HelloBeautiful.com’s “Base Level” column features the hottest new artists we’re buzzing about. Before they make it to the summit of superstardom, we spot them at base level–the beginning of their hopeful journey to the top.
J Rome’s rendition of Whitney Houston’s classic ballad ” I Will Always Love You” sent him straight to the winner’s circle of the hit show NBC “Duets.” He earned the title “The Crooner” and we think it fits his melodic voice perfectly! When the Maryland native isn’t performing he contributes to the Greater Than AIDS” Celebrity PSA for the National Black AIDS/HIV Awareness Campaign. And, for his efforts was rewarded the the “Secretary of Defense Combined Charitable Campaign Coin” award.
Get the basics on J Rome.
Name: J Rome
Age: 20 something [LOL]
Hometown: Laurel, MD
Musical Inspirations: Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder
When did you know this is what you wanted to do? I remember I had just started posting videos on Youtube and a young boy about 14 years old wrote me a message in my inbox and expressed to me that he had been going through some issues at home and his best friend had passed away. Then told me that he had been contemplating suicide but something had him searching Youtube and he came across mine. For whatever reason, it gave him hope to keep going and pursue his dreams and continue on living. If that wasn’t a sign that this is what I am meant to do then I don’t know what is. On top of the many fans that have contacted me with similar stories…I have to keep going because you never know what song, melody or note will change someone’s life.
Biggest break thus far: I have to say my biggest break thus far is being chosen to sing alongside Jennifer Nettles of the country duo Sugarland on a nation television show. ABC’s Duets was huge to me and to win the show was even bigger!
If you were the child of two musical artists who would they be? [Laughs] I always get told that I sound like a mixture of the powerhouse vocalist Whitney Houston and have a similar style to MJ.
Do you have a name for your sound? I’d have to say my sound is very R&B with a pop twist!
Watch his video “One Night Stand”
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"