Artist Name: Shakira Lea Fauser
Shakira Lea Fauser is a 19 year old singer/songwriter from Whyalla, South Australia.
Shakira Lea is one of 2 recipients of the prestigious “Whyalla Recording Scholarship” which offers young original artists from regional South Australia the opportunity to audition for – and then win – a professional recording and distribution package valued at over $10,000.
Shakira Lea will record her original song called “I MISS YOU” which is a powerful ballad written during a time when a friend had suffered the loss of a child.
The Whyalla Recording Scholarship (WRS) is fully sponsored by Whyalla’s one-stop music shop Stormfront Productions – a Brand SA Hall Of Fame Inductee for services to Regional music & arts.
The inaugural WRS winner was BREEZE Millard (www.breezemillard) and the other 2018 recipient is 17 year old Liberty Tuohy (www.facebook.com/LibertyTuohyMusic)
Winning the WHYALLA RECORDING SCHOLARSHIP will be the kick-start I need to launch my career as an original recording artist.
What Music activities are you involved in? Recording artist, songwriter, composer, producer, engineer?
Singer, songwriter, recording artist.
What are you most proud of musically?
There are two things that I’m most proud of. The first would be at a live performance when my great-grandma and great-grandad (who had dementia) came to watch me. My great-Grandad remembered who I was on that day because of my singing which was a really special moment. The other would be the fact that I have won the Whyalla Recording Scholarship this year which gives me the opportunity to record and release my original music, which is a dream come true and still so exhilarating.
How would you describe your music?
My music is emotional and expressive. My Whyalla Recording Scholarship winning song is called “I Miss You” and is about a sensitive subject which is also the case for much of my music.
How much of what goes into your music is life experience?
Most of my songs are based on my life experiences or those of the people around me. I’ve written songs about being bullied, feeling alone, being different, suicide and baby loss. I feel like writing a song about some of those topics is a great way to express emotions, and can be a way for other people to relate to topics which are sometimes confrontational.
Who was your musical inspiration?
I’m inspired by a lot of different artists. Some of my biggest inspirations are Amy winehouse, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Between The Trees
How important is music in your life?
Music is my life. It’s always been a way for me to express myself and it’s such a comfort to me. It’s always been an outlet for my emotions and helped me overcome some of the hardest things in life
How long does it take you to write a song from start to finish?
It depends on the song really. If I’m feeling inspired it can take as little as an hour for me to write the lyrics and often I’ll put chords to it at a different time. Other times when I’m asked to write a song it can take me up to a few weeks to write the lyrics and chords. Some songs I don’t know what direction I want the music to take so often I’ll leave the lyrics and come back to it a later.
My final thoughts to inspire young musicians:
I believe that all young people should be true to themselves when pursuing a musical career. Be inspired by others but find your own sound and voice, and don’t just copy others. Find somebody who can offer you the right advice and who genuinely wants to see you succeed. Be strong and patient and enjoy every experience.
Shakira Lea Fauser,
Thank you on behalf of Listening Edge Records for taking time to share with us your thoughts on music, and helping inspire musicians of all ages.Trevor Baron President Listening Edge Records