Member Spotlight: Shine Kelly

Shine Kelly, Singer Songwriter/ Personal Development Teacher

Join us this Friday to experience a whole hour of Shine's soul enriching music at BLISS


A: Shine, where did you grow up?

S: I was born in Edmonton, lived in Commercial drive til age 4, then moved to Kitsilano till I moved out at age 19.

A: What is your formal education?

S: High School, 2 years of College of a variety of courses, Human Kinetics, Arts and Science at Langara, then Camosun.

A: What is your profession now?

S: I’m a musician and personal development teacher.

A: Tell me about your music journey?

S: I’ve always had a fascination with music, when I finished high school I went to see a band who played music where everyone sang along;  I had the thought “I want to do that”.  After I finished High School,  I got injured playing junior hockey, spraining my ankle quite badly. I went to live with my aunt and uncle, and they had a foreign student living there who taught me how to play guitar.  After that I met a woman named Wendy who helped me awaken my spirituality and creativity.  During that time, I wrote many songs.

At that time, Britney Spears was going through her fall from grace and I saw that as a sign to really ground myself and gain balance so I could be ready to open myself to the world of entertainment.  I learned from Abraham Hicks and other teachers to open myself up.

At some point, I thought “hey, I should stop writing so many songs, I shall make money from my music”.  Abundance was always so easy in my life, and that intention actually stopped the flow. I learned how important it is to keep flowing creatively and focus on what I am good at, as well as have a source of income that I love.

A: What music do you play and produce/write?

S: I hear a song, and write it down and play with it.  Sometimes I wake up with a song in my head, or hear it in the shower, or when walking.  Pop, New Age, songs and chants.  

A: It’s very courageous to perform in public, and even more vulnerable to put your heart and soul into your lyrics.  What have you learned from that process of putting yourself out there?

S: How to perform from shaking uncontrollably to being very at ease, and it’s a process.  I used to feel like I was a good singer sometimes and sometimes not so good.  One day I realized that if I sing for 30 minutes straight, I will get to the point where I sound good. At that point I stopped needing the 30 minutes and just sounded good all the time, to me.  

Learning how to play and be happy even if no one is listening. Same thing with my singing, I don’t try to fix anything, I focus on being in the moment.  Singing is one of the fastest ways for me to feel good.

A: Is singing therapeutic for you?

S: Totally, it’s very grounding. There is an ecstatic feeling you get from dancing like crazy. After singing I feel grounded, a beautiful feeling of calm.  

A: It sounds like music has been very positive for you emotionally and psychologically.  What other positive impact has it had on your life?

S: Anytime you get to know something deeply, Singing, Hockey, PR or Marketing; anytime you immerse yourself into something, you learn certain life lessons you can apply to anything.  No good song is not forced out, you have to allow it, to be in the flow. Depending on how in the flow and how clear you are, it can take an hour to write a song, or more than a year.  

A: Music is a very well celebrated art form, do you feel sad that you have to turn your art into a trade?

S: I don’t want to, my intention is to be in alignment with abundance, joy, creative, expansion, and growth.  My music is intended for people to connect to their higher self, and to bring emotions to the surface of joy, bliss, happiness.  The deeper meaning behind that, being in that joy and happiness, the law of attraction will bring everything you want to you.  It’s not about making music to make money, it’s about making music that I love to write, the abundance is flowing either through that or something else. If I’m doing something else that will provide my financial security while my music is a hobby, that’s fine.  I’m not attached to being a paid musician.  It’s about me able to share that joy, it’s expansive.  Music is beyond making money, it’s about connecting with the divine, and that’s priceless.  No money can buy that connection.  The ones who have the riches without the divine connection will feel empty, so there is a huge disconnect in the world where we’re chasing money.  Abundance is everywhere, a universal principle, just look at a garden.  We should chase after happiness!  We cannot put financial success before humans; it’s an outdated model.  Freedom, Clarity and joy is way more important to me than money because I can create the abundance within that freedom.

Jason Mraz in an interview when asked about how he feels about slaving away for the music industry, he said he doesn’t feel that way, it’s a co-creation, and it’s fun.  For me the joy is more important.

A: How long have you been in business?

S: 2001 writing songs, 2007/8 I intentionally began my music career, gained more clarity to go full time recently.  

A: Pros and Cons of being a musician?

S: Pro: getting to share your wisdom, your joy, your clarity, your happiness in a medium where you can bring people into that experience right away.  The tension of build up is delicious. It’s a great gift.  A lot of musicians are activist and teachers so they can share other knowledge.

Cons: Be stuck in a rut and sing the same sad songs over and over again. Important to focus on music that you love and that uplifts you, because that is the energy that people want to feel, and if you keep singing sad songs, you might activate that vibration and attract more sadness. Focus on what you want to create, in everything, especially music, as the emotion and words are powerful attractors.

A: Any tips to new songwriters?

S: Only write songs that inspire you to become, because anything you repeat with emotion, it’ll become reality.  Justin Bieber sang “Baby” to a sold out crowd at MSG. It’s a sad break up song, but at the concert, everyone was ecstatic and in happy joyful celebration.  It became a beautiful experience which transcended the lyrics, it’s about the energy and emotions.  Write songs you want to create.  Or take an old song and revive it with new energy so it feels joyful.

A: Your thoughts on the music industry right now?

S: I love the energy that comes out of some songs in the mainstream. I love hearing songs on the radio that are emotional, meaningful, and inspiring. It’s good to see these artists who have access to resources to achieve that level of production. It’s not easy, because I tried to do everything myself, but my strength is creating and performing, not marketing or management.  Having a business structure for all those different roles to share with beautiful people is awesome.  The system itself is a channel, it’s up to us to decide what we put into it.  It’s just a framework.

A: Do you follow any youtube stars?

S: Not really

A: Who are those talents?

S: Justin Bieber, Greyson Chance all got famous from Youtube.  The thing I love about young artists is that they don’t focus on money or business, it’s just a fun thing for them.  It makes things faster.  My focus on the business side of my music career has created stagnation, and I see how it distracted me to be in the flow of bliss.  It’s been a huge learning process, and it’s awe inspiring to see the pure lover high school kids display when they sing, attracting the resources necessary to support them.

Join us this Friday to experience a whole hour of Shine's soul enriching music at BLISS

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 August 2014 )
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