R&B duo VanJess breaks up

R&B sister-duo VanJess is no longer releasing music together following an announcement on social media Thursday which revealed one of the sisters’ decision to step away.

According to TheGrio, Jess Nwokike, who first gained a following with her sister Ivana Nwokike by uploading a capella covers to YouTube in the early 2010s, shared in an Instagram post that Ivana will no longer move forward with the pair.

“I see you and know how much you’ve been wanting to hear new music and see more from the both of us,” Jess began. 

“The truth is, about eight months ago my sister decided to step away from VanJess. I fully support and respect my sister in pursuing what makes her happiest,” she added, thanking fans for their love and support throughout the years.

The first-generation Nigerian-American sisters burst onto the scene in 2013 after self-releasing their debut EP, 00 Till Escape, which rose to a top-ten spot on iTunes after the duo re-released it in 2015, according to UPROXX.

2018 marked the release of VanJess’ debut album Silk Canvas, which featured collaborations with Little Simz, Masego and GoldLink. 

They followed it up in 2021 with their RCA debut EP Homegrown, featuring contributions from KAYTRANADA, Phony Ppl and Devin Morrison. The sisters have not released new music since.


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