Sy, one half of SyRae, was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Her first memories are of standing in front
of the window, because they didn’t have a mirror, and singing Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love,”
Vesta’s “Congratulations,” or any song by Patti LaBelle.
She grew up listening mostly to R&B, although all genres fascinate her. As a child, her father signed her
up for guitar, piano, and vocal lessons. He also had her join the church choir. Music had taken over her
childhood and she didn’t mind it one bit. By the time she became a young adult, she had performed
in front of many people and in various arenas: musicals at school, events at recreation centers, and
church functions (to name a few). It wasn’t until she became an adult that she learned to appreciate
instruments and the way a live band can make her feel. She says, “The feeling is like no other. It’s
amazing how music can take you to any place or emotion. Whether you’re happy or melancholy, music can empathize with your situation. That way you will never feel alone.”
Sy met up with the other members of Arteless in April 20, 2008. In late April 2008,worked with Rachel
Harris to form SyRae. They have performed at Omias, TT Reynolds, Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern, and
various locations in the Northern Virginia area. Sy has co-written ‘If I Want To’ and sung and produced such songs as ‘Make a Change,’ ’3rd Coast Thang,’ ‘No Good,’ ‘Country Boy,’ and ‘Be There,’ among others.