Independent Artist of the Week: Siaira Shawn

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Singer Siaira Shawn from the sunny state of California has skyrocketed her career in the music industry since the release of her latest hit song “Wrong Speed”. This song officially certified itself as a hit record as soon as it won Afro Punks contest to be featured in season three of the HBO hit series Insecure. You can hear Siaira Shawn’s song “Wrong Speed” featured in Insecure on episode 7 season 3 where you can quickly see why her song was the chosen winner.

Siaira Shawn quickly captures your ears with her smooth soulful vocals that warms your spirit from start to finish. With lyrics like “Built from different frames, I was made for higher speeds and you were slow, hopin’ you could change switch or step your games up” you can easily see how this song is a fan favorite. With such a huge response and following since Siara Shawn’s release of her hit song “Wrong Speed” just know this is only the beginning for her. She is definitely a super star in the making.


In this exclusive interview with The Mixx Magazine Siaira Shawn goes more in depth about her newest single “Wrong Speed” along with her career and what we can expect from her in the future.

So you recently dropped your newest single “Islands.” What was your inspiration for making this song? 

I wanted to write a song that was open and honest about why someone may be indecisive or reticent to get into a relationship even though the other person can tell they want to. So, you’re not just driving them crazy, at least they know why. lol

What is the vibe you would say you were trying to give off to the listeners in this song? 

Something smooth, feel good. It might remind you of music you love, but also feel new.

Can fans expect to see a music video for this single dropping soon?

Yes, I’m dropping a music video for my previous single “Wrong Speed” and a live version of “Islands” in January then probably a video for “Islands” too.

How long have you been singing? 

Since I was very young. I grew up singing and acting.

Who or what inspired you to become a recording artist? 

My mother is a great singer and instilled in me a love of music, movies and art in general. So from a pretty young age I knew I wanted to sing.

Do you play any instruments? If not what instruments would you like to know how to play? Why?

 I play a little bit of piano, but want to actually learn  for real. Would love to learn some guitar and bass as well. All in the service of being a better songwriter and maybe creating the bones of some tracks that better players can build upon. Sometimes it’s hard to articulate my musical ideas without that knowledge. 

If you were to participate on lip sync battle who would you like to battle and why and what song would you pick?

Lol. I honestly don’t know. Maybe a Beyoncé song, like “Ring the Alarm” against…

What is your process for when you go in the studio to record music? 

 I’m pretty chill. Sometimes I’ve had time with some production so I already have stuff written to record, sometimes my producer and sometime co-writer create stuff from scratch, just starting off with melody and writing lyrics later.

This seems to be the last single you are dropping for this year. What can we expect from Siaira Shawn in 2019?

Yes, I’m hoping 2019 is going to be a big year for me. I am dropping my project “Tender” which will include “Islands” in the spring. More singles and videos coming before that. I have some cool ideas around the release that I’m excited to share soon. Also, im going to be doing more shows and hopefully getting the chance to open up for someone, so more people can know me and hear the music. Would also love to collaborate with more folks.