Move over, Colin Kaepernick. Sevyn Streeter got yanked from singing the National Anthem at an Oct. 26 NBA game due to her ‘We Matter’ jersey. Get to know more about the R&B singer taking a stand for the lives of black men and women everywhere.
1. She’s a girl group survivor!
Sevyn (born Amber Denise Streeter, 30) has been thrust into the spotlight after the Philadelphia 76ers pulled her, at the last minute, from singing the National Anthem at their Oct. 26 game. Yet, she’s been in the music biz for years. Sevyn began performing as a teenager in the girl group, TG4 (“TomGirls 4 Eva”) which saw her open up for B2K and Bow Wow, 29. After TG4 disbanded, she joined RichGirl, and this new group opened for Beyonce’s 2009 I Am… World Tour.
2. She and Chris Brown are longtime friends.
Sevyn decided “1” was her favorite number, as she went solo in 2012. “One day we were sitting down listening to records and we thought, maybe we should think about the solo thing,” she said, according to MTV. “We had songs that we liked and thought were strong. We thought it was time.”
She signed with Chris Brown’s CBE imprint that year and was featured on Breezy’s album, Fortune. In 2013, she had her biggest hit (so far.) “It Won’t Stop,” featuring Chris, 27, broke into the Top 10 US R&B charts and went on to become certified gold! Breezy even directed the music video for the song’s remix! The two teamed up again for 2015’s “Don’t Kill the Fun.”
3. Sevyn has written for a lot of major names.
Check the songwriting credits for your favorite song, as it might be written by Sevyn. She has penned tracks for Usher, 38, Kelly Rowland, 35, Ariana Grande, 23, Tamar Braxton, 39, Fantasia, 32, and more!
4. She has an album coming out in 2017.
When Sevyn decided on Girl Interrupted for her 2017 album, she probably didn’t think the 76ers would “interrupt” her plans to sing “The Star Spangled Banner” at their home game due to her wearing a “We Matter”/Black Lives Matter jersey. It’s a strange and unfortunate coincidence, it seems. She’s already released three singles from the record, including “Prolly” (featuring Gucci Mane, 36) and “D4L” (with The-Dream, 39)
5. Her biggest inspiration is Aaliyah.
While Sevyn cites a wide range of influences – from Celine Dion, 48, to Mary J Blige, 45, to Yolanda Adams, 55, to Michael Jackson – the one voice that encouraged her to find her own belonged to the late Aaliyah. In 2013, Sevyn traveled to Aaliyah’s high school in Detroit, before writing a letter to honor the “Princess of R&B.” It seems Sevyn is passionate when it comes to celebrating both her influences and the importance of black people’s lives.
What do you think about Sevyn, HollywoodLifers? Do you think the 76ers were right in pulling her? Are you going to get her new album?