Independent Singer and Songwriter Bashiyra brings a wealth of captivating artistry to the music industry, having performed backing vocals for artists such as Patti Labelle, Michael Bolton, Diana Ross and Queen.
In 1993 Bashiyra enjoyed Top 10 success with her release ‘I Will Always Love You’, a Reggae single on the Jet Star Reggae Distribution Chart which led to several personal appearances in the UK, including London’s Apollo Theatre and major music venues in Philadelphia, USA. Whilst experiencing this solo success, Bashiyra was approached and engaged as a songwriter, by the production and songwriting team of ‘Gamble and Huff’, the US based producers for the likes of Stephanie Mills… Read more
1996 saw the release of the ‘Walk Spirit Talk Spirit’ Jump Cut album by The Red Raw Collective, on which Bashiyra featured as guest vocalist and composed the vocal melody structure on the jazz endorsed song ‘Mistified’. That same year Bashiyra released ‘Give Me A Little More Time’ on the Japanese DEN album for LIFE records, as well as ‘Got To Get Your Love’ on the album ‘A Sprinkle Of Confetti’, which was recorded live at London’s Jazz Café.
Three years later in 1999 Bashiyra wrote and released the single ‘This Will Be My Night’ which resulted in positive chart success in Belgium, numerous personal appearances, live performances and radio and magazine interviews. The song is currently available on European compilation CD’s and to download.
In 2001, Bashiyra was interviewed and featured in ‘The Pulse’ section of the South London Press newspaper for her achievement in Singing, Music and Songwriting as well as her commitment to helping young people develop their love for music and just like her voice, her work and her reach know no boundaries. Bashiyra is also a vocal coach teaching vocal and songwriting composition workshops at schools, for private clients and organisations across London such as The Rock School, The Midi Music Company and The Albany Theatre in London, England.
Bashiyra regularly supports local community projects designed to enrich the minds of young people who otherwise might find themselves excluded from these types of creative influences.
Bashiyra’s involvement with the Westminster EAZ projects in 2003 generated successful and positive outcomes, where she worked with both secondary and primary school students. Her work in this capacity also extended to delivering programmes to children with special needs.
Later on in 2003 Bashiyra also co-founded the creative arts organization ‘ITA’ which was set up to encourage people of different cultures to learn about each other through music, song and literacy arts. That same year saw another release and chart success in Europe with the single ‘Island In The Rain’ followed by the release of ‘U Know I Love It’, on the album ‘Wowie Zowie’ by SuperChumbo aka KISS FM DJ Tom Stephan in 2005. Projects later that year took her to Europe and Africa, where her talents were demonstrated on both stage and studio to delighted audiences young and old.
In June 2005 Bashiyra performed at The Hackney Empire at ‘The Festival of Black Female Voices’, where she won the nomination for ‘Aspiring Black Female Singer 2005’, which recognised the substantial contribution made by her as a black aspiring female artist.
Her hard work continues and in 2007 saw the release of ‘The Game’, co-written by Bashiyra on The Jalapeno label produced by one of Belgium’s hottest DJ’s ’Kid Crème’, which charted at No#1 in The Mix Bags Review and Charts.
This brings us to the present and the unexpected death of musical genius Michael Jackson. In the weeks that followed, Bashiyra was approached to headline at The O2 Arena, Greenwich, London, in the very first tribute concert to celebrate the life and great works of the ‘King of Pop’.
Bashiyra’s involvement was covered by local press and billboards alike.
The tracks you are about to listen to will show Bashiyra’s natural and gifted ability to adapt to a change of style with effortless poise, diction, and sheer talent.
The Official Website of Bashiyra
00 – Soulinterviews Theme Song by Myshel
01 – Bashiyra – Mistified (Thought You Knew, 2009)
02 – Bashiyra – Don”t Get In My Face (Thought You Knew, 2009)
Background music during the interview:
Bashiyra – Immaculate, Bashiyra – Unique, Bashiyra – U Me, Bashiyra – Give Back To Mother Earth, Bashiyra – Love Jones Feat. S. Murray