Monday, 18 July 2016

My show with Dana International and Portugal fun

Hi there,

I am finally home after two weeks of cruising and doing some concerts in gorgeous Portugal. Needless to say the atmosphere there was incredible since they won the Euro Cup. Especially in Lisbon where 70 thousand football fans came to celebrate their victory. Luckily, I was there the next day so didn't have to push through the crowds.
I have had the best of time on this cruise. My shows were so much fun and it was delightful to receive so many lovely compliments from the guests throughout the cruise after the performances. I also had the opportunity to meet some great people and I am sure we will stay in touch. The Dumfries bunch - you made it for me! Thank you Debb, Jenn, Trish, Sarah, Lewis and Daz!
(Sorry I don't have all of you in this photo)

During this cruise I also managed to have my website redesigned. If you're reading this you would have already seen it, so I hope you liked it. If not, check it out We are still making a few tweaks, so if anything doesn't work do let me know and I will pass it on.
Thank you very much to Andrew Subastian for designing the new website.

I finally managed to get through some of the emails in my web mail box. I would like to say a big thank you to all the lovely things you've all been saying about the show with Dana International. It was so much fun and I'm delighted you enjoyed it. Dana was a real darling to work with and everyone involved did such a brilliant job. The band, sound and lights were top notch and it enhanced the experience no end. Here are some pics from that amazing night:
(back stage with Dana)

Also, thank you Andy Brett for the photo you sent me from the show on the Braemar earlier this year. I love it. Here it is:

Next I'm flying to Norway and sailing to France and Portugal again to sing on the new Viking ship which is very exciting!

Lots more plans for this year, so stay tuned.

Lots of love

Shimi x

Monday, 18 April 2016

Cruising Life is here!

Yo ho ho! It's a Sailor's Life for Me!

Yes, I am officially a sailor. Well not quite... I have performed on my first two cruises with Fred Olsen and loved them. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, staff and passengers alike. The first one was on board the M/S Braemar which took me all the way to the sunny shores of the Caribbean Islands. I saw so many of them that they all blend into one. Some of the highlights on this cruise have to be a 4 wheel drive Jeep scenic tour in Barbados and mountain biking in St Maarten (you can check out the many photos I uploaded on my Facebook page). The second cruise to the Azores, Cape Verde and the Canaries was on the M/S Boudicca. Unfortunately, this one started on a bit of a low as I was ill with a throat virus which made me lose my voice. Luckily we were at sea for 4 days sailing to Praia da Vitoria, so I just stayed in my cabin ordering room service, resting, steaming and healing. It is the most frustrating thing as a singer to lose ones voice for obvious reasons. My show was postponed and a week later I was back on with bells on. The shows on both ships went brilliantly well and I enjoyed every second of them. 
The concerts on the Braemar were filmed and you can see snippets from them here. I know a lot of passengers asked for the videos to be included in the cruise DVD but unfortunately that wasn't possible, so I hope you enjoy the snippets.  
I am currently getting ready for a few shows I have coming up. One is in Cardiff and two are in London. The most exciting one is Israel's main 68th birthday event in London which this year is themes as a Eurovision Extravaganza and I will be sharing the stage with the 1996 competition winner with the song Diva, Dana International. I am really excited! I'll be singing a selection of some of the best Israeli entries over the years including my favourites A-BA-NI-BI and Hallelujah. 
I hope to see you there!

In June and July I am cruising again which is rather exciting. I particularly look forward to sailing to to Norway in June on the Black Watch and to Portugal in July returning to the lovely Boudicca.
Until my next blog, I wish all the very best wherever you are. 
Goodbye for now. xxx