Sultry looks, smooth sounds and a distinctive feel exude from the unique and sophisticated young Australian songstress, Shahirah. Exploring the compass of world music from an early age, Shahirah has a repertoire that has extended her across vocal genres such as classical, musical theatre, barbershop and ensemble work that has enabled her to tour around the country and internationally. It is her recent immersion in the field of jazz, which has established Shahirah's versatility as a vocal performer and as one of Australia's emerging and sought after talents.
Performing a wide range from standards to contemporary jazz, Shahirah also embraces Latin, ballad, soul and blues. Her song collection explores a variety of languages other than English including Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese. Shahirah also enjoys arranging and interpreting numbers from the contemporary popular music scene into unique jazz sounds. Shahirah's versatility and flair as a performer manifests in her interpretation and expression of different styles of songs. She incorporates her own ability in jazz piano by playing the Korg Synthesizer on stage, and demonstrates her rhythmic finesse by featuring percussion.
Working with some of Perth's leading jazz musicians including Lukasz Slawomirski, Tim Woolley and Steve Searle, Shahirah offers the vocal elegance of a jazz duo incorporating a keys/bass player to the fuller sound of jazz trio and quartet, offering combinations of keyboard, bass, full percussion, saxophone, clarinet, flute, trumpet, trombone and synthesised music.
Shahirah is a regular in the Perth music scene performing at a variety of restaurants and jazz lounges. She is dedicated to delivering a professional performance package at functions ranging from small soirees, landmark birthdays, weddings and corporate events.
Shahirah's highlight performance experience has been at the annual Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland in 2011 accompanied by a full jazz band. In 2008 and again in 2011 Shahirah toured Europe with the MLC Chorale and Barbershop ensembles, which won a gold medal at the World Choir Championships in Austria.
In 2009 Shahirah formed a Barbershop Quartet 'Petit Fours' and competed at the National barbershop Quartet Convention where her quartet was placed in the top ten in Australia, as well as being awarded the "Novice Quartet Award".
'Petit Fours' toured Australia together with the premier international quartet the 'Musical Island Boys' conducting workshops for school groups and encouraging youth participation in 'a cappella' singing.
Shahirah has studied classical singing and musical theatre from the age of three. She successfully completed her 8th Grade AMEB piano examination in 2009. She has also developed skills on the classical Indian instrument, the harmonium, having travelled to India where she attended workshops with accomplished musicians.
Her interest in jazz was sparked through her studies of jazz piano, a talent which she now incorporates into her jazz performances by playing the Korg Synthesizer on stage to complement her vocals.
Shahirah is currently working towards completing her Bachelors Degree at the University of Western Australia, with a double major in Marketing and Management.
Shahirah has trained with some of Perth's most renowned classical and jazz singers. She also extends her own musical skills and passion for singing not only in performance but also through vocal coaching of her own students in solo, part-singing and a cappella tuition across a variety of genres.