After graduating from Fordham University in 2006 with a B.A. in Music, Shola Adisa-Farrar 2002
was living in New York City, striving to make it as a singer and actress. She had known being a singer and actress was her goal in life ever since she was eight and began training at The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. As four tiring years passed without an established career, Shola decided to move to Paris to change scenery and hopefully gain some perspective on her career choice. “I found the challenge of having to learn a language and discover myself where no one knew me to be exciting,” she stated. Shola expected her stay in Paris to be just six months, but she resides there to this day.
Moving to Paris proved to be not only a good move for Shola personally, but also professionally. Shola has been performing on stage regularly since moving to France. This past spring, Shola released her debut album entitled “Lost Myself
.” Her record, which is her explorations into Jazz, has received positive recognition from critics, and tracks from the album are currently playing on national radio in France, the U.K., and Belgium.
She greatly enjoys the opportunities she gets in the music world. Shola values the collaborations she has been a part of, along with her ability to discover and pursue new ways to express herself. She especially loves the fact that “doing what I do and what I love has opened so many doors for new travel experiences and to meet people from around the world.” Despite loving her Parisian life, she misses the “laid back, open vibes of the people” and the diversity of cultures and lifestyles in the Bay Area.
Shola’s experiences at Lick-Wilmerding High School have helped her become the person she is today. She credits the “head, heart, and hands” motto for helping her develop into a well-rounded adult. Because of this motto, she has learned to focus on how she can develop various skills rather than honing in on just one aspect of her personal growth. Additionally, she loved participating in the LWHS choir, theatre program, and dance program. In the choir, she had the opportunity to travel to Disneyland and Santa Barbara to perform. She also was in LWHS’ musical production of West Side Story and the play Museum. She has fond memories of history class with Gregory Nelson, woodshop with Robert Sanborn 1970, and English with Wendy Foster-Leigh. She loved the experiences she had when she participated in the LWHS language immersion trips to both Mexico and Venezuela.
Shola is in the process of organizing a tour in the fall of 2016. Her music is available on iTunes and all streaming platforms, as well as music stores such as Amoeba Music in the Haight. For more information, visit Shola’s website
or keep up with her on social media via Facebook
, and Instagram
.Photo Credits: Mr. Moon and J. Lebrun.