What does winning the ‘New Brunswick Young Talent Search’ competition mean to you?

Winning the 2014 New Brunswick Young Talent Search competition means that I have lived another wonderful adventure, met wonderful people, and am glad to have such a cool new title!

Music Artist Spotlight- Shania FillmoreWhat inspired you to become a musician? 

I’ve always loved singing and acting. My grandmother and I used to play around the house singing and doing little skits, and I think most of my musical creativity comes from her.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

The greatest surprise is always meeting many other musicians who love doing the same thing! It’s always interesting to hear their stories. It’s surprising how many of us there are, and how similar we may be, though we live far away.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

My biggest challenge to date is saying goodbye to the musicians that I meet. I have been on two national televisionshows, and the separation from my new friends is ALWAYS the hard part.

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

When it comes to writing songs, I choose to write about an event or feelings. I just sing and make up the words as I go and create my songs!

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

My most memorable performance was at the Next Star finale. It was my first time singing for a live audience, and it just so happened to have thousands of spectators and was being filmed live. I performed my very first original “Dreams” and I was just in awe. The audience was incredible.

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

Dan Kanter (Justin Bieber’s guitarist/musical director), was my producer for my song “Dreams”, so he and I performed it together once! Also, Allstar Weekend, Kay and Victoria Duffield performed at the Next Star Finale, which was super cool! They were all very kind!

Anything else you want to share?

My greatest goal is to help others feel like they can achieve any dream imaginable. I believe in everyone’s ability to follow their dreams, and I am here to encourage them to do so!

Check out Shania Fillmore at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/shaniafillmore