Fresh off FOX Network’s hit show The Four, where she now holds the record as the longest seat-holder in history, as well as, the first female Hip Hop battle on primetime television; Sharaya J is ready to let her talent do the talking! After receiving high praise from the likes of Meghan Trainor, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, and DJ Khaled all season long; it’s clear that Sharaya is a force to be reckoned with.
A native Hawaiian, but raised in Jersey City, New Jersey, Sharaya J has always been an artist at heart. Exposed early by her father who was a member of the 90's Hip Hop group Double XX Posse; Sharaya has always been a natural performer. With a very successful career in the dance industry; she’s never been a stranger to the spotlight.
After a chance encounter, Sharaya was offered the opportunity to study and work under the legendary Missy Elliott. Within the same year, Sharaya J released her debut single "BANJI". This record not only displayed an underground Jersey Club rhythmic sound, it also created an international movement; encouraging all to Be Authentic and Never Jeopardize their Individuality (B.A.N.J.I.). Never slowing down, Sharaya released two more singles; "Takin' It No More" and "Shut It Down" which set the dance world ablaze.
Known for her high-fashion look, Sharaya joined forces with Alexander Wang starring in his T by Alexander Wang campaign and becoming a brand ambassador for his line. She even caught the eye of Wilhelmina Models and was signed to their celebrity board. With multiple features that followed, including Dazed Digital, Interview magazine, NY Mag/The Cut, Good Day Atlanta, Entertainment Tonight and The Steve Harvey Radio Show, Sharaya’s blazing a trail and breaking down barriers along the way.
Ever progressing, Sharaya J started her own company; BANJI Entertainment. Under that umbrella she released her single “BIG”; which reintroduced her fans to a more evolved lyricist and an established brand. Followed by the release of “New Wave”. Widely known and highly respected in the industries of entertainment, songwriting, screenwriting, modeling, and dancing; Sharaya J has been rolling out hit after hit. Most recently with the release of her new single “Say Less”. There’s no telling where her talents will take her from here!
Rapper Sharaya J talks about her journey on 'The Four'
She defeated challenge after challenge on FOX's "The Four" holding her seat all the way from episode one to the finale. This was a first in the show's history. - Good Day Atlanta
Sharaya J: 5 Things To Know About The Singer Battling Cancer While Competing On ‘The Four’
Sharaya J is still in the running to win ‘The Four’ season 2, and she’s got a voice that demands to be heard. - HOLLYWOOD LIFE
'The Four' Standout Sharaya J Gets Real About Battling Cancer (Exclusive)
"I want her to win," he adds with a laugh. "I think she's incredible. Regardless of that, she's so talented. I don't see anyone coming in and beating her, at all." - Entertainment Tonight
Sharaya J on ‘The Four’ battling both breast cancer and opponents
“I’m chasing the dream and fighting for my life,” - AJC
Sharaya J “Wild Thoughts” Remix | A Dope Visual With Slick Barz
Rapper, Dancer and Actress Sharaya J released a visual to Wild Thoughts, a remix...Sharaya continues to prove her rap skills and star power. - The BLACK Media
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Ambitious choreography and sharp rap contribute to the energy of her performance and videos, and confirm her role as an artist consistently looking to push the boundaries. - Schön
First Look Friday: Sharaya J Is Hip-Hop's Next Authentic MC
We’ve gotten into formation, taken a seat at the table, while awakening our love for melodies pure and true. It seems as if all these events were put in motion to celebrate the forthcoming of Sharaya J, an MC and a songwriter who looks and sounds like nothing else currently in the game. - OKAYPLAYER
A LOOK INTO BANJI
As the second artist taken under Missy Elliott’s wing, since R&B’s sweetheart Aaliyah, Sharaya J makes musical advancements as the newly favored emcee. - KONTROL Girl
In a world of carbon-copied cuteness, filtered realness and tap-for-sound talent, Sharaya J. makes us long for that old thing back and she’s obliged to give us something we can feel. - Uptown Magazine
The Untitled Magazine GirlPower Issue - SHARAYA J (cover)
"I want to uplift women, and show them that we can be out here, and be successful, and have careers, and be alpha females. I want to show that it’s okay. We need women out there saying ‘It’s okay to be great. It’s okay to run businesses.’”
Sharaya J is a force to be reckoned with – the rapper, choreographer and blue-haired style icon is signed to Missy Elliott’s own label. Here, she shares her favorite Instagram accounts. -H&M Life
Meet Sharaya J, The Protégé Missy Elliott Has Been Carefully Cultivating For Five Years
The icon and her favorite rising rapper are on a serious mission to make music less serious... - The Fader
15 ARTISTS YOU SHOULD KNOW IN 2015
Rocking a Smurf-blue gumby and brandishing a braggadocious around-the-way-girl swag that you can't help but feel, The New Jersey based artist and protégée of Missy Elliott is unapologetically "Banji"... - Centric TV
Meet Sharaya J, Blue-Haired Style Rebel and Alexander Wang’s Rapper of Choice
The rapper and Missy Elliott protégé is bringing back the glory days of '90s female emcees. - NY Mag/The Cut
SNL’s Mango and Sharaya J Star in T By Alexander Wang Campaign Video
Continuing with this year’s installment, they’ve chosen Sharaya J as their musically inclined co-star. While these videos possibly give you a taste of Wang’s selection for his brand’s ambassadors in the realm of music and beyond, it also adds a sprinkling of humor.
BASE LEVEL: How Sharaya J Keeps Missy Elliott Intrigued!
"The same thing that intrigued Missy Elliott, when she first saw the blue-haired Sharaya J is the same thing that draws us into the dancing pop artist. Her debut video “Banji” showcases not only her vibrant blue hair, but highlights her dance skills and funky presence!"
Interview: Sharaya J – Bringing Back Individuality & Authenticity To Music
"Sharaya J doesn’t look or sound like any other artist that’s out right now; and that’s a good thing. In an industry where artists seemingly come from a cookie cutter mold, it’s refreshing to have artists willing to express their individuality."
"Jersey Club, the state's home grown electronic dance music, is all about the dancefloor. A lot of the moves in Sharaya J's "Banji" video stem from that scene. Along with her Banji Babez, Sharaya brings dance moves such as, "sexy walk," "da patty cake" and "flexin"."
"Sharaya J was coached to be like the type of well-rounded, versatile artist that is a rarity in this day and age and it shows. From her image (which, while wild and fun, is obviously something carefully crafted by her) to her professionalism, this chick is the real deal."