Born in Yonkers, NY, located five minutes away from the Bronx, Hip Hop was booming in the 80’s and Shiyana became attached to artists KRS-1, Big Daddy Kane, MC Lyte and Salt-n-Pepa.
But at a young age she knew that her day to day life was not like everyone else. Her family was involved with music before she was born and still is today. Her legacy spans in five generations of music that focused in genres of gospel, hip-hop and r&b. Two of her three uncles were in a funk/R&B group called “The Reflections,” that signed to Capitol Records. Later her uncle John Simmons ventured off to become a musical conductor/piano player for Whitney Houston, Stephanie Mills and Melba Moore just to name a few.
After graduating from high school in North Carolina, she went on to pursue a higher education at UNC Charlotte and became the Entertainment Director for F.A.M.E. One (Fashion Arts Music Entertainment) while attending. By accident she met Juelz Santana in Charlotte and her positive aura along with networking led her to work with a production company under the Diplomat imprint. After years of interning she was able to work professionally with other music artists and promoters. Shiyana not only stayed in entertainment for the love of music, but felt she could add value to the culture.
To brand her nickname as the "Southern New Yorker", she continues to extend her platform in areas of artist development, brand consultation, writing and marketing communications. The world is full of infinite possibilities for this young woman and those who work with her.