NORFOLK'S RISING STAR
Kingna Scott is an up and coming artist on Pusha T’s record label Heir Wave. Hailing from the small town of Farmville, VA, she polished her musical and vocal talent at church. What began as a task at only 3 years old, quickly turned into a passion, teaching herself various instruments influenced by the gospel sounds and choir around her. She continues to find inspiration in her surroundings right here in Virginia.
As she prepares to release her debut album, Kingna was excited to collaborate with Virginia is for Lovers on “Heart & Soul,” and created the song “VA SWAY,” which serves as a beautiful reflection of the state that she calls home.
VA SWAY dives deep into Kingna Scott's love of Virginia, but where does she love specifically? Check out her city guide below and learn about her favorite places to eat, shop, and unwind.
CELEBRATING BLACK CULTURE
"Black Culture in VA to me, means foundation. Black culture is loud and animated, and loud is just fine. Loud isn't always aggression; it's excitement, it's expression, it's happiness. Black culture is laughing so hard, you smack the person who said whatever was funny. Black culture is talking smack, and roasting one another (out of fun) to cope with the bad stuff, toughen up, and get it out on the table. Black culture is taking what you have, and building something better with it." - Kingna Scott
ABOUT VA SWAY
"This song is important to me because it describes growing up in not only central VA, but all along the east coast. I think a lot of people will be able to relate to parts of the story that the lyrics tell. This song was written to always remember my grandmother, one of the most resilient and wisest people I've ever known.
I want people to take from this song the warmth I felt while writing it. I wrote it from a glowing place. This song describes a reflection. It's okay to reflect, and to remember, or to even be proud of your personal experience, and where you come from." - Kingna Scott
Kingna’s City Guide
Check out Kingna's City Guide to Norfolk and Virginia Beach
- Toast Bar or Handsome Biscuit in Park Place - Everyone I know likes comfort food, so the Handsome Biscuit is definitely that! If they like vegan options, a nice sit-down place with endless mimosas, then Toast Bar is right across the street.
- The Fishin’ Pig - Especially if you like BBQ! They started up back home, in Farmville, that’s where I first learned about it; I’ve never been disappointed there. My mom put me on. It’s one of her favorite places to eat. I was excited when I found out they were opening one here. I love everything at The Fishin’ Pig.
- Cantina Laredo - It’s a sexy date type atmosphere, and the flaming apple pie is bomb! There are so many places to do fancy things at town center, but, if it’s a fun date night, and not a fancy date night, town center has the apex complex. They have any and everything fun to do from go-karts, to pool, to virtual gaming, bowling, axe throwing. You name it.
- The Wave, Rainbow Cactus - I like dancing and people crowd around me when I do dance because I’m usually lit. There are some good dives at the strip like sandbar or the edge. Those places are packed from wall to wall in the summer, if you’ve got good vibes, you’ll have a good time.”
- Fishing at the Ocean View Pier - I’ve taken my mom. She had a blast. I grew up fishing, like, I’m really a master fisherwoman? -- but river fishing is…different. More involved. I’ve been fishing since I was three years old. I used to go to Oceanview to clear my head. Jog like eight miles or do yoga. Oceanview is the beach I go to kick back and relax. It’s the chill beach.
- Sneaker Xchange on Granby - The owner is cool; we’ve chopped it up. They got all the new and classic collector kicks.
- Military Circle Mall - For custom apparel and accessories. I like custom fashion that I design myself, and there is always a shop at Military to get it made. The people and the relationships are like family in a way.
- Russell’s Music World. - It’s a small local music store that carries all kinds of things. He re-sells consignment items. Russell is a jazz drummer, so when I come in there, we will jam out sometimes. I like helping to keep him in business, so I'll trade, buy, or sometimes give him a good deal he can’t resist.