Artist to Look Out For: SiR

The elusive Kendrick Lamar, who hasn't released a personal album since 2017's DAMN appeared earlier this year on singer SiR's track "Hair Down," prompting the world to look deeper into the singer who had scored a collab with the enigmatic rapper. But, SiR is not a new phenomenon, he has been a mainstay in the R&B and Hip Hop world, just recently releasing his third studio album Chasing Summer and working with the likes of Jill Scott and Stevie Wonder. While it may seem as though the singer-songwriter's career is popping off just recently, SiR has been surrounded by music his entire life.
The singer, born Sir Darryl Farris, was brought up the youngest of four in a musical family in Inglewood, California. Growing up, he was surrounded by gospel music with mother being the minister of music at his church, an influence that he sees in the flavor of R&B he produces today.
"A lot of people just fail to acknowledge that gospel is really the heart of R&B and rap, and everything from our culture. So for me, just as far as how I like to lay my harmonies and certain cadences I use, if you really listen to gospel music from the '90s, I’m kind of really jacking the vibe from gospel and rap," he said to Billboard.
SiR didn't see music as a career path for himself, initially wanting to distance himself from simply following his brothers. To the singer, it was important to step back and find music for himself.
" I don’t ever want to do things because someone tells me to or because it’s what everyone else is doing. I want to find things for myself, and I found music for myself and I never looked back since. "
SiR entered the industry with his brothers and cousin under the songwriting group Woodworks, writing and working with artists like Ginuwine and Anita Baker, which prompted him to release his first independent album Seven Sundays. SiR's unique lyrics and rhythms got the attention of Top Dawg Entertainment, and the singer released his second album with the label, the narrative sci-fi inspired love story known as November. Check out "Something Foreign" with ScHoolboy Q below!
SiR- Something Foreign ft. ScHoolboy Q
Love and the struggles for happiness are themes that SiR embodies in his music, with recent album Chasing Summer about striving for freedom and enjoying the journey to getting there. On happiness, he says to DJ Booth:
“I started to realize that life is gonna be what you make it and you have a choice to be happy...I decided that I was gonna be happy no matter what one day. It’s been ‘bout ten years since then, and my life’s been a happy rollercoaster ever since.”
SiR "Lucy's Love"
In the craziness that comes with being in the entertainment industry, SiR offers a unique perspective. While many artists have had to sacrifice a bit of themselves to get recognition, only to deliver more raw and personal art as their fame grows, SiR represents a shift for making authentic music first and seeing if it works out later. His devotion to making sure his craft is as personal as possible is something he sees as constant throughout his career, even as he is getting more attention.
"I’m very hands-on, always have been, always will be...I’ve probably started doing more music, I started writing more songs, but just because I was super fired up and super motivated. And I still am, so my output has probably increased, but other than that I’m still the same old cat. I do the same old shit. "
Don't miss out on seeing SiR as he takes his talents on stage for his Summer Forever tour, check out the dates below!
Dec. 2 – Boston, MA – Paradise Dec. 3 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel  Dec. 5 – Toronto, ON, CA – Phoenix Concert Theatre Dec. 6 – Silver Springs, MD – The Fillmore Dec. 8 – Miami, FL – Art Basel Dec. 9 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall Dec. 13 – San Diego, CA – SOMA Dec. 14 – San Francisco, CA – Masonic Dec. 15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo 
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Last updated: 11 Nov 2019, 21:40 Etc/UTC