"When I Don't Sleep.." (Debut Album)
Saniye started writing songs and playing music at the age of 5, so it is no surprise that her emotionally driven and eclectic debut album “When I Don’t Sleep” made it’s rounds nationally and internationally with much success. Songs from the album played on Delta Airlines and are currently still playing in stores nationwide in the U.S. Music videos for "Are We In Love" and "I'll Confide" aired on MTV Europe, as well tastemaker stations across the nation. Most notably, Saniye won her first major songwriting award with "Boom Sheke Nana," a song that won the Grand Prize in the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Both the song and the album were produced by Grammy-Award-winning producer, Henri Scars Struck.
Following the album's release, Saniye went on a thirty city U.S. tour, headlined a sold-out show at Joe's Pub in New York City and ended the tour by opening for multi-platinum singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb.
Saniye describes the first album, "It was like a diary, it was shy and exposed at the same time. Looking back I can see I was shedding my sadness and working through the loss of my father. To say the least my fun and bold spirit was a bit squashed after my father's death. We lost him to cancer when I was very, very young. I've always felt a whole in my life as a result. Purging these emotions has helped me get back to my fun, flirty, mischievous essence."
Saniye says she has definitely matured musically since then but hasn’t grown up in the traditional sense, “I never want to fully own the title ‘grown-up’. I think the magic of life is in play, mischief and for me, music. I don’t think when we become a certain age we should have to abandon this side of ourselves. My music attempts to bring that out for all of us."
“Currently, my new music is like a rebirth. I'm really expressing myself without the heavy weight of loss and grief, shyness and insecurity. It’s just pure fun and it feels great to reclaim the childish, playful part of myself that is very much like my father. My mom tells me stories all the time about how I remind her so much of him with my care-free nature. He was that 47 year old guy who would press all the buttons in the elevator just for kicks! In this way my music is an homage to him, the father who I never really got to know. This keeps him alive for me. Mom also tells me she got many calls from the principal's office telling her I wouldn't let the other kids sleep during naptime in kindergarden, and that I would tickle people's feet, then sneak under their blanket in an attempt to get them to stay up with me. Too funny. Life should be fun and I hope to create a space in my music for the world to feel that."
"My influences are other bold and playful artists that say what they want with no apology. Lily Allen, Pink, Eliza Doolittle, Regina Spektor. Most of these artists are very feminine but unapologetic about who they are."
“This can also be so healing for women in general. We are lucky to have the freedom to be fully expressed. It is important to accept everyone for who they are. I hope my music can help bring people together in this way. I will do anything for such a cause. I covered a song ‘I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus’ - I'm passionate about equal rights and did the song to raise awareness. I encourage everyone to accept all parts of themselves. For me, I love videogames AND I love playing dress up and experimenting with fashion. This is me, I refused to believe that I had to be one or the other. I’m that girl you will see in heels at the arcade playing a racing game, beating the boys."
“The new album coaxes you out to play with me, often times revealing my sexual and mischievous side. I wrote a new song with Lily Allen in mind the whole time, thinking it may even be for her. I was inspired by her blatant and direct songwriting and thought, 'I can do that'."
"I like to play with the different facets of myself, and I invite my fans to do the same…come under the blankets with me and play. It’s a space where you can be yourself one hundred percent. That is definitely a part of my journey and I invite you to join me in the fun.”
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