Shakila is a proud offcial voting member of Grammy Awards.
Shakila, the youngest member of her family, was born in the city of Tehran on May 3, Her deep interest in music started revealing itself since she was a child. At the tender age of nine, she was invited to perform on a television show which eventually brought about the attention of many producers to promote her as a professional singer, which her family disagreed to due to her young age, so she continued her studies and limited her performance to talent competitions and school contests. At the age of fifteen, her deep interest in Persian music and singing encouraged her to study traditional repertoire
and "Radif" with Mahmood Karimi. She remained a student of his for some time and at the age of eighteen she decided to move to the United States to continue her studies in the field of Classical Music.
Shakila fulfilled her dream of becoming a professional singer in 1990, by releasing her first album "Kami Ba Man Modara Kon".
Shakila has been blessed with a heavenly voice and has well described herself and her vision towards life through the poems and lyrics she has chosen to sing. Her unique personality and humble character are well reflected throughout her songs, and her deep insight in Persian poetry is well understood through her work. Shakila sings of God, the values of life, and her country so beautifully and effectively that her music is bound to touch any heart very deep. Her exceptional interest in Rumi has inspired her to sing many of Rumi's poems in the most heart touching way, and many believe that Rumi's poems and Shakila's angelic voice deeply match and well reflect her beliefs and true love for God.
Shakila has dedicated eleven outstanding albums to Persian music, and the ones who enjoy and love her voice and her work always eagerly await her next album. To respect, and keep the memory of the singers she has enjoyed listening to and has learned from, Shakila has chosen to sing one of their songs to pay her dues and remind the ones who love her and listen to her that Persian music has always been an art that has passed through different generations, and true art is invaluable and deserves to last. She has also become the true Middle Eastern voice in Operatica-Shine and has contributed two haunting Persian pieces to the album. She has two sons, Shahrod & Behrod, and she currently lives in San Diego, CA