Shara never thought that a career in music would be possible, especially coming from such a tiny island. After seeing her cousin take the stage at a local event in late 2011, she decided to take a shot at her dreams. In the years to follow she has released hit singles in the soca, zouk and r&b genres, as well as deliver killer performances at clubs and larger arenas on Anguilla. Thirsty for more, Shara started to experiment with two of her other favorite genres, Island Pop and EDM.
Her silky yet powerful vocals translate well in several genres, but stand out on EDM, soca, afrobeat and pop tracks. In her own words “I love upbeat music, nobody wants to feel sad. So if my songs can help you get through your day or light your party on fire, I’m more than happy.”
Besides her distinct Anguillian accent, it is not hard to tell that she is a Caribbean girl at heart. Her distinct flare and energy meshed with musical influences make her style eclectic yet addictive to listeners. Her distinct Caribbean twist on dance music is quite unique. Although she prides herself in sounding a bit different, her dream is to collaborate with some of her favorite producers and artists including Marshmellow, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Akon and Ellie Golding. “I absolutely love it when artists from different worlds collaborate and come out with a winning song. I am definitely not afraid of experimenting with my music.”
One of the hardest working artists in her region, she says her aim is to have her music in “everyone’s headphones and at all the big festivals.” Get ready world! Shara Vallee is here!
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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
My base is dance music. Specifically dance pop, EDM etc. However, I was born and raised in the Caribbean so naturally I infuse genres from the region including soca, reggae, dancehall and zouk.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
Shara is my given name, however I wanted to pay homage to my island Anguilla. The capital town is "The Valley". So I decided to put a twist on that and use it in my stage name.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
My dad first and foremost. He's an awesome guitar player and singer. He introduced me to the world of music when I was a toddler. Over the years I have been influenced by many artists. However if I had to choose a few, Jess Glynne, Ellie Goulding, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Shenseea and Nailah Blackman definitely stand out.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
Right now I am just writing like crazy. I do have some dream collabs, however nothing is concrete as yet so I can't say.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
My ultimate goal is to top the billboard dance charts. That and reach as many people as possible with my music. We should all be happy. I want to make the world dance.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
My favorite track to perform live is Tipsy. I love to see the crowd jumping and smiling.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
Thus far my biggest challenge has been reaching the masses. There's a whole big world out there. I intend for my music to reach as many people as it possibly can.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
My writing partner and I source beats from multiple producers. We pick the ones that really tickle our ears (LOL). The ones that sound unique yet have the right groove. We then come up with the hook first and then write the verses accordingly. Most of the time I take my headphones and writing pad and go to the beach. The atmosphere inspires me. I've written some of my best material on the beach.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Tremendously. Its helped me reach existing fans and allowed me to reach new fans. It also offers me a window to the rest of the music world. I can see what's going on out there and what people are liking musically, visually, fashion wise etc.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
I listen to both new and older tracks. If a song is good, its good. Right now I'm into
Roddy Ricch- High Fashion
Rotimi- Love Riddim
Nailah Blackman- Boujee
Ellie Goulding- Burn
Nessa Preppy- Snack
Ariana Grande- 7 Rings
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I was actually a Pageant girl which is surprising because I'm somewhat of a Tom Boy. I also worked in a bank.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Never take no for an answer. Strive to do better and be better everyday. Listen to your instinct, not your detractors.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I would try remove the barriers when it comes to physical appearance. Great music comes from people of all races, shapes and sizes. What the artist looks like should not matter.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Originality makes a huge difference. When an artist's music is unique it really gives a glimpse into their background and who they are as a person. I find that so interesting.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
I'm just an island girl that's trying to make the world happy through my music. I'm trying to make the world come together and dance to my unique blend of "riddims".
I love you guys!