A couple of months ago, we had the pleasure of meeting a young aspiring artist by the name of Tyree. She was brought into the studio by her mother who had heard about our program and wanted her daughter to experience what we do here. Like many, Tyree was very shy and spoke little words without the assistance of her Mom and/or younger sister. I had seen this similar situation so many times that I was totally confident with assuring her Mom that Tyree would get comfortable in the studio and would eventually loosen up. After about 2 or 3 sessions of just getting to know her and talking about her goals as a young artist, we recorded her first song titled “Moving To New York.” She must’ve really enjoyed the experience because after that recording, I would see Tyree in the studio at least 3 times a week. I began to notice her comfort level rising tremendously.
As the weeks went on, we continued working on new songs and getting them recorded. Often times, other youth artists would visit the studio to work on their material and would offer Tyree pointers and assist in helping her craft her music. She would see them in the jam room rehearsing for their upcoming shows and that inspired her to want to take the stage as well. Her passion and dedication motivated me to get her ready to perform outside of the studio walls so we began working on other areas of her artistry. I told her she needed to come up with a stage name for branding. The next day she comes in with a princess crown on her head and says, “My new name is Royal Ree.” I thought that was super awesome! Now it was time to get her comfortable on stage.
One of our rising stars, Rika Shambae, has recently become a frequent performer at various venues. She, just like Royal Ree, was very shy at first and even during her first show, she almost let her nerves get the best of her. We rehearsed together in the studio several times to the point that she appeared to be a natural performer during her later showcases. I thought, there’s no better person to help Royal Ree get ready for her upcoming showcase this Saturday, than Rika Shambae. The great thing about the studio here, is that all of the youth treat each other like family. There’s never competition amongst them and they’re always ready to help out their fellow artists, whether it be collaborating on a song, helping with lyrics, or offering stage tips.
As Royal Ree was running through her set list, Rika was right there to guide her. It really was special to see the chemistry they had. They really looked like sisters. After the rehearsal, we took a few minutes to do a fun photo shoot. Here are some of the shots from it!
Also, Click play to hear Royal Ree’s latest song, “Rockstar”!