Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Shona Mairi Crossan, England, 8th April 1994. Started learning to play piano at age of 7 and have home videos of me singing at age of 3.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

For the last 6 years I have been Shona Mairi, as I wanted it to be a bit unique, but I got tired of people not being able to pronounce it so changed it to my full name (although this still gets pronounced wrong!).

Musical background – I was brought up learning classical violin and piano as well as folk violin. I used these influences combined with my love of pop to write my own songs as a teenager. I spent years performing locally before doing a 4 year degree in Music. It was at university that I discovered jazz which added a new element to my song writing. Since graduating I’ve continued writing and have been trying to find my ‘sound’.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

I still don’t know what genre my music fits into – it’s not just pop but it’s not just jazz or soul either. It’s something in between that I’ve not found a name for yet.

The concept behind ‘Face It All’ is the idea of feeling so content and comfortable with someone that you feel you can take on the world together and anything’s possible. I hate to admit it because it’s so cheesy, but I think this was a reflection of my own life and the love and support I was receiving to start pursuing music more.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

As a musician, I feel confident, experienced and knowledgeable. As a musician in the music business, I feel like a complete novice! As an independent musician particularly, there are so many aspects that need time and devotion. Whilst making this EP I have been working full time and spending every other available minute on the music. I’ve loved it though – I’m learning a lot all the time about treating it like a business, in terms of negotiation, decision making, time management and separating the love for the music from the business side of things.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

The main support for this release has been Entheos Music. (https://www.facebook.com/Entheosmusichq/?ref=br_rs) They initially agreed to do a day of recording with me and none of us realised it would turn into such a big project that we all care so much about. They’re also incredibly talented and can take care of photography, recording, production, music video production and in my case, general emotional support!

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I still feel completely new to the industry, but the goal is to one day be able to spend most of my time writing, creating and performing music. Whether that’s independently or not I don’t mind.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Love, people, really good gigs and life events.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I think for the radio – repetition. Otherwise, I think you need lyrics with a bit of depth that someone can relate to.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

I hope you enjoy what you hear J.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

The same advice I’m giving myself at the moment – give everything time and patience, and if the ‘end goal’ has become unclear then step back and reassess.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

‘Face It All’ is actually my debut release. I will be releasing the full ‘Face It All’ EP in December along with a launch gig on 17th December at Hyde Park Book Club in Leeds, UK.

A highlight this year was supporting Natalie Holmes on her UK ‘Calm Places’ tour.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

Amazing Radio

Earmilk (to be posted)

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

Lyrics – I try to let these come naturally. Sometimes it will be to express a feeling, sometimes I just want to make it rhyme!

I’m actually not the biggest fan of recording – I much prefer singing live. But I do love when I can finally hear extra parts of the song (harmonies, other instruments) in reality rather than just in my head.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Corinne Bailey Rae, Tom Misch, Zara Larsson, Gabrielle Aplin and Lianne la Havas.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

I recently collaborated with singer- songwriter Will Killen; I added vocals and violin to his beautiful track, ‘In My Arms’, which you can listen to here: https://open.spotify.com/track/3tMVYmTyrPqZ7Ux5tY5ige

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

https://www.shonacrossan.co.uk/

http://facebook.com/shonacrossanmusic

https://www.instagram.com/shonacrossanmusic/

https://www.youtube.com/shonacrossanmusic

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0r1GGy3Kzy79g6ketoyBdZ

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/face-it-all-single/1304380569

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

I think they happened at the same time. The happiness was being in Australia, had just found out I had got a 1st in my degree, and I spent the day on the Great Barrier Reef – amazing. This was also the same day as my Granny’s funeral on the other side of the world that I couldn’t be at. It was a really strange, bittersweet day.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I’d start by giving a lot to charities and then enjoy what’s left. I’d buy a house, do some traveling and make an album.


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