About Shirley Eikhard

Songwriter - Vocalist - Musician.

Writer of the Grammy-Award winning, "Something To Talk About", as well as a two-time Juno Award and multi-BMI Award winner, Shirley Eikhard is the "real deal"... a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, publisher and record producer with a world-class talent to back it up.

Born in Sackville, New Brunswick and now living in Ontario, Canada, she loves her Canadian roots and over the past 43 years, has travelled the world both as a performer and writer.

Her songs have been covered by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Cher, Anne Murray, and Ginette Reno to name but a few of the incredible artists who have enjoyed success with her writing and Shirley has written well over 500 songs to date.

As a recording vocalist, her style encompasses pop, jazz and shades of rhythm and blues.

Shirley is a veteran musician who plays various instruments; guitar, piano, bass, drums, percussion, chromatic harmonica and sax. Over the past decade, she has added dobro, banjo and mandolin to the mix. She loves a challenge and picking up a new instrument helps shape her songwriting skills and keeps her inspiration flowing. Her last nine CDs have been completely performed and sung by Shirley in her home studio.

Shirley's songs have appeared in numerous international films and television shows and among them, she has sung theme songs for two movies, "The Domino Principle" and "The Passion Of Ayn Rand" featuring Oscar-award winning Helen Mirren.

Awards and Career Highlights

Winner of two Juno Awards for Best Female Country Vocalist, 1973 and 1974

Winner of seven BMI Awards (Songwriting) for:

  • "It Takes Times" (1971)
  • "Something In Your Face" (1972)
  • "Right On Believing" (1973)
  • "Something To Talk About" (1 million airplays in USA) 1993
  • "Something To Talk About" (2 million airplays in USA)
  • "Something To Talk About" (3 million airplays in USA)
  • "Something To Talk About" (4 million airplays in USA)

Winner of SOCAN CLASSICS Award for "Something To Talk About" (100,000 airplays in Canada)

Winner of Best Jazz Performance in 1999 at the East Coast Music Awards

Winner of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Sound Design in 1992 for George F. Walker's Escape From Happiness play

Winner of Song Of The Year OUT Music (USA) for "Emily Remembers", as recorded by SUEDE

Winner of the 2001 USA International Songwriting Competition in the Jazz Category for "Tomorrow Is A Lonely Place"

"Something To Talk About" is among the 365 songs chosen in the SONGS OF THE CENTURY list, compiled by a jury of musicians, critics, industry professionals, elected officials and amateur music fans throughout the United States.

"Something To Talk About" is among the 500 songs "that shaped rock" selected by Jim Henke, chief curator for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, USA

"Something To Talk About" won a Grammy Award in 1992, for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for Bonnie Raitt