SciryL, Lyrics backwards, a poet, rapper, singer, lyrical
genius. Real name Brian Henry, Harlem born and raised. He started writing
in the 6th grade and has not looked back since. The now 22 yr old, was
introduced to the poetry scene at the age of 17, when his High school
English teacher noticed his talent for writing and persuaded him to take
part in the City Wide slam held every year by Urban Word NYC.
This was a turning point in his life. In 2005 he was chosen from 500 poets
citywide to be part of the Urban Word team. The 6 person team went to
the National Slam Competition, held every year by Brave New Voices. They
went on to take 1st place, making them number 1 in the country in 2005
at the tender age of 17.
This experience changed SciryL's life. Being around so many different
people, cultures and attitudes, enabled him to feed from the new influences
which surrounded him and he began taking his craft as a skilled poet and
He was invited to be on HBO's most recent season of Def Poetry and he
has also been featured on BET's Freestyle on Spring Bling. Working with
artist's such as Charles Hamilton, Al Be Back, Akil Dasan, Dead Prez,
XV, Esso to name but a few. He is currently the featured artist in Pepsi's
Refresh Project airing on VH1 & MTV for which he wrote, sings, rhymes
and was the musical director for the piece, you'll be seeing a lot more
SciryL is constantly performing, writing, touring, recording, teaching,
and living for music. He has performed all around New York City, including
BAM(Brooklyn Academy of Music) rocking with Dead Prez and Arrested Development,
The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and recently at the Apollo Theatre, opening
up the 2010 Urban Word NYC finals.
SciryL grew up listening to everything from James Brown to Nas, Run DMC,
Sade, Nina Simone, Mc Lyte, Bob Dylan and Bob Marley. His ears and mind
always open to anything new, fresh and beautiful.
One of his biggest influences is Abiondun Oyewole, of the Last Poets.
For the past 30 years, he has an open house, at his own home in Harlem,
where you can eat, drink, read poetry, talk, love and be beautiful. SciryL
is practically a fixture there every Sunday, enjoying the vibes and breathing
in the energy.
SciryL has already written and recorded 3 albums and continues to work
on new material, he says "I see so many young poets and musicians step
onto stage for the first time looking exactly like I did, and I still
feel that energy in me, from them. Every new poet I hear brings me back
to that first day, and that is what keeps this passion burning for our
people, and our words".