Aneesa Sheikh is a younger artist seeking to make her mark on the world. She started singing and writing songs at a younger age, sharing private tales by way of her music.
In addition to being a musician, Sheikh can also be a pageant queen–she just lately represented Michigan within the Miss Teen USA competitors. She is a philanthropist as effectively, founding her personal nonprofit group known as Music4M.I.R.A.C.L.E.
Sheikh simply launched her vacation single, “Happy Little Holiday,” on Nov. 20. Showbiz Cheat Sheet determined to sit down down with the rising star over Zoom to debate her new track and blossoming profession.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: You just lately competed in Miss Teen USA as Miss Teen Michigan. Do you’ve gotten any enjoyable tales from the competitors?
Aneesa Sheikh: This yr’s competitors was not like some other 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 every day and temperature checks. Whenever we walked outdoors or within the lodge, we needed to stand six toes aside. On the bottom there have been little stickers that say “Stand here for Miss Teen USA” or “Stand here for Miss USA.” So that was a bit of humorous.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: Let’s speak about your new single, “Happy Little Holiday.” What made you determine to launch a vacation track this yr?
Aneesa Sheikh: I really feel like final yr when the vacations got here round and I didn’t have a track, it was nearly like I used to be lacking out. I felt a bit of FOMO, which is “fear of missing out.” This yr, I assumed, “Okay, I have to have a holiday song. And I didn’t want it to [be about] Christmas, Hanukkah, or just one or two holidays. I wanted it to really be a “happy holiday” track—generally, a season’s greetings track. I’m joyful I used to be in a position to accomplish that.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: Do you or your loved ones have any enjoyable vacation traditions?
Aneesa Sheikh: We don’t actually do present change—we perform a little bit, however not an excessive amount of. What we do is all of us get collectively on a giant household trip the place we will spend numerous 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 will’t actually go wherever, so we’re all simply going to be at dwelling. I’m the youngest of numerous siblings, so that they don’t dwell at dwelling. We all don’t dwell at dwelling, 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 faculty on-line proper now. What are you learning and have you ever selected a significant but?
Aneesa Sheikh: Yes, I’m learning Business and Economics on the University of Michigan to discover ways to handle my future targets in music and within the leisure business.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: You’ve been doing so much at a younger age. You’ve competed in magnificence pageants, wrote and recorded music, and began your individual nonprofit group. Do you discover it exhausting to steadiness college obligations with all the pieces else you wish to do?
Aneesa Sheikh: I do discover it to be a problem at occasions. However, I’ve discovered over time find out how to handle my time and find out how to accomplish sure duties previous to others. I really like on-line studying as a result of it provides 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 should miss class, so it’s so much simpler for varsity to be digital for me this yr.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: If colleges return to being totally in-person once more, do you intend on taking in-person lessons?
Aneesa Sheikh: Yes, I used to be excited about that just lately. See, I used to be alleged to attend New York University, however due to the pandemic there was actually no level in shifting there and being caught in an residence or dorm room and simply doing on-line lessons. So I stayed on the University of Michigan. I do plan on transferring to a California college, such because the University of Southern California, or attend NYU the place I used to be alleged to go initially—if colleges return to being in-person. Fingers crossed, however I’ll sort out that drawback when it occurs.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: What different actions would you prefer to try to may we see you do sooner or later?
Aneesa Sheikh: I really like appearing. I did a business a couple of years again for the YMCA nationwide 2018 advert, and that was such a cool expertise. Here’s a bit of again story of it: I used to be on the YMCA understanding with my dad. When we have been strolling out, my dad mentioned, “Oh, Aneesa, they’re auditioning for the national commercial. 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 dwelling till I did it. So I went over, they filmed me, and I learn a bit of script. And then I obtained the half. I really like appearing. I haven’t been in a position to take action a lot of it just lately due to the pandemic. In the long run, I’d prefer to dip my toes into the appearing scene as effectively.