The stunning voice of 22 year old Simon Issa, both gentle and powerful, gives his pop, soul and funk inspired music that extra touch that’s needed to stand out from the crowd.
Singing has always come natural and has been a constant in his life. There are videos of him performing as early as the age of 3. He grew up in the small city of Trollhättan, in the southwest of Sweden with his mother, father and two older siblings. With a big extended family of cousins, aunts and uncles, which is quite common being half syrian, he always felt that he had a strong supporting clan behind him and his dreams of wanting to become an artist.
Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Gavin DeGraw and Kwabs are some of the artists that has inspired Simon. What interested him the most was the actual singing, how they sang, used their voices and expressed their emotions through the music.
With family and friends to back him up, he went for an audition for the TV-show “X Factor”. He sang “I Don’t Want to Be” by Gavin DeGraw and got standing ovations from the jury, like world famous producer and songwriter Andreas Carlsson. Simon was chosen out of thousands of contestants and placed himself high in the competition.
To Simon this was a great and positive experience. He didn’t win the show, but at this point he had really won the hearts of the people around Sweden, especially in his hometown, which led to lots of requests and bookings. Although he was so thankful for all the support, love and opportunities given locally, he felt the next step was to move to Stockholm.
Through contacts Simon Issa came in touch with songwriter Kamilla Bayrak, and together with her and Tobias Reinerstam he wrote the song “Can’t get enough”. It is the first single to be released in collaboration with ART:ERY and will be out on the 27th of October.
”You think you have chemistry with someone and you feel that you have put a lot of effort into the relationship only to realize that the other person hasn’t really been into you. You sort of understand what is going on but you have your ”pink glases” on and can’t see it for what it is. When reality bites you are the only one who has been serious, with real feelings, so you realize that you seriously need to move on.
I wanted to write a song you can relate to from both perspectives; lovers and friends only relationship”