This year on April 29th and April 30th SJU will be hosting the annual Rock to Remember virtual concert from 8pm-10pm virtually on Zoom. This will be an event you definitely do not want to miss! The concert will be held to bring awareness to the Saint Joseph’s campus on the issue of food insecurity, this two night special will include artists like MatRAD, Ionika, and two of our fellow hawks Nick Shisler and Shira!

Rock to Remember Instagram Page. Photo by Jaden Barling

I was lucky enough to get an interview with Shira to ask her a few questions about her music and how she got involved with Rock to Remember. 

Shira’s Instagram Page. Photo by Jaden Barling

1.     Hey Shira, tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a rising senior this year and I’m working on a Biology major with a minor in Psychology, I’m from Downingtown, PA which is only an hour from here.

2.     How did you become interested in music?

I became interested in music when I was ten years old and my mother decided to enroll me in singing lessons, the age-old story, but just for three years. I really enjoyed it and I continued to be involved with music all this time, with eleven years of piano and even random years of flute, I still sang any moment I could, and I practiced by myself by learning the style of other artists and how to control my voice, riffs, and such.

3.     How would you describe your music?

I am a cover artist, so I would describe the covers I do as reflective of my own music taste, which would be R&B.

4.     Who are your biggest inspirations in music and in your own life?

One of my inspirations would honestly be Khalid. He started to write music from a young age as well and released his first album when he was only 18 years old. Another one is SZA, notably for her vocals and her lyricism. 

5.     What has been the biggest challenges as an artist breaking out into the music industry during covid?

Unfortunately, opportunities to perform are really hard to get during COVID-19, so I’m truly grateful to have this chance to sing. Without events like this, it’s really hard to get exposure.

6.     How did you get to be one of the lucky artists chosen to be in this year’s Rock to Remember concert?

Thanks to my friend, Silvino Alexander is the one who pitched me to those who are planning the concert! Also, shoutout to Noah McMahon who is accompanying me on the guitar!

7.     Since this virtual concert is about raising awareness against food insecurity, what are your own thoughts about this issue?

Food insecurity is an important issue to raise awareness about. People we may know could have trouble having food on the table, so it’s incredibly important to have resources on campus in order to help everyone in need out. 

8.     Do you have any work up on Soundcloud or on Spotify that our audience could go check out?

I unfortunately do not have a Soundcloud or Spotify, just my Instagram page!

9.     Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I hope to release an album or two when inspiration strikes! If not, I’ll definitely continue to sing and learn more on how to get better.

10.  And last, but not least, is there an album out right now that we should all go check out?

I’m obsessed with Table For Two by Lucky Daye right now!

Be Sure To Check Out Her Instagram Page! →  @shirasings_

Remember to Support Shira on April 30th!

Get Your Tickets Here For The Rock To Remember Concert!