By Todd Anderson
Ever had an inkling to run out of your job, hop in your car and just ride away from it all? Stayathomedad can relate. Connecting with RVA content powerhouse theMSQshop, who not only filmed and edited the visual but handled creative direction as well as marketing for the song as a whole, the Orlando based singer/songwriter releases the music video for “Work Sucks.” The video for the Rasneek produced Pop song draws inspiration from popular television series ‘The Office‘ and serves as the first single from the Peter $un collaborator‘s upcoming album Music4YourMom, which was precursored by 2021’s Sweet.
Asked about his thought process when creating “Work Sucks,” SAHD states: “My wife came home from work one day, opened the door and just yelled. She then closed the door and proceeded to punch the air like Tre Styles in Boyz N The Hood. That’s when the concept was born. This record is a sign of the times we’re in on this rock hurling through space.”
Boasting a catalogue containing character-rich blends of Pop, R&B, and Soul, stayathomedyad (formerly known as Awkward Shaman) was born in Texas and grew up traveling all around the United States. He realized his vocal talents at eight years old while harmonizing to The Fugees‘ “Killing Me Softly.” His family immediately noticed his sonic similarities to Lauryn Hill and discovered he could mimic most melodies on the radio.
After high school, he joined the army and started his solo career in North Carolina. He was eventually deployed to Afghanistan to fight in the war, where he honed his songwriting, arranging, and rapping skills. The PTSD he experienced following deployment landed him at rock bottom and in a psych ward for two years.
While battling PTSD, stayathomedad never stopped working. He soon after landed a writing deal with T.I.‘s imprint Grand Hustle in addition toperformance opportunities at both A3C and SXSW, which opened the door for him to sing backup for Richmond rapper Peter $un while he was on tour with Russ. Now a family man, the onc-known awkward shaman is now stepping in full confidence and grace as a stay at home dad making music for himself and others.
Watch the video for “Work Sucks” now: