Starting at 7 p.m. last night, the DTLR Radio Headquarters in Hanover, MD was transformed into a music and media Ciroc-flowing haven. Settled into a discreet and guarded location of warehouses, the DTLR Radio headquarters, was dubbed the "bat cave" of media last night as all awaited the star of the night, Sevyn Streeter. Though the location was private, the event encouraged free flowing conversations and cocktails among journalists, photographers, and Djs, which spilled over into the dinner and interview sessions with Sevyn.
Sevyn comes in the door of the Puma Lounge in the DTLR headquarters like a firey mix of southern belle and city. A sweet demeanor with enough edge to keep the crowd engaged, there was not a dull moment as long as Sevyn was present. Fully engrossed in the event, the vocal powerhouse was more interested in making the night about everybody else, versus herself. While most people live for solo photo opportunities, Sevyn took a break from smiles and the step and repeat to say, "I want to take pictures with people! Come on!" From there, the mood was set, dinner was served and the interviews began.
Sevyn Streeter is a 26 year old southern songstress signed to CBE/Atlantic Records embarking on her first solo career and gaining steam with her hit single "I Like It". Though I say first solo career, Sevyn is a veteran to the music business with 10 years as a performer under her belt and songwriting credits on Grammy winning albums. Her first record deal came as a teenager in TG4, the girl group version of B2K. When that experience ended, Sevyn was selected by Rich Harrison to be a part of his girl group RichGirl.
It was through this four year experience of chart topping singles and hardcore fans, that Sevyn was further catapulted into the inner workings of the music business. It is no surprise then, though heartbroken at the disbandment of RichGirl, Sevyn was able to remain working in the industry she loved after the group had run it's course. Talent and hard work never go unnnoticed, as Sevyn would soon find out. Her accomplished work as a demo artist and songwriter post girl group success on tracks of Brandy, Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys, Estelle, and Chris Brown advanced her career in a way she did not quite see coming, a solo career.
It is no wonder, then, that after developing such a cohesive working relationship with Grammy award winning Chris Brown, some of those tracks from his Grammy award winning album "F.A.M.E." were penned by Ms. Streeter herself, that it was he who decided to sign Sevyn to his own record label, CBE/Atlantic Records. More than a boss, it seems they have a friendship, and when she mentions Chris, it seems there is an all around respect for the work that he encourages her to put in, and out, as an artist. When asked what was the best piece of advice that Chris has given her, Sevyn replied with an adamant, "Do you. That's what he always tell me. There is only one me." Her originality is not only seen in her music, but just through one simple encounter.
When you look at Sevyn, it is easy to forget that she was once a part of girl groups. Unlike many who attempt to make the transition from group to solo artist,she seems very self assured in who she is as an artist and an individual. Armed with a country drawl, grace, talent, dancing skills that might even shame Chris Brown himself, and experience, Sevyn, who gets her name not only from her July 7th birthday but also her knack for perfection as the number seven represents, success is the only destination for this artist. As for when her album will be released, Sevyn is in no rush. She says that she is midway through, and is not even sure of the title yet. I'm sure thats just more of her perfectionist nature, which has not lead her astray yet.
For the complete interview, watch the video below, and for more Sevyn Streeter visit www.sevynstreeter.com .