Aneesa Sheikh is a younger artist trying to make her mark on the world. She started singing and writing songs at a younger age, sharing private tales via her music.
Along with being a musician, Sheikh can also be a pageant queen–she lately represented Michigan within the Miss Teen USA competitors. She is a philanthropist as properly, founding her personal nonprofit group known as Music4M.I.R.A.C.L.E.
Sheikh simply launched her vacation single, “Joyful Little Vacation,” on Nov. 20. Showbiz Cheat Sheet determined to sit down down with the rising star over Zoom to debate her new music and blossoming profession.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: You latterly competed in Miss Teen USA as Miss Teen Michigan. Do you have got any enjoyable tales from the competitors?
Aneesa Sheikh: This yr’s competitors was not like another due to COVID-19 and the way it impacted the precautions we needed to take. It undoubtedly felt like a brand new regular—having to get COVID examined day by day and temperature checks. Every time we walked exterior or within the resort, we needed to stand six ft aside. On the bottom there have been little stickers that say “Stand right here for Miss Teen USA” or “Stand right here for Miss USA.” In order that was somewhat humorous.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: Let’s speak about your new single, “Joyful Little Vacation.” What made you determine to launch a vacation music this yr?
Aneesa Sheikh: I really feel like final yr when the vacations got here round and I didn’t have a music, it was virtually like I used to be lacking out. I felt somewhat FOMO, which is “concern of lacking out.” This yr, I assumed, “Okay, I’ve to have a vacation music. And I didn’t need it to [be about] Christmas, Hanukkah, or only one or two holidays. I wished it to essentially be a “blissful vacation” music—generally, a season’s greetings music. I’m blissful I used to be capable of accomplish that.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: Do you or your loved ones have any enjoyable vacation traditions?
Aneesa Sheikh: We don’t actually do present trade—we perform a little bit, however not an excessive amount of. What we do is all of us get collectively on an enormous household trip the place we are able to spend loads of time collectively and be within the solar. We went to Cancún one yr, and that was in all probability the perfect Christmas or vacation present for all of us. This yr, we are able to’t actually go anyplace, so we’re all simply going to be at house. I’m the youngest of loads of siblings, so that they don’t stay at house. All of us don’t stay at house, so we’re all simply going to type of meet within the center. That’s going to be thrilling.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: I learn that you’re attending school on-line proper now. What are you learning and have you ever selected a serious but?
Aneesa Sheikh: Sure, I’m learning Enterprise and Economics on the College of Michigan to discover ways to handle my future targets in music and within the leisure business.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: You’ve been doing quite a bit at a younger age. You’ve competed in magnificence pageants, wrote and recorded music, and began your individual nonprofit group. Do you discover it onerous to stability college obligations with all the pieces else you need to do?
Aneesa Sheikh: I do discover it to be a problem at occasions. Nevertheless, I’ve realized through the years learn how to handle my time and learn how to accomplish sure duties previous to others. I like on-line studying as a result of it offers me that flexibility to have the ability to go to Nashville, L.A., or New York to file songs or tackle modeling alternatives. I don’t must miss class, so it’s quite a bit simpler for varsity to be digital for me this yr.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: If faculties return to being totally in-person once more, do you intend on taking in-person courses?
Aneesa Sheikh: Sure, I used to be fascinated with that lately. See, I used to be speculated to attend New York College, however due to the pandemic there was actually no level in transferring there and being caught in an residence or dorm room and simply doing on-line courses. So I stayed on the College of Michigan. I do plan on transferring to a California college, such because the College of Southern California, or attend NYU the place I used to be speculated to go initially—if faculties return to being in-person. Fingers crossed, however I’ll deal with that downside when it occurs.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: What different actions would you wish to try to might we see you do sooner or later?
Aneesa Sheikh: I like appearing. I did a business just a few years again for the YMCA nationwide 2018 advert, and that was such a cool expertise. Right here’s somewhat again story of it: I used to be on the YMCA figuring out with my dad. After we had been strolling out, my dad stated, “Oh, Aneesa, they’re auditioning for the nationwide business. Go to them.” And I used to be so shy, I used to be like, “No, dad.” He made me do it; he wouldn’t take me house till I did it. So I went over, they filmed me, and I learn somewhat script. After which I obtained the half. I like appearing. I haven’t been in a position to take action a lot of it lately due to the pandemic. Sooner or later, I’d wish to dip my toes into the appearing scene as properly.