Sharaya Howell

BANJI Entertainment

Born in Hawaii and raised in New Jersey to an African American working mother & father who made up 1/5 of hip-hop group Double XX Posse, Sharaya J grew up in a household where rap battles and studio sessions were routine. Her career began as a choreographer whose work caught the attention of Diddy, Ciara, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, The-Dream & Rihanna, and earned her cameos on music videos for Alicia Keys' "Teenage Love Affair" and The-Dream's "Shawty Is a 10". She has toured Europe with Missy Elliott as a dancer, performed her own music onstage between Missy's sets, and released several singles under Missy’s label The Goldmind. In 2018, she joined Fox TV’s The Four: Battle for Stardom, starring judges Sean "Diddy" Combs, Meghan Trainor, & DJ Khaled where she attained the title for the longest seat holder and runner-up of Season 2. While filming, Sharaya J battled Stage 2 breast cancer, so even as she was chasing her dream, she was fighting for her life.

Sharaya J’s blazing a trail and encouraging all to Be Authentic and Never Jeopardize their Individuality (B.A.N.J.I), the name of her own company BANJI Entertainment. Her personal journey provides the distinct perspective of a successful creator who wears many hats. Widely known and highly respected in the industries of entertainment, songwriting, screenwriting, modeling and dancing, Sharaya J has been rolling out hit after hit, most recently with the release of her new single “Say Less”. There’s no telling where her talents will take her from here!

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