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Ari Lennox
26, 1991), known professionally as Ari Lennox, is an American singer and songwriter from Washington, D.C. She is the first woman to be signed to J. Cole's

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Not to be confused with Annie Lennox. Ari LennoxBackground informationBirth nameCourtney Shanade Salter[1]Born (1991-03-26) March 26, 1991 (age 28)[2]
Virginia, U.S.OriginWashington, D.C.GenresR&B, neo soulOccupation(s)Singer, songwriterInstrumentsVocalsYears active2013–presentLabelsDreamville Records
Interscope RecordsAssociated actsJ. Cole, Omen, Cozz, Bas, EarthGang, J.I.D, Masego

Courtney Shanade Salter (born March 26, 1991),[3][1] known professionally as Ari Lennox, is an American singer and songwriter from Washington, D.C. She is the first woman to be signed to J. Cole's record label, Dreamville Records.[4][5] She released her first EP on the label on October 21, 2016 titled Pho, where she began gaining recognition. Her debut studio album Shea Butter Baby was released on May 7, 2019.

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Musical career
    • 2.1 2012–2017: Career beginnings and Pho EP
    • 2.2 2018–present: Shea Butter Baby
  • 3 Artistry
  • 4 Discography
    • 4.1 Studio albums
    • 4.2 Extended plays
    • 4.3 Mixtapes
    • 4.4 Compilation albums
    • 4.5 Singles
      • 4.5.1 As lead artist
      • 4.5.2 As featured artist
    • 4.6 Guest appearances
  • 5 References
Early life

Courtney Shanade Salter was born on March 26, 1991 in Northern Virginia[6] and spent her formative years in the DMV area. Her stage name was influenced by Mary Lennox, a character in the film adaptation of The Secret Garden.[7]

Musical career 2012–2017: Career beginnings and Pho EP

Ari Lennox began uploading her music on the internet in 2012. She released her debut mixtape, Five Finger Discount, and debut EP, Ariography, in 2013. In 2014, she independently released the single "Bound".[8] On July 21, 2015, she was featured on Omen's album Elephant Eyes on the track "Sweat it Out".[9] Later that year, her music was circulating around the Dreamville team, as J. Cole wanted her to work with him on some references for Rihanna.[10]

On December 8, it was announced that she was signed to Dreamville Records. She made an appearance on the collaborative album Revenge of the Dreamers II, on the track "Backseat" with Cozz.[11][12] On October 21, 2016, she released her debut EP titled Pho.[13] Ari Lennox later appeared on J. Cole's song "Change", and performed as an opening act on the 4 Your Eyez Only Tour during 2017.[14]

2018–present: Shea Butter Baby

In 2018, she went on to guest feature on two songs with her label-mates: EarthGang on "Nothing but the Best", and Bas on "Icarus". On July 16, 2018,[15] Ari Lennox released the first single, "Whipped Cream", from her debut album, Shea Butter Baby with an accompanied music video on September 5.[16] On November 9, she released two more singles called "40 Shades of Choke" and "Grampa".[17] On November 13, she then released two more singles called "No One" and "Pedigree". She then appeared on the Creed II soundtrack with Cole on a track entitled "Shea Butter Baby" on November 16, and released as a single on February 26, 2019 for her debut album of the same name. The track was accompanied by a music video on February 20, 2019 and surpassed 3 million views via YouTube within the first week. In December 2018, she was a supporting act on the From East Atlanta With Love Tour with 6LACK.

On March 27, 2019, she announced her first headlining tour, with the first leg beginning on May 12 and ending on June 14 in her hometown Washington, D.C.[18] Her debut album, Shea Butter Baby was released on May 7, 2019. She also went on the road with Lizzo on the "Cuz I Love You Tour" from July to October, with the second leg of her own headlining tour in Europe beginning in December.[19]


Ari Lennox describes her own voice as "vulnerable but soulful; imperfect but pretty." Referencing her artistry she explains, "Sometimes women are put in this box where we’re only supposed to talk about certain things, I want to be braver and riskier. I think people want to hear that kind of honesty and frankness."[20] Ari Lennox names Ella Fitzgerald, Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, Bilal, Whitney Houston, Aaliyah, Lauryn Hill, and Minnie Riperton as her biggest influences. In an interview with The Fader, she also mentioned her admiration of Kanye West and how she found multiple other artists through him.[21][22] The Gateway described Ari Lennox's sound as "successfully blends individual slices of classic Motown, modern R&B, and new-age soul into one seamless product."[23]

Discography Studio albums Title Details Peak chart positions US
[24] US
[25] US
[26] Shea Butter Baby
  • Released: May 7, 2019
  • Labels: Dreamville, Interscope
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
67 38 7 Extended plays Title Details Peak chart positions US
[27] US
[28] Ariography
  • Released: October 22, 2013
  • Format: Digital download
— — Pho
  • Released: October 21, 2016
  • Label: Dreamville, Interscope
  • Format: Digital download
40 20 Mixtapes Title Details Five Finger Discount
  • Released: January 5, 2012
  • Format: Digital download
Compilation albums List of albums, with selected chart positions Title Album details Peak chart positions US
Revenge of the Dreamers II
(with Dreamville)
  • Released: December 8, 2015
  • Label: Dreamville, Interscope
  • Format: CD, digital download
29 4 3 Revenge of the Dreamers III
(with Dreamville)
  • Released: July 5, 2019[29]
  • Label: Dreamville, Interscope
  • Format: CD, digital download
1 1 1 Singles As lead artist Title Year Album "Backseat"[30]
(featuring Cozz) 2016 Pho "Night Drive"[31] 2017 "GOAT"[32] "Whipped Cream"[33] 2018 Shea Butter Baby "Shea Butter Baby"[34]
(with J. Cole) 2019 "Up Late" "Got Me"[35]
(Dreamville with Ari Lennox and Omen featuring Ty Dolla $ign, and Dreezy) Revenge of the Dreamers III "BMO"[36] Shea Butter Baby As featured artist List of singles as a featured artist, showing year released and album name Title Year Album "Nothing but the Best"[37]
(EarthGang featuring Ari Lennox) 2018 Royalty Guest appearances List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name Title Year Other artist(s) Album "Sweat It Out"[9] 2015 Omen Elephant Eyes "Change"[38] 2016 J. Cole 4 Your Eyez Only "Icarus"[39] 2018 Bas Milky Way "Sugar Walls"[40] Masego Lady Lady "Link Up"[41] 2019 Buddy, Bas, Guapdad 4000, Kent Jamz, J.I.D Harlan & Alondra "Self Love"[42] Bas, Baby Rose Revenge of the Dreamers III "I Got You (Always and Forever)"[43] Chance the Rapper, En Vogue, Kierra Sheard The Big Day "Amnesia"[44] Bas, Kiddominant Spilled Milk References
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  13. ^ "Dreamville's Ari Lennox Releasing New EP". www.prnewswire.com.
  14. ^ "J. Cole Reveals 4 Your Eyez Only Tour Dates".
  15. ^ "Ari Lennox Releases Sweet New Single "Whipped Cream"". Complex.
  16. ^ https://www.vibe.com/2018/09/ari-lennox-whipped-cream-video/
  17. ^ "Ari Lennox Shares New Songs "40 Shades of Choke" and "Grampa"". Complex.
  18. ^ Spencer, Tallie. "Ari Lennox Announces Shea Butter Baby Tour Dates". Billboard. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Ari Lennox has been tapped to join Lizzo on U.S. tour". ABC News. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
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Ari LennoxStudio albums
  • Shea Butter Baby (2019)
Extended plays
  • Pho (2016)
Compilation albums
  • Revenge of the Dreamers II (2015)
  • Revenge of the Dreamers III (2018)
  • "Shea Butter Baby"
  • "Up Late"
  • "Got Me"
  • "BMO"
Other songs
  • "Change"
Related articles
  • Dreamville Records



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