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Once Upon a Time

by Shani Ormiston

Shani has perfect combination of artistry, musicianship and vocal talent to become a top-tier name in pop music. The album has achieved awards: "Best Pop Album" Akademia MA, Hollywood MA with 6 nominations, Diputation Alicante best song BRAVE.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Once Upon a Time
3:52 album only
2. 4 Minutes to Midnight
4:05 album only
3. Brave
3:41 album only
4. Goodbye
3:19 album only
5. Lucky
3:45 album only
6. With You
3:05 album only
7. Lionheart
3:37 album only
8. The Powe of Love
3:13 album only
9. Okay
3:01 album only
10. Happy Ever After
3:31 album only
11. Valor
3:42 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
"Once Upon a Time" Multi award winning album".
Shani Ormiston is a bilingual internationally acclaimed independent pop singer and songwriter based in the Costa Blanca in Spain.
A self made artist, with a great sensibility who has won hearts along where she performs. Shani has the perfect combination of artistry, musicianship and vocal talent to become a top-tier name in pop; as he demonstrates her talent in her last last album “Once Upon a Time”. This album has recently won in 2015 the award of “Best Pop Album” from “The Akademia Music Awards” in Los Angeles, California. This album also achieved a total of six nominations in recent years for the "Hollywood Music in Media Awards”.  It is the third consecutive year that her song “Brave"was nominated for this red carpet event held annually at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, California. Also this song won the best pop song Top Creation 2012 Diputation de Alicante.
From Spain to Los Angeles, Shani huge success is a reflection of her passion for music, catchy melodies, honest lyrics sang form her heart about social problems, love and life always with a ray of hope, been able to demonstrate her wide vocal range and ability to write a touching ballad or an uptempo dance song that will keep you on your feet.



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Matthew Forss

The youthful, musical exuberance is infectious and catchy.
Shani Ormiston is a Spain-based singer born in the UK to Spanish and Scottish parents. The result is an energetic and dance-inspired repertoire on the new eleven-track release, Once Upon A Time. The upbeat, English-lyric songs incorporate dance melodies, sparkling piano, electronic sounds, and steady, but varied dance beats. The youthful, musical exuberance is infectious and catchy.

“Lionheart” opens with a medley of electric harp-like sounds, a symphonic intro with strings, light piano and Shani’s vocals. The intro moves into a swishy percussion set with back-up vocals accompanying Shani’s voice. The symphonic chorus contains a shower of electric sparks that light up the song with a strong dance-friendly melody in the same vein as the UK’s Katie Melua. The long vocals and seemingly frenzied percussion and assorted instrumentation are lush with memorable melodies and rhythms. The song is a great combination of pop elements and dance ambiance that are undoubtedly something that warrants repeated listens.

“Once Upon A Time” begins with a cascading swish sound and pensive piano melody amidst Shani’s sweet voice. The percussion is pop-oriented overall. The sparkling piano melody is joined with a swishy, metallic, and electronic dance chorus that contains an onslaught of sound. Importantly, the dizzying array of metallic sounds and cascading piano melody is extremely pleasing. The latter half of the song contains laser-like dance accents with some back-up vocal accompaniment. This is a strong dance anthem that successfully bridges contemporary pop elements into an enthralling musical package.

“4 Minutes To Midnight” opens with an increasingly louder dance theme followed by a fast swish sound before Shani’s voice begins the song with blurby percussion and swishy electronics. The chorus is surrounded by a buzzing electronic medley that is frequently interrupted with industrial percussion sounds and symphonic swishes. Mid-song, Shani is accompanied by a guitar for a minute, before the dance theme resumes. However, there is a short piano line that starts off the last few repeated measures. The outro contains symphonic string sounds that calm the dizzying sounds.

“Brave” begins with a few keyboard washes and Shani’s vocals. The cinematic background electronics suggest a filmic element early on, but a scattered, break-beat ensues with swishy percussion, ambulating guitar, and distant, industrial noises. The music is rather experimental, but not too far removed from pop or dance structures. Shani reaches a few higher vocal notes that would give JoJo or Mariah Carey a run for her money. There are back-up vocalists and triumphant drumming, which suggests a new age beat that is highly-engaging and very refreshing.

“The Power Of Love” opens with a model runway-type opening that quickly delves into a trippy, drippy, and metallic percussion set with Shani’s crystalline voice leading the charge. The chorus contains more of the same swishy percussion on other album tracks. However, there are brighter elements that keep the song moving in a positive direction. The trance-like dance track is playful, moving, and engaging.

Shani Ormiston’s new album, Once Upon A Time, is not a fairy-tale, but a realistic romp through dance music heaven. The dance music elements of up-tempo percussion, free-spirited vocals, and electronic adornments signal a very remarkable album, despite a few similar choruses throughout. The lack of variation is relatively reduced, but it should be noted. Overall, Shani produces a fine set of songs that border contemporary pop and dance genres with a little new age thrown in for fun. If Ace of Base, Lady Gaga, and Katie Melua joined forces, you would have Shani Ormiston.

Alexa Spieler

Melodies with strikingly bold electronic beats, fusing a strong sounding album!
Despite a whirlwind of negativity certain artists produce, Shani Ormiston prefers an optimistic perspective on her album Once Upon A Time. Throughout writing all ten songs on the album, Shani Ormiston compiled her own experiences and those of her friends and families, solely to expose listeners to an optimistic album. There are several unique elements within Shani Ormiston’s music, but most prevalent is her ability to blend contagious melodies with strikingly bold electronic beats, fusing a strong sounding album. With the electronic music scene thriving currently, it is refreshing to hear an artist who presents positivity and strong music, which is accurately what Ormiston embodies with Once Upon a Time.
Ormiston opens up the album with the title track, “Once Upon a Time.” Immediately, Ormiston music’s dance elements are evinced, interestingly, with an introductory piano. Rather than generically utilizing a synthesizer, Ormiston opts to a piano introduction, contrary to the tendencies of other artists in her genre. Though the song began with a piano interlude, synthesizers do eventually help create the energetic first track, driving forward an exciting, upbeat composition. While the contributing rhythm section of synthesizer layering and featured drums drive the song, it is Ormiston and her vocals that strengthen “Once Upon a Time.” Over the heavy instrumentation, Ormiston demonstrates her wide range and modern, powerful vocals, proving that she possesses vocal strength that no instrumentation can outweigh.
Following the title track is the album’s longest song, “Minutes to Midnight.” Amongst a strong dance album, “Minutes to Midnight” is a solid song. At first glimpse, listeners are struck by a struggling in definition and lacking in originality and diversity. However, past the beginning layers of synthesizers and similar sound to the prior arrangement, “Minutes to Midnight” pushes away all concerns with the addition of an electric guitar. It isn’t commonplace for an electric guitar to be featured in this genre, establishing Ormiston’s musicality and artistry. Lyrically, Ormiston belts how the narrator believes she should be “more than friends” with said love-interest. Rather than crashing away, the upbeat, synthesizer-heavy song interestingly fades away, orchestra instrumentation allowing the composition to complete with softness, straying from the heaviness prevalent previously.
Being formulaic may be easy, but Shani Ormiston doesn’t promote such. She doesn’t simply stick within her genre, but rather flees from genre restraints. The ballads she produces steer Ormiston away from restrictions and move her towards becoming a holistic artist. “Brave” is essentially a ballad that truly and remarkably exemplifies the talent Ormiston holds. With only a quiet piano accompaniment and ominous synthesizer shadowing her voice, Ormiston could be mistaken for Celine Dion. The arrangement moves forward with an additional drum track and further rhythm section. The power of the rhythm section underneath Ormiston doesn’t take away from her vocal show. The vocal layering and showcase of her impressive range is what makes “Brave” easily the most effective and beautiful composition on Once Upon a Time. The absence of dominant synthesizers and heavy instrumentation allows Ormiston to display her vocal ability, something that shouldn’t be remiss. Another impressive song is “Lionheart.” Though “Lionheart” isn’t a straightforward ballad nor of the sorts, it is not within the realm of prior tracks as far as being a direct dance number. The narrator discusses how she will be there to help one recover, stating: “Just call out my name. I will be there to help you find your confidence.” With promising lyrics, Ormiston utilizes the power of her voice and conveys her overpowering presence and passion. The lightly strumming guitar, supportive drum track, and gentle piano riffs underneath allow the track to gain strength. It’s exactly the track that defines Ormiston as an artist.
The composition “Valor” concludes Once Upon a Time in interesting fashion, as a bonus track. Rather than closing on an energetic note, Ormiston opts to the continuance of impressing listeners with her vocal strength. The performance by Ormiston is compromised in Spanish, whilst accompanied by a string section, backing vocals, and drum programming. The greatest display of vocal mastering is found on “Valor.” Her voice continuously elevates as the song advances, even whilst the song intensifies in orchestration. Ormiston takes center stage, overbearing the soft synthesizers, hushed drum track, and total arrangement. Her voice peaks at the high notes towards the song’s coda and establishes Ormiston as a sensational vocalist.
Once Upon A Time is a tremendously impressive and enchanting album from Shani Ormiston. No two songs sound alike nor will you be able to locate an artist as mesmerizing, passionate, stellar vocally, and powerful as Ormiston. For only her second album, Ormiston distinguishes herself apart from other artists and can now consider herself a force to be reckoned with.


This album is absolutely fantastic and Shani´s voice is beautiful!
Uptempo songs with a dance beat but all with a wonderful message and sweet vocals! Some great slow songs too! My favourites are: Lionheart, Once Upon a Time, Happy ever after, Brave, Lucky!!!!