Hey, tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Sha’Leah Nikole; I’m from California raised in South Central LA. I love Hip Hop and 90s R&B. I also grew up on oldies so I love Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder to name a few! I went to Alfred University, which is upstate New York. I studied Liberal Arts and I obtained my Bachelors degree in Communications. Through out college I would spend my summers working at Amazing Grace Conservatory a theatrical training institute for the inner city youth ages 7-18 in Los Angeles. Once I graduated college I began working every semester and developed a strong passion for the youth; which led to my mentoring program for the youth, My Footprints.
I prefer to stay home and watch a movie like The Wood, Friday, or The Fifth Element rather than go out to a club. I didn’t want to write my own music when I first started out but my older brother insisted that I did, now I will only write or co write my music. Writing music is how I express myself, it’s my therapy. Thanksgiving is my favorite Holiday because my family is so much fun to be around and the food…come on who doesn’t Love good soul food.
Where did the new single come from?
This single “Nobody” was as honest as it gets lol. I randomly saw a guy I use to deal with and he was with this girl just flirting and what not, but the crazy part was that I didn’t want dude, I just didn’t want to have to see him all hugged up with this girl. I guess it does something to your pride. So over the years I would see him with different girls and that would be how I felt. It wasn’t until a couple years later I was going through tracks from Darius of ‘1500 or Nothin’ that these words came to me. “I don’t want Nobody else on you, want nobody else on you” that’s how I came up with the hook.
I then began to tell my story…and that’s how we got “Nobody”. I then reached out to Buddy, which is Pharrell’s I am other artist. He was putting out music and I was digging his sound, lyrics, and overall style. We attended Amazing Grace Conservatory together as kids so I figured why not give it a shot. I sent him the record; he loved it and said he would love to hop on the track. The rest is history in the making.
Is there more content in the pipeline?
I recently released an EP titled The Queen Issue, which features the single Nobody (Available on all streams). It’s been two years since I put out any original music so I wanted to really make this special and take my time with it. A lot has changed over the last two years. I’ve grown a lot as an artist and as a person. I wanted to convey that in The Queen Issue. I was involved in every aspect of this latest project from the track selection to the vocal production, the artwork and even the engineering. Yes I had to record myself for a couple of the records lol, but that made me appreciate it all so much more. This EP has something for everyone on it, but it is an ode to women everywhere! We are Queens!
What’s on the horizon for you?
You will be hearing a lot more from me! Not only on streaming sites but my music will be featured in TV shows as well as film. Definitely more live performances. My Next stop is Myrtle Beach and then NYC. I plan to travel and tell my story through my music! My goal is to bring a little joy wherever I go, so if you like what you hear please request that I come to your city!