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Sunday, May 05, 2024

Newsletter: Inayah Releases Highly Anticipated New Album “Wait, There’s More” + Announces Spring Tour


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“A one-of-a-kind artist, Inayah's songs empower women to break away from toxic relationships to walk in their God-given power.” BET


“Inayah has always been about empowering women, and she’s taking it to the next level with her upcoming album, ‘Wait, There’s More” - Rolling Out

NEW YORK, NY – EMPIRE Records artist Inayah releases her highly anticipated, bold and fearless album, “Wait, There’s More.” Inayah also announces an 18-city tour, launching May 29th in San Diego, CA and ending in her hometown of Houston, TX on July 2nd. Tickets are available now on and complete tour dates can be found below.

The ten track “Wait, There’s More” captures the beauty of the multi-dimensional woman. This is perfectly exemplified by recent single “Hot Sauce,” an anthem Inayah describes “as the epitome of top tier confidence, particularly when someone does you wrong. It’s like telling them, ‘you missed out and let go of something exceptional.” Inayah’s previous hit single, “For the Streets,” an anti-love rendition of Fantasia’s R&B classic "When I See You" can also be found on the album and has accumulated over 40 million streams to date. 

Listeners can also find tracks like “Pretty Girls”, a tribute to confident women everywhere, and filled with high vibrational messages atop a glittering, Jersey Club-inspired beat. The bouncy “Pacquiao'' is meant for the clubs, with a bass-heavy beat and lyrics dripping in Houston’s signature drawl, while “Pressure” taps an old school, seductive feel paired perfectly with highly energetic New Orleans bounce music. 

“Wait, There’s More” proves that R&B continues to be a thrilling, versatile genre. While it’s rooted in soul and romance, Inayah shows there is also room to explore other emotions, from seduction to sassiness to spirituality, all stemming from her real-life past experiences. The album’s title also has a personal anecdote. As a mother of two, Inayah faced postpartum depression, temporarily losing her passion for music and self-confidence. However, through introspection, she realized she could balance motherhood and her career as a performer. This insight inspired her album title, 'Wait, There's More,' signifying her strength to rebuild, regain confidence, and show that her story is still evolving.

Inayah states “I am so sure about this body of work. It’s about reclaiming my time. It’s confident, fearless, in your face, undeniable and disruptive. There is a song on the album for everyone,” she concludes.

As one of R&B’s most fearless storytellers, Inayah’s musical journey took root in 2014 as she began writing songs for a jingle company. Through this time, she also auditioned for singing competition shows like American Idol and The Voice. While she didn’t make it through final auditions, Inayah’s dedication and patience paid off when her version of Ella Mai's "Boo'd Up" went viral on Instagram, propelling her followers from a modest 3,000 to an impressive 1.3 million, and getting the attention of Tyler Perry, Jamie Foxx, Maxwell and more.

Creating her own lane while drawing inspiration from her fellow Houstonian Beyoncé, in addition to Aretha Franklin, Yolanda Adams and Anita Baker, Inayah’s growing popularity and genuine talent caught the attention of EMPIRE Records in 2018. It led to a distribution deal that gave way to the release of 2019’s S.O.L.A.R. (Storytelling Over Lyrics and Rhymes), which amassed over 635.6M streams, featuring the RIAA Gold and Platinum-certified hit “Best Thing.” In addition to music, Inayah is building a strong career as an actress. Inayah currently stars on the Emmy nominated Ms. Pat Show on BET +, which she began in season 2. She is also set to star in an Amazon/Tyler Perry feature film.

“Wait, There’s More” Tracklist
1. Glory
2. Beautiful Madness
3. Hot Sauce
4. For The Streets
5. One That Got Away
6. Pacquiao
7. Pretty Girls
8. Pressure
9. Won’t Let Me
10. You

“Wait, There’s More” Tour Dates
5/29/24 – San Diego, CA – Music Box SD
5/30/24 – Phoenix, AZ – The Monarch Theater
5/31/24 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
6/2/24 – Oakland, CA – The New Parish
6/5/24 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
6/7/24 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
6/9/24 – Denver, CO – The Roxy Theatre
6/12/24 – Louisville, KY – The Whirling Tiger
6/13/24 – Chicago, IL – Metro Chicago
6/15/24 – Toronto, ON - Velvet Underground
6/17/24 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
6/18/24 – New York, NY – Sony Hall
6/19/24 – Washington, DC – Union Stage
6/23/24 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft
6/25/24 – Nashville, TN – The Mill
6/28/27 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn Birmingham
7/1/24 – Dallas, TX – Trees Dallas
7/2/24 – Houston, TX – The Bronze Peacock at House of Blues Houston

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