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Seyi Shay On The Authenticity Of “Big Girl”

By Oreoritse Tariemi
05 December 2021   |   6:14 am
Seyi Shay’s new album titled “Big Girl” is nothing short of energetic. The album which is a metaphor for the growth that women have to pass through to become who they are is reflective of the artist. In this interview with Guardian Life, she talks about the album’s authenticity, her philanthropic activities, and her role…

Seyi Shay’s new album titled “Big Girl” is nothing short of energetic.

The album which is a metaphor for the growth that women have to pass through to become who they are is reflective of the artist. In this interview with Guardian Life, she talks about the album’s authenticity, her philanthropic activities, and her role in activism.

You took a noticeable break from the Nigerian music industry. Why and what did you do during this time?

I didn’t really take a break from the industry. I have just not released an album since SEYI or SHAY. I’ve been putting out singles like “Yolo Yolo” and “Gimme Love”. I’ve also been acting in films and online series like Lara and the Beat (on Netflix). In addition, I’ve been getting to know myself, love myself and improving myself. 

What has been a defining music moment for you? 

I’d say this new project coming out is definitely a defining moment for me. It’s a body of work that I’ve been wanting to create for years. Musically, I’m in my element, and I’ve never been so brutally honest with lyrics and emotions in a song in my life. I’d also say a defining moment in the past was working with Matthew Knowles as my manager for 3 years, and having my own reality TV show on MTV. 

What would you consider your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration has always been my mother and my family. After them, I’d say my fans, stories I’ve heard and ‘stories that touch’ (LOL). 

You recently got signed with Universal Music Publishing Group. What does this change mean for the Seyi Shay brand? 

It means songwriting is easier. It also means all the songs that I have composed can be properly monetised, accounted for, leaving me with a nice amount of money that I can use for my career. 

 

This is your second studio album since you dropped the first one in 2015. Why did it take this long? And why do you think now’s the right time for another album?

Different factors affected my releasing a new album sooner. I didn’t have a label for a few years. I’ve been independent for a while. I also wanted to spend time finding my true self again. Being in Nigeria made me lose myself a bit because of the culture shock and differences from where I was raised due to the pressure that is put on musicians out here to always fit in or blend in with superficial identities. After “Seyi or Shay”, I decided I needed to experiment with different styles of music and find where I really wanted to be and go. 

In one word, describe your album.

Energy.

Briefly talk to us about the process involved in producing this album? 

Producing this album took a span of almost 2 years because COVID slowed a lot of things. Several talented producers and songwriters gathered together in Lagos, London and LA to make this happen. With the help of some very gifted AnRs called Jones Worldwide, we were able to bring everything together and select the songs and tracks that were in tandem with my vibe, energy, and story right now as an evolved Seyi Shay. 

You were very vocal during the #EndSARS protests. What are some other issues you have supported in recent times? 

I have been supporting an orphanage foundation called SAF HOMES in Ibadan. They comprise about 300 kids, widows, and orphans spread out in different homes around Nigeria. I make it a point to cause awareness for them and partner them with some of the brands that I am in a relationship with so they can lend their financial and resources support by committing yearly to SAF FOUNDATION. 

What do you do to relax? 

I cook and travel to newly discovered or remote places in Nigeria and other parts of the world when there’s time. 

What’s your favourite song at the moment?

Mona Lisa 

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