Mary and Brian are choosing their top winners for the "Oscar's 2013" and Brian talks to Special guest, singer and songwriter Shara Strand

About Shara Strand

There was a time when singers were singers … when singers just sang. No Auto-tune or artificial studio effects on the voice. In many different languages, the name Shara means “singing” and that’s no coincidence.

Fortunately, there will always be a few exceptional artists who draw only from their genuine talent and experience … with the kinds of minds and souls that truly connect with the meaning of a song … America’s new pop princess Shara Strand is among these few – a rare and special artist who, clearly, is destined for greatness … beginning with her introduction to the world by D1 Music.

With the arrival of Shara’s highly anticipated debut EP, “Born Tonight” — this singularly skilled artist begins to make herself known. As D1 Music President, Peter McLean, explains it, “Born Tonight showcases one of America’s brightest new talents – a gifted singer with an honest message, delivered with power, majesty and heart.”

With artistic roots stemming from her love of theater, her own experience as a Broadway performer, and her father’s passion for music, Shara’s home fostered a rich mix of influences, including such great musical artists as Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.

Each of the five songs on Born Tonight were selected by Shara for the intelligence and emotion of their messages and lyrics, and by the melodic and soulful platform from which she can express her sensitivity and range. One of them, Not Gonna Miss You, was custom-created exclusively for Shara by lyricist, Mike Greenly, and composer, Paul Guzzone, along with Shara as co-writer. In fact, Shara is an insightful songwriter herself – having written Jekyll or Hyde on the Born Tonight EP, plus other songs planned for future release.

Shara is the definition of “driven” and in 2007, she performed on Showtime at the Apollo, and did an incredible rendition of Oleta Adams’ Get Here. Shara thoroughly impressed the notoriously tough crowd, solidifying her star quality for all the world to see. After that performance, Shara received a phone call from Mark Green, the general manager of the Bergen Performing Arts Center in New Jersey. Mark had seen her on TV, and offered her a slot opening up for Pat Benatar. Shortly after the show, Shara won the Grand Prize of $10,000 in the 2007 competition, and was given the title of “Pop Fenom.” She was one of 10,000 entries, and was among the top 5 contestants flown to Austin, Texas to perform a in a webcast in front of a live audience.

Later, Shara was featured as Artist of the Week on one of the music industry’s leading websites, in June 2009 and was chosen as a top 5 vocalists of the month. Most Recently, she was featured on CBS talk radio “The Barry Z show” as one of the “most talented emerging artists in the NYC talent pool“.

More than anything, Shara sings with a desire to convey love, heart, and truth to listeners and fans; with a strong belief in the ability of wonderful music bring us together as people who think, feel, and care. And the best part is … she’s only just begun!
Shara Strand owns Shara Makeup Studio, which is located at the NYC landmark Hotel Pierre in The Dominique Salon. With an complete makeup line, Shara Makeup Studio specializes in all aspects of the makeup business, especially private makeup lessons. Please visit

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