Sheila Nychole
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Sheila Nychole

Bowie, Maryland, United States | INDIE

Bowie, Maryland, United States | INDIE
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93.9 WKYS is embracing local talent, and every Monday, we will prominently feature a local artist on the WKYS website.
If you would like to be featured on 93.9 WKYS New Music Monday please submit your song in an MP3 format, your photo, your bio and contact information to our DMV’s OWN page and every Monday we will feature a deserving local artist.
This week’s featured artist is Sheila Nychole.
Introduce yourself and describe your sound for anyone who hasn’t heard of you. What is “MoPop”?
My name is Sheila Nychole, I’m from the DMV area born and raised. I’m classical trained at Temple University and I’m currently a 3rd Side Productions artist. My sound, I would like to think I’m a soulful individual, I’m a lively person and my energetic sounds puts an eclectic spin on my music. I would say that I can’t be categorized, so it’s very hard to staple me down to one genre of music.”I’m literally surround sound” metaphorically speaking. This bring us to MoPop!!! I love the soul and the laid back energy that Motown delivered, and I embrace the high extremes that Pop stands for. So when you mesh together the two elements, this is what I spew out. I look at Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae– these are individuals that displays these elements within their music. However, 3rd Side just coined the name “MoPop!” Bottom line, it’s the energy of Pop mixed with the feel good sound of real R&B music from back in the day.
What are some of your musical influences?
I would have to say Whitney Houston, the purity and clarity of her voice, effortless. Lauryn Hill, her naturalism and her attitude/passion toward music. Lena Horn, her jazziness. Amy Winehouse- she set the bar for me; due to her originality. Last but definitely not least, Nancy Wilson–two words “Classic Sound.”
Do you write your own songs? What do you like writing about the most?
Yes, I do write my own songs, most the songs that I have out, I have written. I’m an emotional writer, my songs are generally blurred-vision truths that I’ve experienced. I love writing about relationships and conveying that through my music. I love writing about what others are going through and their experiences…RELATABLE EXPERIENCES. To sum it up, I love writing about REALITY. Not to mention, my favorite place to write is in my car.
What kind of reception have you gotten from your music in the DMV?
I believe I bring an element of surprise to the DMV. When people look at me they are not expecting such a powerful sound and once they get past the shocking element of my vocal ability, they gravitate to the realism of my music and see that it’s a relatable story.
What has been your biggest challenge as an up-and-coming female artist in the DMV?
Everything! Because the DMV is not particularly known yet. We are still government-based and not music-based. In the DMV you really have to go above and beyond. We are not as open to local artist, as we are to commercial artist. The support net for local artist here is weak, It’s constantly looking for validation from your hometown when they should be the first to stand in line to hear you. Due to this not being a music town the hurtles are a constant climb. - WKYS- Washington DC 93.9 FM


Discography

-How Can This Be
-Searchin'
-Take A Chance
-Circles

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Sheila Nychole's soulful and explosive tone continues to prove that good things can come in small packages. This young artist pulls strength from greats like Nancy Wilson and reminds of contemporaries like Beyonce, Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Lauryn Hill. Sheila has performed at several venues within the MD, DC, VA, PA, and the NY area. She has also sang for 106 & Parks writer Pat Charles, as well as songwriter/producer Bryan Michael Cox; who later stated "There is not doubt I will be seeing you again!"

In addition, Sheila was also featured on 93.9 WKYS (local DMV radio station's website) as The New Music Monday Artist in October of 2012. Along with bringing luck to the Washington Wizard by singing the National Anthem the evening they won their first game of the season. Sheila Nychole has also opened up for R&B sensation Chrisette Michele for a sold out Valentines Day show, as well as Performed on BET's 106 & Park Wild Out Wednesday

Sheila is ready to take any city by storm!