Skye Sweetnam

Skye Alexandra Sweetnam (born May 5, 1988) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, actress, and music video director. She first entered the mainstream in 2003 with the release of her debut single "Billy S." More than a year later, her debut album, Noise from the Basement, was released along with the singles "Tangled Up in Me" and "Number One". Sweetnam is also known for her voice work in The Barbie Diaries. In 2006, she was nominated for a Juno Award for New Artist of the Year. Her second album, Sound Soldier, was released in 2007. Now known by the stage name Sever, she is currently the lead singer of the band Sumo Cyco.[1]

Skye Sweetnam
Sever at 2015 FoF 1
Sever (aka Skye Sweetnam) of the band Sumo Cyco at the 2015 Festival of Friends
Background information
Birth nameSkye Alexandra Sweetnam
Also known asSever
BornMay 5, 1988 (age 30)
Bolton, Ontario, Canada
OriginBolton, Ontario, , Canada
GenresPop punk, pop rock, alternative metal, hard rock, punk rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s)Actress, singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocal, guitar, piano
Years active2002–present
Labels
Associated actsSumo Cyco
Websitesumocyco.com

Early life

Skye was born on May 5, 1988, to Deirdre and Greg Sweetnam.[2] She was named after the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Along with her sister, Aurora, and her brother, Cam, she was born and raised in Bolton, a community in Caledon, Ontario, where she studied dancing and singing from a young age. She began singing at the age of five, performing for family members and friends.

Music career

2003–2006: Noise from the Basement

In 2003, Sweetnam worked with Canadian producer and instrumentalist James Robertson on what would later become Noise from the Basement, her Capitol Records/EMI debut. The single "Billy S." appeared in July 2003 on the soundtrack to the movie How to Deal and quickly took off in Canada. Two more singles were released from the debut album; they fared moderately on the charts. In 2004, Sweetnam went on tour over Europe and North America as the opening act for Britney Spears on her Onyx Hotel Tour.

Sweetnam also provided the theme songs for various television shows including The Buzz on Maggie, Wayside, and Radio Free Roscoe. She also covered "Part of Your World" from the 1989 Disney film The Little Mermaid for the compilation albums Disneymania 3 and DisneyRemixMania. In 2006, Sweetnam provided the singing voice for Barbie in The Barbie Diaries. Her songs "Girl Most Likely To", "Note to Self", "Real Life", and "This Is Me", were also included in the soundtrack to The Barbie Diaries.

2007–2008: Sound Soldier

In March 2007, Sweetnam and Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong released the single Into Action, a song written by Armstrong for Sweetman's upcoming Sound Soldier album. The song also featured The Aggrolites. Sweetnam was the opening act for Canadian Idol winner Kalan Porter on tour.

Her album Sound Soldier was released 30 October 2007; its lead single, "Human", was nominated for a 2008 MuchMusic Video Award for Best Cinematography, but lost to Hedley's "She's So Sorry". For the second single EMI picked "(Let's Get Movin') Into Action", a rework of her previous single with Armstrong. Sweetnam directed two music videos herself for "Music Is My Boyfriend" and "Babydoll Gone Wrong". Throughout 2009 and 2010, she released a number of songs from Sound Soldier. Meanwhile, in her YouTube make-up tutorials, Sweetnam has used the songs "Rock n' Roll Baby", "Love Sugar Sweet", "Heartbreak", "Boomerang", "MuSick", and "Wolves and Witches". Sweetnam also released a song entitled "Stay", along with "Boomerang", "MuSick" and "Wolves and Witches", on her MySpace page.

Sweetnam also recorded "Lava Rock" for the video game Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll, provided vocals for a song on Jun Senoue's album, The Works, and directed a music video for Leah Daniels' song "Northern Señorita" as well as for Ashes' song "Explode (Makes My Head)". Sweetnam also co-wrote two songs for Ashes.

2009–present: Sumo Cyco

Skye Sweetnam with camcorder
Sweetnam at the 2006 Juno Awards

Sweetnam began working on new music in 2009 and formed a new band, Sumo Cyco, a four-piece heavy metal and punk rock band that opened for Hollywood Undead in Toronto in April 2011. Sweetnam now went by the name Sever, which was her current alter-ego.

As of July 2012, Sumo Cyco has released six singles: "Mercy", "Limp", "Interceptor", "Danger", "Loose Cannon", and a cover of Oingo Boingo's "Who Do You Want To Be?". With each new song, Sumo Cyco would direct and put together their own music videos for their YouTube channel which, as of April 2012, has received over a million views.

Sweetnam's song "(Let's Get Movin') Into Action" was also used in an episode of the Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation, in one deleted scene from Bandslam, and in the films Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach, Hotel for Dogs, and the 2010 American film Ramona and Beezus (starring Joey King and Selena Gomez). It was also included in the soundtrack for Music from Degrassi: The Next Generation.

On June 9, 2012, Sweetnam posted a video on her YouTube channel that promised that a new material will eventually be released.

In April and May 2014, Sumo Cyco toured Ireland and the UK after their performances at Indie Week Ireland. Then, on June 10, 2014, they released their debut album, Lost in Cyco City, in Canada. The band are still in the process of working out release dates in other countries, specifically the US, Ireland, and the UK.

On March 10, 2015, Sumo Cyco announced that they had signed with TKO (The Kirby Organization) Booking Agency, known for its representation of hard rock and metal acts, for worldwide representation.[3]

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Radio Free Roscoe Sydney DeLuca Episode: "The Bad Boy"
Switched! Herself Episode: "Megan/Skye"[4]
2006 The Barbie Diaries Barbie "Singing Voice"

Discography

Skye Sweetnam

Sumo Cyco

See also

Awards and nominations

Year Result Award Category Nominated work
2006 Nominated Juno Awards New Artist Of The Year Herself
2008 Nominated MuchMusic Video Award Best Cinematography "Human"

References

  1. ^ "From Sweet to Cyco: Whatever Happened to Skye Sweetnam?". Canadian Content Machine. November 27, 2012. Retrieved April 28, 2014.
  2. ^ "(Following Advance for Use Thursday, May 5)". Associated Press. April 25, 2011. Retrieved April 30, 2011.
  3. ^ "Fontana North’s Sumo Cyco Signs With TKO & Kicks Off Tour", Cashbox Canada, March 11, 2015.
  4. ^ http://www.tvguide.com/detail/tv-show.aspx?tvobjectid=204742&more=ucepisodelist&episodeid=4134799

External links

Billy S.

"Billy S." is a song recorded by Canadian musician Skye Sweetnam. It was released as her debut major label single in 2003, and was the first single from her album, Noise From the Basement. The song was also featured on the soundtrack to the movie How to Deal.

Charmz

Charmz were an Australian four-piece girl band. They were put together by Mattel and Shock Records to promote a motion capture film, The Barbie Diaries (May 2006), which features Barbie in a band, Charmz. The group were developed through a singing contest for 8- to 14-year-old girls, who had to send in a video of themselves singing. The four winners, out of around 500 entrants, were 13-year-olds, Gianna Dalla-Vecchia, Paris Maggs and Lauren Stowe, and 14-year-old, Shannon Cordes.Charmz members were taken to a recording studio in Sydney, where they were mentored by Ricki-Lee Coulter, a former Australian Idol contestant. Their self-titled album was released on 28 October 2006. It contains cover versions of tracks by Coulter, Robbie Williams, Bananarama, Gwen Stefani, the Mamas & Papas, and Hilary and Haylie Duff.The album's single, "This Is Me", is a cover version of the original by Skye Sweetnam (the voice of Barbie in the film) and was written by Dorian Cheah, Amy Powers and Michele Vice. Charmz' rendition was issued ahead of the album on 31 July 2006, which peaked at No. 57 on the ARIA singles chart.

Disneymania (series)

Disneymania is an American series of compilation albums of Disney songs covered by mainstream pop and/or Disney Channel artists singing their own rendition or version of the song. As of 2010, 9 Disneymania albums (2 being side-albums) have been released. The albums are no longer being produced.

Disneymania 3

Disneymania 3 is the third album released in the Disneymania series. The album was released on February 15, 2005 and was certified Gold soon after. It peaked at #30 on the Billboard 200, one spot behind its predecessor Disneymania 2.

Human (Skye Sweetnam song)

"Human" is the fourth single released by Canadian pop rock singer Skye Sweetnam. The song is the lead single released by Sweetnam off of her second album Sound Soldier. The song was produced by production group The Matrix.

List of songs recorded by Skye Sweetnam

This is a list of songs recorded, sung or written by Skye Sweetnam.

Nancy Sweetnam

Nancy Sweetnam (born August 14, 1973) is a Canadian former competition swimmer who swam primarily in medley events. Sweetnam represented Canada in two consecutive Summer Olympics.

At the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, she finished in seventh place in the women's 200-metre individual medley, and thirteenth in the 400-metre individual medley. Four years later at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States, she ended up in eleventh position in the 400-metre individual medley, after winning the silver medal in the same event at the 1995 FINA Short Course World Championships in Rio de Janeiro.

She is a cousin of Canadian pop-rock singer-songwriter Skye Sweetnam.

Noise from the Basement

Noise from the Basement is the debut album by Canadian singer-songwriter Skye Sweetnam, released on September 21, 2004 by Capitol Records. It debuted and peaked at number 124 on the Billboard 200 and number 15 on the Oricon Album Charts.

Number One (Skye Sweetnam song)

"Number One" is the third and final single released from Noise From the Basement, the 2004 debut album from Canadian musician Skye Sweetnam. The song was written by Skye Sweetnam, Paul Cafaro, Peter Konicek, and Eric Dodd. It was produced by LCV and by Sweetnam herself. Although this single did not make an impact on the singles charts, it did manage to peak at #22 on the Much Music Top 30 Countdown in 2005.

Skye Sweetnam discography

The discography of Skye Sweetnam, a Canadian singer-songwriter, consists of two studio albums and five singles. By 2007, she had sold approximately 160,000 albums worldwide and 154,000 singles digital downloads in the United States. Her debut album spawned two hit singles in Canada and sold well in Japan, where it was Top 15 and stayed on chart for 21 weeks.

Sound Soldier

Sound Soldier is the second studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Skye Sweetnam. The album was released in Canada on October 30, 2007 and February 14, 2008 in Japan. The first single off the album is "Human", produced by The Matrix.

Soundtrack to Your Life (song)

"Soundtrack to Your Life" is a pop rock song by singer Ashley Parker Angel. The song was released in 2006 and is featured on his 2006 debut album Soundtrack to Your Life.

"Soundtrack to Your Life" was first heard as the theme song to Angel's reality show There and Back, which chronicled Angel's return to the music world. The song was produced by The Matrix, whose other clients have included Britney Spears, Skye Sweetnam, Avril Lavigne, Hilary Duff and Busted. The song is played only to the chorus. The song is a message to his son. The lyrics are about life in general. In the lyrics it states, "Cause if you don't laugh you cry, a last crescendo when you die."

Sumo Cyco

Sumo Cyco is an independent female-fronted punk rock and heavy metal-based band from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The band launched in March 2011 and has released two albums, sixteen singles, and seventeen official music videos.

Super Star (S.H.E album)

Super Star is the fourth studio album by Taiwanese girl group S.H.E. It was released on 22 August 2003. Ella suffered a back injury during the shooting of a television show one month before the album was released. Because of this, Ella is absent from some of the music videos. As of 2006, the single "Super Star" from this album has been S.H.E's biggest hit. German producer Roberto "Geo" Rosan and vocalist Jade Villalon, as Sweetbox, composed "Super Star" for S.H.E during the sessions for Sweetbox's Adagio, and they also released their own English version as a single at the time. In 2004, Canadian singer Skye Sweetnam re-recorded "Super Star" as "Superstar".

Switched!

Switched is an American TV series that ran from 2003 through 2004 in which two teenagers from different cities in the United States were given a chance to swap lives to see how the other one lived. Teens were able to experience the lives of others and experiment with new families and cultures, and one of the places we visited on the show was Cary, North Carolina. Teen celebrities often starred on the show, such as pop singer Skye Sweetnam, Jennifer Freeman from My Wife and Kids, Ashlie Brillault from Lizzie McGuire, Alisa Brillault, basketball star Candace Parker, Jamie Lynn Spears from Zoey 101, and Kyle Sullivan from All That.An 8-episode spinoff called "Switched Up!", featuring adults instead of teens, aired in 2004.

Tangled Up in Me

"Tangled Up in Me" is a song recorded by Canadian musician Skye Sweetnam. It was released as the second single from Sweetnam's debut album Noise From the Basement in March 9, 2004 through EMI Canada. The song was written by Skye Sweetnam, James Robertson, Heather Mitchell, and Jimmy Harry. The song became Sweetnam's best charting single in the United States after it was featured in an episode of MTV's Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County.

Since its release in 2004, the song has been covered by the Italian band, Fisting Janet.

The Barbie Diaries

The Barbie Diaries is a 2006 motion capture film featuring popular Mattel character Barbie, and directed by Eric Fogel (the director of My Scene films). It is 8th entry in the Barbie film series featuring the voice of Kelly Sheridan as Barbie, and Skye Sweetnam as the singing voice of Barbie. Produced by Curious Pictures, this is the last Barbie film distributed by Lionsgate worldwide. This is the only film not to be produced by Rainmaker. It is also the only movie in the Barbie series to be theatrical.

The Matrix (production team)

The Matrix is a pop music writing and production team, consisting of Lauren Christy, Graham Edwards and Scott Spock.

Utopía (Belinda Peregrín album)

Utopía is the second studio album by Spanish-born Mexican recording artist Belinda. It was released on October 3, 2006 by EMI Televisa Music in Mexico and Latin America. The album was later released on September 17, 2007 to Europe and the United States. Recording sessions for the album took place during March to August 2006 at several recording studios, and production was handled primarily by Greg Wells, Greg Kurstin, Mitch Allan, Jimmy Harry and Lester Mendez. As of June 2008, the album had sold 1 million copies worldwide.

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