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Shenna Asks For Brutal Honesty In "Conversation"

Shenna Extends a Yearning for Connection and Truth in Life.

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The newcomer longs for clearer understanding.

It's pretty easy to understand exactly how and why social media has adversely impacted real life relationships. We conduct our every single move through black mirrors ⎯⎯ every day could be an episode of that popular Netflix show, to be honest ⎯⎯ and in the process, we've lost touch with ourselves and each other. Subsequently, dealing with problems and interpersonal issues has become increasingly difficult. R&B newcomer named Shenna, a previous pick for our weekly #WomanCrushWednesday, claps back, you could say, with a new single called "Conversation," a slow-burn depicting her frustrations with the whole damn thing.

"Can we be honest?" she implores through a magical blanket of velvety production, finger snaps cooing up and over the corners. "Tell me what you want to say," she later sings, flyaway vocals that are lush and somehow calming, coming in foamy waves. On the song, she says in a press release, "I wrote this song because I feel that a lot of times people avoid telling someone they care about the truth, afraid they will hurt them but in reality it's hurting both sides by not having a real personal conversation to hash out problems."

So, next time you think about blasting someone on Twitter, rethink and unplug ⎯⎯ and go talk to them, face-to-face. In might just completely blow your mind.

Listen below:

Her caramel vocal is paired with quite a rich cultural heritage. "My father being Arabic and my mom African-American, I have been exposed to the best of both worlds. My father's side is very musical and I grew up watching videos of famous Middle Eastern singers and copying their vocal techniques. My mom raised me on so many different types of styles which has influenced my creativity," Shenna told us back in April. Unsurprisingly, she "was always encouraged to sing by my mom at a young age. She would sing songs she loved to me and I would memorize the lyrics and present them to her in our living room as a 'mini concert."


She adds "I was raised in the same house as my older cousins growing up and would watch them rehearse for talent shows. I would even sneak into their shows and sing background for them around the age of 7 knowing I was too young to even be allowed entrance."


Talent considered, Shenna has had a wealth of previous music featured on hit TV shows, from Oxygen's The Bad Girls Club to MTV's Teen Mom OG and Finding Carter. Her star is only burning ever-so brightly.

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Jason Scott is a freelance music journalist with bylines in B-Sides & Badlands, Billboard, PopCrush, Ladygunn, Greatist, AXS, Uproxx, Paste and many others. Follow him on Twitter.


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