Entertainment Soulful Shema Mikail Samuels,Youthlink Writer
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Soulful Shema Gyptian
Full name: Yeshemabeth McGregor Horoscope: Scorpio Favourite song of all time: What We Imagine by James Ingram Dreams of collaborating with: Stevie Wonder Record label: Big Ship Records With the burning desire to become a forensic physiologist as well as study information technology (IT), Yeshemabeth McGregor, or Shema as she is also known, is setting her sights on going back to school to pursue her other ambition, music. Her love for music, however, started at age nine and continues to this day. This week, Youthlink invites you to spend time with the soulful Shema. Family ties Youthlink: How would you describe your relationship with your brothers? Shema: What can I say? I am big sister; that should be enough to describe our relationship. I love my brothers to death. I am very protective and supportive of them. That's how Dad raised us so I do my part, and when they are out of line, I put them back in place (laughs out loud). 'A New State of Mind' is the name of your album. What makes it different from the others? Well, [on] this record I am working alongside my brother while on the previous albums I was working with other producers. Working with my brother, however, on this album was great. Tell us about 'Singing to Myself', the song you did with your brother, Stephen? Actually, the whole concept came from him. He sent me the rhythm and said I should write the chorus around it.
The Japan experience Why isn't Shema bigger in Jamaica? I want to set myself apart as a vocalist rather than a deejay or a singjay. Shema isn't big in Jamaica because of the issue with the dancehall and reggae music and the break that occurs where Jamaicans are more leaning towards dance-hall music, I respect dancehall because I love Jamaican music but I tend to stick to the old school which is reggae. That's probably why you haven't seen me out there because I am not a deejay, I am a singer. You recently released your fourth album in Japan, what was that like? That was fun. I had a good time. Well, Japan, like I said, was always welcoming and accepting and appreciative of reggae music. It was a wonderful experience during the five-year period I did there. The support for the album was awesome. How/when were you officially introduced to the music industry? I started when I was nine years old when one of my mother's background singers didn't come and I filled in the spot for her. I always rehearsed with her so I liked the feeling of being onstage and that started my love for music. In 1995 my dad called me into the studio to do a duet with him and the feedback from the Japanese was good so they asked me to record an album, I did and they liked it. Tell us an expression you learned in Japan and what it means? Domo Arigato, which means thank you very much. The future Where do you see Shema in the next year? Doing greater and bigger things. Just look out for more music from 'The Ship' and more performances. The Jamaican population will see more of Shema on the television starting September. Our Pick 3 Shema Picks 1. Singing to Myself 2. Caught Up 3. Like This