Ever since Shirley won a competition run by a major Indian music label T-Series, for her cover of “Tum Hi Ho” which she had recorded in her pyjamas, her songs have become a sensation in India. In a time span of just 3 years, Shirley has more than 70,000 subscribers on her YouTube Channel, 167,144 Facebook likes, and more than 12k followers on Twitter.
Shirley, a 20-something Indian girl, living in Auckland, has harbored a passion for singing and has been making waves on various social media platforms with people getting enamored by her voice. Currently, a student at the University of Auckland(studying B.Com) she works part-time as a Radio Jockey on Radio Tarana. Her own show ‘Showtime with Shirley’ airs on Sundays between 1- 4:30pm, on the channel.
Shirley ranks amongst the Top 100, in the ‘Most Subscribed’ Channels list in New Zealand, when last checked she was climbing the ladder at number 25, showing a gain of 35 positions in just one year.
With her beautiful and emotional voice, Shirley has done various covers of some of the biggest hits in Bollywood and some International hits too. Apart from the likes of “Tum hi Ho”, “Baarish”, “Manmarziyan”, “Tu hai ki nahi”, Shirley has also done a cover of one of the biggest International Hit “Love Story” which was originally sung by Taylor Swift.
[pull_quote_left]If I thought it would get so big in so little time I would have at least posted a good-quality clip – I look like I’m half asleep. I never thought that being in New Zealand they would give me that platform but they did and it just got huge[/pull_quote_left]
She was invited by YouTube as a ‘YouTube Creator’ to attend an event named Nokia Music Connects, held in Mumbai in November 2014. She was one of only 4 people invited, and the only one from outside of India.
Among other notable recognition her cover for the song ‘Tera chehra” was recognised and appreciated by Adnan Sami, the original singer of the song, on Twitter.
A young girl’s dreams being put on the back-burner, is an old story now, women all over the world are now multi-tasking and leaving an indelible mark on their chosen fields of work. Shirley Setia is surely one of those voices that will find her way to your heart.[pull_quote_right author=””]I really wish to become a playback singer in the Bollywood industry. I will hopefully make it big, I will, one day sing my way there[/pull_quote_right]
To enjoy Shirley Setia’s music do visit her YouTube channel, and subscribe to her other pages to give wings to this budding talent: