Saycon Sengbloh: FOR the LOVE of DANCE series

Saycon moves on the streets of New York City

Saycon moves on the streets of New York City

I’m featured on this new series: FOR THE LOVE OF DANCE with SARITA LOU! It is the year 2015 and as I take it all in I realize what an impactful year 2014 has been! Personally and professionally so many events have happened, I can’t count them all and had not previously posted much of it on SayconTalks blog. One thing that came into my life during my time at Holler If Ya Hear Me, were old friends and people coming back I did a new show reading with Sarita Lou years ago. Ms. Sarita Lou is a class act, she’s a lovely performer, and producer, and interviewer who is fulfilling a dream as she produces a web series called, ” For the Love of Dance with Sarita Lou” As we move into this year there will be some reviews of 2014 events that really should be explored here, including my time singing backgrounds with Ms. Lauryn Hill, causes and events in support of Ebola Crisis reform, and an exciting  premiere of a new musical Stagger Lee, but absolutely right now I’m so thrilled to share my episode of the new series: For the Love of Dance with Sarita Lou. This series focuses on dancers and dance and movement and entertainment. Many people don’t know about the separation  that occurs in the Musical Theatre world, people who sing and act  with movement and choreography as an additional focus are often called “singers who move well.”

Saycon talks on  self care for longevity on Broadway

Saycon talks on self care for longevity on Broadway

 

Being featured here is particularly meaningful to me as quote, ” singer who moves well” as I’m sure. Sarita’s show will feature prolific dancers along with the quirkiest movers, the physical body is very important part of my life as a performer and singer on Broadway, preventing injuries and performing well. During my 10 years participating in Broadway shows my body has been important to me as well, not only my throat and voice, not just for osing weight but for strength. I admire and respect the constant training that takes place to be full fledged dancer, and because of that for many years I would never sign up for company allotted physical therapy (aka PT) as if I had no right to it as an actor or singer! My how things have changed! Your body will quickly remind you that you that it is certainly dancing 8 times a week whether you want to call it that or not! I remember my good friend Christine Horn talking about the back strength she had to get as she performed the role of Nala in the Lion King, a role that is typically not considered a “dance” track, yet required a type of agility and physical therapy to maintain. I experienced performing as a “singer who moves well” on “raked’ stages ( slanted to optimize the audiences view) climbing ladders and thrashing my head about in ” Hair” . And through therapy learned the importance of strengthening my quadriceps muscles to aid in knee support in wearing high heels.  As a child I always danced but as roles for acting and singing took precedence I stopped taking ballet classes. Years later I have found how much joy and strength I gain from studying dance. One of my favorite things is to study with my many Broadway friends who are also dance teachers ( shout out to Iris Wilson and Rickey Tripp). Many singers and actors take their physical health for granted and experience pitfalls because of that, but I’m here to say WE ARE DANCERS TOO!
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Hopefully my being on this forum will lead to great respect for all performers out there!  Learn all about it on my episode of “For the Love of Dance with Sarita Lou.” Many thanks Sarita for your interest in my career and lifestyle!

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SAYCON SENGBLOH For Your Consideration: Grammy: Traditional R&B

Saycon Sengbloh is on the 57th Grammy Ballot for Best Traditional R&B Song

Saycon Sengbloh is on the 57th Grammy Ballot for Best Traditional R&B Song

Dear Recording Academy:

Kind thanks to the Voting Members of the Recording Academy for your consideration. Saycon Sengbloh is on the ballot for 57th Annual Grammy Awards in the category of Traditional R&B! First round ballots are due November 5th.

Now Streaming “Be Here” by Saycon Sengbloh for your consideration: Saycon Sengbloh (vocals), Jason Michael Webb (piano), & Jonathan Dinklage (Viola/Violin)

Now Streaming “Everything” by Saycon Sengbloh for your consideration : Saycon Sengbloh (vocals), Jason Michael Webb (piano), Konrad Adderley (bass), Les Cleveland (drums), & Dave Rosenthal (guitar)

Sengbloh on ballot for 57th Annual Grammy Awards

Saycon Sengbloh on 1st round ballot for 57th Annual Grammy Awards

As an independent artist, you may or may not be privy to Saycon’s career in the arts read below to learn more! Sengbloh was previously featured on songs in Grammy nominated recordings listed below:

Motown the Musical: Original Broadway Cast Recording

*Saycon Sengbloh is lead female vocalist on “Get Ready / Dancing In the Streets”

Fela!: Original Broadway Cast Recording

*Saycon Sengbloh is lead female vocalist through out the album including “Upside Down” & “Water No Get Enemy”

Hair: The New Broadway Cast Recording

*Saycon Sengbloh is lead vocalist on “Four Score/Abie Baby”

Want to learn more about Saycon visit Official Website or read below:
Saycon Sengbloh was born in Atlanta, GA. to an American mother and Liberian father.  She has been a featured actress and vocalist in the newest generation of contemporary shows on Broadway and off-Broadway, embracing a new sound of pop, rock, & soul music and production including Rent, Oprah Winfrey’s the Color Purple the musical, Disney’s Aida, the new revival of Hair, Wicked, Hurt Village, & also the first Afro-beat musical, Fela! where she starred as the delicious Sandra Iszadore. She was photographed and named one of the hottest up and coming acts in the annual juice issue of VIBE magazine. “Fela!” the musical won several Tony awards! Saycon sings on the Grammy nominated soundtracks for “Fela!”, “Hair”, “Motown the Musical” and also provided backing vocals on the soundtrack for the Julie Taymore film “Across the Universe”. The ever versatile actress brings hip-hop to Broadway in Tupac Shakur production “Holler If Ya Hear Me” including Saycon Sengbloh as a muse and rapper to a new generation of theater fans. She began performing as a kid in plays and musicals at Tri-Cities School for Visual and Performing Arts and attended Agnes Scott College and has been seen in commercials, print ads, and on the cover of the New York Times Best seller: “Big Girls Don’t Cry” by Connie Brisco. After numerous productions with the Freddie Hendrick’s Youth Ensemble of Atlanta. She has worked with directors Kenny Leon, Michael Greif, Charles Randolph-Wright, & Tyler Perry among others. She is very proud to have appeared in the films of female directors Julie Dash and Julie Taymore. Saycon Sengbloh has a cult following among New York theatre fans as the first woman of African descent to perform the role of Elphaba the Wicked witch of the West in Universal’s hugely popular musical “Wicked” and as an indie music artist and songwriter she has released several songs available online and music videos including, “Be Here”, “Warrior” and “Possible”.

Watch Saycon live at 54 Below

Check out this video footage of my August 13th Concert at 54 Below! I’m Saycon Sengbloh and I love to entertain, be it acting or singing please enjoy these clips. Scroll down for list of full band and singers below:

I’m Here [From the Color Purple]

Mama’s House / I Can’t Stand the Rain

The Band:

Lead Vocals- Saycon Sengbloh

Piano- Andre “Chez” Lewis,  Vocals- Stephanie Fischer,  Vocals- Christin Amena

Drums- Alex Durant,  Bass- Marcus Reddick,  Guitar- David Rosenthal

Associate: Tim Yates          Assistant: Darius Bradley

 Many  thanks to Eric Perl for video and editing!

Saycon Sengbloh Single “Everything” Available CDbaby, iTunes, & Amazon

Download Everything by Saycon online now

VINTAGE POP SOUL w/ SAYCON @ 54Below in NYC Aug 13th

What a year its been so far! What a journey, I’m excited to share some new music with you all as I prepare my concerts for my 54 Below debut. Earlier this year I was  seen in the show  Holler If Ya Hear Me which featured the music of Tupac Shakur  and Motown the Musical in the heart of Times Square on Broadway. Also I’m featured along with the cast of Fela the Musical in the Sundance documentary, Finding Fela Any of you who may want to see more of me get to know the voice and personality behind the actress, come out to hear me sing some of your favorite songs in my own way and some just as you like them( lol). Songs from my theatrical career and songs I wrote as well, with a tasty meal or drinks and desserts to boot! My Instagram moniker is VintagePopSoul and I decided to name the show that because they all exist within me. Thanks for all the well wishes on this year’s success I remain grateful! Mark your calendars now Gmail users!

Saycon at 54 Below Aug 13th and Aug 29th

Excitedly, I have also released the 2nd single from my forth coming album, the song is called “Everything” and you can download it on iTunes and Googleplay !Download Everything by Saycon online now

*photos by Kat Hennesey
*Cd cover graphics Mojo Visual

Saul Williams & Joshua Boone Hot 97 with Ebro in the Morning

This morning we had a cool moment in hip-hop Saul Williams and Joshua Boone interviewing with Ebro in the morning on Hot 97 in New York City.

Click and get tickets with our code: TELE for 40% off  to see Holler If Ya Hear Me see this story that uses Tupac Shakur’s music to enhance the story, its a real theatre experience.

http://HollerIfYaHearMe.com

Saycon Sengbloh Covers I Got Next Magazine

 

Saycon Sengbloh covers I Got Next Magazine

Saycon Sengbloh covers I Got Next Magazine

“I Got Next” Magazine cover photography by Preston W. Dugger

Saycon Sengbloh performing live at DROM December 2013

 

“Be Here” singer Saycon Sengbloh plays Corrine in Holler if Ya Hear Me

Saycon Sengbloh plays Corrine and Saul Williams plays John in Holler If Ya Hear Me

Saycon Sengbloh plays Corrine and Saul Williams plays John in Holler If Ya Hear Me              Photo: Jennifer Broski

 

 

 

Cast of Holler If Ya Hear Me Photo: Jennifer Broski

Cast of Holler If Ya Hear Me Photo: Jennifer Broski

 

Man oh man life brings you surprises… You never know what God has in store. Here it is 2014, I haven’t blogged in a while, I’ve been busy ya’ll: On the literary tip I’m reading TD Jakes, “Instinct” highly recommended by my girl, Joaquina and rehearsing and learning so much about myself and life. Just celebrated another Mother’s Day away from my beautiful Mom who lives in Atlanta, but she’s good and I am certainly thankful for life and breath. 2014 has brought exciting moments in my career that have in some ways renewed my self perception, my level of belief and ambition.  I was able to record some music and release a single and music video for my song Be Here. I shot a television pilot in February, 3 weeks ago I left the show, Motown the Musical, and now here I am taking part in the new hip-hop infused show, “Holler If Ya Hear Me” written by Todd Kreidler and directed by Kenny Leon. The process is exciting and intense, and we are performing the beautiful & very real lyrics of Tupac Shakur. Everyone asks if the show is about Tupac, well the answer is no, its not an autobiographical show, BUT by using his songs and poetry, Todd Kreidler has put together a story that absolutely draws from the ideals and subject matter expressed in his music. Holler If Ya Hear Me stars Saul Williams and is about a young man and artist dealing with change, changes in his relationships, his community and life as he knew it to be, life can be cruel, deep, & exciting . First & foremost Tupac was a story teller and he created great imagery with his lyrics and we are bringing those lyrics to life with songs like “Dear Momma”, “Changes”, and “My Block”. Not to mention his poetry is getting the royal treatment, (as it should) introducing a new audience to Tupac’s representative tongue presenting the plight of the disenfranchised youth simultaneously promoting his wisdom and wild ways. Don’t want to give it away, you must come in person to see the story and see how this city block is brought to life on the Broadway stage! Check out the clips of us in rehearsal below:

 

Holler If Ya Hear Me In 2014

“Through every dark night, there’s a bright day.” – Tupac Shakur

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HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME

a new musical inspired by the work of Tupac Shakur

written by Todd Kreidler

directed by Kenny Leon

opens June 19, 2014

at the Palace Theatre on Broadway

HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, a new musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur, written by Todd Kreidler, directed by Kenny Leon, will begin performances on June 2, 2014 and open June 19, 2014 at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway at 47th Street).

 

Casting and ticketing information will be announced soon.

HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, the world inside Tupac Shakur’s music and lyrics, blazes to life in a non-biographical story about friendship, family, revenge, change and hope. Inner city lives struggle for peace against the daily challenges they face in this entertaining original musical. Through the poetry of one of the 20th century’s most influential and culturally prominent voices, we are given a window into realities of the streets still relevant today..

 I grew up in Atlanta where director, Kenny Leon, was a leader in theater, over the years I’ve watched him stake a claim in both theater and television.  So its exciting to see these words brought to life with Leon’s critical eye, his respect for Tupac’s legacy and his personal experiences as an African- American man to inspire this story and direction.

Joining director Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun [2004 and 2014], Fences [2010], The Mountaintop) and author Todd Kreidler (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and direction of How I Learned What I Learned), on the creative team are Tony Award® winner Wayne Cilento (Wicked, The Who’s Tommy, How to Succeed…[1995], AIDA, Sweet Charity [2004]), and musical supervisor Daryl Waters (Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk, The Color Purple, Memphis).

 

The design team includes sets and video by Tony Award® winner David Gallo (The Mountaintop, The Drowsy Chaperone, Memphis), costumes by Reggie Ray (Stick Fly), lighting by Mike Baldassari (Beauty and the Beast, Cabaret [1998], Nine [movie]) and sound by John Shivers and David Patridge.

 

HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME is produced on Broadway by Afeni Shakur, Eric L. Gold, Chunsoo Shin and Jessica Green.  General Manager is Richard Martini   for KL Management.

 

www.HollerIfYaHearMe.com

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