Bio



Shayna King is a singer-songwriter - though not in the traditional sense.  Backed by a proficient band and with a voice described as a “stunning mix between soft and powerful”(1) the Christchurch, New Zealand artist is fast making a strong name for her music. 

King's recently released, self-produced new single 'Calling You' is receiving top reviews and is described as a "beautiful, melodic and mesmerising piece of work"(2) and "a very radio ready track that I would compare to the likes of Anika Moa and Anna Coddington, with a twist of country for flavour"(3)

The new single was released this August on the back of a nationwide tour supporting her debut album 'The Day Is Young', which picked up nominations for the prestigious 2014 Taite Music Prize, with the title track also selected as a semi-finalist in the International Unsigned Only Songwriting Competition. 

'The Day Is Young' debuted at #6 on the iTunes charts on it's release in December 2013, and reached the NZ Top 20 milestone during King's New Zealand Tour in May, where it charted at #14 on the New Zealand Album charts and #9 on the IMNZ Independent Album Charts.

Having recently played support for New Zealand Artist-Collective ‘Fly My Pretties’, UK Legend ‘Nik Kershaw’ and Australia’s ‘Mark Wilkinson’, King also performs as a full-time artist around Canterbury, often gigging 4 or 5 times a week to support and develop her art full-time.   


King is currently in the process of writing her new EP and plans are underway for a South Island Tour this Summer. 

Quote references:
1. Greta Yeoman - Streets of Colombo Blog
2. Poppy Tohill - MusicNation.co.nz review
3. Jason McIver - Muzic.net.nz review



"'Calling You' really is good - and that just about sums it up in one word...

There is a prominent market for Shayna’s music - especially with summer growing closer by the day and she is growing stronger with each release that I have heard".

- Jason McIver, Muzic.net.nz 

 

"Bound to remain in your head long after it’s finished blasting from your speakers or headphones...

'Calling You’ is a beautiful, melodic and mesmerising piece of work that will cast your mind straight to those memories of summer and the days of sunbathing, swimming and running around at the beach." 

- Poppy Tohill, Music Nation



“There is a craftsperson at work... Memorable songs and an undeniably strong voice which could cross between an astute indie audience and mainstream.”

 - Graham Reid, Elsewhere Magazine