Monday, November 29, 2021

Sheena O. Murray Interview: New Single "Sending My Love", Upcoming Debut Album, Thoughts on R&B

Emerging singer, songwriter and actress Sheena O. Murray's musical sound is described as soulful, soft, and sultry. She previously released her debut EP Somone in 2016 and followed it up with the singles "Do for Love", "Easy to Leave Me" and "Waste Some Time". I caught up with the Florida-based songstress to discuss her feel-good new single "Sending My Love" and much more.

TERRANCE: Can you first introduce us to where you were born and raised?  

SHEENA O. MURRAY: I was born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised primarily in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

TERRANCE: When did you realize music was your calling?

SHEENA O. MURRAY: I think it was in high school. I always knew I wanted to be a performer, but I was so shy. Instead of joining choral, I majored in theater. But after school, I’d always write to tracks that my friend Tron produced. I joined a few girl groups, but I knew that I wanted to be a solo artist. Every time I perform, the love is reignited.

TERRANCE: Growing up, who were your musical influencers?

SHEENA O. MURRAY: Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Toni Braxton are the three that always come to mind.

TERRANCE: In three words how would you describe your personality?

SHEENA O. MURRAY: Goofy, introspective, artistic

TERRANCE: Talk to us about your latest single "Sending My Love" and how it came about.

SHEENA O. MURRAY: The producer, Tron Lippett, whom I mentioned before, sent me the track and I instantly fell in love. It was almost magical how easily the melody and lyrics came to me. I was on break from a tour and was craving affection and attention and it was befitting that I wanted to “send” the love that I was seeking to this imaginary person.

TERRANCE: What was it like filming the visuals?

SHEENA O. MURRAY: It was the most fun I’ve ever had on set! I wanted it to read like candid summer moments with friends and I think we accomplished that. Stephen Gibson, the videographer and editor, did an excellent job executing my vision. All the laughs were genuine and the vibes were real.

TERRANCE: Can we expect a new EP, an album or are singles the focus at the moment?

SHEENA O. MURRAY: I’m working on an album as we speak. I’m looking toward a summer 2022 release.

TERRANCE: What are your thoughts on the current state of R&B music?

SHEENA O. MURRAY: I’m excited that it is re-emerging. It never died, in my opinion, but the mainstream wants to hear it again and that’s great! There are so many indie artists who are incredibly gifted and there’s room for all of us. I’m excited to see the future. 

TERRANCE: Are there any upcoming shows or special appearances we can look forward to?

SHEENA O. MURRAY: I’m going on a winter tour starting in January with a theatrical production. It’s called  Freedom Riders and I’m very excited to be lending me both my vocal and acting talents to this show. 

TERRANCE: Outside of the music, what's one thing that people may not know about you?

SHEENA O. MURRAY: I love, love interior design. I also love animals and hope to one day open an animal boarding and grooming facility!

TERRANCE: Are there any final words you would like to share with your fans, followers and the readers?

SHEENA O. MURRAY: Thank you. I feel a lot of gratitude toward the people who support my art. You all help to keep me buoyant on this journey, which often feels arduous. I wouldn’t trade it for anything and I’m glad that you all are sticking with me as I evolve!

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