TWU's Got Talent
Local contest win jumpstarts student's music career
Shy Sharity has a name destined for the billboard charts. But alliterative title aside, the fourth-year SAMC Media + Communication student comes by her fame honestly. “I sang my first solo at the age of five, and have been involved in music of some type or another ever since,” she says. Her grandparents were both singers, and her grandfather played violin and harmonica.
In February, the 22-year-old won the Variety’s Got Talent competition, part of the Variety Show of Hearts Telethon to raise funds for BC children with special needs. Hosted by the Global BC News Team, the competition is broadcast to more than 1.5 million viewers. Winning pushed Sharity into the spotlight where she first garnered media attention; the following day she sang her winning song, “The Story,” on Global News.
When asked if she gets nervous on stage, she explains, “Church has really helped me with that. I sang in church on Sundays over the last several years. I love to perform—whether at a huge venue or small venue, I just like to engage with people.”
She describes her musical style as a cross between Taylor Swift and Paramore, an alt-rock/punk band from Tennessee. Since her big break, Sharity has opened for Wynonna Judd at the Red Robinson Theatre in Coquitlam, BC, made the top 10 in the Canada-wide Much Music/Coca-Cola Covers Competition, and performed at the Merritt Mountain Music Festival. She continues to write songs, and looks forward to cutting a demo someday soon.
Watch a video by student Shy Sharity.
By Jennifer Watton