Shauna-Kay Miller Wins Gen-Y Factor

Javon Liburd, Staff Reporter | 8 Opinions
Published: June 18, 2017 6:48 am AST
Shauna-Kay Miller, a teacher at the Seventh-Day Adventist High School in the BVI, was announced the winner of the second staging of the Gen-Y Factor singing competition.

Miller’s amazing vocal ability and perfect song choice---Glory, by John Legend, landed her in the top place of the finals of the competition, hosted last evening, June 17, at the Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall in Road Town.

Her victory also cemented a win and bragging rights for the entire District Three community.

Shauna-Kay went up against 11 other contenders, from the other districts around the Territory.

At the end of several performances, the top six performers were chosen. This group included Miller, along with Kathlyn Archibald, District One; Janae Estridge and Jamori Blaize, District Six; Abigail Christopher, District Five; and Kadijah Roberts, District Nine.

The top three singers of the competition were then selected, before Miller was announced as winner. The other two positions in the top three went to Janae Estridge and Jamori Blaize of District Six.

The other finalists were Jade Hodge, District Two; Essynce Evans, District Four; Lebritnie Legair, District Five; Lorenzo Thomas, District Seven; Zabdiel France, District Eight; and Jaani Ricketts, District Nine.

Shauna Kay Miller during her winning performance at 2017 GenY Factor finals, June 17
Photo Credit: Javon Liburd/ BVI Platinum News
An overjoyed Shauna-Kay was speechless after being announced the winner, but managed to express her thanks to God and to her supporters.

“I am speechless, but so thankful. I prayed about this all week. God knows why I needed this. I thank God and everyone who were there for me,” she told BVI Platinum News.

She shared that singing is her life.

“I cannot imagine my life without singing. I do not know where I would be without it. I’ve been singing since the age of two and I’m just thankful for this.”

In advice to other performers, she said constructive criticism is vital to any aspiring artiste.

“Just continue to sing and train to be the best. Every criticism you get, listen and learn from it. Constructive criticism is good, it will help you to enhance your vocal ability and that’s very important.”

The singer shared that persons will be seeing much more of her in the coming year, as she intends to invest more time in the studio and performing at concerts and other venues, and events around the Territory.

With this win, Miller will receive a studio package deal worth over $25,000, along with other prizes such as wardrobe and electronics.

The event was hosted by Kareem Nelson-Hull.

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