Previously featured a few weeks ago, former Britain’s Got Talent star Shaheen had a go at some quickfire questions. Check it out!
You became an overnight sensation in the UK and across the globe on the web thanks to your massive Britain’s Got Talent (BGT) audition. How do you feel about that, and are you keen to move on from those days?
I feel blessed. The overall experience of BGT was one of the most fun times of my life. The platform that show put me on was incredible. I met so many amazing people and gained a huge insight into the industry and what to expect for when one day it would potentially become my job. Now Im 16 Im definitely keen to move on from those days but it’s certainly not something I would completely disreguard as it’s the reason for everything else that took place after it.
What is it about singing and performing that you love?
I just love the freedom it brings you. Being on stage, performing to so many people is a feeling that’s hard to describe. I completely zone out when I perform and I forget where I am and what it is that I’m doing. It’s almost like an escape from reality.
How would you describe your new sound?
My new sound reflects exactly the type of person that I am. It’s got a sort of old school groove to it but also still very contemporary and in line to compete with all of the greats out there. I wanted the sound to be my own spin on real R&B and Pop. Just something everybody enjoys listening too.
What’s your favourite song to perform, and why?
My favourite song to perform at the moment would probably be John Legend’s Ordinary People. It’s a song that I did a cover of recently and the emotion inside of the song and the lyrics feels so great to just let out through singing. It’s one of those escape from reality type songs.
What’s the best bit of advice anyone in the music industry has given to you?
Probably to just stay grounded. I know how fast the pace is in the music industry and you either get with the pace or get left behind, so it’s extremely easy to get caught up in all of the non-important things on the way and loose yourself. As long as you surround yourself with good people who know you very well, it isn’t hard to always stay true to who you are.
What’s the response been like from your fans to your new single?
They absolutely love it! I’ve been working on all of my new music for a while now so it felt really great to finally put something out for them to listen to. I have really loyal fans. Some who have been with me since the very beginning 4 years ago so it was even nicer to get their reactions as well as the others.
What does the future hold for you?
The future holds a lot for me. Now I’m 16, I feel as though I am 100% ready to fully take the reigns on my career and focus on the only thing I set out to do, which is make great music. I want to be up there with my inspirations and performing to sold out crowds with my name on the banner. It just takes a little time and a lot of hard work.
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I really can’t fault John Legend’s new tracks. They’re as epic and edgy as they can get with RnB. Out August 25th in the UK.
One of my favourite RnB tracks of the year by John Legend now has visuals. Nice. Single’s out June 18th and will be huge.
I’ve always had a soft spot for John Legend. I remember catching him at Manchester Academy when he released his first album, on the night before the biggest exam of my uni life, half ridden with guilt for being there and half feeling soulfully euphoric. I’m enjoying his new track, it’s easy on the ears.
New album’s out June 24th, and this single is out June 16th.