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Shirley Galea

Shirley Galea was born on 30 June, Year of birth::1982 at St Luqa Hospital, Place of birth::Pieta, and grew up in Place of residence::il-Gżira. She was a singer.

Shirley began singing at the age of 13 with her friends when they entered a karaoke competition. She learned song lyrics by listening to discs, without seeing the lyrics. After her initial karaoke experience, Shirley continued singing, she began taking part in festivals, where she submitted her original songs. She found the experience challenging because of a lack of formal training and direction. But she persuaded her mother to send her for a few singing lessions, giving her the courage to continue singing, and investing time in her own songs and recordings. Shirley also began singing at weddings, parties, in hotels and in festivals, gaining experience as she went.

Shirley Galea

Shirley's first festival was at 14 years of age, in 2001, where she sing the Mariah Carrey song Hero, placing first. In the same year she took part in the festival Is a Festival::Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza2001, again finishing first, performing the song Bi Tbissima. From there she began to take part in the other major festivals, such as Is a Festival::L-Għanja tal-Poplu, Is a Festival::Kanzunetta Internazzjonali Maltija, Is a Festival::Malta Song For Europe, Is a Festival::Festival Super One amongst others.

She won a prize in L-Għanja tal-Poplu for the Best Interpretation, for the song Talba Għalik, as well as the televoting prize in the Konkors kanzunetta Indipendenza

The opportunity to go sing in Russia presented itself, but at the last minute she cancelled the trip because of the start of military conflict in the area. Shirley's singing career stopped when she married and decided to take care of her family, particularly her son.