This year is beginning to show good signs and possibilities in the music industry as we are now almost used to the new shift from the usual face-to-face to a more digital (online) music, shows, and interview experience. There is no doubt the music industry this year will see lots of amazing young rising stars take this new musical experience to another level. Amongst the coming young talents currently making waves this year in the music arena is Atlas Elite Entertainment Royalty, Shardella Sessions. Hear from Shardella Sessions with her interview below.
Shardella Sessions writes her songs and creates her own vocal arrangements in smooth style. She has been doing music since she was 11-years-old and fully dived into the business at age 12. Her lyrics are delivered with a pleasant vibe. Her message is powerful and motivating. She joined the girl group named One Unity as lead which was managed by Angel Sessions, one of the most powerful R&B voices of our time, and her mom. When the girl group split, she continued her solo career and released an album in 2017 called The Evolution of Shardella and has been releasing singles ever since.
In addition to being a songwriter, Shardella also produces and mixes her songs, which is an exceptional talent for a young artist. Her involvement to that level is the ultimate of what it means to be truly independent and free to be creative without distractions. Thousands of R&B listeners are discovering Shardella's music and they are lovin' it. She started writing her own music for distribution at age 20. Music has always been her passion since she was very young.
Your latest release "Everything," what's the background and inspiration behind it?
I wrote this song to explain commitment. It was also me expressing leaving all the past pain behind & having something real & solid to hold on to. It’s all about Love.
How does being the daughter of one of R&B's most powerful voices affect, guide, and help shape Shardella musically?
It definitely has brought me further along because I had that guidance growing up. I was taught how to work hard and how serious the music business is. The beautiful thing is being able to be myself as she supports my unique style and sound. She has me back in this industry which we know can be very cutthroat at times. She works very hard on my behalf and I’m always thankful for her pushing me to the next level.
How many songs/albums have you released to date?
I’ve released one album which was “The Evolution of Shardella” and about 8 singles with “Everything” being my latest.
The Evolution of Shardella was released in 2017 and peaked the top Amazon 100 charts at #1. How did this made you feel and how did the success guide your step when creating your latest single, "Everything".
I was extremely excited! Every achievement for me is a celebration no matter how big or how small. I always tell myself that I could be nowhere right now. My music could just be sitting but it’s not. It pushes me to keep going & doing what I love. I’m constantly inspired to make more music.
What do you think of the music industry in 2021 and beyond?
I think things have changed a lot. It’s not how it was when I was starting out. Some changes have been very beneficial especially for independent artists. We’re able to get our music heard and have a successful career without knocking down major labels' doors. With that comes more and more artist. I think it’s easy to get lost in the crowd so you have to constantly keep pushing yourself. The sound of R&B has changed a lot as well. I'd love to keep that original sound alive for as long as possible.
How has the current pandemic affected you as an artist and as a person?
The pandemic has definitely slowed things down for all artists in my opinion. Not being able to do shows, or in-person interviews almost takes away the fun in it. It’s like the world changed drastically and quickly right before our eyes & we’re all learning the new normal.
To be confident and proud of what you achieved is success.
Who are your favorite artists and how have they influenced your music and style?
My very first favorite artist was my mom [Angel Sessions]. I knew the words to every song she ever put out. Second to her came Aaliyah. I loved Aaliyahs' sound and style so much. Today, I’m inspired by Jhene Aiko. I love her vibe.
In what ways are you using your music to address cyber-bullying, racism, and social justice?
I featured a song on my album called “New Light”. It talked about standing for something or falling for anything. Times are changing and we as a people have to be aware of these changes and adjust ourselves accordingly. I definitely wanted to share light on the injustices.
Are you currently working on any new music at the moment?
I’ve been writing new song(s) in preparation for my new EP being released this year. I’m super excited for this project and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.
How do you define success as an artist?
Success in an artist is defined by that individual. Everyone is not on the same journey. My success will not look the same as the next persons' success. Success for me is doing everything I set out to do. If I had a goal for my music to reach 1million people and I did, that’s the success. If I had a goal to release a new album and I did, that’s success. To be confident and proud of what you achieved is success.
Who have you collaborated with so far in your career?
I’ve done a few collabs with other independent artists. I’m currently working close with Wae who is also an upcoming Rap artist coming out of Chicago. He also just joined the AEE team. It’s been such a pleasure to work on a few songs with him. His style is different and unique sound so us together is bringing a whole new sound that no one has right now.
Outside making music what else do you enjoy doing most?
I enjoy being a mother to my 4 beautiful children. Although they can be a handful, they keep me going. I also enjoy doing YouTube. I have a Vlog channel where I upload story times and travel vlogs.
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Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself living life comfortably with my family and enjoy life to the fullest. Being proud of all my accomplishments & my growth mentally and spiritually.
We usually don't ask this but our audience wanted to know. Do you have any tattoos?
Yes, I have 4.... one of them I’m getting covered up.
Where can we find you online?
My music is available on all music streaming platforms.
I can’t wait for the world to truly hear what I’m bringing to the table. I hope y’all are ready because I’m not slowing down this time.