Shyvonne Sanganoo stands on stage at Blaggards, a small bar on 38th and 5th in Manhattan. She didn’t scout this space out before opting to perform here on a blustery winter night. Men are fixated on the game. Rock acts are on deck and an acoustic songstress just left the stage for the crowd. Pinning down what sort of venue Blaggards represents is difficult. The whole crowd is White, but there is Hip-Hop music playing between acts. The ambiance is rustic, reminiscent of a Wild West saloon.
And then there is Shyvonne, colorfully dressed, draped in her own style with a handful of loyal friend-fans. She was recruited to be here, as the owner of Blaggards spotted her at another New York spot. Although, her career is at its infancy, Shyvonne is already walking. By the time she starts singing, all the eyes in the room are on her. Predictions are that she’ll be flying very soon.
Withoutapause.com: How is it to perform in front of weird crowds?
Shyvonne: [Laughs] That depends on what your definition of weird is. Let’s pretend you mean simply different crowds, I love it. I learn a lot from shows with different crowds as opposed to shows with familiar faces and ears. If I can grab that attention of that random guy in a suit who has no idea who I am, then I served my purpose and it was a good show. I like strangers. [Laughs]
Withoutapause.com: Is there a mother and/or father to your musical style?
Shyvonne: [Pauses] I would more so say I was raised by a village of influence rather than just a musical mother or father. I love so many different genres of music and have been influenced from them all: from rock, to Hip-Hop, show tunes, to soul, to club music.
Withoutapause.com: Your music spans across several genres, what’s your definition of the music you make?
Shyvonne: That’s always a hard question that I’m often asked. Its like if you had a very mixed background and on an application you can only check one box for race. It’s hard to sum up all of your music into one genre so ill have to make up a long run on sentence to answer that one. I am a rock & soul superstar, charismatic person but with a sad soul at times with a story to tell. My music is simply my expression, my therapy. Often people ask me why am I so bitter in songs, but seem happy at parties. First of all, most songs are about relationships not just with boys, but family, friends, work and myself. Second, I am happy and its because getting feelings out through song is what helps me deal with certain things and disappointments that life my throw my way. Our way. I define my music based on my mood which often changes. Sometimes I wanna punch someone in the face, other times I want to cry, smile, and dance my heart out. My music is me, and that’s not a one worded answer just yet.