Sheyna Gee’s new single “Dirt” continues pushing the talented singer/songwriter to new heights. She’s a veteran recording artist and performer despite her youth having written her first song at seven years old and recorded her first release at nine years old. Gee opened for luminaries such as Elton John and Stevie Wonder by her seventeenth birthday and hasn’t looked back since. “Dirt” displays her ability to achieve and sustain crossover success as both a rock and country singer. Her affinity for these contrasting styles appears throughout her work. A single listen to this new single demonstrates why she’s achieved such early notoriety and playing the best venues nationally and abroad.
It’s a brief cut opening with propulsive drumming and Gee’s vocals immediately capturing your attention. She has enough snarl in her voice, a palpable aural confidence, that earns instant credibility with listeners. The song’s construction alternates between percussion-driven verses and explosive guitar fueled bursts elsewhere, particularly the chorus. Her use of dynamics draws in listeners without ever coming across as heavy-handed. It’s tight, well-played and convincing kick ass rock and roll.
Many newcomers will love the coarse passion present in Gee’s voice. It belies her considerable beauty that she sings with such hard-bitten gravitas and, moreover, it’s no affectation. It’s a well-suited vocal tone for the arrangement’s rough and tumble characteristics as well as more than capable of matching its musical firepower. Gee is a powerhouse singer.
She is an able communicator as well. Gee channels the song’s emotional fire with total control, unbridled and yet artful at the same time, and makes an instant impact on listeners. She knows when to back away, as well, and allow the accompanying musicians a chance to work their magic. “Dirt” is fully realized and unreservedly genuine in a way too few new songs are today. Gee is working in a well-worn genre, there’s no doubt, but her talents and material nonetheless stand out.
You will likely be a big fan of the guitar sound as well. It has a brawling, rough texture that brokers no compromise. It doesn’t attempt to figuratively take the listener’s head off, but anyone searching for a gentle reverie should look elsewhere. “Dirt” lives up to its title as you hear a singer and musicians digging deep into the song and unafraid to revel in whatever they overturn. It is rock and roll as it’s intended.
APPLE MUSIC: https://music.apple.com/us/album/dirt-ep/1654604141
Let’s hope Sheyna Gee continues mining this fertile ground for years to come. She’s already down the road nearly ten years since recording her first release and continues to grow as both a vocalist and songwriter. The sky’s the proverbial limit for this performer. “Dirt” shows the evolution of modern rock as well and the willingness of select younger performers to latch onto proven forms. They make them live again for modern audiences. Sheyna Gee’s “Dirt” has all of the right credentials to join their company and the staying power to suggest even better will be coming soon from this talented singer.