21 year old Shenna is a Indie-Pop/ R&B singer-songwriter from Woodbridge, VA who started performing in shows at the age of 7 and has been featured in numerous blogs and showcases around the world. Currently Shenna is located in both NYC and DC and gigs with her band playing songs off her debut EP “Dream In Color” produced by Austin Bello from the band Forever the Sickest Kids. Shenna stated “nothing else in life makes me feel the way music does. It is a universal language and I just want to make a statement with each of my songs to connect with my listeners.”
Entertwine: You’ve been performing since you were 7 years old, correct? Could you tell us about your musical background? How have you grown and matured musically over the years?
Shenna: I have been singing my whole life but started performing in Talent Showcases with my cousin at the age of 7. I then went on and performed in musical theatre performances and participated in various choirs all throughout HS which is still one of my favorite memories because I learned so much and created life long friendships! After HS, I went to Howard University for 2 years and studied Music Business/ Jazz Voice and now taking a couple classes online at Berklee College of Music. I feel I have grown and matured musically by learning from my own experiences over the years and observing other wonderful musicians.
ET: You currently reside in Woodbridge, Virginia, but perform regularly in New York City, correct? What can you tell us about the music scene in Woodbridge? Have you ventured into Washington DC to visit or perform at any of the venues downtown? What is your favorite aspect of life in New York City?
S: I am currently between cities at the moment and recently decided to stay in New York after having an amazing summer that opened up so many opportunities for me musically! Woodbridge, VA has some of the most talented people I have ever met but not many performance venues. I have performed in DC before and love it but in New York my favorite aspect is how random things pop up day by day. I love that I can be home with no plans then get a call asking if I can perform that night in the city. I love that the train system can take you anywhere so it is easy to maneuver.
ET: What life experiences and events led to the writing and recording of your debut EP “Dream In Color”? What was it like working with Austin Bello (Forever the Sickest Kids)?
S: The theme of “Dream In Color” is to pay attention to the small details of life. In each of my songs it discusses a different stage of my life. “Me Vs. You” discusses me embracing my individuality, “Love” talks about how I have high expectations for guys trying to dating me, “Take Your Time” touches on the overall theme of living in the moment, “Stranger” is about how I thought someone changed but I ended up changing too into a stronger person, and “Safe And Sound” was my break free song accepting that everything is going to be alright. If it wasn’t for Austin my EP would have ended up in a totally different direction. I feel that working with him definitely helped shape me into a better artist because I was challenged and exposed to different styles of music I wasn’t used to singing but fell in love with.
ET: What was it like filming the music video for your song ‘Me Vs. You’?
S: The man behind the camera “Rocko Seymour” brought the video to life! We had so much fun filming the video and wanted to show the audience that the media does not define beauty that being yourself is amazing. I filmed the video in New York and had an awesome team of people including “PinnedXStiched”, “Supreme Cinema”, actors, dancers, models, singers, etc. I loved that everyone that was in my video also are dedicated to pursuing a career in the arts!
ET: What is it like studying online with Berklee College of Music?
S: I recently completed a certificate course in “Music Business” by Mr.Kellog which helped me learn so much about the Music Industry. I feel that online classes are challenging because you have to stay on your assignments and make sure your work is turned in on time so that it doesn’t pile up. I have taken online courses before but the Berklee classes are great because I have actually made a bond with some of my classmates as if we were in an actual classroom together.