credit: Aaron Durall


Shalom makes strikingly direct music with such emotional openness and clarity that each track on her debut album Sublimation, out via Saddle Creek, feels like a quiet revelation. The East Coast-based, South Africa-raised artist writes fearlessly personal songs, and her honesty is so blunt it’s inviting. Featured in FADER, Stereogum & Paste among others, she clears whatever tension there is to make room for catharsis.

A lifelong writer, Shalom started playing bass in 2019 in a DIY band, and when the band broke up in early 2020 she experienced unrelenting writer's block -- one of the most painful experiences in her life. In August 2020, Shalom managed to write Concrete and quietly released a set of demos later that December, which caught the ear of Saddle Creek. The indie label took note of her distinct songwriting and put her in contact with her creative counterpart, Ryan Hemsworth. Together, the two created Sublimation entirely virtually. Now independent, Shalom's heartbeat bass lines and vocals create the feeling that you're invited: like you're being told secrets at an intimate party that you don't want to leave. At SXSW, she is showcasing songs from her unreleased second LP.

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Events featuring Shalom

Mar 16, 2024
9:00pm — 9:40pm
Fairfax, VA, United States
Indie Pop
Professional Connections
Shalom is seeking the following:
  • Label
  • Brand Partnership
  • Gear Endorsement
  • Distribution - US
  • Distribution - UK/Europe
  • Distribution - Worldwide
  • Other Artists to Tour With
  • Booking Agent - US
  • Publishing
  • Sync/Music Supervisors