The Hills | Season 6 | [Deborah] Seyi Joshua

[Deborah] Seyi Joshua

Seyi Joshua

Born in the UK to Nigerian parents, Seyi first performed at the age of six. At 14, she joined the London Community Gospel Choir, headed by Basil Meade, ...

Cast Biography

Born in the UK to Nigerian parents, Seyi first performed at the age of six. At 14, she joined the London Community Gospel Choir, headed by Basil Meade, through which she performed around the world, including a four-week tour of Japan. Seyi signed her first record deal with Sir George Martin, the legendary producer of the Beatles, and became an accomplished songwriter. Her most notable songs include "You Will See" for former Spice Girl Mel C’s successful solo debut Beautiful Intentions, “White Lies,” for the latest Chipmunk album, featuring “Dirty Money,” as well as songs featured on Head Kandi and African Twins compilation albums. Seyi has written and worked with a number of industry heavyweights, such as Bryan-Michael Cox, Rob Knoxx, Cameron Wallace, Joshua Tree, and Joe and Brian Higgins.

“To be honest, the first artist I really heard was Tina Turner—my mum reminded me a lot of her and she used to listen to her all the time,” says Seyi. “When I was around eight or nine, I came across music videos, and when I saw Madonna, that’s who I wanted to be! I listened to Michael Jackson, Brandy, and Destiny’s Child. When I was 13, I got to go to Japan for three weeks with the London Gospel Community Choir, and even though I was one of the youngest in the group, I got to do two solos. It was uplifting and exhilarating. With the choir, I sang background vocals for P. Diddy and Groove Armada, and, when I was 16, I worked with Sir George Martin (the producer of The Beatles) on tracks for a possible solo album. Then, I started recording a lot of music with (UK producer) Harmony (‘H-Money’) Samuels—I thought we’d take over the world like Missy Elliott and Timbaland. Then, when I was 18, I wrote a song that was meant for my own project and somehow it got to Melanie C. I kept recording solo until I started working with From Above.”