Producer Rico Love Discovers The Voice of Former Grambling Student and Rising Artist Shaquala Jackson ‘TXS’ Through Instagram

After singing nearly all of her life, just about a year in a half ago, Shaquala Jackson’s life changed when she received a DM on Instagram from genius producer, Rico Love.

The former GSU student says she posted 3 or 4 videos on Instagram that gained a lot of attention. After one of her followers tagged Rico Love, he ended up DMing her the next day and she couldn’t believe it!

Richard “Rico” Preston Butler, Jr., better known by his stage name Rico Love, is an American songwriter, record producer and artist responsible for many big hits.

Although, Jackson did not sign right away to Love’s label, Division 1, he teased his followers with music from Jackson, better known as TXS on his social media platforms very frequently adding to her already developed fan base.

One of the most impressive things about TXS is the short snippets of her covering mainstream artists’ songs posted on social media were done often acappella. This helped to demonstrate her superb vocal ability, tone and range.

Love has produced and written for artists such as Usher, T.I. Jermaine Dupri, Trey Songz, Nelly, Jamie Foxx, Lil Wayne and Sasha Fierce herself, Beyonce’.

He helped TXS to release her newest single, ‘Hi Goodbye’ earlier this year, which has received a ton of positive feedback. Both Love’s and TXS’ fans are practically begging for more music!

In addition to  ‘Hi Goodbye’, a few of her other tracks include, ‘Good 2 U’ and ‘New Bae’ , available on SoundCloud right now.

Each of TXS’ songs on SoundCloud currently have over 60K listens. With just as many listens, her Maxwell and Sam Smith mashup was also a fan favorite.

Although, her love for music started a good while before college, while attending Grambling State University, TXS was a member of the university choir under the direction of Natorshau M. Davis.

As a choir member and vocal performance major, TXS, performed at many pageants, talent shows and choir performances showcasing a voice that several students, faculty and the community fell in love with.

During her freshmen year at GSU, she sang “You and I” by Keke Wyatt along with then student vocalist, Cliffton Boykin at the university’sMiss Covel Girl pageant.

The duo left the audience in awe and set the mood for the winner of the pageant to be crowned. Her college experience at GSU gave her that extra push to follow her dream.

It’s no doubt that TXS has the talent to make her dream of becoming an award winning artist come true, experience and guidance is really all she needed to complete her package.  Love has experienced so many different sides of the music industry that many believe he will lead TXS in the right direction.

He not only has experience working with artist, but he is an artist himself. He released his first solo music EP entitled, “Discrete Luxury” a few years ago.

So, while guiding and encouraging TXS , we might even see a collaboration between the two, who knows. He posted on Twitter calling TXS ‘his favorite singer’.

He explained at a music conference earlier this year how he plans to help rising artists such as TXS to make it to the top!

In a Miami Times article, Love said he talked about things that are missing in today’s music industry, including the need for musicians and artists to know their own identities.

He discussed wanting to help artists understand the importance of stage presence and knowing how to correctly participate in a media interview.

“I care about the state of music. I care about how it’s created, the time it takes to create it, and people being passionate and working towards creating something that’s of value.”

With these two working together, we should expect some great music from rising artist, TXS. The wait shouldn’t be too long either, I heard through the great vine that she’s in the studio right now putting in work.


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SoundCloud: @ttlotxs



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Follow E'Vonne: Instagram: @forever_evonne Twitter: @EVonneGipson SC: @byevonnegipson E'Vonne Gipson is an award winning journalist from Missouri City, TX. She is a graduate of Grambling State University where she received a B.A. degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in journalism and public relations. Gipson has written for several publications including Sheen Magazine, HBCU Buzz, The Black Beat, The News-Star, The Ruston Daily Leader,, and Houston Style Magazine. She is a former business reporting intern at Abilene Reporter-News in Abilene, TX and a current social media intern for MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Network. She first began her journalism career writing for her school's newspaper "The Gramblinite". In 2016, Gipson worked with the Web Department at Houston television station, KHOU-11 TV where she gained professional photography and social media skills. Gipson is currently a producer at USA Today Network newspaper, The News-Star in Monroe. She is a member of The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.


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