Award-winning music artist Ray BLK, real name, Rita Ekwere, is a 24-year-old South Londoner via Lagos where she lived until she was four. It was after university where she studied English Literature that Ray decided that she wanted to pursue music full time. She started writing songs from her experiences of love. She released a mixtape called Miss Havisham in 2015 (named after the Dickens’ book) which led to a BBC Music Sound of 2017 win.
In the background of her success, Ray was in a relationship that set the foundation for her project, Empress. Empress is bursting with love. The name, she says, is an ode to black girls glorifying their inner “black girl magic” in an industry that doesn’t always allow for that. “I want women to see themselves as queens.”