What does winning the 2019 Kentucky Dream Night Talent Search mean to you?
It was like a dream come true. I participated in Dream Night Talent Search when I was 10 years old for the 1st time in 2016. I was amazed looking at all the extremely talented singers. I learned a lot watching other singers, took home some good lessons and started working on it. I came back 3 years later to Dream Night Talent Search as a much more confidant singer.
What inspired you to become a musician?
My brother used to sing at school & family gatherings when he was small. Back then I was just a toddler. When he was rehearsing the songs, toddler I was playing around and without even realizing it, I would memorize the tune & lyrics of the complete song. I also started singing with him a year later and felt happy when my friends & family appreciated my singing. I became more serious a few years later & enjoyed singing.
What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?
I’m a middle schooler so I still haven’t seriously pursued music to be my career. I’m working on improving my singing skills at this moment.
What has been your biggest challenge to date?
I was able to sing songs in higher scale when I was 10 but I started noticing that gradually my voice was changing & I couldn’t sing the songs which I would sing easily before. I struggled for 2 years but never gave up rehearsing. Now it feels like I’m slowly getting back on track.
What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?
I’m still not so much into writing lyrics but slowly beginning to write few lines here and there. Hope I get into the habit of writing & composing soon instead of just doing covers.
Tell us about your most memorable performances.
I was honored to perform from the center court of Arthur Ashe Stadium, New York at US Open 2018. That was the first time I was performing in front of such a huge crowd. I was ecstatic when they picked me up from the hotel where I was staying. I had to give an interview before my performance. I felt like a celebrity and it all happened like a dream.
Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?
No, this was probably my 4th competition including the one I did when I was only 7 years old. I haven’t explored opportunities much in Western music. But I have had the opportunities to share stages with legends from Bollywood.
Anything else you want to share? I would like to thank Wendy Kay of Dream Night Talent Search for this great opportunity. I want to thank all the honorable judges for the wonderful feedback and tips. I also want to thank all the talented singers who participated for their love & friendship.
You can find Srushti at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/shubhadarao.