The #Homegirl Cypher: Seraiah Nicole
In Philadelphia, there are 100s of young artists trying to make it. Birthing female legends like Jill Scott, Eve and Patti LaBelle, the city of "Brotherly Love" has some sisterly soul as well. As a Philly native herself, 19-year-old Seraiah Nicole is blowing up due to her new single, "Melanin." I got the chance to catch her at her Free Jam to talk a little more about her career and next moves.
"God. Tragedies. Being a black girl in America, choosing natural hair and being blunt," although may seem unrelated are all things which Seraiah draws inspiration. She later goes on to explain how these tragedies help her create her music and connect with her audience. "I want to keep pushing and share with other people."
Seraiah has been performing ever since she was 5 years old. The 2015 graduate of the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts has been involved with music around the city for quite some time. "I started my own open mics," says Seraiah. Along with her open mics, she also hosts Free Jams to give others the opportunity to showcase their own talents and create with other local artists.
While it seems that there's a lot that Seraiah should be proud of from starting her own open mics to hosting Free Jams, she says, "I think I am most proud of releasing my music video because I am an advocate for anti-color-ism. All around the world people use different things to lighten their skin like light foundation. I am proud that my first song is a message."
Her first song was titled "Melanin." Seraiah describes, "I wrote the song as a poem a year before I recorded. The first time I performed the piece was at PYPM (Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement) finals as a group piece. In 2016, I recorded it with a friend. We built the beat together. It was such a fun project."
The video, "Melanin" talks about loving the skin you are in no matter how dark or light you are. Throughout the video, different shades of black people are highlighted. Along with her new video, Seraiah performs at different showcases and in downtown Philadelphia.
Listening to everyone in the room I was amazed. Seraiah is all about showcasing the next persons' talents and allowing everyone to showcase their treasures. On her current playlist is Masago, and it makes sense. Her smooth jazz voice with a twist of her own flavor is opening a door to all underground artist. Seraiah Nicole not only embodies the image of a lyricist, she embodies the definition of exuberance.
If you would like to follow Seraiah Nicole and get an update of all new things follow on her Instagram.