In addition to being a pop singer and composer, Sharl is also a doctor. ‘Pure relevance’ was the label’s description of her early releases on a UK independent record label.
Sharl grew up in a little town in the United Kingdom, consuming Top 40 and fashion magazines and dreaming of a simple life path: moving to a major city, becoming a doctor, and living happily ever after with a wardrobe full of designer clothes.
Let her take you on a tour of her musical journey. With the release of her new track, “I Fell In Love,” she also shared her story with us.
How did you get into music?
I got into music at a young age because I wanted to copy my older brother by starting music lessons! So I started playing the piano and violin when I was three. From there I just kept doing more music in various forms and it became a huge part of my life. I discovered songwriting in my teenage years and then recording music, which are my absolute favourite things to do. I then signed to an indie label in the UK with which I released my first album.
What field or genre are you into and how would you describe it?
Pop music is my genre, I tend to have a singer-songwriter perspective but it’s mostly electro-pop songs that I end up making. My upcoming album “City Lights” covers a big range of styles within pop: it has inspirations all the way from ballad styles to pop-rock, disco, hyper pop and trap.
What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
My first album was called “you.me.love.dreams” and was released in 2011, produced by REDVERZ.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
I’m motivated by the whole music creation process itself. It’s such a satisfying, unique and personal journey for every song. Writing a song and seeing it come to life all the way from the initial ideas, to recording, hearing the production develop and knowing the evolution of the tiny details along the way to ultimately create the final track is something I really love.
My inspiration comes from my emotions and experiences, which I think are quite common to many people! So I hope that people can enjoy relating to that in my music.
What do you look out for in this line of business?
I look out for supporting other artists in the community, growth through collaboration, and the unique experiences which I wouldn’t have outside of music.
What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
There are lots of challenges in the practicalities of being an independent artist. But on the flip side, it’s amazing having so much creative freedom so I am embracing and enjoying it all!
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
it’s had a huge impact. The internet has made music so much more accessible to us, but to the point where it’s so ubiquitous that it’s easy to overlook the value of music. Overall I think it’s a huge positive to be able to access music easily though, as a listener you can explore different artists and genres in a way that you would have been much less likely to before.
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
My advice would be to keep writing, try to avoid putting pressure on yourself and let it evolve naturally. Enjoy the process and appreciate what makes your writing individual compared to other songwriters.
What is your current project about?
I wrote City Lights during the lockdowns in Melbourne and it is a reflection on my time in the city after moving here a few years before that. So it’s like a musical journal of my thoughts and experiences in life and love over the last few years.
What are your hobbies?
My hobbies at the moment are exercise (my latest obsession is sweating it out in heated classes!), exploring the city, listening to podcasts and reading. And I love travelling so I can’t wait to do that again!
What do you do aside from this profession?
Aside from my hobbies and this profession, my other profession is working as a medical doctor. It is a really rewarding occupation and definitely shaped my development as a person.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Thank you so much for listening to my music! I truly appreciate the support you give me and it makes me the happiest to hear people enjoying my songs. I am just at the start of this exciting journey as an artist and hope we will continue to grow together.