A eighteen-year-old singer-songwriter from Decatur, Ga. who began writing music and lyrics at the tender age of six, Sydney Rhame is an accomplished guitarist and pianist who has performed for more than 200 audiences throughout the country since the age of eight. Audiences are consistently surprised by her young age because of her insightful, mature lyrics and soulful voice, which have garnered her much media attention and label interest. Sydney received two record deal offers when she was just 11 years old.
A prolific songwriter in the acoustic pop-rock genre, Sydney’s body of work includes more than 100 original songs thus far. All ages – young and old – can relate to her songwriting. From her hilarious song “Grow” about a short guy friend, to her piano ballad, “Don’t’ Give It Away,” that deals with the pain of losing a family member, Sydney can have audiences laughing and crying during a typical performance. She has headlined sold out shows as well as opened for local and national touring artists such as Jamie Lynn Spears, Aaron Carter and Max Schneider.
She’s been compared to some of the strongest ladies in the music business: Adele for her deep, rich voice and guttural lyrics; Taylor Swift for her savant-like songwriting abilities and wholesomeness; and Kelly Clarkson for her vocal range and likeability. But the truth is, Sydney has a unique sound and style all her own.
Famed Vocal Coach Jan Smith of Jan Smith Studios, whose notable client list includes Justin Bieber, Usher and Sugarland, took Sydney on as a client in 2009 to further develop her as a performing artist. The Atlanta Journal Constitution featured a story on Sydney when she was 11 years old in which Smith remarks, “She’s already an artist. She’s already writing her own music, her own lyrics, playing guitar, expressing her own heart and not just parroting what she’s heard on the radio like a lot of people walking in here. That’s an artist, not an American Idol contestant. And I want to spend my time honing those people who are real artists.”
Sydney has won numerous regional and national singing contests and awards including Kudzu.com’s Most Amazing Kids in America contest, Decatur, Ga.’s First Idol Contest and the 2014 GA Music Award for Best Youth Video for her “One Day” video.
Sydney has been playing guitar since she was seven, and she began taking piano lessons and studying music theory at age 13. To further advance her musical prowess, at 14 she began learning how to produce and sound engineer songs using industry software like ProTools and Logic Pro, with the ultimate goal of garnering more control over her music and helping others produce their own music.
With a penchant for always wanting to give back to the community, Sydney released her first EP when she was 12 and gave her net proceeds to a local education foundation. All proceeds of her song, “There’s Hope,” go to a non-profit helping to fight breast cancer. She frequently performs at benefit concerts in support of various causes.
Sydney released her eponymous debut CD on iTunes on September 23, 2013. Sydney wrote all the songs on the CD, which was produced by Grammy-nominated Producer Russ-T Cobb as well as Streamline/Interscope Recording Artist/Producer Nick Hagelin and Producer Phil Rogers.
Her second CD, titled Keep Dancing, was released on September 7, 2014. It was produced by Nick Hagelin.
In addition to her music, Sydney is also a passionate writer and loves producing and editing videos, which have garnered her national and international awards. Sydney shot and edited most of her music videos on her YouTube Channel.