Toronto native SH3, is a singer, songwriter, and producer specializing in popular music including R&B, hip hop, EDM, singer/songwriter, rock, and many more. Upon receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts Music degree from York University, she began writing professionally in Toronto’s thriving hip hop music scene including artists affiliated with Drake’s OVO. She has worked with Preme (f.k.a. P Reign), Yo Gotti, Kim Davis, Nawlage, With Lions, Eddie Kramer among others. Since then she has developed a partnership with NdroiDBeats, working on client’s projects as well as her own.
Growing up with a musical ear, SH3 began her musical journey with childhood piano lessons which then blossomed into guitar lessons. Her instrumental foundation has allowed her to understand the mechanics of songwriting in its most classic form. This foundation has set the stage for SH3’s writing style, bringing the flavors of Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and other infamous songwriters into her popular songwriting.
Versatility is key, and her openness to all genres has allowed her to understand what makes a genre great while not only effectively writing within a genre, but incorporating elements of others into its own unique sound. Her influences are without boundaries, ranging from pop-punk, to avante garde, to gospel and everything in between.
SH3 currently works with artists to help bring their musical visions to life whether it’s through the recording process, writing process, or collaborating with her own voice. SH3 also serves as the Toronto Beat Ambassador for BeatStars.
- What passion project are you working on these days?
I just recently put out a video for my latest single, ‘Gelato’ which is featured on my project, H2 Zoom Voicenotes. We shot it in Miami over a couple of days and we were able to get hold of an ice cream truck, found a great location under some palm trees, and filmed away.
- What first inspired you to become a musician/actor/dancer? What was your training?
From as young as I could remember, I always felt drawn to music and singing. I would use my garden hose as a pretend mic, stacks things to make a stage, it felt intuitive to do those things. My parents took notice, and even though I wanted to sing they felt it was important I learn piano first. So at age 7, I took piano lessons for five years until I started vocal lessons at 12. From there I started studying guitar at 17, and by 18 I decided to study jazz voice post-secondary.
- What are some challenges that you have faced while building a career in the arts and how did you overcome them?
Anxiety is probably a big one. I’m very used to being behind the scenes as either a songwriter, audio engineer, producer, etc. so making myself be the focus and all the things that come with it can be scary at times. I’m introverted at heart, which makes networking not the easiest of tasks, but practice and exposure are how I continue to cope.
- What lessons have you learned that has proven the most valuable?
Try not to overthink and just go. I can be a hoarder with my music, having songs tucked away in folders waiting for the ‘perfect time’ to release them or whatever the reason may be. A huge lesson is to just start, because you will evolve, and those songs that meant so much to you might not be representative of who you are in a year or two years. You actually end up holding yourself back because you have to stay in the headspace of whatever that song meant to you. It’s better to be current with yourself.
- What is your WHY? (why do you do what you do?)
Honestly, there’s nothing else I feel is as fulfilling. Believe me, if there was something else I loved just as much, I’d probably do that instead [on a professional level] cause this career path is not easy. You need to be patient, thick-skinned, tenacious, savvy in many ways and it doesn’t always allow the structure and stability other career paths offer. I do this because it is so deeply a part of me, I’d go nuts if I didn’t do it.