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Recognized in her hometown as Alive Magazine’s best emerging artist of 2008, St. Louis singer-songwriter Sheila Shahpari is poised to introduce her music to the world. Welcome to What Is Real, 11 songs destined to captivate and innovate. It’s no surprise that some of Sheila’s favorite artists come from older eras: Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, Roberta Flack.
“What I aim to provide is inspiring lyrics with intricate, yet accessible, melodies,” says Sheila. When writing, she strives to find the balance of following - and breaking - the rules, turning off her classically-trained inclination and following the song’s natural progression.