In an evening of great performances and many surprises, Sharon Achieng or simply Sharnie, came out as the favourite among the 8 participants in the just concluded ‘The Next Star’ finals held at Imperial Hotel in Kisumu.
Best known for her acting skills when she played the main acts in the movies ‘Hasidi’ and ‘Played out’, Sharnie was not only the best according to the judges but also had the highest number of votes from the public.
Judges praised Sharnie for her powerful vocal range, good choice of songs and her commanding stage presence.
“I’m so honoured to have emerged the best in this competition. I have been constantly practicing and this surely is a great reward for the effort I put in. I really thank my fellow competitors and everyone else who supported and voted for me,” said an elated Sharnie.
She continued, “My first challenge is bringing this title to life. I’m currently working on a single which I hope will be received well. We plan to shoot a video for it and market it widely.”
Sharnie walked away with 50k and also got a recording deal from Blackskippo Records, the main sponsors of the event.
Blackskippo Records is a recording studio based in Elgon along the Kisumu-Kibos Road. It boasts of having modern sound recording equipment, ample space to accommodate a whole church choir and is surely one of its kind in the region. According to the management of Blackskippo Records, they not only sought to reward talent but also tap and nurture it.
Other participants were Allan Jawabu, Rufina Rhoda, Bakita, CEO, Joe Davis, K Boyz Band and Mkali sos.