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No one noticed when a songwriting phenomenon named Missy Eliot appeared in the industry as one forth of the R & B group of Jodeci going by the name of “Sista”. Yet when the world got a taste of what she really had to offer we were all hooked. One gets the same feeling upon hearing Keisha Starr for the first time. Her sultry vocals are catchy and pleasant to hear.
Born as Keisha Antonette Wizzart, this college student grew up in a house full of music. With her West Indian heritage, she watched attentively as her father wrote songs and played the piano and mother sang with other close family members to form the first reggae collective in Baltimore called the “Determination Band.” Keisha Starr traveled with the family band since the age of four, modeling their devotion to music and appreciation for distinctive melodies.
By the tender age of ten Keisha Starr wrote the first song of what has become a prolific list of impressive materials. Penning lyrics, with verses such as: “If I could turn back the hands of time baby you know I would/I would take back all the things I said only if I could/Because time has passed but the feeling have not/ Come back home and give love another shot.” Keisha Starr seemed to have possessed a maturity beyond her years in understanding the effectiveness of the simple sentiment of love.
Realizing that she had both the gift of singing as well as writing, Keisha Starr used that ability throughout her adolescent years to propel her as the author and star of several school plays and talent shows; by grade seven she was a published author; wining numerous writing contests. Unable to avoid the writing bug, Keisha continues to write songs for other artists. she has come to a crossroad that most songwriters eventually face; “Will the world accept me as just a songwriter, or should I deliver these songs from my heart with my vocals the way that they were originally conceived?” Giving a listen to a sampler of her debut album, “True Confessions,” the public will be glad that she chose the latter.
After releasing True Confessions, Keisha’s edgy mixed with poetic style of songwriting swept through her hometown. She then began to write music not only for herself but for other local artists. Keisha Starr’s talent has since caught the eyes of major record executives from Island Def Jam and Universal Records who personally contacted Ms. Starr to purchase songs.
Currently, Keisha Starr is ghostwriting for both local and major recording artists. She also writes monthly fashion articles/blogs for various online magazine publications such as Iconography the Magazine and Ezo Magazine. You can get a sample of Keisha Starr's work by checking out her short story "Dying to be a Star," which is featured in Nikki Turner's Street Chronicles: A Woman's Work. Her next book, "Jamaican me go Crazy," will hit bookstore very shortly!
When asked, "What’s the secret to successfully writing a song or book," Keisha Starr replies “Write what you feel and not what you think others want to hear or read. If it comes from your heart, it can’t go wrong.” You can honestly hear in each and every song or chapter in her books that she’s truly penning from her soul. Keisha Starr plans to take the music and literature industry by storm, and she’s coming strong so look out!