Proudly Canadian: Shirely Eikhard

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Shirley Rose Eikhard was born in Sackville, New Brunswick and her mother, June Eikhard, was a noted Atlantic Canadian fiddler, making music an integral part of her life.
At the tender age of 13, while living in Oshawa, Ontario she successfully auditioned for the New Songwriters' Workshop at the 1969 Mariposa Folk Festival in Toronto. In 1971, when she was only 15 years old, her song "It Takes Time" was recorded by Anne Murray recorded her song "It Takes Time" and became a hit in Canada. Eikhard released her debut album the following year.
As a recording artist, Eikhard’s style encompasses pop, jazz and shades of rhythm and blues. Shirley is a veteran musician who plays various instruments; guitar, piano, bass, drums, percussion, chromatic harmonica and sax. Over the past decade, she has added dobro, banjo and mandolin to the mix.

Writer of the Grammy-Award winning, "Something To Talk About", as well as a two-time Juno Award and multi-BMI Award winner, Shirley Eikhard is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, publisher and record producer and has travelled the world both as a performer and writer, having written well over 500 songs to date. ‘Something To Talk About’ was a turning point in so many ways and paved the way for Shirley in so many ways.

Although best known for “Something to Talk About”, recorded by Bonnie Raitt with great success in the 1990’s, another great tune, "Born with the Hunger" was recorded by Cher for her album  "Love Is , Love Is Not". "Lovers Forever", a song she originally wrote with Cher for the 1994 film Interview with the Vampire, is featured on Cher's 2013 studio album Closer to the Truth.  She sang the theme song to the movies ‘The Domino Principle’ and ‘The Passion of Ayn Rand’ featuring Oscar-award winning Helen Mirren.

Proud of her Canadian roots, Shirley Eikhard’s last eight CDs have been completely performed and sung by Shirley in her home studio in Hockley Valley, Ontario, Canada.
Her last CD release, "Dream Of A Perfect Day" (2012) is a collection of pop and bossa nova songs composed during 2011 that reflect her love of nature and intriguing observations on the human condition.

Awards & Career Achievements:
Winner of Two Juno Awards for Best Female Country Vocalist, 1973 and 1974
Winner of Seven BMI Awards (Songwriting) for:
“It Takes Times” (1971)
“Something To Talk About” (1 million airplays in USA) 1993
“Something To Talk About” (2 million airplays in USA)
“Something To Talk About” (3 million airplays in USA)
“Something To Talk About” (4 million airplays in USA)
Winner of SOCAN CLASSICS Award for “Something To Talk About”
(100,000 airplays in Canada)
Winner of Best Jazz Performance in 1999 at the East Coast Music Awards
Winner of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Sound Design in 1992 for George F. Walker’s “Escape from Happiness” play
Winner of Song Of The Year OUT Music (USA) for "Emily Remembers", as recorded by SUEDE
Winner of the 2001 USA International Songwriting Competition in the Jazz Category for "Tomorrow Is A Lonely Place"
"Something To Talk About" is among the 365 songs chosen in the SONGS OF THE CENTURY list, compiled by a jury of musicians, critics, industry professionals, elected officials and amateur music fans throughout the United States.
"Something To Talk About" is among the 500 songs "that shaped rock" selected by Jim Henke, chief curator for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, USA
"Something To Talk About" won a Grammy Award in 1992, for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for Bonnie Raitt

Shirley Eikhard Performing “Something To Talk About” Live 2009

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