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Life and Work with Shyloh Grey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shyloh Grey.

Shyloh Grey is an American singer/ songwriter from Baltimore, Maryland.

As a child, Shyloh had a natural relationship with music – dancing, singing and learning instruments such as violin, piano, and guitar. She was known to carry a pen in one hand and a microphone in the other. Her formal music education began in elementary school when Shyloh joined a competitive operatic children’s choir. Her powerfully rich vocal expression became her trademark sound, recognized and accoladed statewide. She continued to compete in classical choral festivals until she graduated high school in 2015.

In late 2016, Shyloh Grey moved to Los Angeles, California to continue her singing career as a solo artist. Inspired by the mythology of L.A. and the influential musicians working around her, Shyloh began writing and recording her untitled debut EP, scheduled for release in 2019.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
As a young Black woman, I interact with a lot of people who don’t seem to take me or my autonomy seriously. One aspect of this I can understand; I’m pursuing a career as a recording artist and that’s unconventional in this society. It’s easy to pass judgment on artists for pursuing artistry, labeling us as “unrealistic” or “immature” because we aren’t following traditional standards for living or earning money. I let those sort of judgments go in one ear and out the other. The main struggle I face when it comes to people not taking me seriously is that I find myself needing to be aggressive or impolite in order to get my point across, especially when communicating with men. We live in a patriarchal society where men are raised to be the loudest, the strongest, the bravest, and subsequently, the “right” ones. As women, we are expected to shrink ourselves, to make ourselves smaller in order to fit into the roles that this patriarchy would have us play. To shrink our truths or opinions with respect to a man’s “authority.” I do not. My advice to women who face this type of adversity early in their journey is to set the tone for how you’d like to be treated and stick to it. Remember you were born with wisdom — we women have the gift of insight, gut instincts, and fortitude. As long as you value yourself and your feelings, the people who respect you will do so as well. The rest? They’ll doubt you. You’ll feel the energy. That’s what we call “haters”. They’ll learn to stay away.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I write music for people who feel like they can’t relate to anyone. I was the person. In some ways, I still feel like that person. When I write and sing my songs, I feel closer to the audience and closer to myself. My purpose on Earth is to shine a light on the way we relate to each other and hopefully heal some relationships along the way.

Often it feels as if the media, by and large, is only focused on the obstacles faced by women, but we feel it’s important to also look for the opportunities. In your view, are there opportunities that you see that women are particularly well positioned for?
Women can do everything men can, and historically we do a lot of those things a lot better. Our opportunities are whatever we make of them. Dream big, execute bigger.

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Taylor Jerry (@t4y.10r on Instagram)

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