Sheyenne Semaan, Voice | Spring'18 Ensemble & Recital Series | School of Jazz
Monday, May 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
School of Jazz Performance Space, Room I531, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011
Sheyenne Semaan is a singer who comes from a strong pop background. Her mother would take her to two of her uncle’s nightly gigs when she was only a baby. This allowed Sheyenne to develop a natural ear. Music was highly encouraged in her household, allowing Sheyenne to discover that she had a singing ability at the age of two. They say that usually people mold into the person they are later in life depending on how their upbringing was like. Sheyenne had a very healthy and happy upbringing that molded her in becoming a happy adult who is known for smiling 90% of the time in her daily life carrying a confident personality when she sings, her strong stage presence seen on stage, and in her music.
The 22-year-old singer feels, “my purpose in life is to make people happy.” She finds satisfaction through people’s reactions usually during and after a performance, and when she is being casual and her goofy self around her friends.
Sheyenne started attending The New School's School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in the fall of 2014. She is soon to be graduating in May of 2018. She explained that her experience playing with “her fellow cats” (musicians) from school is heartwarming and eye opening. The jazz division to her resembles a small community of family who she loves and they love her back equally. She feels that not only is she learning in her classes but that she is also learning new things playing with her friends. Sheyenne is a true leader who takes charge in her rehearsal time knowing exactly what sound she is looking for in detail, while doing a good job of explaining it to her band members.
Sheyenne decided to study jazz because she felt that she wanted to add a new flavor to the pop industry. She did not know what that flavor was going to be, but she knew she will find it throughout her years here at school. This is Sheyenne’s last semester at The New School. She is now writing her own songs in the style of pop/funk. She is in the process of recording her songs and will be showcasing in her senior recital coming up on May 14, 7pm, at 55 W 13th St.
Sheyenne’s songs are exuberant and full of life with little intricate details that are simple but are what makes her songs unpredictable and different from mainstream pop. Although, because her songs are pop, the subtle funk groove is what gives it that unique flavor that Sheyenne was looking for. She says that she is always updating herself by listening to the latest pop songs to understand what people are looking for, and how artists in the industry are thinking. This is where her inspiration comes from. “Thanks to music theory, I never feel like I’m stuck when I’m writing. Inspiration can only take you so far, but having theory knowledge can take you to places you never knew existed. You get goose bumps. It’s mind blowing”.
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