Her name stands for “sweet and lovable,” given by the mother of this singer, songwriter, actress and record label owner. The artist known as SAYONNE (pronounced: SY-AWN or SIGH-AWN) worked her way through the music and recording industries, landing a successful 2019 hit, “2 Worlds (Remember).” Now she has a hot new single, “Hot Sauce,” as well as an upcoming album that will be ready in the spring of 2020.
During her early years in the music industry Sayonne spent time nurturing and developing her craft. It was in those days where she made her first debut into the starlight with an original Gospel tune, “I Need You,” for the compilation, ‘Lord Just Me and You.’ Sayonne continued in the path of inspirational music – writing/recording “Dream Big,” ”Reaching,” and an anti-cyber-bullying tune, “Taken Over.”
Coming from a close-knit family who’ve supported her dreams throughout her journey, Sayonne made her artist debut with her hit fusion song and music video “6 (Ignited).” Sayonne is the product of hard-working immigrants who migrated to the United States from the island of Trinidad and Tobago. In her music video, ‘6 (Ignited)’ she made sure to pay homage to her Caribbean roots and heritage.
While in college, Sayonne studied musical theater and after earning her BFA degree, she dived right into stage work on national and regional platforms. Sayonne held starring roles in productions of Dreamgirls, Hairspray and the Off-Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors.
After years of stage work, Sayonne made the move towards the pop and R&B world in 2017. She went from performing in a regional production of “Sister Act” to launching her own label, 5 Bars Records. Sayonne also has focused on building her social media platforms, where she has several followers.
“I felt it was time to start my own company and change career direction after doing musical theater,” Sayonne explained. “The stage work was great but after years of flying to auditions on my days off just to set up the next show after I was working on would end, I decided to dive into not only doing pop and R&B but to be a label and publishing owner as well.”
In 2019, Sayonne released the single “2 Worlds (Remember),”of which the video created a splash on music channels nationwide. She also issued the five-song EP, 2 Worlds, which earned many downloads on Apple as well as spins on Spotify.
For 2020, Sayonne brings to fans a new EP, with the edgy first single, “Hot Sauce.” The singer was inspired by brother, Christopher who serves as his sister’s creative/artistic director. He is her sounding board. “I wanted to write a song to get Chris to dance and what I had created so far, he flat-out said, ‘sorry, I’m not feeling this!’ So, I came up with ‘Hot Sauce’ which shows off a spicy side of my personality. After a short listen, Chris said, ‘you’ve got a hit!”
Three other tracks Sayonne wrote and recorded for the new EP reflects a trilogy of which they have a connection to one another. Sayonne – “’Thirsty’ is a fun track where I’m tooting my own horn. It shows self-confidence and self-worth, telling the other person that I notice that you like what you see and I know I’m fine. Then there’s ‘Boyfriend Material,’ where I let guys know that if you’re ‘thirsty’, that’s fine but I have my checklist of what I’m looking for in a man and don’t be mad if you don’t pass the grade. Finally, ‘Tic-Tac-Toe’ is a ‘dismissal letter’ to all my ex’s who want that ‘one more chance’ and I found the right guy for me.”
Sayonne’s path to success is greatly supported by her family, which includes father, Clinton Courtney, who’s her manager, her mother, Ann Courtney (executive producer) and brother, Christopher Courtney (creative/artistic director) – whose own journey has not only inspired Sayonne but brought them closer together. Chris became an amputee after suffering from a horrible accident, yet he hasn’t allowed the handicap label to hinder his work for and with his sister. Sayonne, in turn, relies on Chris for feedback and input regarding her music as well as draws inspiration from his courage and determination.
Recently, Sayonne, along with Double XXposure founder/president Angelo Ellerbee, has teamed up with the UK-based Jamma Music – an online platform that brings musicians together with venues and booking agents in Great Britain. “We have great pride in introducing R&B/Pop artist Sayonne to the UK market,” says Ellerbee. “She is an innovator – edgy, yet classic and fashion forward – with extraordinary stage presence that will leave you thirsting for more. I love Sayonne’s energy, vocal style and her work ethic to get the job done.”
For inquiries, contact Angelo Ellerbee at Double XXposure – email@example.com and (201) 224-6570.