Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
From the time I first stepped on stage to sing, I knew that’s what I wanted to do in life. In 2007, I performed in a calypso contest on my home island St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. The way it made me feel to perform was indescribable. I felt like, “This is Me.”
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
The craziest thing has to be how quickly I’m growing in my career. I went from 1 song to 20, just like that. The progression that I’ve made is unbelievable.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Every time I perform on stage feels like a high point to me. The feeling of doing what you love and being able to draw in an audience while doing so is amazing.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Well, my husband/manager and I write all of my songs together unless we’re in the studio collaborating with other artists or writers for a specific song, like “Bottom On That Beat”. Typically we’ll choose a beat that we like and decide what story we would like to get across in the song. We are storytellers first, and always make sure the music is telling a story; things that we all go through in everyday life. After that decision is made, and we start writing, it doesn’t take long before the song is complete. Whether we finish within an hour, sometimes two, or we jot down notes and a few lines one day and come back to finish the song the next day.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Honestly, I feel like there are a lot of advantages to being an independent artist, including creative control over your brand and music. Now, I will say that building a strong team with the same vision, drive, and motivation can pose a bit of a challenge, but once you find the right people, it allows everything to progress a lot smoother.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
If I could share the stage with one artist, it would be Aaliyah because I’m able to relate to some of her style and music. I’ve also had the honor of being complimented to have resembled her tone and smoothness. So I felt that that would have been an awesome collaboration, but unfortunately, she is not here with us today, may she Rest In Peace. She will always be remembered as the Princess of R&B.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
To simplify, hard work. I’ve always believed that practice makes progress, so preparing for a show is no different. Usually, we’ll turn on the music while I sing and dance to it in order to improve my movements and stage presence. I don’t necessarily choreograph my dances except for a few moves when it’s called for, other than that, I just feel it!
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
The most challenging song that we wrote would be "Let Them Know" which is a song from my soon-to-be-released EP called Five Pieces From My Heart. It was definitely the most emotionally challenging song to write because it refers to losing someone important in your life.
What's coming up in the future?
In the near future, I’ll be releasing a new EP consisting of five songs in total. I also will be in Asheville, NC performing in a musical stage play called Mr. Mouse & the Rat Pack on October 21st & 22nd. Other than that, I’ll be performing live at different venues and pushing my music on social media. Show dates can be found on my website!
Tell us where fans can access your music?
You can access my music on all music platforms, just type Sydeajah in search or visit my website Sydeajah.com
Sydeajah was born on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, and now resides in South Carolina. She is an R&B/Pop singer, songwriter, model, and actress who has fallen in love with music and performing since she was very young and sang in a Calypso contest on her home island, St. Croix, USVI in 2007. She continued to perform while attending a grade 6-12 magnet school called Davidson Fine Arts where she gained more interest in dancing and singing as well as acting while taking such Fine art classes and getting to perform her talents at school and on stage. In August 2020, Sydeajah met her manager, JoJo Williams, and was later signed to JusJo Records. Sydeajah and JoJo began writing her singles and meeting other writers to work on her next project. In the making of her next project, Sydeajah has gotten the opportunity to work with amazing producers from the east coast to the west. She has released music projects such as her album “Diary of Sydeajah” and her Christmas EP “Sydeajah’s 25th of December” along with singles like "Bottom on That Beat" that are on all music platforms, worldwide. Sydeajah was selected for the WNIR’s “2021 Best Holiday Songs” with the songs '25th of December' and 'Dance With Me (On This Chrismas)' from her Christmas EP. In this year of 2022, Sydeajah is on the move with both her music and acting as she has been releasing singles such as "On My Way Back Home" and "Invisible" while working towards releasing a new EP as well as traveling and performing on stage with her music and the musical play called Mr. Mouse & the Rat Pack. Sydeajah will soon make her debut appearance on film in a new sitcom.
Learn more at: www.sydeajah.com