Shi Wisdom [born Renee Wisdom] is a truth teller, a soulful truth teller, bringing a depth and insightfulness to her music that sets her apart. A recognized singer and songwriter in the Toronto music scene–she co-penned the Rita Ora track “R.I.P.” with fellow Torontonian Drake– she recently released her 7-track album Stranger Things Have Happened, which Exclaim! says successfully navigated her “out of ‘best kept secret’ category to an artist to watch.”
The gorgeous singer–can anyone else rock large framed glasses with such sultry elegance—gave the Winehouse a quick chat about music. Chaka V.
Q: When did you realize that music was your destiny and that you were going to pursue it?
A: I don’t know that music is my destiny. I’m trying it on and living it out every day. Nothing is promised–especially not in this industry.
Q: I adore the jazz influence I often hear in your voice–who are your top three jazz artists of all time?
A: Thanks! I really like Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday as jazz vocalists.
Q: Which musician(s) would love to collaborate with in the future?
A: Musicians I’d love to collaborate with would be Nas, Erykah Badu, Little Dragon, Kendrick Lamar, Usher…the list goes on and on.
Q: When you want to chill who do you listen to?
A: Lately, when I want to chill, I either listen to my own music or I dabble in some Iman Omari, and recently Chris Clark.
Q: When you want to party who do you listen to?
A: I’m not much of a party girl, but, when I turn up, I want to hear DMX, Schoolboy Q, and Kendrick Lamar.
Q: What were some of the inspirations and influences behind your latest release, Stranger Things Have Happened?
A: Freedom is the inspiration behind Stranger Things. It is an experimental piece; still is. I plan on building on this wave!
Q: In what ways has your latest work (STHH) evolved your sound or style (musically, lyrically, personally etc.)?
A: STHH has evolved my sound and style because I’m falling right into place with what I believe I’m best at: storytelling. It has taken me some time to realize what I flourish in, musically–I love message music. I’ve never really done exceptionally well writing and singing songs about nothing. Being in a place, artistically, where you’ve found your niche, is the best place. For me, it’s time to grow now.