New Jersey based Singer / Songwriter SYDNEY SHERWOOD has released the official lyric video for “Creep,” which was created by Jared Dylan of Red 13 Studios, and is the first single off of her upcoming, sophomore EP, Headspace. Produced and co-written by Brian Craddock, guitarist of Daughtry and owner of The Cat Room Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, Headspace is due to release on February 27, 2021.
Sydney was nice enough to answer a few question we wanted to know from her..
1. What is new with the You?..New Album out? New Videos?
I just released “Creep,” one of the singles from my upcoming EP “Headspace,” which will be out on my birthday, February 27th! I also released the lyric video for “Creep” and more cool videos are on the way!
2. With all this madness going on with the virus…What do you think the music scene will be like in the future…and how are you prepared to make your music heard if there will not be any concerts or festivals for the year of 2020?
I’m a huge concert-goer so I know if anyone is like me and loves live music, they are dying to go to a concert right now! Unfortunately I really can’t see when full-fledged concerts with thousands of people will come back, but I have been enjoying the livestreams my favorite bands have done! If there are no concerts or festivals, I would totally consider doing livestreams and I’ll keep putting out content for people to listen to and enjoy! I’m hoping by the end of the summer there will be more socially-distanced shows so we can all perform again.
3. What got you into music and what is your earliest memory of when you told yourself…”THIS IS WHAT I WANT”?
I’ve been a Daughtry fan for a while and Chris Daughtry is one of the main reasons I got into music. Before I could even play guitar, I used to grab my dad’s guitar (which was left-handed, I’m right-handed lol) and pretend to play their songs. Daughtry has been a really influential band in my life and my style musically (and specifically Chris vocally), and I think they really made me realize that I wanted to be a musician. Fast forward to today, I’ve gotten to work on this record with Brian Craddock who is their guitarist. He’s become a great mentor and friend and it’s really cool to be able to work with someone you’ve looked up to for so long!
4. Who was your first concert and what is your best memory
My first concert was the Jonas Brothers and they were my last concert before the pandemic happened! My first rock show was Daughtry who played with Aranda and 3 Doors Down.
My best and favorite memories when it comes to music are all of the times that I would listen to music in the car with my family. I love those types of car rides. Music is so powerful and when I hear certain songs it’s like I’m transported back to that exact
moment in time. For example, my Grandpa had this CD with all of his favorite songs on it and when “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” by Gordon Lightfoot comes on, I remember all the times we rode in the car, me in the backseat, listening to him sing and tell me the story of the shipwreck- my absolute favorite memories.
5. If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now? If I didn’t become a musician, I’d be a makeup artist!
6. On a scale of 1 to 2593, How good is your newest single compared to your last single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)
I really do love everything I’ve put out because each song is special to me but I have to say my newest single ranks at a 2594.
7. What do you feel is the best song you have released to date and why?. I feel like the best song I’ve released to date is “Creep” because it was the start of a new era for me musically and because the song is a really meaningful one to me. It’s about my struggle with anxiety and what it feels like to have a panic attack. My hope is that this song not only brings awareness to mental health issues but serves as a visual aid for those who may not grasp what anxiety really is and how debilitating it can be.
8. Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, How would you achieve that?
Totally! There is always room to grow even when you think you can’t grow anymore. I’ve grown so much since when I first started but I definitely have more to learn. All of that comes with this process/making music and I feel like I learn new things all the time whether that be from other artists, learning new vocal techniques, etc. One of the main things that I’m focusing on this year is songwriting and taking that to the next level.
9. If you could give your fans one random fact about you that you think they should (or should “not” know) about you what would that be?
My random fact would be that I LOVE THE OFFICE. I have watched it so many times through and I can watch it any time of day. Actually instead of being a makeup artist if I wasn’t a musician, I’d be an employee at Dunder Mifflin with Michael Scott as my boss. That would be a dream come true.
10. You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why? Wow this is a hard question!! I would call it Space Gold (black with gold flecks in it) because I feel like I’m a super serious person but at the same time I like to have fun and be loud.
11. Who are you inspired by?
I’m really inspired by anyone who is dealt the worst hand but still stays positive and makes the best out of life regardless of their circumstances, but I’d have to say the group of people I’m inspired by most is my brother, my mom, and my dad. My brother is a childhood cancer survivor and seeing him go through that at such a young age with countless surgeries and treatments, but still staying positive was remarkable honestly. I
admire my little brother so much and I’ve learned a lot from him even though we’re five years apart. I’m also inspired by my parents because when everything was happening with my brother, they always managed to keep things afloat and keep the family together. Even though I was away from them a lot of the time while my brother was in treatment, I never once felt neglected. They always made sure I was ok too, and they were as equally there for me as they were for my brother. My faith and my family are my biggest priorities and they are my biggest inspiration and what keeps me going. I couldn’t do any of the things I’ve done and be where I am today without them.
12. Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?
I always interact with and respond to fans on all my socials! I am so appreciative of everyone who supports me and my music and I really do try to respond to every comment. I’m always blessed when people tell me that one of the songs I’ve written touched them or helped them through a tough situation- as a musician there is no greater honor or feeling than that!
13. Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
Yes, I’ve dealt with performance anxiety. I’ve conquered my fear of singing and playing guitar in front of people and the only anxiety I get now is right before I go on stage but it’s more of an excited-nervous, adrenaline rush type of feeling- it goes away as soon as I start singing. I think it’s 100% normal to be nervous before you sing! I will say that before I perform, I cannot relax. I have to make sure I’m close to the stage, have enough water, make sure everything is plugged in and ready to go (I have started to play and my guitar wasn’t plugged in and that was embarrassing!!) so I like to ensure I’m fully prepared. When I was younger I was terrified to perform in front of people and I would not even let my parents hear me play or sing. One day I decided to do my first set at a friend’s event and from then on I’ve loved performing. To anyone who deals with performance anxiety, the best advice I can give is to just get out and perform! Conquering that fear is an awesome thing and as soon as you do perform once, you’ll want to keep doing it. Trust me!
14. Tell me about your favorite performance venues?
My favorite performance venue has to be The Stone Pony in Asbury Park. I did my release show there for my first EP, Beauty from Ashes, and it’s an awesome place to play. So many legends and specifically NJ legends have played there so it’s cool to take the stage where Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen sang. I also love how packed that venue can get. Now that is not ideal due to Covid but when I played there, looking out, seeing so many people in the crowd really feeling the music is a great feeling and one you can’t forget.
15. What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Be coachable but don’t let anyone change you into something you are not. There are so many things, due to my own insecurities with my voice when I first started singing, that I didn’t think I could do and I limited myself. I told myself I couldn’t do my own harmonies, that I couldn’t use my head voice, or that I couldn’t hit certain notes and it wasn’t until I
looked past my own insecurity and trusted the people that I was working with that I started to do the things I didn’t think I could. My producer in Jersey really coached me and helped me find confidence in my voice and as a musician. When I went to record my first record I was insistent on not doing my own harmonies because I didn’t think I’d be able to and he made me do them. Now I do my own harmonies on every song I record. On the flip side, my other piece of advice is don’t let anyone change you into something you aren’t. I spent a lot of time not feeling good enough because some vocal coaches told me my range wasn’t big enough for a girl and that I had to sing a certain way- you don’t. You don’t have to fit the mold. Once I realized what made me different from other female artists wasn’t a hindrance but was what made me unique, I really started to develop and grow as an artist. Some people wanted me to sing like Ariana Grande but I knew I couldn’t and wasn’t going to do that cause it wasn’t me. I’d rather sing like Eddie Vedder!
More about Sydney…
Sydney Sherwood is an 18-year-old singer/songwriter from New Jersey. Sydney began singing and playing guitar as a way to express her emotions after her brother was diagnosed with cancer.
Since her brother’s diagnosis, being a childhood cancer advocate has become a big part of Sydney’s life. She has performed and spoken at many childhood cancer events over the past twelve years and continues to be a voice for all children with cancer, as well as their siblings.
Sydney began writing her own music when she was 13, and on March 3, 2019, she released her first EP, Beauty from Ashes. Her release show was held at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. In 2019, Sydney also received a golden ticket to Hollywood from American Idol celebrity judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie.
Over the course of the pandemic, Sydney has been writing and recording her new album, Headspace, which will be released February 27, 2021.
Sydney’s goal is to touch the lives of others through the music that she writes, as she takes inspiration directly from her life experiences.