Photo by Danielle Gillard
Chasing the northern lights on the icy lake in Yellowknife is where Shayda felt most at home. On long winter nights she would write poetry, record endless hours of freestyle singing, and dance her heart out. With Ukrainian and Persian background, Shayda has been immersed in a rich culture of music, dance, and storytelling her whole life. Hearing her father chant Persian prayers at a young age influenced her own singing style- taking on a tone of reverence for something mystical and beyond herself. Fusing many different styles and sounds, such as blues, jazz, and soul, she sings about dreams and aspirations for humanity. Combining harmonies, smooth sultry beats, energetic lyrics, and a joyful presence, Shayda brings her heart to the stage with the belief in the healing power of music for all people- regardless of personal history, race or language. She currently resides in Vernon, British Columbia where she pursues singing, song writing, recording, and the healing arts.