Name: Selena Zuri
School: Cawthra Park Secondary School
Music School/Private Instructor: High “C” Studios – Katya Tchoubar
Short Bio: I am a 14 year old singer, dancer, musician, model, activist and aspiring actress. I started singing and dancing from a young age and began taking things more seriously with classes at the age of 10. I am classically trained with the Royal Conservatory curriculum and have passed my grades with honors and continue to prepare myself for upcoming exams.
I love expressing myself singing all genres especially; Pop, Soul, Alternative and Rn’B. I enjoy playing guitar and writing music. I have recorded multiple song covers in the studio and am currently working on original material.
I also enjoy creating my own music videos where I am able to express myself singing and dancing. I have danced competitively for a few years and have won multiple awards with my dance teams at various dance competitions. I am currently dancing with a crew from Toronto with some of the top choreographers in the city.
I am currently attending Cawthra Park Secondary School for the ‘Vocal’ program and have landed a role as one of the ballerinas in this year’s school musical ‘Billy Elliot’. I am a member of the ‘Viva Choir’ and perform with the trio at many events and have recorded on a couple of their songs off of their latest CD. I also sing with my school choir and enjoy singing with members of the Alzheimer’s Society once a week.
I have been featured in various music videos such as:
Beyonce’s remix video – “Mi Gente”
The Mini Pop Kids video – “24K Magic”
Viva Trio’s video – “Imagine”
Digydon ft. Elephant Man’s video – “Digydance”
Boss Dance Company video – “Scars to Your Beautiful” by Aleesia Cara
I am an activist raising awareness of challenges faced by young people and have publicly spoken in front of my previous school and have competed in speaking competitions about topics such as bullying and body shaming. I plan to launch a foundation one day that helps the youth in local communities who are dealing with these issues.
When and why did you start playing? I started singing at a young age and decided that I wanted to pursue my passion at the age of 10 when I went to my first musical “Aladdin” and saw exactly where I wanted to be one day.
What are you working on right now? I am currently working on original music which I will hopefully release sometime in the new year. I am also preparing for upcoming singing performances, music videos and dance competitions.
What goals do you have as a musician and how do you plan on achieving them? My goals are to one day be able to share my love for music with the world. I will continue to train, practice and work on what I love to do. I really enjoy working with people who have the same love and passion for the things I do.