Cathing Up with Songstress Shira

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Born in Rochester, NY to Israeli parents and split her time growing up between Israel and the States, Shira brings her music with a mission. Her beautifully crafted new song and video for “Usually,” takes us on the road with the artist as it captures her experiences last year.
After her service in the Israeli Army Band she moved to NYC and fell madly in love with the concrete jungle. As she was cast in a few Off Broadway shows, one of those Off Broadway shows was, Solitary Light, at Axis Theater Company where she met the incredible Paul Carbonara, former music director and guitarist of the pop band Blondie. As they worked on Solitary Light a magical musical connection emerged and they’ve been musical partners ever since. Together they recorded Shira’s debut indie fairy folk album, Till the Sun Comes. and Shira’s upcoming 2020 album which we’ll be hearing this year. We caught up with Shira for an exclusive interview below!


Congratulations on your new single release “Usually”! What inspired you to pen the track?
Thank you! I wrote this song right before I left for my first 12 city solo tour. I was terrified, but I also had that curl in my toes that told me something good was about to happen… I had no idea what was waiting for me…That tour ended being life changing in many ways. I played 12 shows in 12 cities in 15 days and drove all the way from San Antonio, Texas to NYC. I loved every single moment. The video is a collection of moments from that tour.
Now, in these crazy Corona days, the song takes on an even deeper meaning when I sing-

“𝘋𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘭𝘦𝘵 𝘧𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘬𝘪𝘤𝘬 𝘪𝘯

𝘪𝘵’𝘴 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘳𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘳…

𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘥𝘳𝘰𝘱 𝘰𝘧 𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘪𝘴 𝘨𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘢 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩

𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘨𝘰 𝘢𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘢 𝘵𝘳𝘺…

𝘥𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘭𝘦𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘱𝘢𝘴𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘣𝘺!”

In your eyes how does the new single differ from your past work, but also how does it coincide?

I call my music “Fairy Folk” and I believe this song totally falls under that genre.
If my 1st album was more on the chill side of fairy folk this song is more sitting at the wheel driving on the highway on the way to fairyland.

When it comes to constructing the lyricism for your songs, do you pen the words before the music ?

They usually arrive almost together because usually the words already hold the melody within them; it’s just my works to dig in and find it.

Do you keep a journal of both lyric and melody ideas ?

Definitely… All of my half baked songs are in my voice notes.

What is your favorite part of being a musician?

The gift and privilege to bring healing, joy and connection through music.

As this year is a bit away from the norm, have you found new ways to engage fans? What do you foresee as the next wave of focus for musicians ?

I’ve been doing a lot of live streams and jamming with musician friends all around the globe (follow me on IG and check it out @shiramusic) and I have a new song and music video I’m going to release really soon!

I think this time is driving everyone to be very creative in how to connect. I believe we will surprise ourselves…
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