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Seinabo Sey was inspired musically by artists such as Alicia Keys and Beyoncé early on in life. She grew up in Halmstad, Sweden, surrounded by artistry and creativity, her father Mawdo Sey was a renowned musician in West Africa. In an interview, Sey recalled being nine years old and watching Alicia Keys and Destinys Child on MTV, leading her to become obsessed with singing. Sey had academic dreams and wanted to study at Yale as an adolescent, being inspired by watching Gilmore Girls, and took academic steps towards that dream, enrolling in a international baccalaureate program in Halmstad, Sweden, although at the age of sixteen she ended up changing course, moving to Stockholm to attend and later graduate from Fryshusets esthetics program with a concentration in soul music. In an interview Sey noted that “I was really academically tracked… I loved to sing but I could never fathom singing by myself. I tried to push away the whole music dream and thought I had to do something more in line with that, like becoming a lawyer or something, until I was around sixteen. But then I realised I couldn’t really live in that small town so I moved to Stockholm and started music school.
– Taken from Wikipedia