Courtney Shanade Salter, better known by her stage name Ari Lennox, (born March 26, 1991) is an American singer and songwriter from Washington, D.C.She is signed to J. Cole‘s record label, Dreamville Records.
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. TheGateway described Ari Lennox’s sound as “successfully blends individual slices of classic Motown, modern R&B, and new-age soul into one seamless product.”
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