Meet Shane Harte!

By Angela McLean

Here at Vervegirl, we are always looking out for new and exciting talent to fall in love with and we just want to “Let You Know” how incredible Canadian singer Shane Harte is! This 18-year-old alt-pop artist is quickly making a name for himself in the industry, having released a successful debut single while also landing roles on GOOD WITCH, THE NEXT STEP and the upcoming LOST & FOUND MUSIC STUDIOS.

Vervegirl caught up with Shane at Family Channel’s Big Ticket Summer Concert in Toronto to get the inside scoop on his new single, being lost and found and his amazing fans.

Shane HarteVervegirl: The Big Ticket Summer Concert Tour is your first big Canadian tour! What are some of your tour must-haves and what’s the weirdest thing you bring with you?

My tour must-have is definitely tea. Tea is a huge thing that I drink all the time whether I’m on tour or not. It’s good for vocal hygiene and just keeping everything smooth and not so rough. My other must-have is my guitar. I brought it on tour and I couldn’t leave without it. The weirdest thing I bring is something called a Neti Pot. It’s also for vocal hygiene. You use it to clear your sinuses and stuff. It’s really strange and it looks very weird when you use it but it definitely helps with everything.

VG: How would you describe your sound?

My personal sound is definitely more pop but it has an alternative mix in there. I definitely like to play around with production and writing. Growing up, I always listened to alternative music so I definitely think it bleeds out naturally into what I do.

VG: Your debut single, “Let You Know”, came out in May! What inspired that song and how would you describe its vibe?

I think it’s something that a lot of teenagers go through, when you have someone that is such a good friend to you and you have feelings for them and you don’t really know how to express it without feeling like you’re going to lose a friend. I think it’s such a relatable topic amongst teens and I think that’s where the song came from. I went through it and I know a lot of people go through it. It’s just giving that comfort to someone who’s going through that to be like, “You know what, I am going to let this person know I have feelings for them. I’m just going to do it because why not!” The vibe of the song is very summery and it’s very upbeat. It’s a big tune and I really enjoy it!

VG: Do you have any set timeline for a debut EP or album? What can you tell us about that?

That’s actually going to be in the works after this tour. I’m playing a new single on the tour called “Left Standing” and as soon as this tour is done we’re going to be releasing it. It’s doing really well on the tour so far. I’m getting a lot of great response from it and everyone keeps tweeting me, “When is it going to be released?! When are you going to put it out there?!” So, after the tour is done that’s definitely what I’m going to be focusing on. We’re still trying to figure out if an EP or an album is more suitable but there will definitely be a body of work released soon.

Shane HarteVG: Throughout the Big Ticket Summer Tour, you have repped the other performers, including Becky G and The Tide, by wearing their merchandise during your set. Who will you be repping tonight?

Tonight is going to be just me. I’m not repping anybody else but myself tonight in my own city but St. John’s, I’m definitely going to be repping my NEXT STEP people for sure. A lot of them are great friends of mine. I’ve only known them for a short period of time but we’ve worked so closely together so I feel like I’ve known them forever. They’re all so talented and welcoming so I have to rep them out too.

(Editor’s Note: Shane ended up representing the Toronto Blue Jays, his hometown baseball team, during the show!)

VG: Who are some of your favourite artists that you like to rep on a daily basis?

Yesterday I was wearing a The 1975 shirt. They are definitely one of my biggest inspirations. I love bands like The Neighbourhood and Nirvana. There’s a little bit of a 90’s vibe in there for sure.

VG: In addition to being a talented singer, you’re a very talented actor and have appeared on GOOD WITCH and THE NEXT STEP! Do you find that there are any parallels between acting in television shows and performing on stage?

For me, I find them completely different. Maybe it’s just because music has always been something that I’ve loved and acting was something that I’ve gotten the opportunity to do. I don’t really get as nervous for the acting thing as much as I do the music thing. I think it’s because music is my baby and it is something I’ve been doing for a long time. I put a lot of pressure on myself to do well and maybe I’m a little bit too hard on myself but with acting, for me, I find it works so much better when you’re carefree. So, for me, it’s very different but I’m sure for other people it would be pretty similar in the sense where you have to perform and you’re putting yourself out there. For me, they are two separate things.

Shane Harte and Bailee Madison on GOOD WITCH

VG: You’re going to be starring in Family Channel’s new series LOST & FOUND MUSIC STUDIOS this winter. What can you tell us about the show and your character?

The show follows a bunch of singer/songwriters and musicians that go to this performing arts after-school program. It follows them creating relationships and the whole drama of being a teenager. It’s a reality style drama and it’s also a spin-off of THE NEXT STEP. It’s the same producers, the same director and the same creators. It’s the same style but following musicians instead of dancers. It’s a lot of fun and Luke is actually the lead singer of the band, and he’s very driven in wanting to be a musician. That’s very much like me in real life and that was one thing I found really cool to play on TV – someone that’s so driven and wants to do it.

VG: You recently tweeted, “You do NOT mess with my supporters. Ever.” Do you have anything you want to say to them?

Just a huge thank you. I wouldn’t be at this point if it wasn’t for them. They’re fighting for me out there! They’re really liking what I’m doing and I’m really appreciating every little bit of support I get from them.

Thank you, Shane! Don’t miss your opportunity to rewatch the Big Ticket Summer Concert, including Shane’s awesome performance, Friday, September 25 at 7:30PM exclusively on the Family Channel. Follow Shane on Twitter @Shane28Harte.