Singer-Songwriter Elizabeth Chada is no stranger to change, heartbreak and perseverance.
Born in Toronto, Canada and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe (Africa), Elizabeth grew up immersed in music
and the arts, being influenced by records from Bob Marley to Jim Reeves; but it wasn’t until a teacher
encouraged her to begin singing that she began training as a vocalist. From acapella groups to church choirs, wedding gigs,
commercial jingles and even the SADC Music Festival, Elizabeth dipped her toes in as many music opportunities as she could.
At only 14 years old, she was hired as a nightclub singer, spending her Friday and Saturday nights working until the early morning.
At age 15, Elizabeth recorded her first song which garnered local radio attention and pushed her to continue pursuing a career in music.
At age 18, with the push and support of her parents, Elizabeth packed her bags and headed back to Canada,
eager to pursue an education and begin working in the Canadian music scene. Within a year, she won the Youth Talent Search
contest in London, Ontario and went on to represent South Western Ontario at the National Youth Talent Search in Toronto.
She also began studying Fashion in college and taking part in fashion shows, but soon dropped out after
realizing that she was paying more attention to the music production in the shows than the clothing on the runway.
Since then, Elizabeth has been writing, recording, and performing her music in Canada and the US as “Shingai”,
which has inspired audiences of all ages. the name Shingai was her given name at birth, meaning
strength and perseverance, which Elizabeth found to be incredibly fitting.
Music has helped Elizabeth in her journey of healing from painful childhood trauma she
experienced in Africa for almost 10 years. She found it only natural that her upcoming single was titled “Trauma”;
acknowledging the past and its traumatic memories, but also accepting the need to move forward.
The single will be released May 2022, as it is recognized as Sexual Assault Prevention Month in Ontario, where Elizabeth
currently resides. The single will also be one of the first releases as Elizabeth Chada instead of Shingai,
a move she wanted to make as a fresh start in both music, and life. Elizabeth was recently named winner of
Open Mic Canada, a national competition focused on vocal prowess.
She was also selected to participate in MMF Canada’s 2022 BESPOKE program along with just 9 others
2022 will also mark the release of several new songs, videos and of course, shows, which Elizabeth has been crafting since pre-pandemic.
The pain of trauma is an experience that billions of people across the planet can relate to.
Elizabeth Chada is giving a voice to the very real internal battle with her new musical project entitled Trauma.
As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Elizabeth knows all too well how life altering the experience can be and she has partnered with an organization that provides support and counselling services for adult survivors of sexual abuse. Healing from the effects of childhood sexual abuse is possible and The Gatehouse Toronto is an organization that comes along survivors from all walks of life and gives them a safe space and ears to hear their stories.
To find out more about the work and services of The Gatehouse Toronto, please visit their site.