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Shura English Singer
Shura
Alexandra Lilah Denton
Born 17 June 1991 (age 26)
Hammersmith, England
Genres
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • synthesiser
2011-present
Labels
Website weareshura.com

Alexandra Lilah Denton (also known as Aleksandra Lilah Yakunina-Denton, born 17 June 1991),[6][7][8] known professionally as Shura, is an English singer, songwriter and record producer.

Life and career

Shura grew up in Manchester. Her mother is a Russian actress and her father is an English documentary filmmaker.[1] She has two brothers, one of whom is her twin, Nicholas Denton, who has starred in three of his sister's music videos: "Touch", "White Light" and "What's It Gonna Be?".[9] She began playing the guitar when she was 13 years old and started recording music at 16.[10][11] Shura had been a promising footballer in her youth and played for Manchester City from under 11 to under 16 level.[12] While reading English Literature at University College London,[13] she formed a band with guitarist Patrick Duncombe and collaborated with producer Hiatus (Cyrus Shahrad). Shura took a gap year after her university studies and developed her songwriting skills while working in the Amazon rainforest.[14]

Following her work with Hiatus, Shura decided to assume creative control over the production of her music. During night shifts at her workplace (a video editing facility), she watched YouTube tutorial videos on how to use music production software.[14][15] Her single "Touch", co-produced with Joel Pott of Athlete, drew positive notice from internet blogs during early 2014; its music video was co-directed and edited by Shura herself.[1][14][16] Two other singles, "Just Once" and "Indecision", followed the same year, and Shura produced a remix of Jessie Ware's single "Say You Love Me".[17][18][19][20] Shura was longlisted in the BBC Sound of 2015 poll.[21] Shura is also signed to Universal Music Publishing Group in the United Kingdom.[22] She released the single "2Shy" in March 2015, followed by "White Light" and a performance film titled Three Years in June 2015.[23][24][25] An EP titled White Light was released in the United States in July.[26] The same year, Shura performed at music festivals including Bestival, Festival N°6, and Latitude.[25]

In December 2014 she was named as one of the nominated acts on the longlist for the BBC music poll Sound of 2015.[27]Mumford & Sons have covered her song "2Shy".[28]

Shura's "Touch" was released on 18 February 2016 alongside a version featuring Talib Kweli.[29] The Original Mix was released on Record Store Day 2016 as a limited 12" single featuring remixes from Canvas and Delorean.[30]

Her debut album Nothing's Real was released on 8 July 2016 via Polydor Records.[31]

Artistry

Shura's musical influences include Blood Orange, Mariah Carey, Phil Collins, J Dilla, Drake, Peter Gabriel, Haim, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Elton John, Madonna, Massive Attack, Pink Floyd, Pixies, Portishead, Prince, Diana Ross, Patrice Rushen and Tina Turner.[1][9][14][15][32]

Discography

Albums

Title Details Peak chart positions
UK
[33]
BEL
(FL)

[34]
BEL
(WA)

[35]
IRE
[36]
SCO
[37]
SWI
[38]
US Heat
[39]
Nothing's Real
  • Released: 8 July 2016
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
13 73 130 73 15 35 12

Singles

  • "Touch" (2014)
  • "Indecision" (2014)
  • "2Shy" (2015)
  • "White Light" (2015)
  • "What's It Gonna Be?" (2016)
  • "Nothing's Real" (2016)

Featured singles

  • Mura Masa - "Love for That" (2015) (featuring Shura)

Remixes

References

  1. ^ a b c d Cragg, Michael (11 November 2014). "Meet Shura, Electro-Pop's Downy New Poster Girl". The Fader. Retrieved 2016. 
  2. ^ Hillyard, Kim (9 September 2014). "Next Wave #597: Shura". Clash. Retrieved 2017. 
  3. ^ Levy, Joe (29 July 2016). "Review: Shura's 'Nothing's Real' Is a Downer Glam Gem". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017. 
  4. ^ "Four Tet unveils dancefloor remix of Shura's 'Touch'". Fact. 17 March 2016. Retrieved 2017. 
  5. ^ DeVille, Chris (25 November 2014). "Artist To Watch: Shura". Stereogum. Retrieved 2017. 
  6. ^ The American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers, record for 'Touch', Work ID 886607565
  7. ^ "Aleksandra Lilah Yakunina-Denton - Creature Blog". Creaturemag.com. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "Young Writers Anthology Launch Party/Open Mic Night". Heyevent.com. 2009-06-11. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ a b Hambro, Maya (25 November 2014). "Shura: "I'm more of a monogamous songwriter"". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 2016. 
  10. ^ Madden, Josh (19 February 2014). "shura "touch"". Nylon Guys. Retrieved 2016. 
  11. ^ Wood, Betty (17 June 2011). "Introducing: Shura". Creaturemag. Retrieved 2016. 
  12. ^ "Shura: 'Football has affected my character and my work ethics which definitely affects my music'". WomensSoccerUnited. 5 July 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  13. ^ [1][dead link]
  14. ^ a b c d "Get To Know: Shura". Hunger TV. 16 March 2014. Retrieved 2016. 
  15. ^ a b Vincent, Alice (5 November 2014). "Shura - New Music". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2016. 
  16. ^ Hillyard, Kim (9 September 2014). "Next Wave #597: Shura". Clash. Retrieved 2016. 
  17. ^ Lester, Paul (18 August 2014). "The playlist - new bands: Jagaara, Movement and Shura". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016. 
  18. ^ Dombal, Ryan (22 July 2014). "Shura: "Just Once"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2016. 
  19. ^ Geslani, Michelle (14 October 2014). "Shura shares gorgeous synthpop song "Indecision" -- listen". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2016. 
  20. ^ Breihan, Tom (22 August 2014). "Jessie Ware - "Say You Love Me (Shura Remix)"". Stereogum. Retrieved 2016. 
  21. ^ "BBC Music - BBC Music Sound Of, 2015 - Shura". Bbc.co.uk. 1970-01-01. Retrieved . 
  22. ^ "Universal Music Publishing Group | UK". Umusicpub.co.uk. Retrieved . 
  23. ^ Hunt, El (9 March 2015). "Shura - 2Shy". DIY. Retrieved 2016. 
  24. ^ White, Caitlin (3 June 2015). "Shura - "White Light"". Stereogum. Retrieved 2016. 
  25. ^ a b Milton, Jamie (10 June 2015). "Shura shares 'Three Years' short film". DIY. Retrieved 2016. 
  26. ^ Thomas, Russell (7 July 2015). "Shura announces White Light EP". The 405. Retrieved 2016. 
  27. ^ "BBC Music Sound Of 2015 longlist revealed". BBC News. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 2016. 
  28. ^ Hannah J Davies. "SOAK: the indie-folk prodigy fighting for gay rights in Northern Ireland | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved . 
  29. ^ "Shura new album | Talib Kweli Touch remixes | Nothing's Real". Never Enough Notes. Retrieved 2016. 
  30. ^ "Shura". recordstoreday.co.uk. Retrieved 2016. 
  31. ^ Hunt, El (9 December 2014). "It's a Shura thing: "My boobs, licensed to Polydor"". DIY. Retrieved 2016. 
  32. ^ Thompson, James F. (September 2014). "Interview: Shura". Loud and Quiet. Retrieved 2016. 
  33. ^ "UK Charts > Shura". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2016. 
  34. ^ "Shura albums (Flanders)". Ultratop. Retrieved . 
  35. ^ "Shura albums (Walloon))". Ultratop. Retrieved . 
  36. ^ Steffen Hung. "Discography Shura". irishcharts.com. Retrieved . 
  37. ^ Peaks in Scotland:
  38. ^ "SHURA IN DER SCHWEIZER HITPARADE". Hit Parade. Retrieved . 
  39. ^ "Shura - Billboard Heatseekers". Billboard.com. Retrieved . 

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