18-year-old singer Ebhoni makes turnt-up R&B, sharing views from Toronto's Weston Road, a community resplendent with culture and diversity.
Her crew is equally varied—gay and straight, teens and OGs—kids she meets at her shows join her entourage, Toronto’s "scariest" rapper Bizz Loc came to her video shoot and showed love. Like her crew, her style is uniquely self-created and self-made—she just wants people around her to be real.
10-year-old Ebhoni was a YouTube star, covering Keisha Cole and Keri Hilson, but by 15 she had graduated to penning tortured R&B ballads. Playing music for a major label in NYC at 16, an A&R said her music like “the real ‘Lemonade.’” Other industry figures said her music was "too weird." That became a common theme. Ebhoni didn't fit in. Ebhoni was too weird for high school school. Too weird for the hood. Ebhoni turned her "weird" music to private, she stayed behind closed doors.
In 2017, 17-year-old Ebhoni self-released the pop-minded, critically acclaimed Mood Ring EP, which gained her over 2 million Soundcloud plays + 60K Instagram followers thanks to her unique style, impressive, hair-twirling live show, social media presence, and her social conscience. Fader described her sound as "Futuristic Pop R&B", and when Toronto producer Jacques Greene interviewed her for Gorilla Vs. Bear, he said "Ebhoni is offering a breath of fresh air from the woozy sound the city we both live in is known for right now.”