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5 Questions With Shenseea

5 Questions With Shenseea

Posted  172 Views updated 6 months ago

Rising global artiste Shenseea’s star is in the ascendancy, and the success of her just-released debut album, Alpha, is a testament to her readiness to be the next big star out of Jamaica, as is being predicted by the experts.

The Grammy-nominated Trending Gal has been booked as one of the headliners when Reggae Sumfest returns July 20-23 after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement that Shenseea will be performing at Sumfest came via social media, just as she was hosting the Jamaica leg of her album launch at the Romeich Entertainment headquarters on Campbell’s Boulevard in St Andrew.

Shenseea continues to enjoy her well-deserved time in the spotlight since her album’s release. Alpha debuted at No.1 on the iTunes reggae charts, and her track R U featuring 21 Savage made history when it entered four separate Billboard R&B charts last week.

Born on October 1, 1996, as Chinsea Lee, Shenseea grew up in St Mary and worked as a promo girl before she was signed to Romeich Entertainment. Her hit songs include Loodie (with Vybz Kartel), Love I Got for You, Shen Yeng Anthem, and Trending Gyal. She was featured on Christina Aguilera’s 2018 album Liberation in the song Right Moves.

In 2019, Shenseea was signed with American Music label Interscope Records, making her the first Jamaican dancehall artiste to do so and joining the likes of international recording artistes such as Lady Gaga, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Dr Dre, Selena Gomez and Maroon 5. Shenseea is nominated for her first Grammy award for her features on Kanye West’s 2021 album, Donda.

The Gleaner had a quick chat with Shenseea at the launch of Alpha last Tuesday.

1. Before the release of ‘Alpha’, you said that you were a bit anxious; now that the album has been released, how are you feeling?

I am feeling blessed. I cannot tell you the joy that I am feeling right now. You just have to burst me open and see a lot of butterflies, a lot of sunshine. It’s just a great feeling to know that I have been working on this project so hard, and now that I have released it, people are actually enjoying my hard work. That’s a relief. Literally.

2. Do you have any personal favourites on ‘Alpha’?

No. As you can see, all of them are different. There is no song that is alike on the album, and that’s because they are the best versions of myself.

3. We’ve not only heard Raj’s voice on ‘Sun Comes Up’, but he has songwriting credits on the Rvssian-sponsored track. Why did you decide to keep it on the recording, and how has your son inspired any of the tracks on the album or keeps you motivated each day?

As everyone can hear, he was dictating what I was to do on the track. I love that my son will listen and then tell me he likes this one, or that one is cool, and yes, mommy, this is a hit. That keeps me going.

4. Your versatility on this album is being hailed as exceptional, but in the midst of that, there is also some feedback that it is “not dancehall enough”. How do you react to that?

Honestly, the fact that I put some dancehall on the album is good enough for me. At the end of the day, I am trying to please my core fans, but I am also pleasing myself. As an artiste, I want to explore my creativity. I have way much bigger dreams than just sticking to dancehall only, and if I can infuse pop, R&B, rap into my dancehall music, that is exactly what I am going to do because it is my dream.

5.We are celebrating Women’s History Month. Are there any women you consider as alphas. Who do you admire?

I would have to say Rihanna only because I [have] been watching her forever. I’ve watched her from I was very young; as a young female, she made an impression, and I said to myself and others, I want to be the next Rihanna or next big thing. I love her!

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