For Connecticut-born RnB Trap soul artist Skye Verbs, it all began with a deep soul and a decorative piano on display in her parents living room. Long before she could play or even speak, she developed an infatuation with the instrument – the ability of the keys and chords to match a human sentiment so seamlessly.
It didn’t take long before Skye took the once decorative piano and gave it purpose, learning how to play. As her skills developed, the piano transformed into more than a fascination, rather her means of venting and coping, dealing with love and heartbreak, family issues and life pains. Tapping into that which she felt through the keys of her piano, Skye wrote her first song.
In middle school, Skye joined an elite show choir, sharing her voice with the public for the first time. Skye continued on performing and writing her own music and then went on to attend Northeastern University, where she took her interest in music to a more serious level by studying business with a concentration in the music industry.
Skye used her studies to further focus on her passion for hip-hop, enabling her to gain a new perspective on the culture – one that has embedded itself into her identity as an artist, and one that she hopes to share through her music.
“Hip hop has such a negative connotation but was meant to create positivity. I learned a lot in school, but one thing that really stuck was what hip hop was created for: higher infinite power healing our people,” she says. “I want to use my music to heal people, like hip-hop was intended to do. I want to bring that message to RnB and trap soul as well – bring real messages, real depth, real vibes."
Skye recently released her debut EP, Soul Food Eye Candy which landed her at #73 on the iTunes US R&B chart, #1 on the iTunes R&B chart in Taiwan and #16 iTunes Main chart in Taiwan. The EP was well-received by press and got placement on the “New Releases” page of Spotify. It also landed Skye a spot on the Tidal Rising page, as well as a Shazam in-office performance.
She says of the release and her budding career, “I've been building my foundation for my music and my career for over a decade, this EP is my foundation. In a world currently full of instant gratification, hopefully, it will encourage others to build a foundation of their own."
Soul Food Eye Candy is more than an EP title for Skye, rather a pillar of her artistry. It’s means by which she chooses to build her career, spread her message and live her life: with purpose and substance.
She states, “SFEC in its simplest form means work on your physical appearance as much as you chose to, but not without working on your intelligence, depth, and substance first.” She continues, “To me, SFEC has become more than how I describe myself and the way I live my life...it's become a movement. Be valuable and value others. External beauty will only have longevity if you possess internal beauty.”