Biography of Seyi Shay
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Nigerian hot diva, Deborah Oluwaseyi Odedere Joshua, widely refererred to as “Seyi Shay” is a popular artiste and songwriter. The 35 year-old Nigerian artiste made a name for herself within the music industry when she produced singles such as; Irawo (2012), Murda (2014), Right Now (2015), Jangilova (2015) and her debut single, Seyi or Shay released in 2015.
However, there is more to this stunning Nigerian artiste than these singles she produced. Even before making a name in the Nigerian music industry, Seyi Shay has been wowing her audience on the international scene as far back as 2006. Her former affiliations with George Martin (A record label manager), a girl band named “Boadicea” and the popular Music band called “From Above”, shaped her into a strong force to reckon with within the music industry both locally and internationally.
Seyi Shay is currently single and there is no information that reveals if she is in a relationship or not. This gorgeous Nigerian artiste loves to keep her life Private.
Seyi Shay’s Early Life.
Deborah Oluwaseyi Odedere Joshua was born on the 21st of December 1985 to Nigerian Parents. Although her father hails from Osun state and her Mother from the Northern part of Nigeria, Deborah was born in Tottenham, London. Seyi Shay was brought up by a single parent (her mother), alongside her three elder siblings, two brothers and a sister.
Two major factors influenced Seyi Shay’s music career. The first factor is that she was born into a family that has deep connections with the music world. The second factor is that Seyi Shay herself developed interest in Music at a very young age. She joined her school’s choir at the age of six years and by the age of fourteen she became a member of the London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC).
Seyi Shay also visited her home country (Nigeria) during her childhood years before she finally settled in the country in 2011.
Seyi Shay Education.
Even though this “international hotshot” had her “basic training” in Tottenham,U.K, she still came to Nigeria for her secondary education. Seyi Shay schooled at Command High School, Maryland, Lagos, then she went back abroad for her tetiary studies.
She holds a degree in Music from a local University college in UK. She also bagged another degree in Business Administration from the University of East London.
HOW SEYI SHAY’S CAREER STARTED.
As mentioned above, Seyi Shay developed an interest in Music from a very tender age. Probably thanks to the kind of environment she found herself as a child (The United Kingdom), Seyi Shay was able to come across great opportunities that shaped her music career.
At the age of six years she joined the school’s choir. At fourteen years, this gorgeous diva was already touring countries, all thanks to the “London Community Gospel Choir” (LCGC).
In 2005, Seyi Shay produced three songs for Konami’s video game; “Crime Life; Gang Wars (2005)”.She even signed her first record deal with “No Apology”, although as of that period there was nothing much that could be said about Seyi Shay’s music career. The “then young artiste” still had a long way to go.
In 2006 Seyi Shay formed a girl band called “Boadicea”, however two years later this group came to an end. Seyi Shay found herself in another group ” From Above” after she partaked in a UK singing audition and emerged as one of the winners, the lead vocalist to be precise.
This group, “From Above” was responsible for shaping a great deal of Seyi Shay’s music career. It was in this girl group of five that Seyi Shay discovered her RnB side. Their manager, “Matthew Knowles” who happened to be the famous Beyonce’s father, allowed Seyi Shay and the other girls to explore their “creative sides”. He also signed Seyi Shay to the record labels; Sony records company and Music Worldwide Entertainment. Much more than that, this group, “From Above” gave Seyi Shay the opportunity to become one of Beyonce’s backup singers, although her time with Beyonce was really brief.
In 2011, Seyi Shay left the group and traveled down to Nigeria to pursue her music career after she was being convinced by the “Naija Ninja”, Sound Sultan who came to London during that period.
Back in Nigeria, Seyi Shay got signed under the record label, “Flytime Music Label” by Cecil Hammond. She released a number of songs shortly after she got signed under the record label. Songs like Loving Your Way, Irawo, Yolo Yolo, and Right Now made her popular within the Nigerian music industry even before 2015.
IMPORTANT LIFE EVENTS.
Sey Shay Career Breakthroughs.
Seyi Shay, the beautiful and talented artiste have been making waves long within the music industry even before she came to Nigeria. However, it wasn’t until she produced her debut single ” Seyi or Shay” released under Island and Stargurl limited that her net worth became something to talk about.
In 2015, she left Flytime music label and got signed under Universal Island Records. This record label helped to distribute Seyi Shay’s music worldwide, further plunging her into stardom. The years after 2015 opened more doors for Seyi Shay who had already became one of the “Most Wanted Nigerian female artiste” in the country. She collaborated with various artistes both locally and internationally. Artistes like Wizkid, Cynthia Morgan, Tiwa Savage, Patoranking, Justin Timberlake, Brian Micheal Col and the likes.
Before 2021 Seyi Shay had become a brand ambassador for several establishments. In 2015 she signed a two year ambassadorial deal with Pepsi. In 2016 she was a brand ambassador for the Nigerian Stock Exchange. In 2017 she became the face of the Gionee phone brand.
Her fame and impact even extends beyond her music and ambassadorial deals. Seyi Shay is also recognised as a philanthropist. In 2015 she established a charity organization named “Shay; A ray of hope”. The aim of the organization is to sponsor underprivileged Women and Children. As of that period, she was also an ambassador for Genevieve Pink Ball Foundation. A foundation that focuses on trying to improve the lives of breast cancer patients.
In January 2021, Seyi Shay signed a record deal with “Universal Music Publishing group; France division”. The record label would be responsible for sponsoring Seyi Shay’s songs both locally and Internationally. In truth, for this beautiful and talented female artiste, the sky is truly the beginning of her limits within the music industry.
Seyi Shay’s Memorable Moments.
For this Music Icon, there were lots of memorable moments. Right from when she was just a kid she had been coming across opportunities. At age 14 she was opportuned to become a member of the London Community Gospel Choir (LGGC). Her and other members of this choir group went on a world tour moving across countries, including 13 cities in Japan.
Seyi Shay also had several memorable moments in Nigeria. This artiste produced several single hits shortly after she got back to Nigeria in 2011. Her single debut “Seyi or Shay” in 2015 had been one of her most celebrated albums. This artiste has also been recognised for a number of awards both in Music, filmography and the brand ambassadorial career.
In 2018, Seyi Shay partaked in the Lagos fashion week during the Tokyo James Spring/Summer 2018 showcase. She graced the runway in leather trench coat and heels.
Seyi Shay Awards/ Recognitions.
Below is a list of the awards and recognitions gotten by Seyi Shay;
- Headies 2013: Next rated and Best Vocal Performance.
- 2013 Chase Awards: Artist of the year and song of the year.
- 2013 Nigerian Entertainment Awards: Best New Act of the year.
- 2014 World Music Awards: World Best Song, World Best Video, World Best Female Artist, World Best Entertainment and World Best Life Act.
- 2014 Nigerian Entertainment Awards: Female Artist of the year.
- 2014 Channel O Music Video Awards: Most gifted female video.
- 2014 City People’s Awards: Best Female Musician of the year.
- 2015 Nigerian Teen Choice Awards: Choice Female Artist.
- Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2015: Best Collaboration of the year.
- 2015 MTV Africa Movie Awards: Best Female Video of the Year.
- 2016 Nigerian Entertainment Awards: RnB Artist of the year.
- Nigerian Teen Choice Awards: Choice Exemplary Female Artist (2016).
- AFRIMMA 2017: Artist of the year.
- 2017 Nigerian Entertainment Awards: Afropop Female Artist.
- City People Music Awards: Female Music Artist of the year.
- 2019 Headies Awards: Best RnB Single (Gimme Love).
- 2019 African Movie Academic Awards: (Nominee): Best Actress in a leading role.
- 2019 Charlotte Black Film Festival (Nominee): Best Actress.
- 2019 British Urban Film Festival (Nominee): Best Actress; Lara and the Beat 2018.
Most famous works (films/ music/ business/NGO as the case may be:
Seyi Shay have made a ground breaking career so far within the music industry both locally and internationally. Here’s a list of all her songs.
Seyi or Shay ( Album; 2015)
- Right Now
- Pack & Go
- Killin’ Me Softly
- In Public
- Love Wan Tin Tin
- The Mic
- Everlasting Love
- No Vacancy
Summer Vibe (Album;2018).
- Yolo Yolo
- One Love
- Weekend Vibes (Remix)
- D Vibe
- Right Now (Remix).
Lara and the Beats (Album; 2018)
- Gidi Life.
- Let Me Go.
Electric Package (E.P), Vol. 1 2018.
- One Love
- All I Ever Wanted
- Love you Scatter
- D Vibe
- Loving Your Way (2012)
- Irawo (2012)
- No le le (2012)
- Your Matter (2017)
- Bia (2017)
- Tuale (2018)
- Koma Roll (2018)
- Tuale (2020)
- Shima (2020)
- Pele (2021)
INTERESTING FACTS TO NOTE.
Seyi Shay Net Worth
Seyi Shay is one of the top rated artiste both locally and internationally. Although one can’t place an exact figure on Seyi Shay’s current networth however, after going through a thorough research, we were able to come up with a networth of around 646 million dollars.
Other Interesting Facts That Can Be Found.
It is no longer news that Seyi Shay was a staunch philanthropist. Notable philanthropic movements she has made is already mentioned in this biography. However it would be newsworthy to mention that she was a supporter of the Slum 2 school project. At one point, she also joined in the UN (United Nations) campaign to empower women.
Another interesting thing to note is Seyi Shay’s love life. Although this artiste is currently not married and there is no public information that gives a hint about her present relationship status but in 2018 Seyi Shay was briefly engaged. According to the female artist, the engagement only lasted for a short duration because she caught her partner cheating.