Sevyn Streeter may be gearing up for her debut album, but she is no rookie in the music industry. Stepping on the scene as one-fourth of the girl group TG4 and later of RichGirl in the earlier part of the 2000s, the starlet has been flying solo for the last four years.
The Florida native hasn’t been just beaming the spotlight on herself though, she’s also been helping other vocalists shine bright, too, thanks to her impeccable songwriting ability. Powerhouses Tamar Braxton, Chris Brown and Brandy – just to name a few – have all snagged a hit song or two from the 28-year-old.
Busy promoting her upcoming project “On the Verge” (no release date just yet), our favorite “new” artist sat down with JET to catch us up on her life. Right now, she’s focused on not killing the fun, and she’s even teaching us how to do the same.
JET: Last time we spoke, you were working on the EP Call Me Crazy But… Now your first full-length album is on the way. What’s been happening in your world between then and now?
Sevyn: Man, what has happened? Sheesh! Oh my god so much! I’ve gotten a lot busier. I’ve had to cut off some people, and I’ve added some new awesome people. I’ve written some really dope songs, and I have some stories within my songs – falling out of love, being in love, having a good time, being insecure and just feeling all of the above. I’ve poured everything that has happened to me over the last year into my album.
Sevyn: I didn’t want to put myself in a box. I wanted to embrace all of the musical influences I pour into songs I write for other people into my album. I write so many different types of records for others, but those records still live inside me. That’s where Don’t Kill The Fun came from. When you listen to it, the beat is different. It’s a little 90s house party music with some trap and base, which I need since I am from the south. That really is me all day, so with this song, I fuse everything together. And then lyrically, it’s positive. I just wanted it to be a record that when you wake up in the morning, it completely sets your day off the right way. Last year, I felt like we dealt with a lot with losing kids in the streets – even personally for me. “Don’t Kill The Fun” is a reminder for myself and everyone to not kill the fun in your life. Don’t take it too seriously. Don’t put yourself in a box. Don’t kill the fun in your relationship, your family, your job or whatever it may be.
JET: Name three ways that you can kill the fun.
Sevyn: I’ll give you a couple of different scenarios…
If you’re going out with your girlfriends and one is being a “party pooper.” She’s sitting in the corner, kind of quiet or she’s being a little difficult. That’s when you say, “Oh, you’re killing my fun. You need to take an Uber, and go home. We’ll give you a pass this time, and let you sit this one out. We’re going to go have a good time.”
If you’re on a date with somebody that has bad breath, that can definitely kill the fun (laughs). That’s not cool.
Ladies, if your man is watching the game – football, basketball or whatever it is – let him have that moment. Don’t start an argument. That’s his time. Don’t be that woman.
Those are the three things for me.
JET: Speaking of relationships, you’ve been open about yours with B.o.B. Are you in love, girl?
Sevyn: Oh god! (Laughs). I’m just not killing the fun in my life. I enjoy being around him. We enjoy each other’s company. We have a good time. It’s great.
JET: You sing, write and dance. Which of those came first for you?
Sevyn: Singing came first. I had been singing at church since I was 7 or 8-years-old. Then came dancing, because I moved to California around age 15 and I was going to Millennium Dance Complex taking classes every single day. After that, songwriting came along. Once I met Chris [Brown], I really started to get into it.
JET: Was it a natural progression for you?
Sevyn: No, not really. It was one of those things where I had to step outside of my comfort zone, be in sessions and not be afraid to throw out a line that may get rejected. You have to put yourself out there a little bit, because nothing is going to happen with you sitting down in silence. Take a chance and try something new and different. That’s what it was with me with writing, and it worked out.
JET: On The Verge is your debut album. I’m sure you’re excited, but is there any anxiety that comes along with it?
Sevyn: You know what? I personally have to separate it from myself, because I’m viewing it as both an artist and a songwriter. As a songwriter, I know what great records sound like, because I’ve written number one hits for a lot of artists. When I listen to my album, I hear great records that I know people are going to love. It’s a science to it. As an artist, I’m absolutely going to be a little bit nervous, but at the same time, I’ve been through so many situations where I wasn’t sure how they were going to turn out. Every time, God made them work even if I felt it wouldn’t. God always came through. So Sevyn, the artist, is like, “Alright God, I trust you. Let’s rock.”