This year singer, Antonio Ramsey is officially leaving his imprint on the music industry. The South Florida native has already opened shows and shared stages amongst celebrated artist like Anthony Hamilton, Bobby V, Fantasia, Lyfe Jennings, and more. However, as the innovator behind “Funk Trap”, he’s responsible for creating a new genre of music that he channels throughout his work.
His latest single “All Night Long” is a sexually-charged party song, that encourages movement. At least a quick body roll, just out of respect. Antonio admits that the song was inspired by an alcohol influenced studio session, infused with his Miami style. At least he was honest and didn’t blame it all on the alcohol. Last year he released the visuals for the single which featured shots of him in the California desert. It also cuts to sexy scenes in a dimly lit motel room.
Antonio describes “Funk Trap” as the combination of different elements in his life, coming together to create an uplifting experience. The “Funk” comes from his love of legendary soul singers Al Green and James Brown. His work is greatly influenced by their contributions to music. As a child, Antonio fell in their style, stage presence, and raw talent.
He takes the “Trap” from his upbringing in South Florida. Anyone who has associated themselves with Floridians is aware of their wild tendencies and ability to find the fun in the most mundane situations. It’s these elements that Antonio intentionally instills in his music, allowing people to let loose and simply have fun. He hasn’t simply created a new genre, but a total experience.
Born in West Palm Beach, FL, Antonio moved to Miami when he was very young. Though South Florida is known for its nice weather, wonderful beaches, and beautiful people the area is also home to a good bit of crime, drugs, and violence. It’s the latter set of circumstances that Antonio had to maneuver through to find his way to success. He went on to become a Hip-Hop background dancer for artists like Trina, Mya, and Missy Elliot. However, he eventually realized that his desire to stand in the forefront was pulling him away from dancing in the back.
After deciding to move to Atlanta to further his career as a singer, Antonio came across choreographer/creative director Victor Jackson. Known for working with artists like Jennifer Hudson, Iggy Azalea, August Alsina, and Kandi Burruss. Victor would help Antonio gain attention and book shows. It was a huge step up from being a dancer or singing hooks as a featured artist for rappers.
Atlanta has truly become a second home for Antonio. The Metropolitan city fostered his talents and helped him grow into the artist that he is today. Within the last decade, Atlanta has been recognized as a major part of the entertainment industry. It’s home to many successful entertainment professionals, particularly in music. Also, it’s a growing power in the realm of television and film, producing some of the biggest box-office films and highly rated television shows.
As of now, he resides in Los Angeles part-time, working on his upcoming EP. This will be Antonio’s first complete project and he’s excited to introduce a full body of work to the world. While continuing to build his career in LA, he still goes back to Atlanta regularly. He’s adamant about remaining bi-coastal and staying connected to his life in the South.
Not only is Antonio staying focused in the studio, he’s also making sure that he prepares his body for what’s to come. When he’s not recording he’s sweating it out in the gym. Even his diet has changed. Antonio has transformed himself into a force to be reckoned with. It will be exciting to watch him blow open the doors of the music industry with the sounds of “Funk Trap”