Kenyan Neo-soul/R&B singer Xenia Manasseh has hit gold with her pen game in the music business. The 23-year-old is signed as a songwriter with the Atlanta-based, The UpperClassmen Music Group – and the ripple effect is clear. She is an alumnus of the famed Berklee College of Music where she kicked off her writing career.
Manasseh just scored a huge cosign as her efforts landed her a spot on the Harlem-bred singer Teyana Talor’s new body of work titled, ‘The Album’. Xenia is credited as a writer and background vocalist on the jam ‘Shoot It Up’ which features Big Sean. She co-wrote the jam with famed writer Marquis Rachad.
Listen to Teyana Taylor’s ‘Shoot IT Up’ feat Big Sean Here
Excited about the fete, she put out a tweet sending out the good news and Kenyans were equally happy and excited on her behalf congratulating her time and time again. Celebrities were fanning as well, the likes of Elani, Mutua Matheka, and a host of brands were excited to celebrate with her.
Co-wrote “Wrong B****” with @MarquisRachad & wrote “Shoot It Up” on @TEYANATAYLOR’s new album 🙌🏾 and she left some of my bgvs in too!! 😩 like I said on IG.. grateful ain’t even the word. BEST way to end a difficult week 💜💜 God is so good 🥺 @TheUCMG @MarcoMavy @SangriaDaReject pic.twitter.com/GWuG24a4N3
— Xenia Manasseh (@xeniamanasseh) June 19, 2020
This is a great step and win for a budding creative who is looking to set a foothold in the industry. Xenia was recently listed on Mr. Eazi’s empawa30 program. She just put out a vulnerable-yet-soulful EP titled ‘Falling Apart’.
Xenia wrote her first songs at 11 years and she’s been playing the piano and guitar since childhood. On a recent interview on how she started writing music, she said, “I couldn’t write a single song, all those assignments never happened.” She credits her place burning down in Boston to breaking her seven-year writing hiatus, and her subsequent move to Atlanta allowed her the change of environment she needed to continue writing.