TGJ Freshly Squeezed Week: Introducing…Carmen

Published: Tuesday 12th Aug 2014 by David
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Over the last seven years, That Grape Juice has established itself as one of the net’s most renowned sources for Urban Pop music. Indeed, it’s become trademark for us to shine light on artists – both known and on the rise. This week sees us spotlight the latter, as we kick off the first ever Freshly Squeezed Week.

As such, we’ll be introducing a talented new name each day of this week.

Next up is…Carmen!

Writing herself into the Pop  scene with the pen that is her debut single ‘Cold‘, 21-year old Carmen first caught our attention when we came across the Next-sampled jam earlier this year. Needless to say, we’ve been hooked ever since.

Hailing from Detroit, the LA-based beauty scored her first big break when she scouted by an NYC-based modelling agency aged 13, going on to switch the catwalk for the studio years later when she finished high school and moved to California to pursue her dreams of superstardom.

Perhaps the latest newbie to have sprung from Janet Jackson’s creative womb, Carmen’s journey to the top was made that much easier this month when her humble but growing fan base rocked radio with requests to hear ‘Cold’ spun on stations across the country. The result? Spins garnered on’Top 40′ and ‘Rhythmic’ formats that we hear haven’t gone unnoticed by tastemakers and label heads alike.

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  1. GIRL BYE! August 12, 2014

    Girl Bye.

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  2. Gia August 12, 2014

    I’ve been listening to this song non stop for the last few weeks and had know idea who she was. Love <3

  3. CiCiFinnaBeABride August 12, 2014

    Bye Tinashe.

    • Chelle August 12, 2014

      LMAO Right! I was just thinking the same thing. I like this chick better

    • LihLihLiquor August 12, 2014

      Ugh here comes the comparisons. Cute song gurl

  4. Dem Lessors August 12, 2014

    She’s cute, but what’s with all these new chicks trying to be Cassie? Tin girl tried but her single flopped and the album is gonna get pushed back.

    • #TeamTinashe Stan (BUY “2 On” NOW) August 12, 2014

      Nice try, @DemLessors aka @FutureCiara stan lol 🙂

  5. Onika August 12, 2014

    This song bangs! Loving the Next Sample!!

  6. BaddieBey August 12, 2014

    Unless this chick proves she can sing she’s just another Cassie wannabe. GIVE ME VOCALS or go home.

  7. No Thot Zone August 12, 2014

    Thats Bae.

  8. Anaslaysia August 12, 2014

    She’s beautiful! I like the song too Sam

  9. Ryan Spears August 12, 2014

    No shade but she better know how to sing live because if she doesn’t she’ll be no better than Tinashe.

  10. 2ForTinashe August 12, 2014

    Tinashe is better, sorry.

  11. #TeamTinashe Stan (“2 On” Is Still #1 For 4 Weeks) August 12, 2014

    Once you have people seething and talking about your fave, you know your fave is doing something right. #Winning!!!!!!
    These CiWarehouse stans still feeling butthurt after two days LMAO!!!! I Am LIVING! Keep on seething, while I feel like this 😀
    http://goo.gl/f7ETAm

    • NaviSoFetch August 12, 2014

      The struggle to make your fav relevant. How much will her album sell? 5k.

      • #TeamTinashe Stan (“2 On” Is Still #1 For 4 Weeks) August 12, 2014

        ^
        And folks that’s how you incarnate a b*tch lmao. CiWarehouse’s album is in stores, go and worry about that lmao!!! :
        “CiWhereRa’s a lame nlgga and she ain’t makin no noise”

        HASHTAG: #WINNING #2OnIsNumber1 #HowIsThatPressedLife? #IAmLIVING!!!!!! 😀

      • NaviSoFetch August 12, 2014

        But I don’t care about Ciara.

      • Dem Lessors August 12, 2014

        Mad b**** thinks everyone’s a Ciara stan, because that’s the only b**** she can drag!

  12. Rihup 2014 August 12, 2014

    Been had this song on repeat That Late Juice

  13. the voice August 12, 2014

    Boring wh girl. She is not a star. I see alot of struggling in her dancing. She is not a natural like Ciara, Madonna, Tinashe or Janet.

    Natasha Bradley, Sevyn, and Tinashe are better new artists…

    but we get some excited when one of “them” can half way dance like us. SMH

    BTW, Tinashe is NOT a flop. Her single is doing VERY well and it is only her first song from the CD.

    • #TeamTinashe Stan (“2 On” Is Still #1 For 4 Weeks) August 12, 2014

      Thank You! 😉
      There is a reason why there isn’t a lot of black girls at the top with Rihanna because of fans above.

    • 2 Off August 12, 2014

      Diary of a mad black woman 😉

      • QueenK August 13, 2014

        YES!

        ignorance

    • RhiannaFan August 12, 2014

      She looks mixed to me. but thats none of my business.. I don’t know if she’s the best dancer but the song bumps

      • the voice August 12, 2014

        U know that is not her real hair in the first pick right? LOL She is such a wannabe.

        Hollywood whitewashing at it’s best … I’m sure she will get signed by a color struck self hating black man in the music industry tho.

      • casKel August 14, 2014

        thevoice^
        I went to school her. she is black &white HAHA

  14. Trina August 12, 2014

    Been bumping “Cold” for the past few weeks, can’t wait to hear more from her

  15. Bitchplease August 12, 2014

    Cassie understudy. 😉

  16. 2 Off August 12, 2014

    You aint neva had a bish this Cold before! 🙂

  17. RhiannaFan August 12, 2014

    I heard this song on the radio yesterday. Didn’t know who it was but I like the song

  18. Dev August 12, 2014

    Yes TJG, Thanks for introducing us to another lightskinned chick with a mediocre voice. I would really like to know what Hannah Barratt, Misha B, Ruth Brown or even Iesher Haughton are doing.

  19. Rihboy August 12, 2014

    Girl jump in line with jojo. Flop.

  20. Clark Drive August 12, 2014

    Wow. Are we talking about an artist color or talent? The song is hot. Period. I heard the dance remix by Terrence Parker at a recent festival in Detroit. The crowd went crazy. It is available on Soundcloud. These days everyones a critic. Girl hasn’t even finished lacing her shoes and we are judging her walk. I enjoyed the song and will look forward (no pun in tended by the sample) to what is NEXT from Carmen. Thank you for the peek Grape Juice. You seem to be always on point with the new new!

    • the voice August 12, 2014

      BOTH. We discuss both music, race, and pop culture on the blog alot.

      U cannot ignore the issue of race when …

      1. Hollywood is sending out casting calls for only “pretty” light skinned black girls, no dark skinned “pretty” girls need apply

      2. they dont wanna find ONE fully black woman to play AALiyah

      3. when there is discrimination against black women in radio. When was the last black woman selcted as Clear Channel’s new ON THE VERGE artist ???

      We have to talk about these sensitive issues.

      WE WANT LABELS TO PROMOTE MORE NEW BLACK FEMALE NEW ARTISTS ON RADIO AND TV.

      DO WE NEED TO PROTEST IN THE STREETS???????????????????

      Also, the song isn’t hot to me.

  21. QueenK August 13, 2014

    always haters tryin to dog out new artist.
    aint nobody gonna be thinkin bout Tinashe after this summer anyway. #flop

  22. MISHKA August 13, 2014

    TGJ, you need to put “Sponsored” somewhere because you already posted about the girl like 2 months ago.

    Anyway, my two cents: Carmen, girl you’re fresh but you could be fresher.

    Can we talk about Love Dollhouse, TGJ? Their song is the freshest thing I heard in a minute.

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