus on the anime/cartoon aesthetic, they make custom wearable art (sneakers, jackets, etc.) by painting and/or digitally drawing out their concepts. Pre-covid, they were selling their art at monthly gallery showcases.
On top of that, RAVS has found herself through makeup, fashion, and modeling. What she has learned from all of her passions and interests is the more she falls into who she is, the more she realizes how capable she is at doing absolutely anything and everything she could ever imagine. That is a message she hopes to share with the world.