My musical career started with me learning how to play the flute. I played for many years and sat Trinity College of London exams. I started to teach younger students and played flute for a few musical shows and. I didn't realize that I could sing until performing a song for a drama competition in my late teens. This is where the desire to be on the stage began!
I knew from that moment the combination of singing and being on stage was what I wanted. I then decided I should learn to play a little guitar as it is not possible to accompany myself on the flute! I got a second hand guitar from a garage sale and spent the whole weekend playing until I could play and sing a song! .... I was sure my fingers were about to bleed, but I wasn't going to give up! I don't think the feeling in my fingers ever fully returned :-)
I then went on to university to study drama and got involved in many local productions, mostly musicals, where I could explore my singing further. From there my natural evolution was to move to singing in bands, duos and eventually solo.
Some of the highlights.....
- Our band "Big Girls Blouse" and the band "The Bar Flies" combined to become the "Manhattan Bar Flies" and spent two months living at the Novotel Palm Cove resort in Cairns as resident band, we were then asked to return for a further three months where we supported Kate Ceberano on new year’s eve.
- I have been blessed to work with many wonderful and extremely talented Tasmanian musicians and I have also supported well known Australian artists; Tommy Emmanuel, Angry Anderson, Russell Morris, The Giants and Wilbur Wilde as well as Kate Ceberano.
- I released my first CD “the fire the passion the voice” in 2010 which was nominated and made it to finalist stage for 4 Australian Blues Awards and reached the finalist stage in 2011, (Album of the year, Song of the Year, Female Vocalist of the year and New Talent of the year).
Throughout all my experiences I continued to teach privately and eventually specialised in vocal tutoring. I am passionate about my music and helping others find their passion in music and develop the skills and confidence to enjoy their voice and all the health benefits that go along with singing, learning music and creative self expression.
"Alas for those that never sing, But die with all their music in them!"
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
(translated from dutch)
Guitarist / Singer Shani Saint-Aulbins from Launceston, Tasmania is a promise for the future. She has now her official debut album "The Fire, The Passion, The Voice" proved. Shani Saint-Aulbins therefore belongs to a new generation of female singer-songwriters that has arisen in recent years in Australia. Women with superb talents, witness their recent work includes strong tunes and lyrics. It is even rumored that they are the missing link between Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt. That Shani on the music scene has focused we owe not only to the artists with whom she is very inspired and its more or less also sent towards the roots- and blues genre, but especially to Stuart Wood, the singer of The Giants, not only the production of this album took for himself, but also wrote three songs for this record.
Shani grew up in Tasmania, an Australian island south of the continent, and has been singing since her teens. And she's not as ambitious, she makes no secret of it: "I did not discover I could sing until my late teens .... I had to sing for a drama competition piece .... It went better than expected! " Okay, she plays on her debut as a guitarist in a confident, fresh way the blues, but it is mainly the striking resemblance of her voice and songs with Bonnie Raitt to attract much attention.
"The Fire, The Passion, The Voice" was published by the Black Market Music label and that says a lot. This does not always say anything about quality, but Shani Saint Aulbins is truly a class apart. She's not really a genre to classify and roots music then it seems the best description. Roots music but adds also find contemporary elements to it, so the music sounds fresh. Blues, folk, R & B and soul all you can hear in her music. The songs are mostly worn by her beautiful voice that sometimes makes Susan Tedeschi thinking. She can whisper but also play solid, plays nice acoustic guitar and has a very good tight local band gathered around him. She clearly makes her own music, which actually seems to transcend the aforementioned genres.
Many songs like the bluesy gitaarbegeleiding and warm soulvolle vote on Bonnie Raitt, as in "Love Me Like A Man", a cover of Chris Smithers and "Stormy Monday" by T-Bone Walker, songs we, of course, in the version of Raitt also know. The spicy solos lift these two numbers above the rest of the album. Shani Saint-Aulbins has a clear vision of life and contributes in its two self-penned songs: "Another Story" and "Now That I Know", says the title of the album is already sufficient: "The Fire, The Passion, The Voice" . She brings these themes in different shades, which does not always provide profound texts or surprising song structures. However, she sings it with conviction and her skilled musicians are fine with her.
The album starts strongly with "People Get Ready" a cover of Curtis Mayfield. Here comes her sensual voice to the best advantage. By contrast, its more hoarse voice, as we know from Janis Joplin is best reflected in the predictable ballad "Love Me Or Leave Me," beautiful in blues dressed with her voice as an instrument strongly stands beside the sturdy guitar accompaniment of Mark Greig. Saint-Aulbins hoarse voice, we also found in the valves: the duet with Stuart Wood "Baby Baby What's On your Mind" and if they covert Joplin, more as a tribute to this great lady, but Shani's version are you going to do any upright sit. Bluesy, intense, beautiful. This is a musically strong album with Shani Saint-Aulbins shows her talent extraordinarily clever way.