Seyi Shay

Seyi Shay
Seyi Shay - Yolo Yolo

Seyi Shay born Deborah Oluwaseyi Joshua on December 21st, 1985 in London to Nigerian parents, she started singing at the age of six, and by high school, things took a professional turn when she joined the school choir and performed with the London Community Gospel Choir
during a world tour that included 13 cities in Japan.

Her career soon took a leap when she signed her first record deal with Sir George Martin; the producer of the legendary band, The Beatles, in London. She was only eighteen years old at the time.

Upon her return to Nigeria, Seyi Shay released two singles, but her career took an upswing in 2012 after she released ‘Irawo’ a motivational record that puts her versatility on display, intertwining elements of her western and Nigerian roots. Seyi Shay released her debut album, ‘Seyi or Shay’ which housed a total of 15-tracks.

In 2016, she pushed the boundary beyond familiar terrains by experimenting with a latino sound that birthed her recent smash, ‘Yolo Yolo’ and ‘BIA’, which was released in 2017. Continuing the streak of versatility, 2018 has seen her release a 7-track extended play titled ‘Electric Package’.



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Genre: Pop
Subgenre: African
From: Lagos, NIGERIA