Syreeta ShaNee is about to take the music world by storm! Her soulful sound will give you an old school feel with a twist of new school and her new single, Pink Slip, gives you all that and more. Syreeta is defiantly one to have on your radar. I recently had the pleasure of getting to chat the up and coming R&B star about her career, love, and family!
Introduce yourself to the world!
Hello. I’m Syreeta ShaNee, a sassy R&B , pop-soul singer/ songwriter, entrepreneur and socialite. Originally a native of small town Alabama, for the past 9 years, I have officially become a Georgia Peach and have taken the city of Atlanta by storm working with various accomplished artists, producers and photographers. Although I have worked diligently to carve my name into the entertainment industry, I have remained strong with my Christian faith and beliefs . In addition to my passion for music, I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Psychology Counseling and I am a mother (yes I’m a mom :D).
I love your new single “Pink Slip”! Tell us what or who was the inspiration behind “Pink Slip”? Who did you work with to help create the track?
Thank you! Pink Slip is a song I had begun writing after hearing the track online. I loved the old school sound so I purchased it and immediately came up with a hook. It wasn’t until later that I revisited the song I had begun writing, because, unfortunately my personal experiences help to inspire some of the lyrics. But I really think it came out great. Gypsy Stokes, Konvict Muzik producer, and artist helped me engineer the song and execute my ideas. This song is special to me because I was dealing with a broken heart at the time I actually recorded the song, so the emotions were very raw and pure—so raw and pure, I had to stop recording a few times and wipe my tears in the studio.
Who are some of the people you have worked with in your career?
I have worked under the management of Ricardo Thornton and his brother Raz B from the boy band B2k and collaborated with several artists including Lil Scrappy, Trillville, Lil Atlanta of Trillville, T-Pain’s Protégé, Young Cash of Nappy Boy, Grammy nominated writer Gypsy Stokes of Konvict Muzik, Sonny Music writer Kerry Hartwell, R&B artist Ray Lavender, producer JSiles, singer/songwriter Chip Oday and singer/songwriter Sky Keeton and several independent artists such as Drop Boi Deezy, Godbliss, AK Swat and Kimmi Kennedy. I have also worked with David Waehner of Waehner productions(credits include Trick Daddy, Trina, Sony, Universal). James Brooks, producer and musician from Euphonic Muzik productions, who has worked with several artists, including Regina Belle and Mike Phillips of Drummerboyz Club, producer, engineer who is also the main drummer for Janelle Monae (credits include Ciara, Lloyd, E-40, Lil Jon, Trillville,).
Very impressive! You have worked with a lot of heavy hitters! Who inspires you?
I have several musical inspirations, including, of course my first inspiration since childhood, the late Whitney Houston for her rare musical gift, and to me, being one of the best recording artists of our time. In more recent times, I have also been inspired by Tamar Braxton. She inspires me because she has worked diligently for years with so many almost opportunities that somehow never manifested into the career that she wanted and deserved, (which I can certainly relate to) but she never dropped the microphone and now she has accomplished many of the musical goals that she always wanted to achieve, including being nominated for a Grammy and her vocals are phenomenal simply because she just didn’t stop!
So when can we expect an album from you?
Right now I’m working on singles, where my focus is recording one super great track at a time (no album “fillers”) which will eventually make up the album that I can’t wait to release. I do plan on releasing a mixtape for this summer followed by an EP while I continue working on my album. But yes an album,—-THE ALBUM is coming!!
Being in the music industry can be very stressful. How do you deal with the stress? What advise do you have for artist trying to make it this business?
For me it is always staying grounded with God. It may sound cliché’ but it’s truly what helps me deal with the stress. If I didn’t have that spiritual relationship, I could see how it would have already pushed me away. In the industry you are dealing with so many people with different personalities and agendas and the ultimate agenda in the music “business” is to make money. We know when money becomes the center of anything it is usually corrupted and the music industry is no exception. It can be difficult for true “artists” who are really passionate about what they do to separate the business from the artistry. But never let the corruption of the business distract, derail, or steal your passion. I always say I do this because I love music. I don’t HAVE to pursue this. But of course I would love to make a living doing my passion. I just keep in mind that being successful while doing my passion does not mean that I have to sacrifice my integrity or sanity. Keep God first, and the peace will overtake the doubts, the fears, the frustrations, the anguish, and, the stress.
I read you’ve been approached by a few major labels, like Block Entertainment, and Grand Hustle, but chose to stay independent, why?
Well I was actually approached by Grand Hustle first. I met up with the A&R at the time, Mike, and he was really excited about possibly bringing me in to work with their producers exclusively and eventually to sign to their label, however, the timing couldn’t have been more off because shortly after TI was arrested and there were a few financial/logistic issues within the label so it was bad timing. Block Ent came about when a mutual friend of Russell “Block” Spencer and mine suggested I meet with him because he was looking for a female singer for his label Block ENT. He had checked out my sites and immediately setup a meeting/listening session at his studio off of Memorial Drive. He really liked what he heard and immediately wanted me to begin working with the team. There were issues with my schedules and my job at the time so we reconnected again and he later asked me to come on board and work with him assisting to develop one of his rap groups at the time and eventually we would work on my project. I really enjoyed my time there and learned so much about the actual “business” of the music industry. I learned enough to realize that I actually had my own movement and if I play my cards right can actually come out better independently.
What can we expect from you in the future?
To know my name. My goal is not to just be famous or well known. It is to do my passion so well that people know who I am. To me there is a difference. But you will see and hear so much more of Syreeta ShaNee’ soon to come—expect to hear me on your radio waves. I also plan to utilize my talent to evolve into other entrepreneur ventures as well as developing a nonprofit organization for young women.
What are some of your guilty pleasures?
Reality Shows, French Fries, Blog Reading at the office
Do you have a man in your life? The people want to know! LOL
Yes! And he is a sweetheart!J
What do you do to expect the stresses of the world?
I have my quiet time with God. Sometimes when I get in the car I don’t turn on music at all. I just use that time to talk and listen to Him. I also come home and run a super warm bubble bath on those days that I’m left shaking my head. You would be surprised how that alleviates the stress!!
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