Eighteen years ago, on September 1st, Skye Townsend was introduced to the world. At only three years old, she declared to her parents that she would be an entertainer and refused to be anything less than a star. Shortly after discovering her passion for music, she began writing songs as a hobby. As a child, she discovered that songwriting was not just an activity to pass time but also an emotional and expressive outlet. Not only did Skye display talent in performing arts but also displayed interest in visual arts (painting, drawing, applying makeup and photography).
At thirteen years old, Skye began posting videos of herself singing several of her favorite artists’ songs on Youtube. Little did she know, Youtube was going to be the start of her career. Being the daughter of comedian/director Robert Townsend, Skye automatically fell in love with comedy as well as improv as a child. Along with her singing videos, Skye began posting impersonations and funny skits on her profile which garnered millions of views collectively over the years.
As Skye began approaching her later teen years, she found music to be her main focus and first true love. She made it very clear to her parents that she wanted to find her own way and really be exposed to hardships that new talent comes across in order to really develop her artistry. By the age of 18, Skye had worked with more than half of her favorite musicians/producers while still remaining an unsigned independent artist. Some of the credits include: Eric Hudson, Warryn Campbell, Soundz, Organized Noize, Rock City, Mike Ciro, Omen, JM Beatz, Team Tuma and Boola. Skye brings an old school feel with her unique tone and intensely honest lyrics. The bilingual artist enjoys playing with worldly sounds and finding new ways to connect to people lyrically. She says:
“I want to be unforgettable. I want people to see a photo of me years down the line and really remember how passionate I was about the arts. I am not just a singer nor am I just an actress. I am an artist. I also aspire to be a humanitarian. There are so many diseases, illnesses and issues in the world that can be avoided or terminated if people simply take the time to educate themselves. I always say that there’s a difference between talking and speaking as well as listening and hearing. When I open my mouth, I want to speak and be heard.” -S.T.
I first found out about Skye Townsend on Instagram, and I instantly wanted to follow her. She gives off a natural sweet soulful feel. She is beautiful and when I learned of who her father was, she became that much more intriguing.
She’s got a style out of this world, she can sing her butt off (My personal fav’s FREE, AK-47 and Eagle), she can write, personality and beauty. This is a young woman who should be the type of inspiration our young girls attempt to achieve. She’s not the cliche ‘Bad Bitch’ too many of our young black girls are following these days. Classy, sexy, smart, true talent is hard to find these days. Mainstream shows flood TV sets where there is more and more women downgrading themselves in order to be in front of the camera. Keep your pride Black Woman and stay true a higher being. Self filled with gratitude to the hardships of those who made it possible for your body and mind to be free.
Be sure to follow this Queen on Instagram @skyetownsend
Waiting for her music to be on iTunes > Hurry up Skye so I can download and play play play on my laptop!