ZAD-RA-VEC – sounds like it looks
“Sometimes they sneak up on you… the great ones. So subtle, so graceful – no big notes, no overwrought star search theatrics, just pure, unaffected performance beauty.”
On August 30 (2018) Shaye Zadravec, a 25 year old musician from Calgary, Alberta, released a black and white video of her studio performance of a song called “Lilac Wine”. The song, written in 1950 by James Shelton, had been recorded by many, including Nina Simone (1954), Elkie Brooks (1981), Jeff Buckley (1994), and Jeff Beck (2010). The video for this beautiful song resonated with people around the world. Tens of thousands of people reacted to the simplicity of the video presentation, and the beauty of Shaye’s honest and understated vocal performance.
Shaye is a singer, a sometimes songwriter, but a full time singer, and an exceptional one – a throwback to the era when great singers lent their voices to the best material and built their careers on the backs of these great songs. To see and hear Shaye Zadravec in concert is (as one noted radio personality commented) “like listening to the greatest radio show you ever heard”. Her repertoire is familiar and unfamiliar at the same time, including songs written by Bobby Darrin, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Lynn Miles, Willie Dixon, Shelby Lynne, Gus Kahn, Chip Taylor and Doc Pomus, just to name a few. She sings with an ease and comfort that washes over the listener…. so subtle, so graceful – no big notes, no overwrought star search theatrics, just pure, unaffected performance beauty.
Shaye Zadravec’s EP, “Norway”, was released in September, 2018, with contributions and support from notables including Hall of Fame songwriter Chip Taylor, Norwegian producer / musician Goran Grini, and the who’s who of her local scene. It was recorded partly in Calgary, Alberta and partly in Skien, Norway. Although Shaye has been gaining notoriety in the Calgary music scene for the past few years, the success of “Lilac Wine”, and “Dear Elvis”, (another video performance for a song from the EP) has thrust her into the national and international spotlight.
If you get a chance to catch Shaye Zadravec in performance, by all means do yourself the favour. You will not regret it.!
**As a side note, Shaye shares a birthday with her favorite singer – Harry Nilsson.