"Music is emotional. Your job is to make people feel something. The best way to do that is to sing and speak from something they've personally been through. That's where I write from," Amber `Sevyn' Streeter says.
The 26-year-old has already lent her pen to tracks for an elite roster of R&B players including Chris Brown, Brandy, Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys and Estelle. But today, she is perched atop a control board at Hollywood's famed Record Plant Studios previewing tracks from her as-yet-untitled Atlantic Records debut.
Raised outside of Orlando in the close-knit city of Haines City, Streeter -- like so many of the greats before her -- cultivated her voice in church as a young girl finding inspiration from already iconic voices in gospel, R&B and pop. When asked who influenced her the most, she lights up as she quickly rattles off an impressive list: Yolanda Adams, the Clark Sisters, Kim Burrell, the Winans Family, Micheal Jackson, Celine Dion, Brandy and, naturally, Whitney Houston.
"What I've learned is you can't always control the order of things. Growing up I always wanted to be a singer, and I've done that. But over the past three years I've been a writer. I've been in RichGirl. I've had the honor to be in sessions with great artists," she says. "We want people to be able to listen from top to bottom. We definitely won't have them waiting forever."