Shy-Anne Hovorka is an Aboriginal singer/songwriter from Northwestern Ontario. She was a nominee for the 2008 Aboriginal Music Awards; best new artist, best song writer, and single of the year, and was nominated in 2009 for; Best Pop album, best new Folk album, and best International album. In addition, Shy-Anne’s album Black Thunderbird was been nominated through the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMAs) in 2009 for Best Produced Album.
Shy-Anne Hovorka has been singing since she was three, and performing since nine. Enjoying a wide variety of musical genres, Shy-Anne performs blues, pop, contemporary and folk music. Her first love is singing, but also accompanies herself on piano. These days Shy-Anne is joined by guitarist Jordan Elcheson and percussionist Rob Benvegnu. Jordan and Rob help to complete Shy-Anne’s live sound by adding fullness and excitement to the music.
Shy-Anne has had the opportunity the past two years to open for Tomson Highway. She was a spotlight performer for the Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards in 2008 at the Winnipeg MTS Center. Shy-Anne also was the Master of Ceremonies for the 2009 Aboriginal Youth Achievement Awards, and has been the keynote for a number of youth events. To add to the list of Shy-Anne’s accomplishments, she was also selected by Lakehead University as one of 3 most successful graduates in the last decade. She is now part of their nation wide branding campaign for her musical and educational accomplishments. Rob, Jordan and Shy-Anne are all Lakehead University graduates with extensive studies in music. Both Jordan and Shy-Anne have their Honors in Music performance and theory. Rob has his psychology, and has studied music privately for many years. Rob was a featured artist on CBC’s Rock Camp reality TV show. To add to the bands many accolades, Shy-Anne’s new release “Pseudo” from the new album “Pseudo” placed number #1 on the Canadian myspace charts for 3 weeks, and held #18 on DJFM Dance station in Toronto. Their song “Can’t Change the World” was asked to open the 2010 World Interfaith G-8 Summit, and they were also invited as a headliner for the 2010 Indigenous Festival with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, as well as the opening act for the 2010 Winnipeg Music Festival.
She has performed as the featured soloist for the Thunder Bay Symphony under David Bowser, and has won numerous awards for her performances in Classical Musical Festivals. However, given Shy-Anne's eclectic musical interests, her performances have broadened to include a wide assortment of venues.
Shy-Anne has competed in contests for Canadian Idol, Rotary Center Stage, and 807 Back Beat Take the Stage; and has performed as lead singer for a variety of bands. She has appeared on various television shows and radio stations across Canada, and performed at countless venues. Having studied music at Lakehead University and received her Honors Bachelor of Music degree, Shy-Anne received her formal training in the classical tradition.
Shy-Anne's love of music and commitment to develop her talent, and her desire to share her passion with others, continue to direct her path in life. Shy-Anne’s debut album was highly successful, and now their second album, “Pseudo” is exceeding in great strides the success of “Black ThunderBird”.
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