1. A declaration assuring that one will or will not do something; a vow. 2. Indication of something favorable to come; expectation. 3. Indication of future excellence, success, or achievement: “a writer who shows promise.” 5. Something that is promised.
When you hear that something is promised, it sometimes can leave much to be desired. However, when Promise hits the stage and her voice graces your ears, you get all one would expect and more. This young, vibrant artist possesses a soulful voice paired with attitude and femininity. Her music is fresh, heartfelt, and relatable to anybody who has ever feared, laughed, or loved.
Promise Ramsey was born in a small town in Indiana to a musical family of six children and “Christian Hippy” parents. She grew up in a home filled with the sounds of The Beatles, James Taylor, Jewel, Tracy Chapman, and Mariah Carey. She began singing in the church choir, although it did take some coaxing. “I used to be so shy…as a kid! It was like pulling teeth to get me to sing in front of people…” It was not until the family moved to Jacksonville, Florida when she was 10 years old that Promise started to break out of her shell.
Influenced by her older brothers playing guitar and writing songs, Promise wrote her first song at age 14. Admiration at the genius of Elton John, Sade, Michael Jackson, and Madonna fostered her appreciation for music. But, her participation in a high school pageant paved the way to her future. “I sang Brian McKnight’s “One Last Cry” and from that moment on, I knew that I wanted to sing as a career and do music for the rest of my life.”
Upon graduating from high school, Promise moved to New York City to live with her sister and follow her dreams. Determined to learn about the industry that would be her livelihood, she interned with Arista Records. Eventually, she moved back home, but soon made her way to Atlanta, Georgia where she has been for the past 2 years. Not knowing anyone, Promise began attending events to feel out the scene and build her network.
Now a fixture among Atlanta’s independent music scene, you can catch Promise performing at various venues including Apache Café, Utopia, The Bench, Inferno, Primal Nightclub, and CW’s The Loft. She is also seen at many industry events including ASCAP’s Writing Sessions, I Keep It Classic, I dO Music ®, and various benefits. Simply put, “It’s been me just grinding”.
Describing her sound as Urban Pop, Promise collaborates with other up and coming artists (Alja Jackson, Joe Billz, UniverCity), songwriters (Redd Stylez), and producers (D. Clax, The Art Teacher, Jon Jon) who possess the same fearlessness and personality she does. Lyrics like “I ain't a NASCAR bitch” display her bold sassiness while “I dedicated my life to you/ became a wife to you/ You’re forever in my soul” showcase a sense of poetry and tenderness. Her music flows from empowerment to love, while never losing the influences of the greats who sparked her dreams.
Promise commands the stage with the confidence of artists whose careers span generations. “There’s something about the spotlight, the audience, and amplifying your emotions through the mic, it’s the best feeling in the world.” 2010 holds many possibilities for the artist. High-energy performances, a new website, music videos, song placements, and major industry attention are only the tip of the iceberg. Regardless of how things shape out, Promise aims to be an example for young girls and other females in music. Her ultimate goal is to be legendary, classic, timeless, and to earn international appeal. With her passion and drive, it’s not only safe to assume all this and more will happen, it’s a promise.