Shobha was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and moved to Toronto less than 10 years ago. Her parents’ are from Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. Recently, I had a chance to interview Shobha about her music career. 

  1. How did you get into the music industry?

I’m not sure when exactly writing songs and playing music turned into being “in the music industry”, but I guess you could say I began writing and performing in my teens and haven’t really looked back since.  I
ShobhaPressreleased my first album in 2008, got my first publishing deal with Sony/ATV earlier this year and am now starting to release singles from my upcoming sophomore album, which remains nameless at the moment.

  1. Who/what inspired you to get into this industry?

I got into the business because I realized I would never stop writing songs and trying to get them out into the world.  I got my education, had a career in Radiological Technology, then Software Sales, but all the while, still chasing the dream.  I knew if I was really going to make a go at it, I would have to make music my full time gig and put my all into it.  It’s scary but risk is everything!

  1. What kind of music do you make?

My songs are most often categorized as pop, R&B and singer/songwriter.

  1. How long have you been in the music industry?

Not sure how to accurately answer this, but I guess I’ve been writing and performing seriously for 15 years or so??

  1. What are your goals for this year? 

I plan to release an EP or full album.

  1. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Photoshoot2wall-SmallerI like to set realistic goals.  In the next 5 years I hope to stay true to myself musically, never compromising or chasing trends.  I would be honoured to be an established and recognized Canadian artist.  I’m also going to put it out there that I hope the Juno’s are in my not too distant future 🙂

  1. Have you won any awards? 

Yes – most notably, I came first place in the National Canadian Radio Star Songwriting Competition, which was held at Canadian Music Week in 2008 .  I also won a Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Urban the same year. 

  1. What would you say is your greatest accomplishment so far? 

I suppose my greatest accomplishment is managing to make records, win accolades, get national radio play, shoot music videos and receive worldwide attention and coverage completely independently.  I never had an official manager or label to help.  It’s really my own blood, sweat and tears that got me to where I am – and the music itself of course.  I definitely have been putting my time in and because of that I take nothing for granted!