Siani: The trio of soul sisters with a great line in gospel garage

Wednesday 1st May 2002

Tony Cummings put the questions to the girls of SIANI.


Tony: We know you're the Stewart sisters. How did you begin singing together?

(Nicholle) We have been together for about two years. It started with myself (Nicholle) and Simone when we entered some singing competitions and then began singing at different functions. We soon realized that we needed a third harmony and at that time Agery was studying in London as well as attending our church so we asked her to join us and Siani was born!

Tony: What's your vision?

(Simone) Our spiritual vision is to spread the Gospel message to everyone especially those who don't know. We want to be examples to today's generation by being postive role models in allowing others to see that you can live for Christ and enjoy life.

Tony: There's a whole heap of female R&B groups out there at the moment. What makes Siani different?

(Simone) One of our main attributes is that we have a standard of excellence which is extended to whatever we may be doing; whether it be practicing or songwriting, we believe we have to give our best. As mentioned before, there are many gospel R'n' B girl groups and although our sound and looks may be different we all have the same goal, which is to promote the Gospel in a manner which people can relate to.

Tony: What are your musical influences?

(Agery) We all have different musical influences ranging from Fred Hammond to Destiny's Child to The Clark Sisters. All of us love listening to good music and these influences have enabled us to create diverse and unique sounds.

Tony: There still seems to be some confusion about your name. How PRECISELY do you pronounce it?

(Agery) Our name is pronounced SY-YA-NY. Although people think it relates to Mount Sinai, the name is actually our names put together. SI for Simone, A for Agery and NI for Nicholle.

Tony: What about plans for the future?

(Nicholle) At the moment we are promoting our new single "Missing U" and also our newly revamped website ( We are preparing for a national tour going to Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, etc. We are also planning to launch our album in the summer and God willing we hope to go to
the States later on this year. CR

The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.
About Tony Cummings
Tony CummingsTony Cummings is the music editor for Cross Rhythms website and attends Grace Church in Stoke-on-Trent.


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