By Satchel B. Jester
In a world of carbon-copied cuteness, filtered realness and tap-for-sound talent, Sharaya J. makes us long for that old thing back and she’s obliged to give us something we can feel. After earning her industry stripes as a sought after dancer among pop titans Rihanna, Ciara, Alicia Keys and Jay Z, the Hawaiian-born, Jersey City-raised performer was destined to come center stage. After witnessing her “go in on an eight-count,” her now mentor, boss and biggest fan, Missy Elliott, recognized her star quality and committed to help her shine. “Missy was very direct and told me ‘I’m in the business of working with superstars.'”
Now, after introducing her BANJI (Be Authentic Never Jeopardize Individuality) movement (do yourself a favor and YouTube her), becoming the face of Alexander Wang’s T by Alexander Wang campaign, choreographing her jaw-dropping videos and having her debut album ready for takeoff, the pretty-faced, swaggy superstar is ready to pick up where Biggie, Wu-Tang and Salt N Pepa left off. “I’m ready to rock and I’ve taken my time with this album, so I know it’ll be exactly what I want the world to get from me. Hopefully, people will love it, but if they don’t, they’ll have no choice but to appreciate it.” Get into it.
[Image: Gail Hadani (MaxineTall.com)]