Celina Sharma on stage in the 2016 Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
14 year old Celina Sharma recently spoke to Sydney Eisteddfod about why she loves singing and who encouraged her to begin taking her vocal training more seriously. The Junior Singer of the Year finalist also revealed how she came to decide on her song choice 'Almost There' and offers advice for those thinking about entering events in the future.
Tell us why you love singing.
Singing has been my greatest passion for the last 7 years. I love the thrill of being on a stage and being able to entertain, to tell a story. Most importantly singing makes me happy.
Who/what inspired you to start singing?
Shows such as Disney Channel, featuring Selena Gomez and Hannah Montana and movies such as High School Musical and Camp Rock really inspired me to pursue singing. I used to be so fascinated when I would watch the shows/movies and they would sing and dance. I memorised everything and performed for my family and pre-school, and they all thought I was pretty good and should start singing lessons...A couple of years later I did!
Which other performers do you most like to listen to or watch, and why?
My biggest inspiration is Beyonce. I feel she is multi- talented, a triple threat! She is amazing at singing, dancing and acting. She is very dedicated to her fans and always seems to give more than 100% for them. I also love listening to any great R'n'B/Soul artist such as Alisha Keys, Rhianna, Jennifer Hudson. This is my preferred genre and I take great inspiration from these artists.
Tell us about one of the songs that you performed in the Final and why you chose it.
I performed one Musical Theatre piece called Almost There from the movie Princess and the Frog. I chose this song as it is fun and upbeat and I get to jazz it up a little . I enjoy having fun on stage and this was definitely a fun song!
What is the best piece of performance advice you have ever heard?
Your uniqueness is your power – so be unique, be you!! Don’t be scared to be different, change songs up and experiment.
What have you learnt about yourself through performing in Sydney Eisteddfod?
I have learnt that I need to perform the songs which showcase my strengths. I feel you should never try and perform songs which you think will get you further. You need connection, great feel and delivery and you need to be passionate about what you have chosen to perform. This will give you the best results I feel.
What would you tell someone that was thinking about entering Sydney Eisteddfod?
Go for it!! The level of talent I have seen is extraordinary. Also there is a diverse range of performers with different talents and strengths. The venues are great, and so are the stages and sound equipment.