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Meet Shaina

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shaina.

Shaina, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started singing when I was four, it was the first thing I did. I was always that kid who was dancing and singing. I am a natural-born performer, I love to make people laugh and feel the emotion that can’t be put into words.

My family would sit in the living room and I would perform for them. It feels like it is what I was born to do. Sometimes it’s hard to put into words.

I grew up in a bilingual household, speaking Spanish and of course, the music was part of that so it has had a huge influence in my life. I look up to Selena and Shakira. I recently have become fascinated with Korean pop music and soap operas. I started understanding and speaking the language. I taught myself the Korean alphabet and can speak, read, and write fluently.

I love singing in different languages. Right now, I can sing in Spanish, Korean, Italian, French, German, Hindi, Keltic, and Latin. I can sing songs in these languages by memorization. I feel like music is a universal language and I would just love to take my gift around the world and connect with people in their own language.

For a while, I denied my own passion. I didn’t realize the potential I could reach by pursuing music. When I was 17, I quit wrestling thanks to a concussion which is what I thought I was gonna do for a career. After, I decided to revamp my passion for music. Once the quarantine hit, I seized the opportunity to start songwriting and something in me could no longer deny that I was born to be a performer.

I graduated high school in June and one month after, I decided to get a one-way ticket to Los Angeles and pursue my dream. I came here with nothing but with everything to offer.

Has it been a smooth road?
It hasn’t been a smooth road, I’ve had a lot of people in my life that have tried to talk me out of pursuing music. I doubted my abilities for a long time but deep down inside, I knew I had it in me.

I grew up sheltered in a small town and felt so far away from where my heart longed to be in Los Angeles. Because of where I came from and the doubt cast in me, I never felt like I could realistically pursue my dreams. I’ve discovered a lot about myself and I’ve learned that the most important person that should support you is not others but yourself.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I’m a singer. I sing many genres but prefer RnB and Pop and have grown up listening to RnB and pop artists like Christina Aguilera, Etta James, Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce, and my favorite, Ariana Grande. I come from a musical family so hearing those amazing women sing so powerful I began picking up on their singing techniques so now over the years of crafting my voice on my own and pushing my vocals each time a new technique or way of singing popped up before me I set out to challenge myself to emulate those skills.

I have studied these styles and put my own spin on them which I am very proud of. I can sing in 9 languages which I think is a commodity and sets me apart. I have had no technical training and am completely self-taught. It is a natural-born gift that I want to share with the world.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I like how diverse the people, the places are like as if everywhere you go, it has its own identity. The backbone of Los Angeles is the blend of all these different cultures coming together. It makes me feel at home. Personally, since I have a love for the Korean culture, I was honestly in awe when I visited Koreatown in LA for the first time. My experience at Koreatown was everything I imagined and more. The people and the food were what I most looked forward to.

I’m still new to the city and being a new resident, I find it difficult to dislike something that is so new to me, but I am sure I will find out soon.

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Claudio Zungri, Karl André

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