Teen R&B sensation Journey Montana is music’s next big star. At such the tender age of 17, she has mastered an authentic sound, locked in a solid fan base, and is using her platform to inspire young girls to love themselves, along with the skin and complexion that they are in. She is at the top of her game as a recording artist, Her “Case of the Ex” single and video generated more than 25,000 streams on YouTube in a week.
Journey Montana is well on her way to becoming the hottest new female songstress in the industry. Her distribution deal with Equity Distribution is pushing her music to the mainstream market daily.
I had the pleasure of checking in with the songbird for a genuine conversation centered around her new release, one-of-a-kind visual, and how she is influencing music culture at only 17 years old. By the end of the interview, it became clear that Montana is ready for the world to discover her immense talent.
Journey Montana Interview
GD: Why is it important as a teenage singer for you to conduct yourself as a young lady?
Journey: It’s important because I feel like when you throw yourself into this industry there’s no going back. Like if I were to begin to act as if I was not my age, and portray an image that does not represent who I am, there’s no going back, you can only add to it. So I definitely think that’s something to pace out, on top of not wanting people to get the wrong impression or idea of me.
GD: As you have so many different shades of beautiful young black ladies in your “Case of the Ex” visual. Why did you feel it was necessary to create the narrative of black beauty in a musically pleasing way?
Journey: I feel like in American history, especially now, black people are constantly shown in a negative light, often as aggressors, problematic, and angry people, but we are never just shown as PEOPLE. I think it needs to become the new normal to associate black people of any shade or sex with happy, positive imagery, that supports positive emotions and positive vibes.
GD: Who came up with the idea to have a girls night slumber themed video?
Journey: I came up with the video for a girls night sleepover. I was already having ideas for the music video during your conception of the song. I pulled from music videos like Ariana Grande‘s “7 rings” and Cassie’s “Long Way To Go”.
GD: What does your creative process generally look like?
Journey: As far as making songs, I prefer writing in the studio, rather than at home. Although, throughout the day I’m constantly recording and jotting down random melodies and lyrics. I always end up using those random notes when I’m writing, so if I get stuck I can build the song around those notes.
GD: How old were you when you realized you wanted to be a professional singer?
Journey: I’ve always known this was going to be my career. When I was about 11 I decided it was time to buckle down and get serious about my music. I was constantly posting covers and even connected with a few producers and recorded my first song.
GD: As a youtube influencer turned rising r&b singer, what have you found to be your biggest challenge in breaking into the mainstream music scene?
Journey: The adjustment from figuring out songs to cover and Instagram content has definitely been a challenge for me. But things like music video treatments and figuring out what song should I drop next have been an adjustment, but it’s all what I prayed for. I am nothing but grateful to be in the space that I am in.
GD: Talk a little bit about your distribution deal with EQ? How has it been working with Equity?
Journey: It’s been amazing working with EQ. They are really my family, and always making sure that I am good and in the best positions as possible . I am so happy to be working with them and have them behind me supporting me and my ideas.
GD: Where do you see your career in five years?
Journey: I see my career in 5 years exactly where it’s meant to be. Tours, awards, chartings, a platinum record/album or two. Also, I see myself making a positive impact on the world, helping and inspiring people through my music and meeting my goals.
As Montana continues to create her own lane towards success, her music will live on for generations to come. She is a young lady proud of her heritage, musical gifts and most importantly the young lady she has matured into. Be sure to press play below to stream Journey Montana’s “Case Of The Ex” visual and get to know the next big R&B star.