Carly Shu
Carly 2016
Biographical information
Full Name
Carlina Shuman
December 16, 1996
Manhattan, New York
Professional Information
Years Active
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Wiki Channel Credentials
Cleo Santos-Thomas

   Carlina Shuman, publicly known as Carly Shu, (born December 16, 1996) is a hit YouTube artist. Shu first made her debut on YouTube after posting a video of her covering John Mayer's "Slow Dancing In a Burning Room" on her YouTube channel, "CarlyShuForYou." The video got more than 500,00 views in less than a week. It eventually doubled and doubled again. The video currently hold 4,000,000+ views. Shu then continued and posted more covers, becoming a YouTube sensation. She is currently signed to Wiki Records and plays the role of Stevie in the Wiki Channel musical drama, Break Free. Her debut album With Love released May 26, 2014.

Early LifeEdit

Carlina Shuman was born in New York on December 16, 1996 to Denna Shuman and Jack Shuman. Shu grew up around very studious parents and education was very important to her parents. Her mother was a Broadway stage manager and her father was a public speaker. When Carly was 12, her family moved to Virginia after he mother left stage managing.


2002-2005: Early actingEdit

When Shu was 5, she loved watching the shows her mother was a stage manager of. She began
Carly as a kid
aspiring to be an actress. Her father took her to different auditions and her charming, energetic personality is what got her various acting gigs. She played Abby in the blockbuster movie, "Cheaper By the Dozen," and a recurring role on Disney's "Even Stevens." But, when Shu turned 9, she decided she no longer wanted to do acting.

2006-2010: A passion beginsEdit

When Carly Shu was 10 years old, she began singing. She loved listening to different artists including Janet Jackson, Hilary Duff, and Whitney Houston. At first, Shu would try and mock their voices to help her voice get better. Later on, she started researching the voice and seeing how it worked for a school science project. She was very intrigued by what she learned and using the knowledge she retained, she exercised her voice to make it better. By, 13 years of age, Shu was singing like a pro, surprising her parents.

Her parents encouraged her to take voice lessons, but, over the years, Shu had become a very shy girl. Being the shy girl she was, Shu did not want to take lessons. Her parents even signed her up for one but she refused to go. Shu was a very shy and self-conscious and did not like to put herself out to the public anymore.

2011-2014: CarlyShuForYou, the YouTube sensationEdit

Carly soon realized that her shyness was taking over her life. It was holding her back and if she wanted to
Carly singing 2
get her voice out there, she would have to take some chances. Unbeknowest to her parents, Carly made a YouTube channel titled "CarlyShuForYou." She posted a cover of her singing Natasha Bedingfield's "Unwritten," only 14 years old. She was so scared and frightened about what people would think. In an interview with TeenScope magazine in 2012, Carly said, "I was so scared! It took me a whole day to actually come to post it after I made it and I almost took the video down once it was up." The video only recieved about 150 views after a week. Carly became a bit more confident and posted a few more covers.

Soon, her parents discovered CarlyShuForYou. Shu expected her parents to be angry but they were actually very happy and her mother even cried. Her parents then got her elite equipment to make another cover, including an HD video camera and a microphone. Using the equipment, Carly covered John Mayer's "Slow Dancing In a Burning Room." And that was the cover that rose CarlyShuForYou to fame. The video got more than 500,000 views in less than a week. It eventually doubled and doubled again, getting 2,000,000+ views in just two and a half weeks. Shu became an internet music sensation!
Carly singing

Shu then posted even more covers including "Love You Like a Love Song," "Pumped Up Kicks," and "Dancing in the Moonlight." As time went on, Shu began collaborating with other YouTube artists including Sam Tsui, Elle Winter, and Nick Pitera.

2014-present: Wiki Channel futureEdit

In 2014, Wiki Records contacted Carly Shu. They told her they were looking for artists to help build their record label and channel popularity. They wanted to sign Carly. Carly gladly accepted! In 2014, music videos from Carly Shu will be airing on Wiki Channel. In an interview with Radio Day, Shu said, "I'm so excited to work with Wiki! Not only will I be doing music with them but they also want to look into some acting for me to get back into which would be absolutely fantastic!"

Carly starred in the Wiki Channel Original Movie, ZAYN. In which she portrayed a fiesty monster hunter named Erin. In the same year, Carly began releasing studio versions of covers from her channel as singles, releasing "Love You Like a Love Song," "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room," and eventually a EP of all cover Here's CarlyShuForYou. Later that year, Shu released her first single titled "Sweet" through Wiki Records and the single did pretty well. It wasn't until January 2015 however that Carly's original music sparked to fame when she released her single "Dragon (What You Wanted)," first the music video releasing on her channel and then the single releasing four days later. The video went viral and the single quickly climbed the charts. Later that year, Shu released a remix EP for Dragon, Dragon Remixes.

In February 2015 premiered a brand new highly anticipated Wiki Channel musical series, Break Free, which includes Shu playing supporting character Stevie White and stars big Wiki Channel veterans Chesney Ramirez and Percilla Gold. In an interview with Star Magazine, Shu expressed how excited she was to be apart of the show. "The show is a musical series so it's giving me the oppurtunity to do all these things that I adore: act, dance, and sing. The show is going to be so huge, Wiki has big hopes for it." She also explained how she will be working on music while doing the show. "While doing the show, I will be very much working on music, " said Shu. "My music is a little bit more of a focus for me right now so Wiki is being very flexible with me and the work I do on the show but I plan to give my all in both areas, as much as possible."

On May 26, 2015, Carly dropped her debut album With Love which did very well and September of the same year, Carly released a single from the album "Who's That Boy," featuring Rebecca Anderson.

On October 18, 2015, Carly released a surprise music video for her new single "Pretty Girls" on her YouTube channel before the actual single released which garnered 2.5 million views in just five days. On October 23 the single released.

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