AMY SHARK is a lesson in resilience. An overnight success years in the making, Shark now has the ear of the world, and the world is listening intently. Shark’s breakthrough single Adore recently passed the 60 million stream mark globally.
The Queensland singer/songwriter has toured the US five times in the last two years before even releasing an album, as well as extensive shows across Europe.
In her native Australia, Shark’s success leading up her debut album Love Monster is remarkable. Adore reached No.2 on the ARIA singles chart and No.2 on Triple J’s Hottest 100 in 2017 – the biggest music poll in the world with over two million voters. The song went triple platinum in Australia and became an award magnet.
Shark won Best Pop Release and Breakthrough Artist at the 2017 ARIA awards, while in 2018 Adore won an APRA award for Pop Work of the Year as well as the prestigious Vanda and Young songwriting competition.
Adore was only the beginning. Shark’s first EP, Night Thinker, was a critical and commercial success, reaching No.1 on iTunes and No.2 on the ARIA chart. It was home to further singles Weekends – an ARIA gold song and winner of a songwriter award at the Queensland Music Awards) and Drive You Mad.
Shark has embarked on a blistering international touring and promotional schedule since the calling card of instant classic Adore. She has played Australian festivals including Splendour in the Grass, Laneway, Groovin’ the Moo and Bassinthegrass, and opened for fellow Australian act Vance Joy in the US as well playing her own headline tours in North America, the UK and Europe and festivals including Austin City Limits, SxSW and Lollapalooza.
Shark has also performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to an audience of millions.
Love Monster is also home to Shark’s second ARIA Top 10 hit, the radio seducing I Said Hi. Getting high rotation on both commercial and alternative networks, I Said Hi turned platinum in two months. In a full circle moment, it’s a statement on those who said she’d never make it that’s now become an anthem for the next generation ready to have their songs heard by the masses. “It was important to give other musicians who are out there working so hard thinking it’s never going to happen a little glimmer of hope. Just remind them that it’s very rare that someone comes out and they’re an overnight success. That certainly wasn’t me. I wanted it to be an anthem for so many reasons, I didn’t want it to be about my bitterness or have a passive aggressive attitude. I wanted it to be motivational.”
Shark was also featured on the Love, Simon soundtrack at the request of Jack Antonoff, who also secured her as an opening act for his band Bleachers in the US.
As well as showcasing her single-handed songwriting talents, Love Monster includes
A-list co-writing collaborations with Antonoff (Taylor Swift, St Vincent), Joel Little (Khalid, Lorde) and Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus. “It was so great having these experiences, it got me out of my comfort zone, out of my own little writing world. And they’re not just anyone, I was lucky to be able to skip straight to working with the big dogs.”