We all know Shahadi Wright Joseph to be a movie sensation, but her foray into the music scene seems to be catching our attention too.
She was born in April 2005 and has made a lasting impression acting on stage and more recently on the movie screen. She is very popular for her roles in movies like The Lion King and Us, Jordan Peele’s award-winning horror movie.
However, that does not mean she has stopped singing — in fact, her music career is just getting started.
Shahadi’s Voice in ‘The Lion King’
Many people are unaware that Shahadi sang some of the songs in the 2019 live-action movie, The Lion King. Her delectable voice can be heard singing the song “I Can’t Wait To Be King.”
This song highlighted Shahadi’s ability to sing in different pitches, switch between tones, and merge different notes. Before that, she showed off her vocal chops in the Broadway version of the Disney animated movie, as well as the musical Hairspray as Lil Inez.
In her own words, “Having a simple character where the Black girl can just be herself and she doesn't have to be specifically known as a Black girl. I think it’s great.”
Shahadi’s Debut Single “Skin I’m In”
In 2019, Shahadi also dropped her debut single, “Skin I’m In,” and shared the inspiration behind her song with Billboard.
“‘Skin I’m In’ is an anthem to remind us all to love ourselves on our best and worst days,” she told the music outlet. “Daily challenges are unavoidable but can be taken in stride when we choose to say, ‘I am enough.'”
Shahadi has released several other popular songs that can be heard and downloaded on popular streaming sites like Spotify and iTunes.
Her song, “Run and Tell That”, from her Hairspray Live performance alongside Ephraim Sykes is available to stream. She also sang the song “Danger,” which is featured on The Lion King soundtrack. Aside from popular streaming services, you can listen to many of Shahadi's songs including those not released publicly, on her social media pages.
Collaborations and Future Projects
Shahadi is quite a private person, and there are no details of her future music collaborations.
However, she is set to appear alongside Tiffany Haddish in the musical dance “dramedy” Throw It Back, inspired by HBCU college bands, where she is sure to show off her powerful voice once again.