From the beginning, she set herself apart with her vocal range on Idols SA season 15.
Now she is claiming her spot after releasing her highly anticipated debut album a few months after her smash hit single, Ungubaba.
Former Idols contestant Sneziey, who made it to the top 2 of the show, tells Drum that she feels excited about the recent release of her debut album, Izulu, which means heaven.
“God is good, and I feel good,” she says. “The progress eyenzeka kuyona [happening in it] is amazing.”
Sneziey, real name Sinenhlanhla Msomi says the making of her album was smooth sailing and working with music producer and pianist Siyanqoba Mthethwa was great.
“I have worked with him before, so it was easy.”
She describes the making of her album as perfect, saying she could feel the presence of God each time she was in the studio. And that reassured her that this was the right time to be making her first album.
“God's timing is perfect. We had a very beautiful visit from the Holy Spirit while making the album.”
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The singer says she is looking forward to a live recording of her album so that people can fully experience it.
“When music is performed live, it's different from a studio recording,” says Sneziey.
Sneziey, whose single was her granny's favourite hymn, says her grandmother loves the album.
“Ugogo [grandma] is excited and she thanks the Lord for everything."
Drum caught up with Sneziey to hear about the making of her album and advice to the top three Idol SA contestants.
Title of the album
The title is taken from one of the songs in the album. "Me and Siyanqoba were just speaking about how much uNkulunkulu [God] cares for us. While we were recording my single, Ungubaba, we both had Covid-19. So, while making we were making this album, we were just reflecting on how much God loves us. I mean people died because of Covid-19 and we survived. So, we were like sithandiwe by Izulu [We are loved by heaven]."
She wrote all her songs. "If you really listen to my music, you will hear that all my songs talk about God’s grace and His love for us.
"So, the inspiration behind them is uthando nesihe sakhe ezimpilweni zethu [His love for us and grace in our lives]. That was my thinking and that is what drives me throughout the making of the album. Uthando lwaNkulunkulu [God’s love]in our lives."
It's hard for her to choose a favourite. "Inzima le part [This is a hard one].
"But I will say ‘Yes to Your Will’ is my favourite. Only because I had predicted that the first song in the album will be recorded on the 4th of November and it was. It's a song that was in my heart and I feel like I relate to it the most."
Advice for the top three Idols contestants
She's been through and felt everything the Idols contestants are feeling now. So what kind of advice would she offer if she were to speak to them?
"What I would say to the top three is that Idols fame is 30 seconds literally. I say this because after next week when they announce the top 2, they will also be announcing the audition dates for next year and their 30 seconds will be coming to an end.
"So, they must make sure to capitalise in these last 30 seconds by associating themselves with the right people, the people who are not only supporting you because you are on a tv show. But those who will say let’s do this, here is a gig they need someone like you to go. The people who want to know what you want to do next and where you see yourself," she says.
"Associate yourself with the right people. Stay relevant, and being relevant means being in the people’s eyes, even if it means you do something else that you didn’t want to do, but if that is what God allows you to do to get where you what to go, then do it."