Really I draw inspiration from my surroundings, the experience that I go through, and, I draw from what other people go through.”
Twenty six year-old, Ohio native, Schenay Mosley, aka, “Schenay,” has one of the most both powerful, and soothingly soft voices in the game right now. Sounds like a contradiction, I know but it works. Being able to hit the strong notes that Beyoncé,, while also having the ability to hit those softer high notes that Aaliyah was known for, Schenay is for sure a ray of talent just waiting to explode. Keep your eyes peeled on this one.
Having moved from Ohio to Chicago to pursue her education and dreams in music, Schenay graduated with a degree in Business and Entrepreneurship from Columbia College with a concentration in music business. She may be new talent, but she’s already made a name for herself in the wake of her debut EP entitled, LOTUS on her birthday (August 29, 2018).
She’s performed on national tours and festivals including SZA’s CTRL tour, Pitchfork, Lollapalooza, Afropunk, and has notably sung backup and played for Chicago’s emerging talent including, Adam Ness, and is currently singing background for Smino on his Hoopti Tour. Strong vocals, sweet natured, beautiful smile, what’s not to love? Following the Hoopti Tour, I had an opportunity to ask Schenay a couple of questions. These can be found below:
I know that you’re from Ohio, but you moved to Chicago, right?
Yeah, I moved there for college, Columbia College. I moved there for school and for the pursuit of music.
Can you remember the first time you wrote a song or started singing?
The first time I wrote a song? I was a child. I was like, seven, or eight, just writing lyrics down.
Where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?
Really I draw inspiration from my surroundings, the experience that I go through, and, I draw from what other people go through.
From Lotus, “Fall” and “Loversgold” are literally two of my favorite song. What is yours and which was the funnest to write?
My favorite would have to be “Acidwash”. Basically, when I wrote that song in 2017, it was a very trying year, and that song is just me describing it and expressing myself, what I went through, and how I could heal myself from it.
And, do we have anymore music videos coming from that particular album?
Yes! I’ve definitely been on the road traveling a lot, but I’ve been soaking up all of these ideas, so when I get off the road, I’m going to come hard with the visuals, photo shoots, and everything.
Who are your biggest writing influences?
My biggest writing influences? Hmmm… I would say…it’s hard. It’s my peers, basically. Like, I really love SABA’s lyricism. He’s amazing the way he puts his words together. Who else? I like old school writers, like Curtis Mayfield, and the way they told stories through their music.
Wait, with good taste like this, how old are you?
And who would you most like to collaborate with in the future?
…I don’t know to be honest. It’s because I still have to focus on building my own sound, so I can’t be thinking about who I kind of want to collab. with, um, so that’s hard. I’ll have to say no one for now. I just want to get me down, before I start bringing other people into the mix, so right now I just have to focus on my sound and my craft.
For our readers who have yet to hear your music, explain your sound in two words:
Are you a superhero fan? If so, Marvel or DC?
I mean yeah, but it’s not that serious to me. Like, I watch the movies, but I’m not like, a fanatic.
I know you’ve toured with Adam Ness, SZA, and (currently) Smino, so for someone who’s never toured before, what does tour-life consist of?
The weirdest sleeping hours, weird food choices, so you have to make sure you eat healthy. You know? Like, you don’t have to eat junk food all the time. With touring, you have to remember to always stay grounded. You don’t have to drink every night. You don’t have to party every night. It is okay to go to bed.
And, are you guys always on the bus?
No, we get hotels, and Air BNB’s to stay at for a couple of days, but we primarily live on the bus.
Other than the eating and sleeping schedule, how does touring effect you me romantic life?
I’m taken, so it just takes communication. You know, talking on the phone and stuff, but you have to have a partner who understanding that you’re going to be on the go a lot.\
Do you get performance jitters before you go out and perform?
Well some shows that I do, I get a little nervous before I perform, like there’s some butterflies that I feel before I start a show.
What’s next for you? All of the fans want to know. Any plans of new singles, EP’s? (If so, you have to come to Dallas! I’ll be the first in line to purchase.”
I’m going to be releasing a new EP hopefully by the end of this year, and I’ll gear up for my first full-length project next year. No possible names for the EP yet.