“After years of asking ‘why not?’ — I did,” she wrote on Instagram earlier this week, announcing her participation on the show.
The blues-soul singer-songwriter hails from Denver, Colo., and has lots of music you can already check out — an EP and an album, all coming since 2016.
One sprang from the other, but more about that in a minute.
According to her website bio, Shilo began writing songs at age 11. Post-high school, she left Colorado and spent three semesters at the Berklee College of Music.
Then when Shilo was 19, L.A. summoned — or at least stories she’d heard about the music industry in L.A.
“I needed to see it first-hand,” she said in a 2016 interview with KLSU. “I needed to dive in to the best of my ability and get my hands dirty.”
She said she met tons of celebrities and worked with talented producers, but wound up releasing a May 2016 debut EP that features more of a stripped down sound.
That EP is called “Sideway Glances” and features an excellent lead single called “Shoot.” Check out the official video for that song below.
“That was a really important song for me,” Shilo said in the 2016 interview. “Songwriting to me is my journal. And I know a song is complete when I feel relieved after singing it.
“I had been seeing someone for a long time and felt taken advantage of, felt like I was giving a lot of myself, a lot of my soul to this person and it wasn’t reciprocated in the same way … Shoot is about acknowledging your worth and standing up for yourself and sometimes that takes letting go of things and being okay with that.”
To support the EP, Shilo launched a nationwide tour that saw her perform more than 80 shows in 38 states, plus a handful of shows overseas. It marked her first time trying to make a living via her music, and she wound up staying with fans and friends and friends of friends, many of whom had young children.
That experience provided the inspiration for her 2017 album “Nocturne,” Shilo’s take on eight lullabies, including “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Over the Rainbow.”
“It was really eye-opening for me to hear how many parents were seeking music they loved, that was also suitable for their kids,” she says on Facebook. “I get to sing my original music for people all over the country, but to have a hand in inspiring and sharing music with the next generation was a concept I couldn’t resist.”
Here are Shilo’s social media links, followed by the video for shoot and a more recent excellent original called “Lone Wolves.”
The Voice has done it again, rounding up an impressive array of talent for Season 13. Keep checking back for more profiles of the contestants we’ll meet when the blind auditions begin Sept. 25 on NBC. And for complete coverage of The Voice once Season 13 begins.