She.H.H: Interviewing Women in Christian Music

She.H.H: Interviewing Women in Christian Music

By Paula Melissa
She.H.H is a new audio interview series all about Christian women in the front and behind the scenes of Christian music all over the world. The name is a play on the phrase CHH, which stands for Christian Hip Hop.

This series, which is Series 1, features five Christian artists and Christian Music personnel from all over: Wande, CASS, Adegail, Risha Leondra and Sal Ly.

The purpose of this is to promote some fantastic female artists in a predominately male industry and also talk about their musical and faith journeys.

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She.H.H S1E5: SAL LY - NIGERIAN SINGER-SONGWRITER, NEW MUSIC + EP, PASSIONS
Welcome to episode 5, the series finale of the She.H.H podcast - an interview series with women in the front and behind the scenes of Christian music globally. I have spoken to some AMAZING women during this series so make sure to catch up on the last four episodes on YouTube or wherever you listen to your podcasts on!   Today we speak to Nigerian Singer-Songwriter Sal Ly. She's known for making catchy music with deep, relatable lyrics and in this interview, she tells us about some of the stories behind her music.     Founder & Producer: Paula Melissa - https://paulamelissa.com/  Executive Producer: Bolu Bello of Musta Talent Management - https://www.withmusta.com/  Creative Director: Kookie Chilengwe - https://www.instagram.com/kookieonline_/   She.H.H YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTDUIp_INE3qgzgsYNDMUgjhREr7XpxWD  She.H.H Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shehhpodcast/   Time codes:   1:08 - Sal Ly introducing herself  2:22 - Sal Ly's journey as an artist  7:15 - The story behind 'Affirmation'  8:42 - "You can't run away from God forever"  9:12 - What are Sal Ly's plans for 2020 // EP being released  10:49 - What are Sal Ly's passions?  12:40 - Best bit of advice received  13:52 - Parents' support?  16:08 - Keep it Christ-centered  19:07 - No female producers and instrumentalists   26:11 - Sal Ly's legacy   27:30 - Prayers for Sal Ly Music mentioned:  All Love - Sal Ly Translucent - Sal Ly I'm Good - Sal Ly  Affirmation - Sal Ly Follow Sal Ly:    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/salxsally/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/SalxSally To join our CHH music Whatsapp group chat, drop me an email (mspaulamelissa@gmail.com) to dm on Twitter/Instagram: @PaulaMelissaXX 
28:24
August 4, 2020
She.H.H S1E4 - RISHA LEONDRA - CHRISTIAN HIP-HOP MUSIC, DIGITAL MARKETING & BRANDING
Welcome to Episode 4 of my new interview series called She.H.H. It is all about women in the front and behind the scenes of Christian music all over the world. I have spoken to some AMAZING women.   In this episode, we speak to creative extraordinaire (I don't say that lightly! This woman does it alll!) Risha Leondra. This is great for those of you interested in the behind-the-scenes side of the music industry. Risha has worked with Gawvi, Alex Medina, Derek Minor, Canon etc etc and is now with Good City!   Founder & Producer: Paula Melissa - https://paulamelissa.com/  Executive Producer: Bolu Bello of Musta Talent Management - https://www.withmusta.com/  Creative Director: Kookie Chilengwe - https://www.instagram.com/kookieonline_/   She.H.H YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTDUIp_INE3qgzgsYNDMUgjhREr7XpxWD  She.H.H on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/she.h.h/   Time codes:  0:53 - Introduction to Risha and what she does  1:35 - Risha's creative journey so far  5:25 - Working in a male-dominated industry - what's it like?  7:25 - CHH Sexism 11:28 - Passion and influences  13:21 - What are your plans for this year? (This interview was recorded in December 2019 so Risha is referring to 2020)  14:50 - What's the best bit of advice?  17:36 - Risha's legacy   Follow Risha:  Website: https://rishaleondra.com/  Podcast - 222: https://anchor.fm/222withrisha  Twitter: https://twitter.com/rishaleondra  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rishaleondra/   To join our CHH music Whatsapp group chat, drop me an email (mspaulamelissa@gmail.com) to dm on Twitter/Instagram: @PaulaMelissaXX 
22:25
April 18, 2020
She.H.H S1E3 - ADEGAIL: UK SINGER-SONGWRITER & SPOKEN WORD ARTIST, iRADIATE
Welcome to Episode 3 of my new interview series called She.H.H. It is all about women in the front and behind the scenes of Christian music all over the world. I have spoken to some AMAZING women.   In this episode with my good friend Abigail - popularly known as Adegail - who is a UK-based gospel singer-songwriter, spoken word artist, YouTuber and Founder of iRadiate: a series of creative worship events. In this interview, we talk about her musical journey, how important it was for her to overcome her shyness and how passionate she is about the UK Gospel scene.    Founder & Producer: Paula Melissa - https://paulamelissa.com/  Executive Producer: Bolu Bello of Musta Talent Management - https://www.withmusta.com/  Creative Director: Kookie Chilengwe - https://www.instagram.com/kookieonline_/  She.H.H YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTDUIp_INE3qgzgsYNDMUgjhREr7XpxWD  She.H.H on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/she.h.h/  Time codes:  00:56 - How would you introduce yourself to someone who wouldn't know you?  01:16 - Tell us about your musical journey  03:09 - How have you battled being a shy, introverted person with your calling?  04:41 - Tell us about iRadiate  06:20 - Let us know about the behind-the-scenes of putting on events  08:31 - What's some of the best advice you've been given so far in your career  10:14 - Giving your all in your work and projects  13:10 - Do you think being a woman has affected your career?  15:05 - All about the UK Gospel scene  19:13 - What are your plans for 2020?  21:04 - How do you make sure everything you do is Christ-centered?  23:16 - What should we know about you?  27:22 - What would you like your legacy to be?  28:41 - How can we be praying for Adegail?   Follow Adegail's links:  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adegail/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHDrR83mTeNCkSLjfoFuqxQ   Twitter: https://twitter.com/_adegail  Email: officialadegail@gmail.com  iRadiate: https://www.instagram.com/_iradiate/  Blog/poetry: https://seemetwinkle.wordpress.com/   To join our CHH music Whatsapp group chat, drop me an email (mspaulamelissa@gmail.com) to dm on Twitter/Instagram: @PaulaMelissaXX
30:21
March 18, 2020
She.H.H S1E2: CASS - NEW MUSIC, BEING UNSIGNED, INSPIRED BY KANYE, FAITH JOURNEY
Welcome to episode 2 of my new interview series called She.H.H. It is all about women in the front and behind the scenes of Christian music all over the world. I have spoken to some AMAZING women.   I had a chat with my favourite artist (of all time btw, I tried real real hard not to fangirl the whole time) Cassandra Kanda, better known as CASS. She is a Zimbabwe-born, New Zealand bred Christian music artist. Her first two albums, Genesis and Not For Sale came out in 2017 and 2018 respectfully! And in this interview, she gave us the EXCLUSIVE about her upcoming project, what it's really like being an unsigned independent artist and how 'pre-Jesus' Kanye West inspired her as a producer - I hope you enjoy this!   Founder & Producer: Paula Melissa - https://paulamelissa.com/  Executive Producer: Bolu Bello of Musta Talent Management - https://www.withmusta.com/  Creative Director: Kookie Chilengwe - https://www.instagram.com/kookieonline_/  She.H.H YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTDUIp_INE3qgzgsYNDMUgjhREr7XpxWD  She.H.H on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/she.h.h/  She.H.H podcast: https://anchor.fm/shehh   Time codes:  3:38 - What has it been like touring around different countries?  4:45 - Introduce yourself and your musical journey  14:48 - What is it like being an unsigned artist?  16:57 - How do you make sure that you and your music stays rooted in Christ?  20:20 - How important is the local church for people in the industry?  24:13 - The story beyond some of CASS' songs   29:31 - Reach wanted to sign CASS  39:54 - When's the new album coming out?  45:05 - Do you know much about the UK gospel scene?  46:46 - Who are some of your favourite artists?  49:50 - God as our Daddy!  1:00:02 - What would you like your legacy to be? What would you like to be remembered for?  1:01:35 - How can we as your fans be praying for you?  Music mentioned:   Silhouettes - CASS Tomorrow Will Come - CASS Lightwork - CASS Thoughts - CASS Nothin' Into Somethin' (feat. Guvna B & Wande) - CASS Radical - Ecclesia x CalledOut Music x CASS Follow CASS:  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/casskanda/   Website: https://iamcass.com/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/casskanda  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/casskanda  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCABq5xxNf6vSZRIb1GtvwSg   To join our CHH music Whatsapp group chat, drop me an email (mspaulamelissa@gmail.com) to dm on Twitter/Instagram: @PaulaMelissaXX
1:01:42
February 7, 2020
She.H.H S1E1: WANDE - GETTING SIGNED TO REACH, NEW ALBUM, BEING NIGERIAN
Welcome to episode 1 of my new interview series called She.H.H. It is all about women in the front and behind the scenes of Christian music all over the world. I have spoken to some AMAZING women - I hope you enjoy this!  Today I start with one of my favourite artists, Wande. We talked about getting signed to one of the largest CHH label in the world, Reach Records, her new album which is being released soon and also how she stays rooted in God.    Founder & Producer: Paula Melissa - https://paulamelissa.com/  Executive Producer: Bolu Bello of Musta Talent Management - https://www.withmusta.com/  Creative Director: Kookie Chilengwe - https://www.instagram.com/kookieonline_/  She.H.H playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTDUIp_INE3qgzgsYNDMUgjhREr7XpxWD  She.H.H on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/she.h.h/   Time codes:  1:13 - How would you introduce yourself?  1:40 - Let us know a little bit about your musical journey so far?  5:55 - What are you passionate about?  7:10 - Do you think that the Nigerian culture influences your music?  9:52 - What is it like being the first female artist at Reach Records?  15:52 - Do you know about the British CHH scene?  17:54 - Wande talking about her new album she'll release this year (2020) hopefully  18:20 - The stories behind some of Wande's songs  24:35 - What is the best bit of advice you have received in your career so far?  24:54 -What would you like your legacy to be?  26:30 - Do you feel a lot of pressure being in the public eye?  27:46 - How can we be praying for you?   Music mentioned:  Wande - Fuego  DJ Standout - Groove ft. Cass, Eris Ford, & Wande  Wande - No Ceilings Wande - No Cap Follow Wande:  Website: https://www.omgitswande.com/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/omgitswande/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU9fuELgg3GaQcpYGfuA65g  Twitter: https://twitter.com/OMGitsWande  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/omgitswande/   To join our CHH music Whatsapp group chat, drop me an email (mspaulamelissa@gmail.com) to dm on Twitter/Instagram: @PaulaMelissaXX
30:40
January 5, 2020