Aneesa Sheikh is a young artist looking to make her mark on the world. She began singing and writing songs at a young age, sharing personal stories through her music.
In addition to being a musician, Sheikh is also a pageant queen–she recently represented Michigan in the Miss Teen USA competition. She is a philanthropist as well, founding her own nonprofit organization called Music4M.I.R.A.C.L.E.
Sheikh just released her holiday single, “Happy Little Holiday,” on Nov. 20. Showbiz Cheat Sheet decided to sit down with the rising star over Zoom to discuss her new song and blossoming career.
Aneesa Sheikh | Courtesy of Anderson Group Public Relations
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: You recently competed in Miss Teen USA as Miss Teen Michigan. Do you have any fun stories from the competition?
Aneesa Sheikh: This year’s competition was unlike any other because of COVID-19 and how it impacted the precautions we had to take. It definitely felt like a new normal—having to get COVID tested daily and temperature checks. Whenever we walked outside or in the hotel, we had to stand six feet apart. On the ground there were little stickers that say “Stand here for Miss Teen USA” or “Stand here for Miss USA.” So that was a little funny.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: Let’s talk about your new single, “Happy Little Holiday.” What made you decide to release a holiday song this year?
Aneesa Sheikh: I feel like last year when the holidays came around and I did not have a song, it was almost like I was missing out. I felt a little FOMO, which is “fear of missing out.” This year, I thought, “Okay, I have to have a holiday song. And I didn’t want it to [be about] Christmas, Hanukkah, or just one or two holidays. I wanted it to really be a “happy holiday” song—in general, a season’s greetings song. I’m happy I was able to accomplish that.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: Do you or your family have any fun holiday traditions?
Aneesa Sheikh: We don’t really do gift exchange—we do a little bit, but not too much. What we do is we all get together on a big family vacation where we can spend a lot of time together and be in the sun. We went to Cancún one year, and that was probably the best Christmas or holiday gift for all of us. This year, we can’t really go anywhere, so we’re all …
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