Setoria – Singer, Songwriter, Model and Radio Host fell in love with the way music made her feel at the tender age of 6. Born in Florida, Setoria began singing in church and school choirs and also explored the art of theater as she participated in many musical plays. With the attempts to master other instruments such as various percussion, keyboard and the flute, she soon discovered that a pen, pad and microphone were the only tools needed to make her statement.
Raised in the Washington DC area, Setoria enhanced her gift by embracing vocal lessons from Eric Arceneaux, who has also earned the respect of industry heavy weights, like Brett Manning, Lis Lewis, and Jennifer Hudson. She continues to make her mark by regularly performing with various bands along the east coast executing energetic and soulful tunes. Her first single, Shorty, released in May of 2014, hit the ground running with international recognition and is also on the soundtrack of the award-winning independent film, Love Him or Leave Him. The movie was awarded Best Original Score at the Philadelphia Independent Film Awards in May 2016.
Setoria – also known as R&B’s SASSIEST Sensation has shared the stage with notable mainstream artists such as Christopher Williams, R&B Group INTRO as well as the legendary Sugar Bear of E.U. She has also worked with well-respected music producers such as Grammy Award winning producer – Michael Makowski (Amy Winehouse, Usher, Maxwell and others) as well as Multi-Platinum and Grammy Nominated producer – Herb Middleton (Kelly Price, Faith Evans, Mary J. Blige, Phyllis Hyman and many more). Setoria has encountered other amazing opportunities such as her performance at Langley Air Force Base for the U.S. Troops and the DC Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. She has been recognized in numerous blogs and magazines such as Smooches Magazine and Skii Magazine. Setoria stays active with her fan base and listeners as producer and host for her radio show titled: WinDCRadio’s Black Gold Radio Show. The weekly internet radio segment serves as a platform for indi-music, fashion, film and small business owners. The broadcasting airs every Tuesday 6-8pm.
Alongside the music, Setoria is a curvy model and brand ambassador for the Smooches Woman Movement. She has become an inspiration to women of all walks of life as she openly celebrate her bossy-curves, independence and strong knowledge of self-worth in the November 2015 issue of Smooches Woman Magazine. Setoria’s single, Take A Picture (produced by /Herb Middleton) is featured on the Smooches Woman Music Project CD. The song has become one of the runway anthems for the Smooches Model Movement.
Her newest single Spell On Me was released in February 2016 and is also featured on the soundtrack of the upcoming movie – MUDA: When Time Is All That matters – An independent feature film from Writer / Director Prinze Whyee. Setoria was cast into the film playing herself as a night club singer.
In September of 2016, Setoria was nominated for R&B Soul Artist of the Year and Spell on Me was nominated for R&B Song of the Year at the 2016 Josie Music Awards. Although Spell on Me was not selected as Song of the Year, Setoria took home the award for R&B Soul Artist of the Year at the sold-out show held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
Here latest single Say My Name debuted on December 9th and exploded as Setoria took her listeners on a soulful journey of melodic sounds with an added spice of Hip-Hop to remind us of her “around-the-way girl” personality. Her debut EP – Say my Name is scheduled for release early 2017.
The well-rounded vocalist, songwriter and music activist cites Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, Mahalia Jackson, Lauren Hill, Jill Scott, Prince, Curtis Mayfield, Millie Jackson, Miles Davis, Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Bon Jovi, Rick James and Chuck Brown as some of her biggest influences and inspirations. Her expressive lyrics are recognized more as pages to her diary as she share stories of her personal experiences, thoughts, dreams, and nightmares.