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Sherika Sherard Takes Our Breath Away In A New Album Soundtrack, “PHEA”

Soothing our souls is singer-songwriter and recording artist Sherika Sherard alongside the production and composition stylings of Maxime Obadia and Victor Hugo Fumagalli in their original motion picture soundtrack for the film PHEA.

PHEA is the original motion picture soundtrack to the film of the same name, starring Sherika Sherard as Phea and directed by Rocky Palladino. The film is currently available to buy/rent on Amazon, Apple TV, and Google Play. Sherika Sherard wrote and performed all of the songs alongside producer Maxime Obadia and composer Victor Hugo Fumagalli.

The film's soundtrack opens with the introductory track, "Lonely In A Crowded Room," with Sherika Sherard's smooth-sailing vocals and lush instrumentation. While singing about losing her sense of self-worth by always striving for more, she feeds us all the emotion and vulnerability we could ask for. It's a powerful song that opens the album on an introspective note.

Track number two, "Can You Play Me Something," hums through the speakers with 24 seconds of Sherika Sherard plucking her acoustic guitar, preparing us for the emotional next track to follow.

On the third song, "Faith On The Line," zen synth arrangements and Sherika Sherard's velvety vocals melt through the speakers while singing yet another reflective lyrical message. This time, Sherika Sherard dives into the concept of risking everything you want by finally pushing through to see if it works out. It's a chilling piece that encourages us to step out of our comfort zone from time to time.

Slowing things down is the album's fourth track, "When I Give You My Love." She greets us with tender piano melodies and the softest of vocals. This deeply emotional song asks some necessary questions about a relationship and wondering where someone else's head is at. Sherika Sherard's performance in this song gives us goosebumps in the greatest possible way.

On track five, "In Rooms With People Like You," we hear another short interlude type-piece taken from the film. Sherika Sherard confesses her heart's emotion regarding a tumultuous relationship and being surrounded by others who remind you of that special someone.

She continues this theme in the sixth track, "Back From The Edge," which pours through our speakers on a deeply emotional and vulnerable note. While asking to be saved from her demons and inner turmoil, Sherika Sherard eventually realizes how this pain will pave the way for something better. It's an incredibly powerful yet soothing song that reminds us that our journeys are far from over.

Reaching the seventh track, "City Girl," Sherika Sherard tackles yet another needed concept. While her lush electric guitar melodies float through the speakers, she jumps into her relatable lyrical content about the effect hustle culture can have on a relationship. That constant "grind" coming in the way of two lovers is a saddening yet relatable theme that brings a tear to the eye.

On track number eight, "Lullaby (Dream Sequence)," the song's intro feels like a soundtrack of a hazy dream. Sherika Sherard's breathy vocals rain down from above while the melancholy piano keys linger through the speakers, sonically serenading us with tender emotion. The keys carry us to the outro on a soft yet refreshing note.

Moving on to the ninth track, "Secret," we're met with soothing electric guitar melodies drenched in reverb alongside Sherika Sherard's gentle vocals. While expressing her passion for someone and their story, she confesses some inner thoughts about this significant other while urging them to express how they feel. It's a chilling piece that focuses on the many impacts of love.

On track ten, "Thank You Phea," this interlude-type 10-second piece hears a woman angrily thanking Phea while slamming the door on her exit, leading us to track number eleven.

"Justine" slowly fades in from the background while showering us with heavenly vocal melodies and background pads. As the soothing yet distant electric guitar melodies begin pouring down from above, a gentle piano arrangement makes its way in to level out the emotional impact. It's a breathtaking and comforting instrumental that prepares us for the album's final song.

Landing on track twelve, "Best Of Me," we're greeted with gentle acoustic guitar picking alongside Sherika Sherard's delicate and radiant vocals. She dives into another personal yet relatable concept that sees her confessing her habits of neglecting those who always support her. It's a thank-you song that sees Sherika Sherard expressing her woes while paying homage to everyone who has helped her through the toughest times.

After hearing the entire PHEA album, we're more than excited to see Sherika Sherard on the big screen to bring the entire experience to life. Find the new soundtrack album, PHEA, on all digital streaming platforms, and watch the film on Amazon, Apple TV, and Google Play.

Welcome to BuzzMusic, Sherika Sherard. Congratulations on the new film and releasing the powerful accompanying soundtrack, PHEA. Could you give us a rundown of what this film is about?

Phea is about a musician who tries to save her girlfriend, Justine, from a gang during one turbulent day. The film is a modern take on the Orpheus myth, whereby Phea uses her music to get her out of moments of danger and move her one step closer to Justine.

What was your experience collaborating with producer Maxime Obadia and composer Victor Hugo Fumagalli for the PHEA soundtrack? How did they help bring the soundtrack to life?

I worked mainly in the studio with producer Maxime. Composer Victor would work remotely and send us pieces of music that I would then react to with vocal harmony, as on the tracks Lullaby and Justine. It was quite fluid, some of our work was for the film score, and some was for the album. Each work supported the other.

What was your personal songwriting process like when creating each piece for PHEA? Did you take inspiration from your character or real-life experiences?

I had just finished acting in Phea, so the character was still fresh in my mind. The director, Rocky, was present at many recording sessions because he wanted my vocal delivery to sound and feel like my character. So it was interesting to perform the tracks from that point of view.

A song like City Girl, which I first wrote as a more upbeat track, grew a darker edge from the experience of working on the film.

The studio sessions were an extension of the film, as I’d already performed some of the key tracks in the film itself, so it would have felt wrong if I had suddenly changed the mood on the album and made it more upbeat.

Which song from the PHEA soundtrack did you enjoy creating the most? Which song sticks out to you as your personal favorite?

Most of the songs were adaptations of songs I’d already written and performed live. But Secret was a song that developed from the recording sessions with Maxime, so it was a special moment when that came together.

What do you hope viewers and listeners experience when watching the film PHEA? What impact did you want the film and soundtrack to have on your audience?

I hope they go on an emotional journey with Phea. It’s about fighting self-doubt and finding the courage to move forward with your life and career. Most people’s lives are affected by mental health in some way, and I want music and film to let people know they are not alone. There’s a catharsis in it.


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