Native Grand Bahamian son Sharade Taylor continues to make his mark on The Shot: Canadian Singing Competition for Aspiring Talent in Ontario, Canada, demonstrating his phenomenal vocal skill and singing talent to move on to another qualifying round this past weekend.
Possessing charm, quick wit and an infectious personality, which Bahamians are widely known for, Taylor’s entry into the internationally recognized talent competition got off to an unexpected start.
Despite the challenges and setbacks that arose, which Taylor admits has only made the experience more memorable and strengthened his resolve to do well and win; the Rhythm and Blues, Jazz and Soul powerhouse remained humble, giving thanks to God and his family, as well as expressing sincere thanks to all who have offered words of wisdom, prayers and support in various aspects along the way.
The Freeport News caught up with Taylor, who placed in the top 25 out of 71 competitors from throughout Canada, Australia, the United States of America (USA) and the Caribbean that vied to make it past the call-back rounds and head onto the next phase of The Shot, which is comparable to NBC television network The Voice USA, which Bahamian-descendent and The Rock Full Gospel Church, Reynoldsburg, Ohio praise and worship leader Blaze Johnson Jr. did quite well in during Season 8 of the competition in 2015 in spite of the fact that he was not crowned the overall winner.
“Certainly, I give all thanks and praise to God and I am excited, honored and happy to have made it to this point in the competition.
“The Shot provides a platform for talented individuals and aspiring artists and musicians to not only showcase their abilities but also hone it as well with the guidance of a dynamic slate of professionals that includes judges C.J. Allen, Danya Dixon, Blair Packman, Micah Barnes and Jessie T, who are well-known for their expertise in the music and performing arts industry.
“Personally, it was mind-blowing to witness firsthand the astounding talent of people from all over the world,vying against each other for their “shot” all in one room.
“People from all walks of life were present giving it their all before the judges and all competitors shared one focused goal, which is to make it to the top.
“During each stage of the competition the number of persons were reduced and while hundreds vied, that number dwindled to 71 but by the end of the day only 25 were selected to move forward.
“The song I selected was Etta James’ I’d Rather Go Blind and I sang it as though my life depended on it, which it did, in order for me to remain in the competition.
“The song choice was a surprising one for some however, by the end I was elated to have received a standing ovation from the judges as well as everyone in the room.
“Making it to the top 25 was not an easy feat nor was it one that I can take for granted as I am well aware of the fact that now more than ever, the real work has only just begun,” declared Taylor.
With two more rounds of cuts to go, Taylor says he is adhering to the advice given by the professionals and he is going to ensure he makes every moment count during his time on The Shot and encourages Bahamians and those around the world,particularly throughout the Caribbean to support him.
Keen on making his country and island of Grand Bahama proud, Taylor noted that an online voting segment is scheduled to be announced soon and he is looking forward to the unwavering support of the people to carry him even further along in the competition.
“Once again, I cannot thank everyone enough for their support, all honor and praise to God and I extend my gratitude to those who have responded so graciously to my plea for financial assistance and have made donations on my behalf at Taylor Tech located in the Insurance Management Building, Freeport, Grand Bahama.
“Also, those who have already pledged their support, at a cook-out being held by my mother on Saturday, September 15 to aid my expenses, while I compete and represent my home (serving as a Bahamian ambassador) here in Canada at The Shot.
“The cook-out is being held on the grounds of Friendly Burial Lodge, Lewis Yard beginning at 12 noon.
“Definitely, it is a blessing for me to be a part of this competition and to and demonstrate, as I have reiterated time and again that Bahamians are talented, gifted and can produce the best in quality against anyone in the world,” Taylor declared while going on to encourage interested persons seeking to learn more about The Shot: Canadian Singing Competition for Aspiring Talent to visit http://www.musicexperiences.org/theshot/ or its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/singfortheshot/ and monitor his progress as well as cheer him on.