Stayathomedyad (formerly known as Awkward Shaman) was born in El Paso, Texas, and grew up traveling all around the United States. He discovered his singing talents at eight years old while singing along to Killing Me Softly by The Fugees. His family realized he sounded just like Lauryn Hill and could mimic most singers.
After high school, he joined the army because of trouble with the police and started his solo career in North Carolina. He was eventually deployed to Afghanistan to fight in the war and he honed his songwriting, arranging, and rapping skills to match his singing ability. The PTSD he experienced following deployment landed him at rock bottom and in a psych ward for two years.
While battling PTSD and more, Stayathomedad never stopped working. He landed writing deals with Grand Hustle and performances with the A3C and SXSW festivals. He was even a backup singer for Richmond rapper Peter $un in his tour with Felly and Gypps and Russ. Now that he's a family man, the once known awkward shaman is now stepping in full confidence and grace as a Stayathomedad making music for himself and others. Before his debut album as SAHD, he had over four hundred thousand streams on Youtube and over two hundred thousand streams on Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music.
The leading single for the Sweet album with producer Rasneek, Laps, was a small preview of what the soft-sounding album would be. SAHD sings melodically over the piano keys about being in the mood for good loving and talking about what they do for each other in the heat of the moment. The visual helps paint a better picture as the song sounds like a phone conversation between SAHD and his woman.
Sweet, the first track of the project, caught my ears instantly. The beat speed of the production reminded me of Chris Brown's legendary track Forever. SAHD gracefully soothes listeners' ears as he makes metaphors about his lover being sweet as the first bite of a fresh crème brûlée. On the track 2nd Hand, SAHD sings about new feelings of euphoria questioning himself singing "why do I feel so high?" during the relaxed song seamlessly transitioning to Waterfalls. In Waterfalls, he asks his woman "don't fly away, you must be an angel, from outer space" before falling like water hoping his angel can catch him. It's an ethereal-themed song as they dive into a cosmic form of love and unison. You can tell that SAHD has truly honed in his singing talents. It's a pleasant nine-track album to listen to clocking in at twenty-six minutes. It's a solid starting point for Stayathomedad in 2022 and we'll be anticipating more to come from the singer. You can find the album on Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal.
You can follow Rasneek on all social media @rasneekmusic . You can find Stayathome dad on Instagram and Tik Tok @music4yourmom
Written by: Jay Guevara @justinhisprime on all social media.