At just 17 years old, Shalyah Fearing has already proven that she is both immensely talented and mind-bogglingly fearless. Born and raised in Hudson, Florida, Shalyah began singing at just 5 years old, taking up the piano a few years later. At 12, she received a full scholarship to the Performing Arts Center in Tampa, starring in productions of Shrek, The Little Princess, and The Little Mermaid. Then at age 15 she captivated TV viewers week after week on The Voice, Season 10, with Team Adam, gracing the Top 8 amidst an outpouring of critical acclaim.
“I want my story to inspire young people like myself to go out there and get what they want,” Shalyah affirms. “You have to work for it. That’s what I’m doing now. I’m working for it, and I’m going to get it.”
Now, the rising soulful pop singer is showing who she is as an artist in her HUGE first single, “I’ll Get Over You”, which was featured on Sway’s A&R Roadshow Playlist.
We got to do a quick Q&A with Shalyah Fearing! Here it is in full:
- What’s the inspiration behind the record for you personally?
This song inspires me because it talks about being hurt by someone you love and that is something we can all relate to, but eventually over time you will get over it, hopefully.
- What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I love acting, writing poetry, playing the piano, and reading. I also have an extroverted personality and love to perform, but I can be a complete introvert as well. Its complicated.
- How did you get started in music so young & how do you overcome fears to create fearlessly so young girrrrlllll?
I come from a very musical family. I started at the age of 6 or 7, listening to my dad in his studio and listening to music on the radio. I always loved to sing and whenever people heard me singing they would tell me i have a beautiful voice and that i should audition for a talent show. My family encouraged me with vocal lessons, and I kept singing and growing. I have confidence in myself and my God-given talent to take a song to the next level and make it my own. I believe in myself and so does my family. That support helps me to overcome fears and create music fearlessly.
- What’s next for you in 2018?
I will be steadily releasing music throughout 2018, we’ve been writing and recording like crazy. If my music takes off then I will put college on hold for a while and see if there is a career in music for me. I am working very hard toward that goal. I also recently had the honor of singing backing vocals for the great K Michelle’s new album, on a song called “Rounds” that my producers, Katalyst, produced!!
- What do you hope to tell your listeners with your music?
I would like my audience to connect emotionally when listening to my voice, whether it is to laugh, cry, smile, hurt, or heal. I strive to inspire my fans by putting everything I’ve got into my music and every performance. I leave it all on the table!
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