It was during a project with Sound Sultan in the UK that Seyi Shay was introduced to Cecil Hammond of Flytime Promotions. The two of them decided to launch her long awaited solo career through the Nigerian music industry platform.
Seyi Shay is now signed to Flytime Music and is working on her debut solo album. Seyi Shay has already recorded a number of songs with top Nigerian producers like Jay Slick, Tee-Y- Mix, Del B and Cobhams Asoquo.
She has also performed in some of the finest A-list events in Nigeria, sharing the stage with some of the industry’s biggest superstars like Darey, 2Face Idibia, Wizkid, P Square and recently Davido’s album launch.
With two brands new singles, Loving Your Way and Erawo dropping any moment from now, UK/American based recording artist, songwriter and producer Deborah Oluwaseyi Joshua (born December 21, 1985) better known by her stage name Seyi Shay (pronounced Shay Shay) is set to take her place in Nigeria’s music hall of fame.
Born and raised in London, UK to Nigerian parents, Seyi who had her first taste of the Nigerian music industry in 2010 on the platform of the nation’s number one entertainment promotion company, Flytime began performing at the age of six.
A former member of the London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) headed by Basil Meade, Seyi made headlines as a fourteen year old when she embarked on an international tours with the Choir, performing in different cities around the world (including a 13 city tour in Japan) in 2005.
Her career soon took a leap when she signed her first record deal with Sir George Martin the producer of the legendary band, The Beatles, in London.
It was around this time she also wrote and produced three major songs for the Konami Game Sound track; “Crime Life”, as well as the song “You will see” which was performed by former Spice Girl; Mel C, and was also included in her highly successful Album, “Beautiful Intentions”. She was only eighteen years old at the time.
In 2006, she formed a girl band in the UK called Boadicea, they were managed by Ron Tom, who was the founder and manager of top selling UK female groups; Sugababes, and All Saints.
The band split after two years, and Seyi Shay decided to attend a national audition in the UK where she would later emerge as the lead singer of the British Pop/RnB girl group; “From Above”. They signed to Sony/Columbia Record company and Music World Entertainment owned by Beyoncé’s father; Matthew Knowles.
They supported Beyonce on her “I AM” UK tour in 2009/10 and in 2011, they presented at the MTV EMA music awards. In the same year, Seyi wrote the song ‘White Lies’ for international selling rapper/artist Chipmunk that featured Coleena of P.Diddy’s Dirty Money.
The album was in the top 30’s of the UK’s official music Charts. Seyi Shay has toured with the likes of P. Diddy and Beyoncé in the UK, and has written and worked with a number of industry heavy weights like Justin Timberlake, Brian Michael Cox, Darey, Bilal, Michelle Williams, Chipmunk, Rob Knoxx, H Money, and Cameron Wallace.