Nollywood Alive Music Artiste Of The Week – Seyi Shay

Seyi Shay is a popular Nigerian musical artiste, a songwriter and Actress.

Her full name is Deborah Oluwaseyi Joshua Odedere and was born on the 21st of December, 1985. She goes simply by the stage name, Seyi Shay.


She was born in London, Tottenham to be precise and she lived the early yesrs of her life there but came back to Nigeria to complete her high school education at the Command High School in Maryland, Lagos. She was born by Nigerian parents but lived abroad and was raised by a single mother.

She went back to London to complete her undergraduate studies where she studied Music in a college in Uk and fin Business Mangement at the University of East London.

Seyi Shay never fails to mention how she started music at the early age of 14 years but started her solo professional career in 2011.

Her talent in music is what can be referred to as a family thing because her mum was a chorister, her sister back in the day, used to compose songs for TV shows while her brother was a radio and club DJ. So she found her inner voice quite early.

In 2006, she formed a girl band group in the UK and was called “Boadicea”. The group dissolved after 2years together. She went on the “ I Am” world tour with Beyonce after the audition by Mathew Knowles.

The 35-year-old singer has worked closely with some international stars such as Justin Timberlake, Michelle Williams, Beyonce, Brian Michael Cox and many more as a backup singer.

2011 was the game-changer for her after the yielded to the advice by the legendary Nigerian singer, Sound Sultan to move back to Nigeria so as to become a superstar of her own by placing complete focus on her musical career if she intends to have a career in music.

The singer was then introduced to the Flytime Promoter, Cecil Hammond and she got signed. That was the beginning of her solo career. After 2years with the label, she left on mutual grounds in 2013.

She later redefined her sound as the combination of Afropop and R&B. She released her first album in 2015 that was in works from 2011. The lead single in the album is the song titled ‘Irawo’ and she gained lots of recognition from that song. Though was the lead single in the album but got released in 2012 as a build-up to the then-forthcoming album.

She is responsible for some hit songs such as; No Le Le, Irawo, Murda, Right Now, Jangilova, Crazy, Killin’ Me Softly and more!

She has been nominated for numerous awards such as;

  • Nominated for 2014 Channel O Most Gifted Female Artiste.
  • Nominated for the City People Awards as the Musician Of The Year.
  • Nominated for 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards as the Female Artiste of the Year.
  • She won 2013 City People Entertainment Awards as Best New Female Musician of the Year.

While we await a new song either a single or a collaboration from Seyi Shay, her vocal capability is something to watch out for and have been able to warm her way into the heart of her fans. That is why Seyi Shay is our artiste of the week!

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