Naja Shiri

Naja Shiri

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Western Washington's R&B/Soul Sensation. This multi-talented 24 year old singer/songwriter/poet is ready to take the world of R&B and Rap to the next level. From spoken word to love serenades, this young lady is on her way to creating an entire new genre of music: sultry, soulful, and sincere.

Biography

She has been hailed as R&B and Hip Hop's newest sensation and is being compared to other R&B legends such as Mary J. Blidge, Anita Baker, and Brandi, just to name a few. Yet, her music sets her apart in a way that could create a whole new genre: sultry, soulful, and sincere. There is also a flip side to her that usually catches her audience off guard. She is also known to throw in a little hip-hop verse or spoken word somewhere within her songs.

Naja: "I like to take the audience by surprise, that's part of what it means to be an entertainer. They come to see a show and I give them exactly what they want. Although singing will always be my first passion, I'm willing to use the music in any way possible to get my point across."

Born Amanda Nicole Allison, January 12th 1981, right outside of Seattle, WA, this young lady has always possessed a deep love for poetry, music, and all other literary arts.

Naja: "I always knew what I was going to do when I grew up. There was never a question. I used to be in my room for hours at a time, with a toy boom box and a microphone and record myself all night long. I still have the tapes from when I was 6 or 7 years old. I barley had any friends because I never came outside to play. I would sit in my room, read books, and just let my thoughts marinate. Next thing you know I was writing my own book or composing a poem and eventually I would turn my poetry into music."

Naja confesses that she has a multitude of musical influences. But those most important to her were the ones she grew up listening to, the legendary artists, some of which are still around today: The Isley Brothers, Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Smokey Robinson, Lionel Ritchie, Michael Jackson, and many others. As for more recent artists, she says she admires Brian McKnight, Alicia Keys, Carl Thomas, Sarah McLaughlin, Van Hunt, and Floetry.

Naja: "My father was very religious and growing up in that environment allowed me to fall in love with real music. What I mean by real music is the kind of music that has feeling, the kind that has structure and a powerful purpose. Because when I was growing up in the late 80's early 90's most of the hip-hop had strayed away from its original purpose which was to empower people, to give them an outlet and a voice."

Naja possesses many talents and many passions but it all began with writing. In grade school, the moment she learned to write and put together sentences she immediately began writing short stories. Even though Naja's gifts were recognizable early on she did not become fully aware of her talents until she began singing in church when she was almost 21 years old.

Naja: "I never stopped writing. My gift never left me; I just didn't know what God wanted me to do with it yet, so it was just lying dormant. I still wrote poetry, I wrote songs, but I never thought to share them with anyone else, they were mine they were sacred to me."

Naja: "When I started to sing in church, I remember the looks on the people's faces. When I first got up in front of that church and sang. I sang from the depth of my soul, like there might not be a tomorrow and they were completely blown away by it. I loved that feeling; it made me feel powerful and inspired."

Naja has performed numerous times all throughout her home town in Tacoma, WA as well as a few open-mic performances in Downtown Seattle. She recently opened for the rap group Young Bloodz in the Tri-Cities and also had her own mini-tour down south in the summer of 2003. She did shows and radio interviews in Atlanta, GA, Macon GA, Lafayette LA, New Orleans LA, and North Carolina. Her hit single "Dat Bomb" was requested and played on ever 50 radio stations worldwide. She also was invited to perform in front of major record labels last year in Hollywood, CA at the VH1 Save the Music Jam.

When Naja is not hard at work in the music studio or composing music, she keeps her creative and entertaining talents strong by hosting talent shows on campus at her community college and co-hosting comedy shows two nights a week in her hometown of Tacoma.

She also helps organize fund raisers, talent shows, guest speaker appearances, book discussions, social and political debates on campus and she is also a young single mother with a 5 year old daughter.

In the near future, Naja's plans are of an infinite nature. She just completed her last quarter of community college June 2005 and walked away with an Associate's Degree in Arts & Science. From there, she will transfer to Florida State University to nurture her passions for music, literary arts, photography, and film production. Being in Florida will aslo give her the opportunity to finish her debut album set to drop at the end of this summer 2005.

Naja: "I plan to use the media in the same way mainstream uses the media to transmit messages and influence culture. If that means I have to write

Lyrics

Can't Let You Go

Written By: Naja Shiri

VERSE ONE:
I know some say
It’s not right
For a lady to approach a man
But what can I do?
When I’m really feelin’ you
I wanna be for real with you
(Tell me) What would you say?
If you only knew
I’m so into you (but)
For so long I
I just let you walk on by
One of these days I know
That I

CHORUS:
Can’t let you go,
Can’t let you walk away
Just let me know,
If you don’t feel the same
If you wanna be free
All you got to do is say so
But I know the truth
You want me to
Stop playin’ games
And get with me boo

VERSE TWO:
I often daydream
On a daily
How life would be
With you by my side (Yeah)
And all the sweet things
You would say to me
To show me I’m not wasting my time
I see you and I

Takin’ walks through the park on a rainy day
Talk with our hearts, feel each other’s pain
In the dark, make it hot, and I’ll say your name
Real love not some game we play

CHORUS:
Can’t let you go,
Can’t let you walk away
Just let me know,
If you don’t feel the same

CHANGE UP:

OOh, what would take to make you see?
Ooh, don’t wanna play these games
It’s you I need
OOh, if you wanna be free
Just say, till then, I
Can’t let you go,
Can’t let you walk away
Just let me know
If you don’t feel the same
If you wanna be free
All you got to do is say so
But I know the truth
You want me too
Stop playin’ games
And get with me boo (cause I)

OUTRO:
Can’t let you go, I can’t let ya
Can’t let ya go, I can’t let ya
Can’t let ya go, can’t let you walk away
Can’t let ya go, I can’t let ya
Can’t let ya go, I can’t let ya
Can’t let ya go, can’t let you walk away I

Can’t let you go,
Can’t let you walk away
Just let me know
If you don’t feel the same, if you wanna be free

Too Many Rainy Days

Written By: Naja Shiri

Verse One:
I try (I try)
And I try (I try)
Its never good enough
I dont know why (I dont know why)
I give (I give)
And I gave (I gave)
It wouldnt change
Your evil ways

Never once did I think about me
It was you,(you), you, (you), you
Never one sincere apology
Thats why
Weve got to let it be

Chorus:
Too many rainy days
Between us baby
You know I cant stay
Too many cloudy days
Surround us baby
You know weve got to let it be

Verse Two:
Without thinkin twice
For you Id sacrifice
Anything at all
That was my downfall
Set my dreams aside
Put my goals on hold
You abused my love
And you stole my soul
But its over now
And Im headed for the door

Gotta leave this place
Love dont live here anymore

(RAP):
I lived my life on the edge for too long
When will it end? My pain remains permanently under my skin
When I look to the past
Cant believe how Ive grown
Got a daughter, left her father, now we on our own
But I wont cry about it
I can do without the drama
Take this ring and your promises
Id rather be a babys mama
Least I can live in silence
Without you hollerin and trippin and tryin to threaten violence
Cause if you hit me, I promise, youll never see tomorrow
But you already gone, cause you dyin in your own sorrow
Call me on the phone, cryin and whinin bout how you miss me
Today Im a selfish bitch and just as soon as you diss me you get apologetic
Its pathetic how you trip, you need to quit, with the Jekyll and Hyde shit
Seek professional help, some kind a social psychology, or buy you a diary
So you can write instead a cryin to me, about your misery..

Outro:
Let it go, oh
Let it, whoa oh
Let it go, oh
Let it go

Let it go, let it be, dont mean we gotta be enemies, (believe me), I just wanna live in peace

So let it go, let it be, dont mean we gotta be enemies, (believe me), I just wanna live in peace

Dat Bomb

Written By: Naja Shiri

Verse One:
Long day
People stressin' me, testin' me
Bout to lose my mind
Got undressed and check my messages
Looked at the time
Damn near nine, but I ain't tired
Got to get away tonight
Phoned up my girls
We gone swerve to the club (that's right)

Pre Chorus
So we up in a big black truck like what
Do’in' that stuff

Let's get lit, for we hit that floor tonight
Pass that lye

Chorus:
Yall know I got that bomb
I got that bomb
Baby know I got that bomb
Shorties know I got that bomb
Gone get it on tonight

I got that bomb
Baby know I got that bomb
Shorties know I got that bomb
Gone get it on tonight

Verse Two
I feel they eyes on me
Before I even get through the door
See bodies shakin' but before I make
My way to the floor
Daps and hugs from all my thugs
People treat me like a star
The DJ knows me, throws me love
On my way to the bar

Pre-Chorus:
Wasup? Hook me up
Wit a cup a that coke and hin
Let's get bent
Cause I see a thug just walked in
Wit a couple a friends

Chorus:
Yall know I got that bomb
I got that bomb
Baby know I got that bomb
Shorties know I got that bomb
Gone get it on tonight

I got that bomb
Baby know I got that bomb
Shorties know I got that bomb
Gone get it on tonight

Verse Three:
Just as I predicted, he drifted over in my direction
His body's swollen, I'm hopin' he brought his own protection
And when we hit the floor, you know he tried to touch my places
Lovin' them faces he makin' when dancin' like we naked
I just can't take it, he's spankin' it from behind
My body's achin' but I'm lovin' his grind

Chorus:
Yall know I got that bomb
I got that bomb
Baby know I got that bomb
Shorties know I got that bomb
Gone get it on tonight

I got that bomb
Baby know I got that bomb
Shorties know I got that bomb
Gone get it on tonight

Discography

"Dat Bomb" Single Released March 2003
Received National Airplay on over 50 stations.

"Too Many Rainy Days" Sinlge Released March 2003
On the "State of Emergency" Compliation CD

"Your Love is Knockin'" Single Released September 2004 on the "Caution Productions" Compliation CD

Set List

" Too Many Rainy Days"
" Can't Let You Go"
" Ecstacy"
" Ms. Notorious"
" Dat Bomb"