vocal teacher / mentor
Ulla Shay (formally known as Candice Lorrae, Jawoyn heritage, born 9 April 1986) moved from Darwin to Perth with her mother at the age of 7. She grew up with a passion for music. At the age of 14 she recorded her first R&B single with the ARIA Award winning co-writer and Producer Audius Mtawarira. At the age of 16 and with inexperience in Music Business, she enrolled at Abmusic College in Perth for 2003. Throughout her years studying, Ulla performed with college bands playing various instruments such as Bass, Drums, Guitar and Vocals.
In 2004 Ulla was invited to sing with one of Perth‟s popular Indigenous female bands “Yowarliny” and at the age of 17 she toured to Adelaide and Melbourne with some of WA‟s most valued Indigenous musicians. Departing from the group in 2005 Ulla graduated with her Certificate IV in Music Industry and completed a successful year being awarded „student of the year‟.
In 2006 she began the production of her long awaited E.P. “Think of Reality”. With the help of a grant from ARTSWA now known as DCA Ulla released the CD in 2007 at the Bakery as part of the ‘Chocolate Martini’ Foxtel’s NITV series. Apart from herself she has produced and managed artists such as „Bianca May‟, „Bryte MC‟, „Moana Dreaming‟ and the Kimberley based community band „Oz Island‟.
Ulla has recorded vocals in advertisement jingles and other local recordings including backing vocals for the „Old Flames Band‟ Album. Ulla also has a passion for helping other Indigenous Artists who want to for fill their dreams in music. That‟s when she decided to teach and become a mentor at Abmusic College in 2007. She has helped many artists achieve their goals over the past 6 years. Also in 2007 she collaborated with Bryte MC (Award Winning Oz Hip Hop Artist) where she had the pleasure of performing at ‘Good Vibrations Festival 2008 & 2009’. Not only is Ulla a talented singer/songwriter but she also became an Aboriginal Dancer in the well-acclaimed dance group ‘Common Ground’ Directed and Choreographed by Lee West.
In May 2009 Ulla received 2 awards at the WA TOO SOLID Music Awards for „female artist of the year‟ and over all „Gold and Solid Artist of the year‟ presented by John Butler and Narelda Jacobs. Also in 2009 Ulla became a featured singer on NITV‟s popular children‟s show „Waabiny Time‟.
September 2011 Ulla was given the opportunity of a life time and was selected to represent Australia in what is Europe‟s biggest new world song contest larger than Eurovision. This is called the „Crimea Music Fest‟ and was judged by Gloria Gaynor and many other celebrities throughout the world. This show was broadcasted to over 40 million people and was part of Europe‟s MTV. Click link to veiw performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rckYTXrjQM Ulla gave a huge performance in a million dollar production and has gained many fans throughout Europe and has spoken to media across countries about Aboriginal people and the Music Scene in Australia. Being so young and talented Ulla has helped inspire many people in the past few years and is always willing to teach her experiences to up and coming Indigenous artists.
Ulla Shay‟s long awaited debut album titled „Better Place‟ was released in May 2012 following a win in this year‟s „Artist of the Year‟ award at Perth NAIDOC awards.