Deborah Oluwaseyi Joshua (born Oluwaseyi Odedere; December 21, 1985), professionally known as Seyi Shay (pronounced Shay-yee Shay), is a Nigerian-based singer, songwriter and actress.
She wrote and produced three songs for the soundtrack to Konami’s video game Crime Life: Gang Wars (2005).
She also wrote “You Will See”, a song that was included on Melanie C’s third studio album Beautiful Intentions (2005). Shay wrote “White Lies”, a song from Chip’s Transition album.
In 2008, she became the lead singer for the now defunct pop girl group From Above.
The group signed a recording deal with Sony’s Columbia Records and was managed by Mathew Knowles’ Music World Entertainment company.
In November 2013, Shay signed an endorsement deal with telecommunications service provider Etisalat. In July 2015,
she signed a record deal with Island Records. Shay released her debut studio album Seyi or Shay in November 2015. It was supported by the promotional singles “Irawo”, “Ragga Ragga”, and “Chairman”.
After listening to some of her demos, Sultan convinced her to relocate to Nigeria and pursue her musical career there.
In 2013, Shay left Flytime Music and told newspaper that she had joined the label to promote her brand.
Shay performed at the 2013 COSON song awards. In July 2013, she performed at one of Big Brother Africa 8’s live eviction shows.
In July 2013, she performed in Asaba for the 2013 edition of Star Music Trek. On 27 September 2013, Shay graced the stage at the Sisters with Soul concert, which was headlined by Mary J. Blige.
On 20 November 2013, she performed “Bad” with Wale at the Johnnie Walker Step Up to VIP Lifestyle Launch event (held at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos). Shay was a supporting act on the 2013 Hennessy Artistry 2013 Club.
In December 2013, she performed at the Harp Rhythm Unplugged concert. On 15 February 2014, Shay performed with Kelly Rowland, D’banj, Tiwa Savage, Mo’ Eazy, Zaina, Timi Dakolo, Waje, Muna, JJC and Eva Alordiah at Darey’s Love Like A Movie concert.
Shay was applauded for her performances in Japan. She studied music at a local UK college and went on to study business management at the University of East London.
In an interview with Lanre Odukoya of Thisday, Shay said that her mother wasn’t a staunch supporter of her musical ambitions.
Her mother wanted her to become a doctor or lawyer. Prior to departing the Earth, her mother told her to focus on her music career and put God first.
Agency: All Stars Booking Management
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