Born to an Iranian mother and Australian father, in Sydney, Australia, Shadi spent her early childhood on the banks of the Mediterranean in northern Israel. At the age of nine, her family relocated to Brisbane, Australia. A language and cultural barrier prevented Shadi from instantly fitting in, so she turned to music for comfort and community. Throughout her life, Shadi has experimented extensively with various artistic mediums, exploring ways in which she could contribute to her community.
Always looking to the younger generation for inspiration, she saw a gap in the market for uplifting songs that would “impress upon the consciousness of the young the profound concepts enshrined in the Baha'i teachings” (Universal House of Justice, 2011). At the age of 15 she began to put her own simple melodies to the writings and stories of the Baha’i Faith and would regularly share them with her community.
At the age of 18, Shadi returned to her childhood home of Haifa, Israel, to participate in a year of service at the Baha’i World Centre. There, she wrote many songs and melodies that would later be featured on her debut album, Leather Bound Book.
Upon her return to Brisbane, she completed a BA in Mass Communications in 2010, from the Queensland University of Technology. But, just like her parents, Shadi continued to seek adventure. Soon after graduating university Shadi relocated to Vancouver, Canada, a despite many travels this has been her home base ever since.
For almost a decade Shadi has been the recipient of unwavering support from family and friends around the world, which has lead to the successful release of three internationally acclaimed albums - Leather Bound Book (2009), Verdant Isle (2011) and most recently, Daughters of the Kingdom (2016). These records featured collaborations with various family members, most notably with her mother, Shidan. In 2012 Shidan, released her first debut solo album Phoenix of Love, which Shadi also collaborated on. All records were inspired by the writings and stories of the Baha’i Faith.
Since the release of Leather Bound Book in 2009, Shadi has toured her music throughout Australasia, North America, South America, and Western Europe. Drawing inspiration from her spiritual beliefs, honest reflections, creative collaborations, travels and service opportunities, Shadi’s music transcends cultures, languages and generations, and continues speak to the hearts and minds of all who hear it.
Shadi is currently working on her fourth Baha’i inspired album. A mixture of old and new collaborations with her mother Shidan, the album will feature their unique ability to blend the East and West through soul stirring melodies in English, Farsi and Arabic, set to the Baha’i writings. They will be launching a Kickstarter campaign in the coming months to raise necessary funds to produce their first collaborative album. For more information about their current project check out their Kickstarter and video.
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