To dream is to foresee a desirable future. Seeing your dreams come true is the height of fulfillment. As cliché as it may sound, dreams do come true. But like with most good things, making your dreams come true doesn't come easy. This is the story of celebrity publicist and record producer Jonathan Hey and his two lovely kids, Iliana Eve and Hannah Lynn. For the trio, family is everything, including business - they own the record label Drink the Lemonade. Together, they are on the path of helping each other achieve their dreams.
[Photo - Jonathan Hay and Iliana Eve]
Fourteen-year-old Iliana Eve is the songstress in the family. Her interest in music became obvious early on when she started singing songs of some of her favorite singers, like Beyoncé. In 2016, Iliana made her debut in the music industry. She was featured on a single released under the Doggy Style Records label, owned by iconic rapper Snoop Dogg. Since then, she hasn't looked back. She's climbing the ladder and coming into her own in a highly competitive industry.
Like her favorite artist Beyoncé, Iliana is a native of Houston, Texas. The name of her label, Drink the Lemonade, was inspired by the superstar's highly successful latest album Lemonade. Iliana got a step closer to achieving her dream of building a successful music career with the release of her single "Kylie's Daddy" that went viral. The song, which is about reality TV star Kylie Jenner, was well received by music lovers. She's already been featured in top media publications such as TMZ, Entrepreneur Magazine, E! News, Billboard, Houston Chronicle and many more.
With not even a year in the industry, the teen star has made remarkable progress working with some notable names such as Kanye West's artist and chief songwriter Cyhi The Prynce, Eminem's artist Kxng Crooked of Slaughterhouse, and Rick Rubin's new artist Kevin Pollari.
Jonathan's older daughter, Hannah, is another bundle of talent. Unlike her sister, the 16-year-old is carving out a niche for herself as a DJ and goes by the name DJ Hannahbella. When she isn't mixing great tunes, she's helping her father at the record label and high profile celebrity firm Jonathan Hay Celebrity. According to Jonathan, "Hannah is helping with new client additions such as major rapper Booise Badazz and The Badazz Music Syndicate, and Deven Davis, wife of Jonathan Davis of Korn."
[Photo - Jonathan Hay and Hannah Lynn]
It hasn't been all rosy for the budding DJ. A member of the LGBT community, Hannah came out of the closet a few years ago. Sadly, her bold move has caused her much trouble. She's been ridiculed and bullied for who she is. She's had to switch schools and even got the local police involved. Despite the difficulties she's faced, she isn't deterred from pursuing her dreams and being happy.
In the face of the storm, the sisters find comfort in the arms of their father as they pursue their ambitions. "Working with the girls has given me a new outlook on everything. Hannah understands fashion and marketing to pop culture. Iliana sings about issues such as sexual abuse, suicide and depression. They've both been through more than kids their age should ever have to go through," the proud father says.
The drama, emotions and adventures in the lives of the trio would make an interesting watch. Jonathan and his little angels are looking in that direction. They are about to change the face of reality shows with an original reality series called Daddy Issues. Landing a great TV network to bring the show to life is the next target. Iliana would rather see Daddy Issues on Jay Z's TIDAL or Netflix - "most of us kids are all watching our shows on our phones, not in our living rooms on television," she says. Whatever platform they choose, viewers can be sure of one thing: a thrilling experience.
Jonathan, Iliana and Hannah are spreading a message of family, passion and resilience. They are determined to be the best they can be. When the lights are out and the curtains fall, they have each other to rely on. "All that's missing right now is a good stepmom in our lives," says Jonathan.