There's a certain attitude that comes through in Selah Sue's signature voice and even her intense performances. It's not an elitist vibe or arrogant by any means, but rather a "take me as I am" kind of demeanor. Even in her colorless video for her track, "This World," viewers can plainly see the authority with which she delivers her extremely personal lyrics.
Selah was born Sanne Putseys in Belgium and really had no intention of pursuing a career as a professional musician. She studied dance for many years and even dreamed of becoming a ballerina. It wasn't until the age of 15 that she learned to play guitar. By 17, she was writing songs and posting her often rough creations on Myspace. Tons of online fans responded to her music and she even received interest from industry professionals. Selah released an EP called Black Part Love back in late 2008 and landed a deal with Because Music. Her self-titled debut album came out last year and showcased the influence of idols like Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, and Bob Marley. Even though her music career was taking off, Selah still found time to study psychology at the University of Leuven. With her healthy mix of funk, soul, and reggae, this singer/songwriter has attracted the attention as well as admiration of some big names like Prince and Cee Lo Green. She even played at the royal wedding in Luxembourg. We love Selah's aforementioned attitude and strength along with her determination to perform her own original material.
Watch Selah's video for "This World" below before heading over to I AM THAT GIRL'��s YouTube channel. While you'��re there, don'��t forget to tune into our Music Mondays playlist, which is updated every week.
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