"Singer/Songwriter Sinem Saniye Stirs Up New York City" -SPIN
"Playful, poppy bossa nova single “Are We In Love”—stamped with mainstream hit potential—has garnered awards and MTV play in Europe. With all-star imaging, production and savvy on all social networking sites, Sinem is a name that we will all know in short order."
Jeffrey Henckels - Billboard Discoveries
Sinem Saniye (pronounced "see-nem" "sahh-knee-yeh,") is an award-winning singer/songwriter and native New Yorker, who channels a sound that skirts Nelly Furtado, Norah Jones, and Shakira.
Sinem just recently shared the stage with Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb at a sold-out show, June 2, 2010 at City Winery in New York City. Delta Airlines featured Sinem's song "A Certain Kind Of Lovely" in their inflight music program and magazine, and more recently, Sinem returned from a nationwide US Tour 2010, (an ambitious 30-city, SOLO feat spanning the entire US and even into Vancouver Canada for 3 months, where she nearly got arrested for having mace on her key chain!) On her US Tour, Sinem played to sold-out crowds in many cities, and along her travels she played at SXSW 2010, was featured in the press in several states, played to a packed house at the prestigious Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, made the LA papers with a feature in the LA Examiner, and was interviewed by Metro Unplugged, a TV program which featured a performance and interview by Sinem on all Los Angeles city buses and metro system everyday for an entire week... boasting a viewership of nearly 100,000 commuters. She's won several songwriting awards, including the *Grand Prize* in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, chosen out of nearly 20,000 other songwriters by celebrity judges that included Tom Waits, Jesse Harris, and Fergie from the Black-Eyed Peas. Sinem also won the 2010 Dallas Songwriters Award, 2009 Indi Music TV #1 Music Video/Artist of the Season, 2008 Song of the Year (supporter of VH-1 Save the Music) Finalist, 2008 Billboard World Song Contest Winner, 2008 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest Finalist (NorthEast region,) 2008 UK Songwriting Contest Finalist, 2007 Lennon Award, and was finalist in the 2005 International Songwriting Competition. Sinem was also a finalist in the Pantene Pro-V young female singer/songwriters award where she got to perform before Michele Branch at Central Park's Summerstage in 2003, hosted by Queen Latifa.
Sinem has also shared the stage with Lisa Loeb, Jonatha Brooke, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, Katy Melua, and David Brubeck.
Frequently featured in magazines and papers including TimeOUT NY, Global Rhythm Magazine, The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times, the LA Examiner, The Idaho Tribune, DC IST, and television programs across the US such as Fuse TV, Indi Music TV, Music Mix USA, Swept Away TV, The Rhythms of NY, The Directors Chair, and Metro Unplugged (a program that recently aired to over 100,000 commuters on the entire Los Angeles bus systems' TV screens in April of 2010) Sinem also appears on national television overseas including CNN, Fox TV, TRT-INT (airs to all of Europe,) Flash TV, ATV, and MTV.
Grammy-Award-winning producers Mark Plati, Philip A. Jimenez, Henri Scars Stuck, and Greg Calbi collaborated on Sinem's debut album "When I Don't Sleep..", which was released with much critical acclaim to a sold-out show at the the illustrious Triad Theater in New York City. Collaborators that worked on the album also worked with No Doubt, David Bowie, Brazilian Girls, Louise Attaque, Norah Jones, Fiona Apple, and Madonna.
NEXT UP: Sinem is writing music for other artists including an American Idol alum, is slated to join Chick Corea on stage this summer, and is in the running to play Lilith Fair NY! A New music video and radio release for "I'll Confide" is around the corner, (check out the behind the scenes under Posts in this Ourstage profile) followed by a media and concert tour of Germany, Turkey, Europe in the Fall of 2010.