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Saniyé / Bio

Sinem Saniyé is an award-winning singer and songwriter from New York City. Born in Germany with Turkish family roots, her music channels a sound that skirts pop with hints of jazz. Sinem worked with Grammy award-winning producers Mark Plati, Philip A. Jimenez, Henri Scars Struck and Greg Calbi on her debut album “When I Don’t Sleep..”, which was released to much critical acclaim. Delta Airlines featured a song from the album, “A Certain Kind Of Lovely” on their inflight music program and magazine and in 2011, the same song was chosen for a compilation CD entitled “Songs of Love for Japan”, to raise funds for the Japan earthquake alongside notable female artists such as Tori Amos, Sara Bareilles, Regina Spektor, Lady Gaga, and Ani Difranco. Sinem went on a nationwide U.S. tour in support of her debut album (a 30-city solo feat spanning the entire US and parts of Canada for 3 months). Sinem Saniyé officially ended her tour with a homecoming show, opening for Grammy-nominated artist Lisa Loeb at City Winery on June 2, 2010 in New York City. Other notable concerts include her sold-out headlining show at Joe's Pub in New York City, raising funds for those who suffered the 2011 earthquake in Van,Turkey. Songs from the first album are still playing across 2,500 chains stores across America, including retailers Gap, Cache, Banana Republic, Kohl’s, Williams Sonoma, and other large hotel and restaurant chains.

Sinem Saniyé has won several songwriting awards, including the grand prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition in 2006, chosen out of nearly 20,000 other songwriters by celebrity judges that included Tom Waits, Jesse Harris, and Fergie from the Black-Eyed Peas. When Sinem is not performing, she is writing songs for other artists, commercials, and for film. “It’s You That I’ll MIss This Christmas,” sung by YouTube sensation Alex G, was a hit on Disney Radio and ABC Family TV, followed by Alex's album charting in the top 20 on iTunes America.

Sinem is frequently featured in magazines and papers including Time OUT NY, Global Rhythm Magazine, The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times, LA Examiner, The Idaho Tribune, DC IST and television programs across the US such as Fuse TV, Indi Music TV, Music Mix USA, Swept Away TV, The Rhythms of NY, The Director’s Chair, and Metro Unplugged (a program that aired to over 100,000 commuters on the Los Angeles city bus systems’ TV screens). She has also appeared in nearly every major news outlet in Turkey, on national overseas television including CNN Turk, Fox TV Turkiye, TRT-INT (airs to all of Europe,) Flash TV, ATV, NTV and MTV Turkey.

In 2015 and most recently in January 2016, Sinem appeared twice on American Fox TV, singing original songs from her highly anticipated forthcoming new album, "Let's Play" and won the *Star of the Day* Award. News of the award reached the U.S. Embassy in Turkey as well as several outlets via Voice of America.

Now rebranded in the United States as “Saniyé,” her new album "Let's Play" will be released in 2016 on 6/8 Records. To follow her journey, please visit http://www.letsplaysaniye.com


2015 Fox NY TV *Star of The Day* Award
2013 Indi Music TV Award
2011 New Song Contest "People's Choice" Finalist
2011 International Songwriting Finalist, "Boom Sheke Nana"
2010 Dallas Songwriters Best Video Award
2009 Indi Music TV "Artist of the Season"
2008 Song of the Year (supporter of VH-1 Save the Music) Finalist
2008 Billboard World Song Contest Winner
2008 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest Finalist (NorthEast region)
2008 UK Songwriting Contest Finalist
2007 Lennon Award Winner
2006 *Grand Prize Winner* John Lennon Songwriting Competition
2005 International Songwriting Competition

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General Info

Band Members
Sinem Saniye- Vocals, Guitar, some piano, loops, and guest muscians!
Artist Name
Profile Page
Pop / Indie

Contact Info

New York, NY
Allison Duggan

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