Jalen Santoy Gathers (born August 24, 1993), known as Jalen Santoy, is a rapper, singer, and songwriter from Charlotte, NC. Originally from Charleston, SC, the enriching culture is heavily present in his music. Recording music since the age of 15, Santoy released his first record in 2014 knowing the time was right. His first song to the public, “God,” caught the attention of many bloggers and rappers alike, eventually securing Rapper Big Pooh for the “God” remix, released in December 2014. With Rapper Big Pooh’s presence, “God” gained significant attention and Santoy received widespread recognition. Following his success, Santoy collaborated again with Rapper Big Pooh on “Kings” from the Words Paint Pictures EP which led him to features in XXL, The Source, 2DopeBoyz, and Okayplayer as one of the top artists to watch. In March 2015, Santoy released his single “Foreplay”, which has earned 1.74 million plays on SoundCloud and has gained the support from Respect Mag, DJ Booth, Ashley Outrageous, ThisIs50, Boi-Ida and other various accounts. After the release of “Foreplay”, Santoy dropped his second single, “Off The Glass” in February 2016. The single was produced by Grammy nominated hip-hop producer Daniel Worthy, and the first from his work with the upcoming project, Charlie Eastern.
EMPIRE was founded in 2010 as an artist-friendly, progressive digital distribution company. After early success, and identifying future icons such as Kendrick Lamar, Sage The Gemini, and Rich Homie Quan, EMPIRE was quickly regarded as a tastemaker in the industry and throughout the past five years evolved into a full-fledged record label, distributor and publisher for independent musicians. With the company and roster growing at a breakneck pace, EMPIRE has effectively disrupted a stale business model by bringing its energy, expertise, and acumen to its artists and labels. Given its reputation, EMPIRE works with today’s hottest talent from superstars such as T.I. and red-hot newcomers such as Anderson .Paak. While remaining 100% independent, EMPIRE has also partnered with Atlantic Records for a joint venture, home to breakout star D.R.A.M. and joined forces with Republic Records for the release of Sage The Gemini’s Remember Me album.