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This Is, MaShanda

MaShanda Faust

MaShanda Faust

With every generation comes a singer whose voice has a special anointing on it that elevates music to another level of one's listening experience. A Jene Sequa factor that sets a singer apart from the many wonderful singers that are out there. This is the quality that MaShanda possesses as a singer.

While preparing for my interview with MaShanda, her bio says this of her:

Whether singing jazz, pop, R&B, or gospel, MaShanda’s style connects to all genres. Her life’s experiences add color to her writing and vocal style. Sharing the stage and touring with the likes of Christina Aguilera, Usher, Keith Sweat, Monica, Charlie Wilson, B.O.B. and Carl Thomas has helped shape her tremendously. “Performing with some of the best artists in the world allowed me to be exposed and experience many amazing lessons.

"Each opportunity taught me something different and I am grateful for each one”, says MaShanda. Facing challenges brought her closer to her truth and gave her greater insight into the needs of others.
She relates to the masses and lead people to a solution - TRUTH.

I caught up with her recently for this Up-and-Coming artist profile.

Q&A with MaShanda

Thank you for taking some time with me today to share your story and artistry in this interview MaShanda. I must say that I was instantly drawn to your singing the minute I heard your voice on the soundtrack for the upcoming film musical, ‘ATL Dreamin’.

Robert) In your bio. I read where you said, “Performing with some of the best artists in the world allowed me to be exposed and experience many amazing lessons.”

When did you first know that you had this gift of song vocally and what would you say has been some of your greatest life’s lessons touring with some of the great artists you have?

MaShanda) At the age of 5 or 6 years old I started singing at church. The church used to have huge productions and the drama team would travel to other churches for ministry. These moments exposed me to the work ethic of rehearsals, sound checks and perfecting my craft. I knew early on I wanted to be a professional singer. Now, the desire to sing background for major artists came in my late teens.

Touring seems fun and glamorous but it is not cut out for the weak. The long days of rehearsing, traveling from city to city or country to country takes a lot of hard work. Being on tour actually changed my outlook on wanting to be an artist. For a season I didn’t want to be an artist after being on the road. Learning that being an artist is more about being a voice that can help people become better versions of themselves by offering songs that heal, inspire, and bring joy totally brought me back full circle. It’s not about me, it's about the gift and who it can help.

Robert) Did you grow up in a music family or are you the only one with the music gift?

MaShanda) My dad was the singer in our home. Although my mom could hold down an alto line in the choir, dad was the soloist. He used to lead worship and have the church rockin’! He was a ball of energy when he grabbed the mic. He was a true worshiper. He got his vocal pipes from my grandmother. She loved to sing and had a couple recordings many years ago. We have singers on both sides of my family.

Robert) Who were some of your favorite artists as a kid growing up?

MaShanda) Being raised in a christian home, I was limited to what I could listen to. My parents wanted to protect me from certain types of music that could possibly have a negative effect on my mindset. During this time I didn't understand this, but looking back I completely get it. Bebe and CeCe Winans, Helen Baylor, and Yolanda Adams are just a few of the Christian artists I listened to. Now, when I would sneak and listen to the radio I enjoyed Brandy, Whitney Houston, and any girl group that sang R&B. Brandy is definitely one of the artists that inspired me the most. Her smooth tone and clean lyrics gave me the approval of my parents. I was happy about that!


Performing with Legendary Jazz musician Ronnie Laws in a Las Vegas show performing “Give You Up”.

Performing with Legendary Jazz musician Ronnie Laws in a Las Vegas show performing “Give You Up”.

Robert) Who are some of the artists you have performed with in your professional career, and is there one or two artists that you would say you related to the most and if so, why is that?

MaShanda) Out of the short list of artists I’ve performed with, I would have to say Usher was the most fun. His smooth tone, vocal ability, and character was very relatable.
Although I’m not much of a dancer, he seems to have fun, he loves what he does, and connects with his audience. He is also a very kind person to anyone he encounters.
This is noted because everyone in the celebrity status isn’t known for their kindness.

Robert) Who do you like out there today musically, and why?

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MaShanda) Honestly I’m kind of a hermit when it comes to new artists. I can tell I’m
getting older because I don’t know many names out there. I focus my attention on music that may encourage and inspire me. From Christian contemporary music like Maverick City to various musical movie soundtracks like Greatest Showman or even new music from Brandy. Depending on how I feel determines what I listen to. Being married to a man that loves jazz and soul keeps me well rounded.

Robert) I know many artists do not like to be pigeon hold in one genre of music, but how would you describe your music?

MaShanda)Yes, artists don’t like to be pigeon-hold to a genre but honestly that is
determined by the masses. Pop music is only classified as pop due to its popularity.
However, some pop is hip-hop or even R&B. With that being said, I’d classify my music as Pop/R&B. Due to my love for worship music, R&B, and musicals, an inspirational.

Performing with some of the best artists in the world allowed me to be exposed and experience many amazing lessons.”

— –MaShanda

MaShanda on performing with Usher

Out of the short list of artists I’ve performed with, I would have to say Usher was the most fun. His smooth tone, vocal ability, and character was very relatable.
Although I’m not much of a dancer, he seems to have fun, he loves what he does, and connects with his audience. He is also a very kind person to anyone he encounters.

Robert) Are you working on any new music currently? And how can your new fans from reading this interview find you on social media to check out your artistry?

MaShanda) Well, I’m always working on something. I am definitely looking forward to the release of my new music. After 2020, my outlook on my music, myself, and my loved ones took a shift. Facing all my fears and past pains was a priority. My vision became crystal clear regarding who I am and what I am called to do.

You can find me on IG @mashandafaust and FB and Youtube MaShanda Faust. Robert) Robert) What is it you hope audiences will get from listening to you sing and from your music?

MaShanda) Self reflection, healing, or anything that will encourage self growth and self worth is the goal. Once we know who we are and the importance of why we are here it makes it easier to help someone else.

Robert) Will you be performing on tour or at any summer events where people who might live in the area can come and see you rock-out?

MaShanda) Being a worship leader was added to my list of musical experiences about 13 years ago. Occasionally I lead worship at various churches. I’m scheduled to be an opener for a new gospel artist’s single release party in Katy TX this September. I’m always looking forward to sharing my gift.

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"A great deal of my music is more suitable for TV than radio. It took me a while to figure this out but glad it was discovered. I used to feel like a football player in a basketball uniform when it came to where I belonged musically. Feels good to know who I am."

Robert) What are some of your future goals musically, and do you also have plans artistically to pursue any other endeavors, like acting?

MaShanda) Sync Licensing for film and TV is my new venture. A great deal of my music is more suitable for TV than radio. It took me a while to figure this out but glad it was discovered. I used to feel like a football player in a basketball uniform when it came to where I belonged musically. Feels good to know who I am.

I am working on a Black Teen Musical. I would disclose the title but I’ll leave that for another interview. I will say it’s a much needed story to be told. Can’t wait for the world to see it. I’ve done a little acting a few years ago and look forward to more roles in the near future.

Robert) I never like to end these interviews without asking, if you were the commencement speaker at a university or music school for the Class of 2023 wanting to be professional music artists for a career, what words of inspiration would you share with you from your life’s lessons?

MaShanda) Class of 2023, your super power lies in your truth. Knowing who you are and being your authentic self will get you further in life than you could ever imagine. Always forgive, love, and live your life to the fullest. Fear is a figment of your imagination. Don’t ever allow it to disable you. You are enough! Believe in yourself and live unapologetically!!

Thanks so much MaShanda for this, we’ll be checking for you on social media and hopefully get to see you on stage somewhere touring. And, I always like to do follow-up interviews, so I look forward to speaking with you again.

Family shot-MaShanda, Jp Faust(husband), Royal Huskey(bottom left son), Aaron Faust (youngest son bottom right )

Family shot-MaShanda, Jp Faust(husband), Royal Huskey(bottom left son), Aaron Faust (youngest son bottom right )

"Always With Me" ~ A Duet with MaShanda's Husband Jp Faust

The Shirley Brothers Elementary School plays “Smile Big” every morning when the kids enter the school on the PA system.

Performing “Smile Big” at Shirley Brothers Elementary in PearLand, Texas.

Performing “Smile Big” at Shirley Brothers Elementary in PearLand, Texas.

"Smile Big"

After the loss of her father to a tragic car accident in 2020, MaShanda continues to dig even deeper to bring awareness to “being present” and “knowing that every day is a gift”. “Live, love and forgive” is her motto. The song “What Do I Do” is an emotional Christmas piece that expresses the pain of loss during the holiday season.

"What Do I Do"

"Shine"

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