Born into a family with an extensive background in music, it took Seyi Shay only a few years to master some aspects of music, after which she decided to pursue a professional career in music at the age of six.
Prior to her stint in Nigeria, Shay lived in the United Kingdom and was a member of several musical groups over there. Her talent has also taken her to several cities in many countries, where she wowed the audience with her wonderful voice.
Seyi Shay’s Biography
The Afropop singer was born to Nigerian parents who named her Oluwaseyi Odedere after her birth in Tottenham, London, England, on December 21, 1985. Seyi’s father is an indigene of Ife (a town in Nigeria) while her mother hails from one of the Northern states in Nigeria.
Seyi spent her early childhood in England until the age of two when she started visiting Nigeria. She eventually relocated to the Western Africa country, where she completed her high school education at Command High School, Maryland, Lagos State. The singer relocated to her birth country afterward and now holds a degree in music and business management which she obtained from a local UK college and the University of East London respectively.
Seyi Shay has an older sister as well as two elder brothers. One of them is a club and radio disc jockey while her sister used to write songs for media houses. The Tottenham-born Nigerian R&B singer began singing at the age of six. At the time, her mother wasn’t really supportive of her musical ambition despite Shay being a member of her secondary school choir and putting up a brilliant performance for the London Community Gospel Choir during their world tour in 13 Japanese cities. According to the singer, her mother wanted her to become a lawyer or a doctor.
Shay signed her first music deal with the record label, No Apology and formed a UK-based girl band called Boadicea in 2006. The group went their separate ways two years later. The Nigerian-based artist became the lead vocalist of the group after she won the highly-coveted ”From Above UK singing audition”, which led to the group signing a deal with Mathew Knowles’ management company and undergoing serious vocal and dance training. The girls also launched their own MTV reality show titled: “Breaking From Above” (it aired in over 166 countries across the world) and were also present at the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards, where they presented an award to recipients. Seyi Shay later scored a recording deal with Sony and has continued to move from one level of success to another.
The superstar’ debut album is titled: “Seyi or Shay” (released in 2015) while her second studio album titled: “Electric Package” was released in 2018. Some of her hit singles include but not limited to Irawo, No Le Le, and Loving Your way.
The Afropop singer is still in the market. In other words, she is not married yet but could do so sometime in the future. For now, it is not known to the media if she is secretly dating someone or not but her fans are pretty sure she would show her man to the world someday. For what’s worth, Shay has no children of her own neither has she been in the news for getting married to a man previously.
Ever since Seyi Shay broke into stardom with her talent, she has been in the spotlight for outstanding performance on stage and collaborating with several big artists like Michelle Williams, Justin Timberlake, Rob Knoxx, Brian Michael Cox, and much others. According to several websites online, her net worth is estimated to be $2.1 million.
Other Facts About Seyi Shay
1. Shay’s major role models are her mother, Beyoncé, 2face Idibia, Wizkid, Sound Sultan, Omawumi, Mathew Knowles, and Tina Turner.
2. The singer’s musical talent cuts across different genres.
3. Some of her notable performances include COSON song awards (2013), Big Brother Africa 8’s live eviction show (July 2013), Star Music Trek (July 2013 in Asaba), Hennessy Artistry 2013 Clubs (as a supporting Act), Harp Rhythm Unplugged concert (December 2013), and much more.
4. Sometime in February 2014, Seyi shared the stage with stars like Timi Dakolo, Tiwa Savage, Mo’ Eazy, D’banj, Kelly Rowland, Zaina, Waje, Muna, Eva Alordiah, and JJC at Darey’s Love Like A Movie Concert.
5. She is also known as Deborah Oluwaseyi Joshua.