Shea Diamond Sings "Don't Shoot" For Special Pride Month Edition Of Press Play
In this special Pride Month edition of Press Play, we hear from soul singer Shea Diamond as she delivers an exclusive performance of her new single, "Don't Shoot."
Born in Little Rock, Ark, before moving to Memphis and then Flint, Mich, Diamond was inspired to become a singer by Tina Turner and honed her skills as a singer singing in church choir. As a Black Transgender woman, she faced many obscacles and expectations.
“As early as I can remember, I always identified as being a girl. It was hard work to pretend to be a gender that you’re not," Diamond said. "I should have gotten an Oscar, really. I had so much pressure on me as child to be masculine. Even when I was the choir director for our church, my mother would still whisper in my ear that I was singing too high. Growing up trans takes a lot of guts.”
Her debut EP, Seen It All, arrived last year, and earlier this month, "Don't Shoot" was released as a single. "Don't Shoot" was co-written by Diamond with Justin Tranter and Brandon Colbein and it is dedicated to the memory of gun violence victims, especially Black and Brown Trans people.
This year I fell like a superstar! Trans woman out her in these streets proudly represented at #DCPride #musician #MusicHourUK #WorldPride #TransIsBeautiful #erasureisreal #RepresentationMatters #BlackMusicMonth #activist #BlackExcellence #BlackLivesMatter #musicthatmatters pic.twitter.com/IDQp5cp4aj
— Shea Diamond (@iamsheadiamond) June 26, 2019
Feel the power in her words and voice in this exclusive performance of "Don't Shoot" for Press Play.