Henri B. Styles is a 21-year-old R&B and Soul singer-songwriter of Guinean descent. She was born and raised just outside of Washington, DC. She released her first EP Alter-Ego in 2019, where she drew heavily on a dreamy-ethereal vibe. After Henri’s debut EP release, the singer spent the remainder of the year building a catalog of songs that were unfortunately lost and ultimately led to the creation of The Lost Files EP later that year. “Hi Now” and “What You Want,” Henri B. Styles most recent single releases display the artist’s range and realness. In April 2021, she released her third project Phases, an 11-song offering that gives her fanbase a taste of what’s to come later this year.
Today, the super talented R&B artist is more than just a singer. Her love for fashion and strong social media presence is a combination that not many have. Her latest EP shows her growth as a creative and, more importantly, as a woman. The implementation of empowering skits on her project shows where she is at the moment. She will not conform; she will not be denied. Henri B. Styles is a star in the making, and our conversation below only further confirmed the fact.
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AD: The DMV is a hub for out-of-the-box music. Can you describe the Henri B. Styles sound to people who have never listened to you before?
HBS: The way I would describe my sound, I’m an R&B and Neo-Soul, alternative type of artist. I feel like if I were to compare myself to any artist, I would probably be Erykah Badu, Jhene Aiko, SZA, and 6LACK. As far as hip-hop, I definitely want to be in the realm of J. Cole, Kendrick, Gunna, and Young Thug type of feeling.
AD: Fashion is also something that interests you. How did your passion for the clothing industry grow?
HBS: So I definitely want to say my passion for fashion grew in middle school around seventh grade. I would always be on Tumblr and I just always wanted to be different as far as my style, but I was still finding myself as an individual. Around 8th grade, I got so into it and I just saw so many vintage pieces and I was like “you know what, I’m just going to start my own wave.” That’s when I started thrifting, finding unique pieces, and that’s really where it stemmed from. I never really had a style icon or someone that I look up to, it really started with seeing out-of-the-box New York kids doing their thing on Tumblr.
AD: Your newest EP is exciting and some of your best work yet. What do you want fans to take from it?
HBS: I want my fans to understand me as an artist. I want them to understand that everyone goes through similar events in our lives, but I particularly want Black women to know that you don’t have to dim your light for anyone. That you need to stand your power and own who you are and just be who you want to be unapologetic. Do whatever the fuck you want to do and get everything you want out of this life because you only have one. I really want my fans to know that we are one and the same, I want to be as transparent as possible.
AD: Who are your inspirations?
HBS: My inspirations Michael Jackson, Rihanna, Beyonce, SZA, Jhene Aiko, Erykah Badu, and Lauryn Hill. I feel like when I really started getting into my music bag, these are the main artist I listened to as far as lyrics, melodies, and expressing how I feel. I know all of these artists are very transparent with their music.
AD: Coming from a Guinean background, how does your family feel about your career path?
HBS: Honestly, my parents have always been supportive of what I wanted to do. My father always knew his kids were talented; he’d say “you guys have really big personalities and you need to use it.” When I first started getting serious about this, which was my second year of college in 2018, I kind of hinted at dropping out to my mom. She was like you can do school and music, but I personally did not want to do school.
Finally, I was just like fuck it, and like my parents, they’re going to support me regardless. Now, they’re so supportive, and I feel like African parents as a whole want their children to go to school. Not saying that I won’t go back, but now any chance my mom gets, she shares my music, and that feels great.
AD: What are your plans for 2021?
The plan is to create visuals, a shit load of music that I love and can’t stop playing over and over again. I want to travel, hopefully, perform more, and connect with different people in different cities. I really want to put myself out there.
AD: Do you have any dream collaborations? if so, who are they?
That’s a great question! Honestly, for sure, SZA, 6LACK, and hopefully Beyonce or Rihanna are still making music by then. There are many artists like Drake, Young Thug, and Gunna because I feel like we would create something ridiculous. I think that’s about it and thank you so much for asking these questions and having me.
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