Hello my music lovies! I am excited to share my first interview of the year.. I had a chance to have a "soul-versation" with the talented musician, songwriter and actress Shayna Steel. We discuss Europe, her latest album "Rise" and more... Check it out!
Miss Keta M.: Hi Shayna, thank you taking time out of busy schedule for his interview! 2015 is your year, you released your second studio album Rise and currently on an international tour, congrats! As you perform through various city/towns in Europe, do you have a favorite city/town you love performing in and if so why?
Shayna Steele: Hi! Thanks for the interview! Probably Muri, Switzerland at Musig Im Ochsen is my favorite. I’ve played there 4 times now and the audiences are warm and excited about the music. Most especially the guy who runs the program, Stephan Diethelm is one of my favorite people in this business. He’s been such a huge part of my success overseas. I consider him family! I really enjoyed playing Porgy and Bess in Vienna as well as Moods in Zurich, too!
Nice.. I listened to your album Rise and the combination of your powerful vocals, the lyrical content, live music (thanks to your talented band) and the combination of genres (Blues, Gospel, Jazz, and RnB) made me have your album on repeat! I felt like some of the songs describe some time periods in my life (for example I Got You and Coulda Had Me). Can you describe the writing process behind Rise?
Thank you so much! I Got You is a lullaby to my unborn child (who is now 2 years old and running around the hotel as we speak). I wrote the lyrics right after my first ultrasound. Her heartbeat was the inspiration behind that. Coulda Had Me was written between myself, David Cook and Caitlan Evanson in 3 different places at 3 different times. It’s my favorite song to date that I’ve written and it was inspired by a dear friend of mine who caught his fiancé in the act of cheating…I know, deep. He’s since moved on and is blissfully married, so that story inspired me to write about moving on from such a devastating situation.
Oh wow, that is deep! I'm glad he found the love of his life, thanks to his ex-fiance. I love how the title of the song sums up the situation..
One of my favorite tracks is the jazz, blues and gospel track Gone Under (also featured on Grammy Award winning band Snark Puppy’s 2013 album - Family Dinner - Volume One. I felt like I was in church when I was listening to the track (which is a good thing)! What is the inspiration behind that track!
I wrote the lyrics on an airplane. David had recorded the piano vamp ahead of time and I was flying to LA for work and just started writing. I was actually inspired by the play ‘Night Mother when I was writing that. Unfortunately, the character in the play does not do any soul searching like the song...
I shared a few of my favorite tracks from the album. Do you have a favorite track(s) from Rise?
Coulda Had Me, Can’t Let You Go and Wear Me Down
Great, songs! Lastly, do you have any upcoming projects or new music ventures you would like to share?
Going on tour next week with Snarky Puppy for a few dates in Singapore and Indonesia. I’ll also be playing in San Francisco and LA in July, NYC AND PHILLY in June and back to Europe a few more times this year. I’m also working on doing a Live album with my current touring band. They are so awesome and my live show is another experience I’d like to capture.
Once again, thank you for the interview Shayna! When you perform in Philly, let me know because we definitely have to have a formal meeting!
Yes! I have a gig in Philly this summer. When everything is finalized, I’ll be in touch! Can’t wait to meet you. Thanks for the interview.
Listen to one of my favorite tracks from the album titled Gone Under and make sure you cop Rise ASAP! If you want to see Shayna live in concert, visit her website for upcoming tour dates. Also, leave your thoughts on the interview, and/or Shayna's music...