8-year-old Richmond artist soars in DJ Khaled competition; needs your votes

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Brooklyn and her sister are also highly active in the community. They've adopted families at Richmond Bay Area Rescue Mission and held kids events, such as a huge slime event and toy drive at a Barbershop on Macdonald Avenue last year. Brooklyn and her older sister saved over $2,000 of their own money to create the toy drive, and gave out toys to underserved kids for Christmas.
Brooklyn Ivy (Photo contributed)

For 8-year-old Brooklyn Ivy, talent is not the issue. Right now, votes are what she needs.

The Richmond resident is currently soaring in a national competition called Next Up hosted by DJ Khaled. Dubbed “the world’s biggest online music competition,” Next Up has teamed with the Grammy winning producer in the search for the best new artists, songwriters, and producers around the globe.

Brooklyn is on the cusp of earning her spot in the next round of the competition, where the judges will be DJ Khaled, Lenny S from Roc Nation, Jeff Juin from VP Warner Records and other top industry professionals.

But she needs your help. She’s currently in first place in her group of about a dozen artists in a competition that is powered by votes from fans. Folks have only till 2:30-3 p.m. today to cast their vote for Brooklyn here. You can provide her with a single vote for free, or pay for additional votes. A portion of every dollar contributed will benefit Brooklyn and the charity, We The Best Foundation.




Brooklyn is a model, aspiring actress, YouTuber, dancer and rapper who says the competition could provide her with the support for her career to take off.

“I believe I could fit in the Khaled brand because I am a go-getter,” she says. “Don’t tell me I can’t…because I will prove you wrong.”

Brooklyn said she entered the competition, in which she’s going up against artists from around the nation of all ages and skill levels, as she’s been a fan of DJ Khaled “since I was an infant.”

“Pease give me a chance to show you my potential and to make my mom proud of her,” Brooklyn said, noting her mother, Daveetta Shepherd, is a hard-working single-mom who helped make this happen.

“I am not the normal little 8 year old,” she said. “I am explosive and ready to go.”

Brooklyn and her sister are also highly active in the community. They’ve adopted families at Richmond Bay Area Rescue Mission and held kids events, such as a huge slime event and toy drive at a Barbershop on Macdonald Avenue last year. Brooklyn and her older sister saved over $2,000 of their own money to create the toy drive, and gave out toys to underserved kids for Christmas.

To vote for Brooklyn, click here.

Follow her on social media: Instagram: @brooklyn_ivy_ TikTok: new page queenbee_bayarea Facebook @Brooklynivy Twitter: @BrooklynIvy7.