Sohayla Smith Comes to Captains Corner This Friday

Shelburne singer-songwriter, Sohayla Smith has a multitude of outlets for her creativity.  When she is not writing new songs or performing with The Smith Brothers, Adrian and Nathan, she does voice-over work in broadcasting, designs web sites, makes custom paintings, portraits and toys, and writes e-books.

captainscornergig_origShe writes songs and always has because she has to.  “I don’t think there was ever a choice,” she told Brock Weir of the Shelburne Free Press earlier this year, “ I need to do it. I am not talking about needing to be successful, but I need to write. I need to write for me, for my peace of mind, happiness and wellbeing.

“Because I write, I feel I should share because a lot of other people probably go through similar things and probably don’t have the same coping mechanism. I love music and should be shared. Even though some of the songs are fairly personal, I do think that if you don’t put them out there it is kind of a shame.”

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Sohayla’s band is a family affair with her husband and brother-in-law

Sohayla has made a consistent effort, along with being a wife and mother (her husband Adrian is in her band) to get her songs out.  She entered and won, with her original songs, a Battle of the Bands competition before she turned fifteen. She released an album “Love a Little Less” in 2008 and an independent EP called “Sohayla” in 2011.  From her home in Shelburne, she has made regular forays to the north and south, including the Discovery Series at Hugh’s Room, appearances and interviews on CIUT, the University of Toronto campus station, participating in Collingwood’s Live & Original Songwriter Showdown and performing this year at the Collingwood Arts & Culture Awards.

David Yano of Canadian Music TV has called her songs “Awesome and captivating, entertaining and beautiful!”.

Her stop at Captains Corner this Friday, playing from 6 to 9, is another step for Sohayla along the way to building an audience for the songs she has no choice but to create.

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