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bfontcolor410067facearialSingersongwritersSimoneStaceyandNaomiWenitongarethelatestbreedoftalenttoemergeonthelocalmusicscene.ThefacesandvoicesbehindSHAKAYAtheseyoungladiesareamixtureoftalentfunandenthusiasmandpossessawisdomfortheircraftbeyondtheiryears.brbrTheEdsfromGIRLcaughtupwithSimoneandNaomitotalkabouttheirmusicaljourneysofar.bbrbrhrcolor410067brbGIRLDoesthenameSHAKAYAmeananythingtoyouandwherediditcomefrombrbrSimonebWewereoriginallygoingtobecalledKashayabutthenourmanagermixedthelettersaroundanditbecameShakaya.Naomiandmyselfthendidabitofresearchanddiscoveredthatthewordshakayahasabroadrangeofmeaningsinalotofdifferentcultures.OnethatreallystoodoutforuswasthenativeIndianmeaningofvoicesinthewind.brbrbGIRLYoubothmetatthesamemusiccourseyouwerestudyingthreeyearsagowhatwasitinitiallythatattractedyougirlstoworkingwitheachotherbrbrSimonebWemetattheAtsicMusicCollegethreeyearsagoandwedbothbeenwritingindividuallybeforewemeteachother.Assoonaswemetwedecidedtowriteasongtogetherandwehaventstoppedsince.brbrbGIRLYouspent12monthsworkingwithmusicianandproducerRenoNicastrohowinstrumentalhashebeeninhelpingyourmusiccareerbrbrSimonebHehasbeenreallygoodhehasdonealotofthemusicproductiononoursongs.Healsogaveusfreestudiotimefortwoyearsthatwewerewritingandrecordingmaterial.Hehasbeenlikeafatherabrotherandabestfriendrolledintoone.Renosbeentherefromthebeginningandbelievedinus.brbrbGIRLYourdebutsingleistitledStopCallingMeandisbasicallyaboutastalkingsituation.IsthisbasedonareallifeexperienceeitherofyouhashadbrbrSimonebYeahwellthebothofushavehadboyfriendsinthepastandthesongisjustbasicallytalkingabouttheseboyfriendswhokeepcallingaftertherelationshipisover.Butalsothesongisbasedonexperiencesthatbothourmaleandfemalefriendshavehad.Thesongisnotlikebigwomenspowertriporanythinglikethatlaughsbrbrimgsrchttpwww.girl.com.auimgimagesshakaya.jpgborder0alignrightbGIRLStopCallingMeisanRBtrackisthisthestyleofmusicyouaregoingtocontinuetomakebrbrNaomibYeahImeanwehavebeeninfluencedbyalotofdifferentstylesbutwearejusttryingtoleantowardsamoreRBsoundtryingtobringoutanewsoundandmixeverythingtogether.brbrbGIRLWhathasbeenthereactiontoyoursinglesofarbrbrSimonebThereactionhasbeenunbelievablewearereallyexcitedabouthoweverythingisgoingsofar.Wedidntreallyexpectittogoasfarasithassowevebeenoverwhelmedwiththepositivereceptionfrompeopleofallages.brbrbGIRLStopCallingMefirstgotplayedonaCairnsradiostationwhenitwasstillindemomode.WhatdiditfeellikewhenyouheardyourfirstsongbeingplayedonradioWasitasurrealmomentbrbrSimonebOhyeah.WewereinthestudioatthetimeworkingonourmusicwhenourmanagercameovertousandsaidgirlscomehereIhaveasurpriseforyou.Thesurprisewasoursongplayingontheradioandthatwasreallyweird.Thefeelingwasindescribablebutitwasveryexciting.Andevennowwhenwehearitontheradioitstillfeelsweird.brbrbGIRLWhathasbeenthereactionfromfamilyandfriendstoyournewfoundfamebrbrNaomibOhtheyarejustsoexcitedbecausetheyhavewatchedusworktowardsthisforsolongandtheyareverysupportiveandhelpuswitheverything.ItsreallycoolbrbrbGIRLDoyourememberwhereyouwereorwhatyouweredoingwhenyoureceivednewsthatyouhadbeensignedbrbrSimonebWewereinSydneylastyearinAugustandthatmorningwewerenervousbecausewehadashowcaselinedupatSonyMusic.ItwasasmallintimateroomwherewehadtoperformandwewereasnervousashellButwewentinthereandperformedfoursongs.Attheendofitwewalkedoutoftheroomandwithinfiveminutestheycamebackandsaidyeahyouresigned.WethoughtWOWlaughsbrbrbGIRLWhowasthefirstpersonyoutoldthegoodnewstobrbrSimonebWecalledourparentsstraightawaybrbrbGIRLWastherealotofscreaminggoingonbrbrSimonebYeahtheywerescreamingwewerescreamingitwasamazingwewerejumpingupanddownandskippingdowntheroadlaughsbrbrimgsrchttpwww.girl.com.auimgimagesshakaya2.jpgborder0alignrightbGIRLHaveyoufinishedrecordingyouralbumorareyoustillintheprocessofrecordingbrbrNaomibWeveactuallyrecordedenoughmaterialforprobablytwoalbumsbecauseallwevebeendoinginthepasttwoyearsiswritingandrecordinginthestudio.Itsjustamatterofsortingthroughthemnowanddecidingwhichsongsaresuitableforthealbum.brbrbGIRLHasyoursinglebeenreleasedoverseasyetbrbrNaomibNoithasnt.WereactuallyreleasinginNewZealandonthe3rdofMarchsowellseewhathappensafterthat.brbrbGIRLIsitimportanttoyoutosingaboutsongsthatyoucanbothidentifywithbrbrSimonebYesitisfromthebeginningwebothfeltstronglyaboutoursongwritingandtobeabletoexpressourselvesthroughoursongs.Itisalsoaformoftherapyforustogetitdownonpaperandcreatethesethoughtsintoasong.Sowearethankfulfortheopportunitytoshareitwitheveryoneelse.brbrbGIRLWhichartistproducerwouldyouliketoworkwithifyouweregiventheopportunitybrbrNaomibIdlovetoworkwithsomanypeoplelaughsIdliketoworkwithSelwynjustbecausehesnewandhesdoinghisownthing.ButoutsideAustraliaIdliketoworkwithJaggedEdgeJanetJacksonandJermaineDupriasaproducer.EvenalotofthepeoplewewenttomusicschoolwithImeantheressomuchtalentinAustraliasoIdlovetoworkwithalotofdifferentpeople.brbrbGIRLWhichaspectofbeingamusicartistdoyouenjoythemostbrbrNaomibWelldefinitelyallthepamperingyouknowthehairandmakeuplaughsButperformingformeandthevibeyougetonstageisjustu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