w/ Country Singer/Songwriter 'Shantaia'
Hosted by Kim Cyr
Presented by NOW and THEN Magazine
Shantaia is a Country singer & songwriter. Growing up, Shantaia always had a love for country music, entering competitions across the country and performing on stage every chance she had. Already in singing lessons at the age of 3, guitar followed at age 6 and a love for writing songs soon after at age 9 when her great grandpa became ill. Shantaia wrote her very first song about losing a loved one and what it would be like when they were gone. Writing songs about her life and experiences has been second nature since.
Shantaia was the youngest recipient to ever receive a 10k20 grant from Rawlco Radio at age 13 to record an eight song album featuring all original music. later that same year, Shantaia won the Big Country Talent show competition in Regina and performed on the Craven Country Jamboree Main Stage. Flash forward to a young girl just of high school, in December of 2015, Shantaia had the opportunity to record 3 original songs in Nashville with CCMA and Juno award winning artist Crystal Shawanda, and in 2016, released her first single “Crave You” to radio and after the release of her sophomore single 'Girls Like Me" had a successful radio & concert tour across western Canada.
A notable memory for the 22 year old, Shantaia was asked to audition by “The Voice” for season 8, but chose to stay true to her roots and continue on her own path. Since then she has again been asked to audition for "The Voice" by the casting producers. Beginning at a young age, she has had the privilege to have toured the festival circuit, opening for countless Country Artists from The Bellamy Brothers, Charlie Major & Kane Brown to Ryan Hurd & Emerson Drive, and most recently, Chris Lane and Cold Creek County and played major festivals such as Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Dauphin's Country Fest, North by North East and Country Thunder Saskatchewan.
Shantaia was named Emerging Artist of the Year in 2019 at the SCMA awards, and excitedly ended her 2019 touring season with her first ever full band show in Nashville, TN for the major music festival and conference, AmericanaFest. Starting 2020 on a high note, Shantaia released her new single "I Wish You Would" on January 3rd, which curated over 100,000 streams on Spotify in just over 3 weeks. Her highly anticipated EP "Chapter One" (produced by Doug Oliver, engineered by Trevor Macleod, and mixed by Scott Cooke and Jordan Oorebeek) was released on April 3rd 2020.
''Shantaia is a very impressive singer/songwriter,'' says Kim Cyr for NOW and THEN Magazine and host of Music's Journey Podcast. ''To hear how grounded she was as a young girl at the age of 13 years of age and to believe in herself enough to release an 8 song EP of all original songs is pretty incredible. She has accomplished so much already and I can't wait to see the musical journey she has right in front of her. Shantaia is a natural singer/songwriter with a huge career ahead of her,'' says Cyr.
''Shantaia has settled into her new place in Nashville and is working hard to hone her craft as a songwriter and her creativity as an artist that delivers honesty and vulnerability in her songs,'' says Cyr. ''She has been busy writing and preparing to start filming her next video for her new single 'Had A Good Weekend' in Nashville, with some very special friends for April this year. Shantaia has some great insight into the music industry and her place in it. Shantaia has found her home in Music City and we will be all watching for her in April, at the SCMA awards,'' says Cyr. Listen to my interview with this talented songstress HERE!
Had a Good Weekend-Shantaia
Two Cents- Shantaia (Official Lyric Video)