Seyi Shay Biography
Deborah Oluwaseyi Joshua (born Oluwaseyi Joshua on December 21, 1985) is a British-Nigerian singer, songwriter, and actress better known as Seyi Shay. She wrote and produced three songs for the Konami video game Crime Life: Gang Wars’ soundtrack (2005).
She also wrote the song “You Will See,” which appeared on Melanie C’s third studio album Beautiful Intentions (2005). Shay wrote “White Lies,” which appears on Chip’s Transition album. She rose to prominence as the lead singer of the now-defunct pop girl group From Above in 2008.
The band signed a recording contract with Sony’s Columbia Records and was managed by Mathew Knowles‘ Music World Entertainment. Shay signed an endorsement deal with Etisalat, a telecommunications service provider, in November 2013.
She signed a record deal with Island Records in July 2015. She signed a two-year endorsement deal with Pepsi in 2015. In November 2015, Shay released her debut studio album, Seyi or Shay. It was accompanied by promotional singles such as “Irawo,” “Ragga Ragga,” “Right Now,” and “Murda,” which featured Patoranking and Shaydee.
She signed a publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group France division in January 2021, in collaboration with Universal Music France.
|Real Name:||Adedamola Adefolahan|
|Date of Birth||February 06, 1996|
|Place of Birth:||Abeokuta, Ogun State|
|Occupation:||Singer, Songwriter, Host|
|Net Worth||$1 million – $5 million|
Early Life, Childhood and Education
Shay grew up in Tottenham, London, England, to Nigerian parents. Her mother is from Northern Nigeria, and her father was born in Ife. She has three older siblings: two brothers and one sister. Her single mother raised her and her siblings. Shay was raised in a Christian home.
As the only child between her mother and father, she often felt like a single child during her adolescence. She began visiting Nigeria at the age of two and eventually attended the Command High School in Maryland, Lagos. She returned to London to finish her undergraduate studies, attending and graduating from the University of East London with a BA Hons in Music Business Management.
Members of her family influenced her musical interest. Her late mother was a chorister, her sister used to write songs for the BBC, and her brother was a well-known London club and radio DJ. Shay joined her secondary school choir at the age of six and began performing.
She sang for the London Community Gospel Choir on their world tour, which included 13 stops in Japan. Shay revealed to Lanre Odukoya of Thisday that her mother was not a big fan of her musical ambitions. Her mother also desired that she become a doctor or a lawyer. Her mother advised her before she died to concentrate on her music career and to put God first.
After the band split up after two years, Shay decided to audition for the From Above UK singing competition. After the audition, she was chosen as the lead vocalist for the now-defunct girl group From Above. After performing for Mathew Knowles, the group signed a record deal with his management company. They were flown to Houston for intense vocal and dance training.
Her music career took off when she signed her first record deal with No Apologies, a record label owned by Sir George Martin (commonly referred to as the “Fifth Beatle”). Shay formed the girl band Boadicea in the United Kingdom in 2006, and they were managed by Ron Tom, the founder and manager of All Saints and Sugababes.
The group provided support for Beyoncé during her I Am World Tour in the United Kingdom. They presented Bruno Mars with the Best New Act award at the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards and had their own MTV reality show called Breaking From Above, which aired in over 166 countries worldwide.
After the group disbanded, Shay had the opportunity to continue her management contract with Mathew Knowles as well as secure a recording contract with Sony. Instead, she accepted an offer from Fly Time Music and decided to join them. Shay has collaborated with artists such as Justin Timberlake, Brian Michael Cox, Darey, Bilal, Michelle Williams, Chip, Rob Knoxx, H-Money, and Cameron Wallace.
Shay first met Sound Sultan during a trip to London in 2011. Sultan persuaded her to relocate to Nigeria and pursue her musical career after hearing some of her demos. Shay was introduced to Cecil Hammond of Fly Time Promotions in addition to Sultan. Hammond decided to launch her solo career in Nigeria after signing her to his record label, Fly Time Music.
In 2021, she was one of the judges at the Nigerian Idol Reality TV Show alongside DJ Sose and Obi Asika
Tiwa Savage and her colleague Sheyi Shay were involved in a heated verbal confrontation that nearly resulted in a fistfight at a Lagos saloon last year around June. The arguments began when she ignored Sheyi Shay’s greeting at the saloon.
She also stated that she will never forget the insults hurled at her by Sheyi Shay and Kenyan singer Victoria Kimani years ago.
The two got into such a heated argument that they were prevented from engaging in a tussle by some people in the saloon. (Watch the Video: https://twitter.com/i/status/1402252711513440272)
Sometime in 2019, Seyi Shay got engaged but along the line, the wedding was cut off and she broke up with her supposed husband –to-be. This was as a result of her man cheating on her with another lady. She is currently single
Also, it was speculated that Seyi Shay and Wizkid were dating but this has only remained as a rumour and has not been verified by any of them.