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Introducing... Shanay Holmes

RISING STAR: Shanay Holmes

MANY FEMALE singers have been affectionately dubbed as the UK’s answer to Beyoncé Knowles at one time or another.

There are young up-and-coming singers who have talent and potential in abundance, but have yet to reach the status of the Single Ladies star. But Shanay Holmes may be the exception.

Lovingly compared to Beyoncé by SBTVI after an acoustic performance on the online broadcast channel; the 23-year-old has recently released her debut single Worth The Wait.

Already establishing a career as a West End starlet, Holmes has gone from a youth choir member to performing in musicals such as The Lion King, Thriller Live and the new production of The Bodyguard.

Speaking openly about her transition from the stage to recording artist, the London-born singer explained why she feels it is not necessary to pursue higher education in the arts.

You are fairly new to music, yet you have a growing career in musical theatre, how did it all start?

Getting into musical theatre has been a long process for me because I haven’t trained. I studied at a basic level until I was 18.

I was offered a place at a drama school but the funding was so massive. It was £33,000 for a three-year course and I’m from a single parent family, so I would have had to take out a business loan to pay for it.

When you look back on your journey , do you wish you were classically trained?

No, I was told at college­­­ that training was a necessity and if I didn’t train agencies would not be interested. I don’t think it was necessary for me, but I was lucky. I’ve also worked quite hard independently to get my voice where it needs to be.

If you were offered a recording contract would you stay in musical theatre?

My goal in life is to be an international recording artist; musical theatre has been there to support me financially, while I’ve been developing.

When I did Thriller Live I really started developing my sound, now it is really time to put a single out there and get some exposure to let the music world know I’m coming.

What has been your career highlight so far?

My highlight has been performing in Trafalgar Square to ten thousand people as part of the Thriller Live cast. It was really overwhelming to perform on such a stage so early on in my singing career.

I’m not classically trained but it was the closest feeing to performing in my own concert and I don’t think a lot of new artists get to experience that.

If you weren’t a singer what would you be?

I can’t imagine life without singing. I’m sure my life would be around music somehow. It’s part of who I am and I can’t ever imagine not singing for a living. I’ve only ever had one goal and I couldn’t imagine life without music.

If you had the chance to work with anyone in the music industry who would it be?

I would love to write with Tony Garrett, he wrote the song If I Were a Boy , and I would like to work with Beyonce Knowles. She uses elements of live music in her performances and I could get a really good result from working with her and it would be amazing.

Worth The Wait is out now on for more information visit

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