Interview with Recording Artist "Neisha Neshae"
Through tragedy comes triumph, a mantra that Neisha Neshae holds close to the chest. As the newest addition to Roc Nation readies her EP Queenin’ the Michigan native maintains her strength in tackling everything that life throws her way, while simultaneously reigning as the Queen of R&B Trap.
From childhood, life threw a series of curveballs at Neisha. At a year old, Neisha was taken from her mother and placed into foster care with her sister. A few years later, her father came, bringing Neisha and her sister into an extremely volatile household with his girlfriend. “She was an alcoholic,” Neisha recalls, “and would constantly abuse my sister and I.” They were later placed in the care of her grandpa and great aunt in Ypsilanti, Michigan. “I spent a lot of my time as a kid being so angry,” reflects Neisha. Failing school grades and therapy sessions would flood Neisha’s preteens as her only solace was music — writing songs in her spare time and singing in the church and school choirs.
By 9th grade, Neisha experienced another life-changing encounter, randomly reconnecting with her mother at a local mall. “I heard a voice say, ‘I’m your mother,’” Neisha says, “but I didn’t recognize her because I was a year old when I was taken from her.” To her grandpa and great aunt's chagrin, Neisha put her focus into building a life with her mother, looking past her mom’s drug addiction and prostitution. “I was doing anything I could to be around my mom.” Two years later, she would lose her mother to a crack-induced series of aneurysms. Neisha withdrew from the rest of the world, yet grew closer to her music. “Music saved my life,” she says with confidence. She invested in studio time, found a manager, and put the wheels in motion for a recording career.
At 19, her debut single “On A Cloud” drew a sizeable buzz on the internet, due largely inpart to its relatable lyrics and catchy production from producer Helluva. A deal with Roc Nation later followed, and now at 21, Neisha Neshae is ready to bring her life experiences into her music with her debut Queenin’
“Queenin’ means being a boss lady, overcoming obstacles and being an overachiever as a woman,” she says of the EP’s title. “You have to have a tough skin out here, and I’ve been through enough in my life to develop that skin. I’m at a point where I can inspire people to do the same.”
The project is full of inspiration, while at the same time bringing a party, as it strikes a sonic balance of Trap and R&B with accents of Pop and Soul. The EP’s first single “I’ma Go Crazy” (prod. Helluva) is already nearing 800,000 views on YouTube, as the raging message has connected with so many of Neisha’s fans. “I never realized how many girls love to go crazy until this song,” she says with a laugh. “I had to speak up for the crazy girls.”
Above all, Queenin’ is the story of a survivor who channels her raw feelings into her music and the result is a multi-layered experience. “I think the creative process of making songs and writing songs and recording them and getting your message across to your fans through your emotions…” she pauses…“it’s just the most important thing for me.”
Neisha Neshae’s mission is to show young people everywhere that a rough upbringing can still bring a happy ending. From foster care to center stage, anything is possible, and for Neisha her end goal is longevity.
Daily News: What does a typical day look like for you?
Neisha: It never fails for me to be some type of busy... whether its my music career (studio, show, interview, etc.), or my personal life (eating, growth, working out, learning).
Daily News: What projects have you recently been working on?
Neisha: I'm always working on something new. I dropped my new EP “Queenin” recently. It’s my first official release on Roc Nation. In the meantime, I've been trying to piece together my soon to come album.
Daily News: What was the inspiration for your career route?
Neisha: Honestly, I used to be an athlete. I loved basketball and although I always sang in church and school I never really grew my true love and passion for it until I was in high school and my mom passed. The entire process of music has saved me, from singing/rapping, writing, and having a team around me. It’s all inspired me to keep going.
Daily News: What do you find most challenging and exciting about your career?
Neisha: Separating the real from the fake.
Daily News: How do you manage a healthy work/life balance?
Neisha: It's already been a long health journey for me, this lifestyle makes it so easy to lose track of time, forget to eat or give yourself some water when needed you know? I've actually been working towards this vegetarian life. So far so good (haha).
Daily News: What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Neisha: Self control.
Daily News: Where do you see yourself in 5?
Neisha: 5 years from now... I'll have already sat with the greats. I'll have plaques, awards, and started a business... or 4.
Daily News: Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Neisha: Be you, always. They’ll try to change you; sometimes they don’t even notice they are.
Daily News: Where is your favourite place to dine in your city and why?
Neisha: I like Red Lobster, Tropical Cafe, and Itchiban.
Daily News: What’s your most treasured possession?
Neisha: I've lost so many :( but right now – my sister & her daughter Serenity made me a picture frame, from scratch, with glitter, & butterflies, my sister drew the picture of me. So beautiful, it touched my heart forever.
Daily News: Who’s one person you think everyone should be following on social media?
Neisha: @neishaneshae of course!
Daily News: If you could be in someone else’s shoes for a day, who would it be?
Neisha: It might be sweet to experience a day in the life of Michelle Obama.
Daily News: What’s your favourite city/country to visit and why?
Neisha: Don’t think I’ve been there yet.
Daily News: What is your greatest fear?
Neisha: Fear nothing but the Lord
Daily News: What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
Daily News: And lastly, what does success look like to you?
Neisha: It’s looking like a mile away to me (haha), just kidding! I believe success comes in many forms, maybe no limits to that, but when you've touched on it you become so addicted to the feelings those accomplishments bring to you, you've figured out there can always be a greater you in yourself. Those lives you've changed, built to a point that it's able to be passed down. I personally have felt successful but not with life as a whole. God bless <3