Meet Rising Artist “Loomis”

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Loomis

Pain, passion, and perseverance have been the driving forces of Loomis’ life. Her voice oozes with an omnipresent soul and the depth of underlying struggle that accentuate her raw talent. She turns her pain into beautiful melodies and harmonies, with rousing modulations sprinkled throughout. A genuine, but complicated soul with an undeniable star quality, her vocal style is reminiscent of Teena Marie, Amy Winehouse, Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Ella Fitzgerald, and the incomparable Etta James. Loomis describes her style of music as “sweet, soulful, bluesy, sexy, ‘pritty’ and gritty. It feels like melodic velvet pain, with a touch of seduction – and a little gangster.”

Born and raised in the rough neighborhood of Pacoima, CA in 1989, Loomis is of Italian American ancestry with Sicilian roots. Her strongest musical influence came from her father, who was in a blues band. She grew up with blues and funk constantly playing throughout the home. Her mother struggled with addiction and left her family behind when Loomis was just two years old, creating a long-lasting emotional impact on her. In order to cope with the pain of abandonment from her mother, she turned to music and singing. Some of her early favorites included the Spice Girls, Toni Braxton, Brandy, Monica, Cher, and more female vocalists.

Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, Loomis attended various middle schools throughout the area, as well as Birmingham High School for her freshman year. The self-described ‘class clown’ left home at the young age of 14 and lived in a group home in Hollywood off of Gower Ave – within eyesight of the famous Capitol Records building, now home to Motown Records. She enrolled herself at Hollywood High School to continue her education. Though not a stable upbringing, she was determined to rise above it all and push through all obstacles. When asked what helped her make it through those difficult days, she says “God, music, and God!”

At the age of 16, Loomis met a man nine years her senior, which changed the course of her life. An unfortunate string of events resulted in a situation where Loomis was manipulated, controlled and suffered from physical, mental, and emotional abuse. She was forced to cut all ties with her friends and family and ended up getting pregnant and giving birth with a black eye. “My teeth still aren’t the same. I had bruises from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet and was unable to leave the house,” explains Loomis of the abuse. Over time, she was able to free herself from the shackles of her abuser and is now living a much healthier lifestyle.

Headed towards a promising music career, Loomis says she’s “coming with fire” and not letting anything or anyone stop her. A singer, songwriter, and performer, she linked with legendary four-time GRAMMY Award winning producer, songwriter, artist, and musician Bobby Ross Avila, whom she met through DJ Kevy Kev. Bobby has become a mentor to her, as well as a creative director and executive producer – alongside Kevin Kim – for her upcoming EP titled Loomieverse, set to be released in 2021. The project is her first-ever release, and features contemporary musical greats Timbaland, El DeBarge, AC Burrell, Diane Warren, and The Avila Brothers, as well as Baby Bash, Scotty Music, Hood Brat, and additional production by Travis Kr8ts. Listeners can expect a fusion of R&B, soul, and jazz sounds with a raw honesty in her lyrics and powerhouse vocals that showcase Loomis’ strength, resilience, and pure essence.