Shara Strand is a singer, songwriter and performer with a great commercial edge and is our latest Sonicbids competition winner. Shara is currently working to promote her latest EP; Born Tonight and we were delighted when she agreed to complete an interview with Song Revelation. Read on to discover what other artists Shara looks up to, which tracks she is inspired by and what she does to relax when not working.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
Pop music written and performed with heart, soul, and meaning.
Q: What is your musical background?
I started in NYC professional theater as a child performer at age 12. I went to NYU Tisch as a musical theater major, and decided pop was my calling when I was exposed to the reality of it.
Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?
Exciting and a roller coaster! I wrote and released my debut EP Born Tonight (released June 20th). The remix by Grammy Nominated Mike Rizzo is hitting airwaves currently, with a full-scale radio promotion by the end of October.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
My fans. Their journeys. I usually get inspired most by stories that people tell me of their struggles and celebrations! I LOVE Barbara Streisand and Ella Fitzgerald!
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
I believe that Adele released my favorite album, 21, of all time!
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
Jason Mraz! Kelly Clarkson! Robin Thicke!
Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?
My own remix of “Jekyll Or Hyde”, Jason Mraz “I’m Yours” is my favorite new song.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
I usually get amazing tracks from producers, and then start to write melody and lyrics.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
Personally, I love beautiful and meaningful lyrics. They tell the story, which is why a song is written.
Q: Where are you based?
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
There is a ton of energy and passion in NYC. NEVER a dull moment.
Q: What are you currently working on?
A Christmas song for this coming season called “Don’t Let Christmas Go”. I am also setting up new photo shoots and gigs.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Being signed to D1 music and releasing my debut EP, opening for Pat Benatar, traveling the country signing at over 15 pride festivals, listening to a Mike Rizzo remix on MY song!
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?
I would like to get commercial airplay so my music hits people around the globe. I would like to release my debut ALBUM this year as well.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
It’s all about the writing process right now.
Q: What do you do to relax?
Relax? What’s that? I do LOVE massages
Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?
My favorite holiday would be in the UK or Thailand. I just LOVE the energy and vibe in both places!
Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?
The music BUSINESS and singing are two totally different things. Develop a thick skin and let determination being your best quality!
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
Please check out Born Tonight, my debut EP It has 5 songs and two versions of each (acoustic and pop versions) enjoy!
Editor’s Note: Shara Strand works to create uplifting songs with heartfelt lyrics. Make sure that you follow Shara on her journey over the coming months and years. At Song Revelation we’re sure you’ll be glad you did.
If you’d like to learn more about or get in touch with Shara Strand just follow the links below: