Music Interviews

10 Questions with Jamaican-American Singer, Teenear

Signed to Miami’s key influencer in the music industry—Slip N’ Slide Records—Jamaican-American star Teenear is diligently working on elevating her craft. With support from fellow label associates, Trina and Sebastian Mikael, Teenear is destined to share her voice with the world. Amazingly at the age of 18, the Miami native’s powerful vocals possess an unmistakable reverence for the iconic songstresses who have previously laid the groundwork in pop and soul music. Her voice is undeniably a sound for sore ears. Teenear’s sound embodies real, down to earth, feel good  music. Get to know a little about this blossoming flower…

Tell us about your background and how did you get started in the entertainment industry?
– My parents knew I had a voice but never pressured me into it. They encouraged me to do a YouTube channel for a long time but I didn’t do it. I guess you can say because I’m a bit shy! However I finally did it and told them I was ready to take my singing career seriously.

How would you describe your sound?
– It’s very unique and broad. It can not be placed in any one genre.

Tell us about your song Friday Night”? Did you write the song? What was your inspiration to write the song?
-My first single is called FridayNight featuring Sage the Gemini. I wrote this song in the studio with producer Anthony Franks. We just finished recording another song and we decided to just write about what I do with my friends and stuff that me and my friends go through on the daily basis. We ended up coming up with this great girly “feel good” song.

What is the best compliment you have gotten about the song?
-It’s very catchy! The hook definitely sticks with you for days.

Do you remember the first time you ever got on a stage to perform? Where was it and what did it feel like?
-To be honest my first time performing was definitely not my best… I was about 12 years old  and I was singing the national anthem for a beauty pageant. Right before getting on stage someone told me I had to work the stage … Everyone knows when singing the national anthem you stand STILL! You need a lot of air! When I got to the words “and the rockets red glare..” My performance was done for.. Let’s leave it at that. Haha but looking back at it now I laugh, it was a learning experience. One that I will NEVER forget.

I know it is early in your career but what is your proudest moment so far?
-My proudest moment right now would definitely be singing the national anthem the Miami Heat game! Singing in front of so many people had me in awe.

What projects are you working on right now?
-After graduation I plan on going on a radio tour and also working on finishing up an album.

My favorite guilty pleasure is
-CHOCOLATE. Chocolate will be the death of me. It’s the best thing ever created by God.

A movie I never get tired of watching is…
-Grease!! That is my ultimate favorite movie in the whole world! It’s so cute!

Growing up my hero was…
-My parents. They have always been there for me and they always put me first. I love them so much and I do all that I do for myself but also to make them the proudest parents in the world. I want to give them back what they’ve given me

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Yvette N. Harris