Los Angeles-based Shea Diamond has shared a beautiful, acoustic performance of her latest track ‘American Pie’, to be taken from her just-released new EP ‘Seen It All’.
In the unapologetically honest track, Shea sings “I want love and I don’t need money” as she searches for a slice of the American Dream. Talking about the track, she says: “I want things to change since we’ve been stuck thinking in an antique mindset and it’s time for something new. Who’s going to say what I want is not a need? We all can have a slice of American Pie.”
‘American Pie’ serves as the opening track for the EP, which has been executive produced by acclaimed songwriter/producer, Justin Tranter (Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Gwen Stefani, etc.) and released via Asylum Records.
Diamond co-wrote three of the tracks on the EP with Tranter, with songs addressing colorism, fighting the good fight, and finally becoming “the girl I always dreamed I was.” Singing about the fact that “now I’m living the best-case scenario,” the collection of tracks are bold, confident, and powerful.
Tranter recalled that upon hearing Shea’s voice, he had to track her down in order to work with her. “When I brought her out to L.A. to work together, I was blown away within the first couple minutes,” he continues. “Not only does this woman have a very beautiful, powerful story to tell, she can back it up as a musician. Vocally, her tone is magical; it’s so rich and so beautiful. Every time she opens her mouth to sing, you believe every word. And in terms of songwriting, she’s a real storyteller.”
As a black transgender woman, Shea has always had to fight to live her truth but now after all of her struggle, this game-changing new singer-songwriter is living her dream with the release of her soulful and soul-baring debut EP.
“As early as I can remember, I always identified as being a girl,” she revealed. “It was hard work to pretend to be a gender that you’re not. I should have gotten an Oscar, really. I had so much pressure on me as child to be masculine.
Even when I was the choir director for our church, my mother would still whisper in my ear that I was singing too high. Growing up trans takes a lot of guts.
Unable to cope with the struggles at home, Shea ran away and became part of the foster care system. In 1999, she served ten years in the men’s prison system after being found guilty of armed robbery. Struggling to find money for sex reassignment surgery, she had committed the crimes in order to source the funds.
During her incarceration, she found her voice as an artist by singing and writing songs. After being released in November 2009, Shea moved to New York City and was introduced to the trans activism world where she was able with connect with others who understood her, and were fighting the good fight alongside her.