It seems like there was no other path Desarae Wyn could have taken in life other than music. Always singing, it was clear from an early age what she was meant to do. Now, this driven singer is ready to go with her single, “Moonshine Haze.” We talked not only about how she got her start with Bratz dolls in hand, but the latest single, what’s to come, and more in this back and forth exchange!
Kendra: You knew at a very young age that you wanted to focus your life around music, but do you remember sort of the exact moment you knew you could do it?
Desarae Wyn: I knew that I could do it as soon as I was told that you can make it a career at 5-years-old. I’ve always been the type of person even as a little girl where I never thought anything was out of reach for me. I always knew that if I put in enough work and meet the right people I’d one day make it. I may not know when it will happen but I know for sure it will happen. My parents always taught me that I can do whatever it is that I put my mind to. For me, it was always music so I knew that it was possible and in my reach as soon as I realized I could make it a career.
Kendra: Back in the day when you were playing with your Bratz dolls and making them perform, as well as doing your own vocals, what artist were you drawn to most and why?
Desarae Wyn: When I would be playing with my dolls and making them perform I was heavily inspired by Aaliyah and Beyoncé at the time. As a kid, I loved Aaliyah’s soft vocal style and just her music. It was unique. Beyoncé on the other hand had a very strong voice and wide vocal range. I loved to be able to belt and show off my vocal agility with her songs.
So Beyoncé’s music inspired me to explore more of my chest voice. Even as a kid I’ve always had a strong voice but at the same time it is easy for me to sing very light and soft which I also enjoy doing and by singing both of those two artists songs I was able to explore both parts of my voice and later develop my own style.
Kendra: Today you’re focusing on a style all your own. If you had to sum up that style in five words or less, what words would they be?
Desarae Wyn: Unique, innovative, and captivating,
Kendra: You dropped “Moonshine Haze” not too long ago. It’s all about vibing, but I want to know where in Pittsburgh you vibe with the most when it comes to music. Like where do you head to in the city that inspires you most?
Desarae Wyn: Musically speaking I can’t really say there is anywhere in the city that necessarily inspires my music. My music is inspired mainly by what I’m going through at the moment or what’s on my mind. It’s kind of like a diary. With “Moonshine Haze” I was inspired to make it because I was a stoner at the time, and I was actually inspired by some Mariah Carey songs as well. Songs like “Underneath the Stars” inspired my choice of words in this particular song. I’ve always been more of a homebody so I always get inspirations for music when I’m in my own little bubble at home. That’s when I’m able to sit and think.
Kendra: With “Moonshine Haze” out now, are you working on any new music that we can be on the lookout for in the near future?
Desarae Wyn: Yes, I am currently working on some new music which I am very excited about. It is much different compared to “Moonshine Haze.” These next ones are a bit more uptempo and it is something that I feel people will be able to dance to. I’m very excited.
Kendra: Time for a side note…With the holidays coming up, I’m asking everyone this month, if you could ask Santa for one thing this year what would it be?
Desarae Wyn: If I could ask Santa for one thing this year it would be for a really good record deal.
Kendra: Okay, back to the music – with 2021 almost being over, what can people be on the lookout from you as we head into the start of 2022?
Desarae Wyn: Heading into 2022 people can expect some new music as well as the music video for “Moonshine Haze” being released very soon.