She accomplished an extremely successful 50-state promotional tour selling over 2,000 copies of her EP, playing more than 70 shows in 6 months, and filling a variety of venues from colleges to coffee shops around the country. She also gained a wide and faithful fan base through personal contact and a blog titled “Packing Light – Far Field Tour 2010.” The blog, written by Ally Spotts, chronicled the adventures of the two girls as they traveled across the country; recounting a variety of stories and adventures from busking on the streets of Portsmouth, NH to playing high-profile venues like the Hotel Café in Los Angeles. The title track, Far Field, has been featured on Portland’s KINK.FM Spotlight series and several music blogs including Welcome Hohmes “Best of 2010” list. “2010 was busy, but this is just the beginning” Sharaya states optimistically as she shares plans for what’s next. Once she got a taste of life on the road, she couldn’t go back to her day-job, she laughs. Still, Sharaya emphasizes that her life as an independent artist is more than a full time job.
Sharaya is scheduled to release her second 5-track EP titled “Rush” in March of 2011 and a full-length live/acoustic album shortly after. She is also scheduling a spring tour of the southeast. In April she will be tracking background vocals for The River Empires, an Indie/Folk/Rock band out of Portland, OR that she’s been involved with since its origination in 2008. CD Release shows for the Rush EP have already been booked in Maui, Anchorage, and Portland where fans are anxiously awaiting her latest recordings. Sharaya has been compared by her fans to contemporary artists Ingrid Michelson and Feist– a comparison that speaks most vividly to the warmth of her melodies and richness of her vocal tones.
Her lyrics are refreshingly sweet, a perfect match to her tender disposition. She speaks frankly to the complexities of relationships that no twenty-something—or anyone else for that matter—can escape. Her lyrics are smart and inviting. Where her reputation does not yet precede her, raw talent certainly does. In any venue, at any time of day, this artist seizes audiences effortlessly. Sharaya currently resides in Nashville TN.
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