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Shura English Singer

Alexandra Lilah Denton
Born17 June 1991 (age 27)
Hammersmith, England
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • synthesiser

Alexandra Lilah Denton (also known as Aleksandra Lilah Yakunina-Denton, born 17 June 1991),[6][7][8] known professionally as Shura, is an English singer, songwriter and record producer. She is best known for her work in the genres of electropop and synth-pop.


2011-2016: Work with Hiatus and Nothing's Real

Following her work with Hiatus, Shura decided to assume creative control over the production of her music. During night shifts at her workplace (a video editing facility), she watched YouTube tutorial videos on how to use music production software.[9][10] Her single "Touch", co-produced with Joel Pott of Athlete, drew positive notice from internet blogs during early 2014; its music video was co-directed and edited by Shura herself.[1][9][11] Two other singles, "Just Once" and "Indecision", followed the same year, and Shura produced a remix of Jessie Ware's single "Say You Love Me".[12][13][14][15] Shura was longlisted in the BBC Sound of 2015 poll.[16] Shura is also signed to Universal Music Publishing Group in the United Kingdom.[17] She released the single "2Shy" in March 2015, followed by "White Light" and a performance film titled Three Years in June 2015.[18][19][20] An EP titled White Light was released in the United States in July.[21] The same year, Shura performed at music festivals including Bestival, Festival N°6, and Latitude.[20]

In December 2014 she was named as one of the nominated acts on the longlist for the BBC music poll Sound of 2015.[22]Mumford & Sons have covered her song "2Shy".[23]

Shura's "Touch" was released on 18 February 2016 alongside a version featuring Talib Kweli.[24] The Original Mix was released on Record Store Day 2016 as a limited 12" single featuring remixes from Canvas and Delorean.[25]

Her debut album Nothing's Real was released on 8 July 2016 via Polydor Records.[26]


In 2018, she was reported working in the studio on new music with frequent collaborator Joel Pott, as well as Tourist and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs.

In 2019, she made a comeback after three years of silence, when she collaborated with British musician Tourist on the song "Love Theme", which was released on Valentine's Day through his second album Everyday. Tourist explained the that the song was a concept originally written by Shura and had a piano demo that was sent to him by her with the lyrics "I don't want to be the centre of attention, but I want your love". The following month, Shura announced her comeback single, entitled "BKLYNLDN", alternatively titled "Brooklyn London". It was premiered by Phil Taggart on BBC Radio 1 on 10 March 2019 where it was revealed as the "Chillest Record".

Personal life

Shura grew up in Manchester. Her mother is a Russian actress and her father is an English documentary filmmaker.[1] Her parents divorced when she was three.[27] Shura has two brothers, including a twin, Nicholas, who has starred in four of her music videos: "Touch", "White Light", "2Shy" and "What's It Gonna Be?".[28][29] She began playing the guitar when she was 13 years old and started recording music at 16.[30][31] Shura had been a promising footballer in her youth and played for Manchester City from under 11 to under 16 level.[32] While reading English Literature at University College London,[33] she formed a band with guitarist Patrick Duncombe and collaborated with producer Hiatus (Cyrus Shahrad). Shura took a gap year after her university studies and developed her songwriting skills while working in the Amazon rainforest.[9]

Shura is an out lesbian.[34][35] In summer 2014 she experienced a severe panic attack, which she described as "feel[ing] like I [was] dying."[27] Her stage name comes from a Russian short form of her first name.[27] Shura is also fluent in Russian.[27]


Shura's musical influences include Blood Orange, Mariah Carey, Phil Collins, J Dilla, Drake, Peter Gabriel, Haim, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Elton John, Madonna, Massive Attack, Pink Floyd, Pixies, Portishead, Prince, Diana Ross, Patrice Rushen and Tina Turner.[1][28][9][10][36]

Shura's music has been described as "infectious but melancholy electropop"[35] as well as "slow-burning synth-pop" but has said that pop music "didn't represent" her.[29] The singer has said that "missed opportunity, regret, nostalgia" are some of her main themes in her work.[29]



Title Details Peak chart positions


US Heat
Nothing's Real
  • Released: 8 July 2016
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
13 73 130 73 15 35 12


Title Year Album
"Touch" 2014 Nothing's Real
"2Shy" 2015
"White Light"
(re-release featuring Talib Kweli)
2016 Non-album single
"What's It Gonna Be?" Nothing's Real
"The Space Tapes"
"Nothing's Real"
"Love Theme"
(with Tourist)
2019 Everyday

Featured appearances



  1. ^ a b c d Cragg, Michael (11 November 2014). "Meet Shura, Electro-Pop's Downy New Poster Girl". The Fader. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ Hillyard, Kim (9 September 2014). "Next Wave #597: Shura". Clash. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Levy, Joe (29 July 2016). "Review: Shura's 'Nothing's Real' Is a Downer Glam Gem". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Four Tet unveils dancefloor remix of Shura's 'Touch'". Fact. 17 March 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ DeVille, Chris (25 November 2014). "Artist To Watch: Shura". Stereogum. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ The American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers, record for 'Touch', Work ID 886607565
  7. ^ "Aleksandra Lilah Yakunina-Denton - Creature Blog". Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "Young Writers Anthology Launch Party/Open Mic Night". 11 June 2009. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ a b c d "Get To Know: Shura". Hunger TV. 16 March 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ a b Vincent, Alice (5 November 2014). "Shura - New Music". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ Hillyard, Kim (9 September 2014). "Next Wave #597: Shura". Clash. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ Lester, Paul (18 August 2014). "The playlist - new bands: Jagaara, Movement and Shura". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ Dombal, Ryan (22 July 2014). "Shura: "Just Once"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2016.
  14. ^ Geslani, Michelle (14 October 2014). "Shura shares gorgeous synthpop song "Indecision" -- listen". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2016.
  15. ^ Breihan, Tom (22 August 2014). "Jessie Ware - "Say You Love Me (Shura Remix)"". Stereogum. Retrieved 2016.
  16. ^ "BBC Music - BBC Music Sound Of, 2015 - Shura". 1 January 1970. Retrieved 2016.
  17. ^ "Universal Music Publishing Group | UK". Retrieved 2016.
  18. ^ Hunt, El (9 March 2015). "Shura - 2Shy". DIY. Retrieved 2016.
  19. ^ White, Caitlin (3 June 2015). "Shura - "White Light"". Stereogum. Retrieved 2016.
  20. ^ a b Milton, Jamie (10 June 2015). "Shura shares 'Three Years' short film". DIY. Retrieved 2016.
  21. ^ Thomas, Russell (7 July 2015). "Shura announces White Light EP". The 405. Retrieved 2016.
  22. ^ "BBC Music Sound Of 2015 longlist revealed". BBC News. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  23. ^ Hannah J Davies. "SOAK: the indie-folk prodigy fighting for gay rights in Northern Ireland | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016.
  24. ^ "Shura new album | Talib Kweli Touch remixes | Nothing's Real". Never Enough Notes. Retrieved 2016.
  25. ^ "Shura". Retrieved 2016.
  26. ^ Hunt, El (9 December 2014). "It's a Shura thing: "My boobs, licensed to Polydor"". DIY. Retrieved 2016.
  27. ^ a b c d "How Shura Turned Growing Pains Into A Glittering Pop Record". The FADER. Retrieved 2018.
  28. ^ a b Hambro, Maya (25 November 2014). "Shura: "I'm more of a monogamous songwriter"". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 2016.
  29. ^ a b c Savage, Mark (13 July 2016). "Shura: 'Pop music doesn't represent me'". BBC News. Retrieved 2018.
  30. ^ Madden, Josh (19 February 2014). "shura "touch"". Nylon Guys. Retrieved 2016.
  31. ^ Wood, Betty (17 June 2011). "Introducing: Shura". Creaturemag. Archived from the original on 15 February 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  32. ^ "Shura: 'Football has affected my character and my work ethics which definitely affects my music'". WomensSoccerUnited. 5 July 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  33. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 February 2016. Retrieved 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  34. ^ ""I Was Never Interested in Hiding My Sexuality": Exploring Shura's Teen Crush Triumph". Noisey. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 2018.
  35. ^ a b "'I'm a lesbian': Electropop star Shura comes out as gay ahead of Manchester gig | Mancunian Matters". Retrieved 2018.
  36. ^ Thompson, James F. (September 2014). "Interview: Shura". Loud and Quiet. Archived from the original on 21 February 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  37. ^ "UK Charts > Shura". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2016.
  38. ^ "Shura albums (Flanders)". Ultratop. Retrieved 2016.
  39. ^ "Shura albums (Walloon))". Ultratop. Retrieved 2009.
  40. ^ Steffen Hung. "Discography Shura". Retrieved 2016.
  41. ^ Peaks in Scotland:
  42. ^ "SHURA IN DER SCHWEIZER HITPARADE". Hit Parade. Retrieved 2016.
  43. ^ "Shura - Billboard Heatseekers". Retrieved 2019.

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