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Sharissa SaveOurSoul artist of the Month march 2002

SHARISSA

No half steppin'

BIOGRAPHY


Sharissa was dubbed"Lil Stevie Wonder" by her father, her career is a culmination of a dream she's nutured ever since she was 7 years old. Not one to be shy, she performed outside her home, the Edenwald Projects for the locals. for her classmates in junior high, she was showcasing her talents in the school cafeteria. By age 13, she had taken her show on the road and joined a band where she played acoustic.

A self-confessed hip-hop head. Sharissa was weaned on Denice Williams, Patti Labelle, Gladys Knioght, The Emotions, Sugarhill Gang and Grandmaster Flash. She counts Stephanie Mills and Whitney Houston as her biggest influences. She used to try to sing their notes.

The CD "No half steppin" took three months to complete during which time Sharissa recorderd both in New York and Los Angeles while working on other project including the Bulletproof compilation and a song with Jon B called "Thug Love". In the past, she's collaborated with Carl Thomas, Beanie Siegel, Henchmen, Memphis Bleek and label-mate rapper Trav.

INTERVIEW

Sharissa, you are one of the hottest new artists on the Motown label. How did your family and friends react when you got your record deal?
One of my friends said I was going to be apart of history. That was real to me because that was true. I used to tape the television specials, "Motown Review," "Motown Comes to the Apollo," "Motown 25," "Motown 30," and study them. I watched Diana Ross, her eyes, I mean everything about it. It is just an honor for me to be apart of it.

When your friend told you that you were going to be a part of history, did it make you nervous or afraid?
It made me for the first time think about what I was doing. You know, before that it was like, I got a deal. When my friend said that, it was like, damn, you could be a living legend. You know what I mean? You could be a legend. You'll just have to work hard to get that.

When you went into the studio to record this first album, what was that like emotionally for you?
It was a little hard because I had been in a group before. This was the first time being alone and dealing with my own thoughts. I had been through a lot the year before so it was just really emotional for me. Initially I decided to name the album, "Issues." I was going through a lot of issues but then I said, you know what? I had gotten stronger throughout the process of recording and writing. I said no more issues, forget issues. We are going to name it "No Half Steppin." We are not going to take no shorts for 2002.

Why was it important for you to co-write on your album, especially since this is the first time around?
I know exactly what I want. I never considered myself a writer. People always said to me, "Your thoughts. The way you word things." That's just me with my self-esteem. Once I started listening to my songs I would ask, "Did you know you felt like that Sharissa?" I'd look in the mirror and I'd hear myself wailing as I'm singing.

Are some of the songs on the album from personal experience?
Most definitely. Even if I didn't write a song on the album, I could relate to it. I know exactly what's going on. I made sure that this album was me. I don't have any features on it. It is 100% Sharissa. It's no half steppin'. I'm taking no shorts. I'm going all the way.

How do you feel about people comparing you to Mary J. Blige?
That's an honor because Mary is a hip-hop diva. She is the only woman from the hood and she gave me the strength to do it too.

LYRICS


"Any Other Night"

[Verse 1:]
Any other night, you woulda been somewhere with your freinds
Any other night, you'd a had things to do (ooh)
Any other night, I woulda been home alone, in my bed
Any other night, I would wanna see you

[chorus]
Boy you picked the wrong time, cause I got company
Boy you picked the wrong time, yeah I got anotha n*gga layin up wit me
Boy you picked the wrong time, and it coulda been you but your too busy
Boy you picked the wrong time, whats a woman to do when shes feelin lonley

[Verse 2:]
Any other night, I'd a had to page you more than once
Any other night, I'd a been waitin for your call (yeah)
Any other night your too damn busy, for me
And any other night, it woulda been good but not tonight

[chorus]
Boy you picked the wrong time, cause I got company
Boy you picked the wrong time, and it woulda been you with me
Boy you picked the wrong time, layin in my bed, in my bed, in my bed
Boy you picked the wrong time, but whats a shorty to do when shes feelin lonely

[Brige:]
Dont be surprised boy, you shoulda known that I,
would not just keep on chaseing you around, I called you cause I wanted to
see you but you said, you were too busy, so i found someone else

[chorus]
Boy you picked the wrong time, boy you picked a fine time, to show up
Boy you picked the wrong time, did you get my 2-way, you didnt answer your phone at home
Boy you picked the wrong time, noooo, yeah..
Boy you picked the wrong time, whats a girl to do..

[Verse 3:]
(Boy you picked the wrong time)
Any other night, it woulda been coo to chill wit Ree
(Boy you picked the wrong time)
And Any other night, you coulda been makin love to me
(Boy you picked the wrong time) But not tonight, its his night, its his night
(Boy you picked the wrong time)
And any other night, woulda been your night

Boy you picked the wrong time..
Boy you picked the wrong time..
Boy you picked the wrong time....
 
 
 
 
 
 
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