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"UTSC ALUMN TAKES ON THE MUSIC BUSINESS"

Just like any good student of business, Shelley Gupta is simple and right-to-the-point with her musical goals. “It’s not really about being famous because it's just something I’ve always loved and I would love to have it as a career.” Gupta a former UTSC student said.

She’s gone from performing at UTSC coffee nights to singing the national anthem at the Toronto Raptors game and for the mayor of Vaughan. Still, Gupta doesn’t forget her performance past when she would leave her glasses off on stage, afraid of seeing the faces of her audience.

Gupta’s lack of ego acts as a testament to her firmly grounded foundation: her family. She doesn’t shy from talking about her own; quick to note how her father “is still a great singer”. He used to sing in India and continued performing when he came to Canada. Her family also helped foster her talent – she first started performing at family parties and continues to have their full support.

She said the most fun she has had while singing was “at a family event and at the end of the night, we were all just kind of singing random songs and taking the mic and a couple of my cousins started beat boxing and I started singing over top…I think that one was a really great moment”.

Plans for releasing an album are on hiatus. Gupta doesn’t want to release an independent CD because “I don’t really think it is worth it to distribute on my own. Not at this point because I don’t think I’m ready to put all that money into an album”.

For now, she is concentrating on writing songs and says its hard, but she hopes she can garner enough interest to sign to a record label or find a real manager.

David Cadiente

- University of Toronto - The Underground


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Shelley Gupta’s music touches her listeners with a familiarity that few new artists ever achieve. Her voice is smooth and soulful and her songs resonate with audiences of all ages. Shelley Gupta sets out to write songs that combine the richness of her R&B and world music influences with her love for melody and lyrics with a strong message.

Her first public performance was at the age of 9, where she sang with a group of children on “The Rita McNeil Show” (CBC) along with Raffi. Her love for the stage has lead her to perform at countless events including the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala’s, Omni TV Fundraiser for Tsunami Relief, the Miss India-Canada wide Pageant, which aired on Asian Television Network and most recently at this years RBC’s Desifest 2008.

Now 23, Shelley is currently promoting her debut CD with rave reviews from audiences and music industry professionals alike. This new artist is striking a cord with the youth and adult market and as a result is creating quite a buzz in the Canadian Music scene.

Knowing that the music industry is indeed a business, Shelley possesses the rare combination of creative talents and business acumen. A graduate of Business Management from the University of Toronto, Shelley has the skills necessary to succeed in an industry climate where taking control of one’s own career is more and more important.

Shelley Gupta is on a path of breaking down music stereo types by reaching out to audiences that crave an international experience.