Syna So Pro
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Syna So Pro is the SOlo PROject of St Louis’s SYrhea CoNAway, a woman of renaissance potential. Renaissance in the sense of new birth, or birth again, at many levels. Musical renaissance: she was in this great band but the band couldn’t bear the structures borne in her brain, so much more her, so much not band. Syrhea and her band, the solo band that is, Syna So Pro, bear us through an emotional rebirth too: each song about discovering who you are and where you need to go after the end. The dead end we all come to every day, every minute, every time we must choose, this birth that brings us closer to ourselves, that’s what she sings about, that’s where she can take you.
Syna So Pro is the current vessel of a life of musical exploration, an evolution both personal and musical from what we called “classical”, through a studied and questioned relationship with the American establishment of musical pedagogy, into the now flowering, a strain of the high school choir and the childhood violin bred with the bands of the city.
Learning to play and write classical music at a young age, Syrhea Conaway (Syna So Pro) unconsciously fostered her musical talents. Her love of music blossomed into her teaching herself piano, and joining the school choir, where she placed in many district, state and national competitions, including a performance with the National Youth Choir at Carnegie Hall.
In the mid aughts, a friend leaving to pursue a career in NYC left her a bass guitar. Syrhea picked it up quickly, and was soon performing in several bands in the St. Louis music scene. By 2007, Syna So Pro was born out of artistic differences and the discovery of looping pedals. Since then Syna So Pro has released four studio albums and continues to push the boundaries of her sound.
- 2009: self-releases first Syna So Pro album, Make Two People Happy
- 2014-15: self-releases second and third Syna So Pro albums, Loop Talk Vol. 1&2
- 2016: Fourth album, and first a cappella album, VOX, released on FPE Records
Syrhea Conaway has found her voice in VOX — and she wants you to find yours as well.
–Harry Hall, Riverfront Times
…a one-woman tour de force that tap-dances on pedal boards while seemingly pulling guitar, keyboard, and violin from hammerspace.
–Joseph Hess, St. Louis Magazine