Ja’Shayla blends sass, soul on journey to R&B stardom
For singer/songwriter Ja’Shayla, who opens for R&B quartet 112 this Friday at the Wonderland Ballroom, music has always been part of her life, but it wasn’t always part of her career path.
I come from a background of choir from church and soul singing, so no matter [if it’s a] pop song or a soul song, I will put that “mmmhhh” in it. As far as for an album, if it speaks to me vocally and lyrically, I will fight for it. But I try to get a collective understanding from the people around me, and I also send it to a couple DJ’s to get their response.
With all the female artists out there, what makes you different?
When I watch the award shows and concerts, I can still see missing pieces. I still feel I have my own something I can put into the mix. I am kind of a blend of a bunch of people, which allows more people to connect to [me]. I’d like to bring more of the Latin and American [music] together. There are women that are out there by manipulation and are trying to be hot all the time. [I want to show that] you can be sexy and classy, and still be honest.
How do you express sexy and classy in your style?
I’m comfortable in my skin and feel sexy without showing it all off. I can still wear something tight, but represent myself in a way where someone wouldn’t dare disrespect me. So maybe Chanel meets Betsy Johnson, because I like classy and a little bit of flair, a little bit of crazy. I’m a Gemini, so I’m a ball of two things that contrast each other.
If you got the chance, who would you like to work with in the future?
I have worked with a lot of people great people, but I would love to work with Kanye [West]; we’re both Geminis. I love him as far as production and as a rapper. Tamia is my dream mentor, because I have always kind of related myself to her. I don’t even have to sing with her, just be in her presence.
What can we expect from your show?
I will actually be performing a new song that I am really, really excited about. It is produced by Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated producer Bob “Bassy Bob” Brockmann called “Show Me.” The message of the song is women empowerment. It’s very passionate and has an energy, spark and fire.
As for the performance, Boston will get that sass, that fire and overall experience. [The audience] should plan to get it really hype. I like to get people involved in what is happening on stage. Expect some real talent and some real fun.
112 with opener Ja’Shayla at the Wonderland Ballroom in Revere on Friday. 21+, doors open at 8 p.m. For tickets, visit www.wonderland-ballroom.com or www.ticketweb.com.