Shura reveals she gave up playing for Manchester City women’s team to pursue music career

'I could either go outside in rain and get muddy, or just stay inside and be a rock star'

Upcoming songwriter Shura has discussed swapping football for music early in her career.

The Manchester native was listed in the BBC Sound Of 2015 poll earlier this year, alongside breakthrough acts such as James Bay and Years & Years.

Having released her ‘White Light’ EP earlier this year, Shura (real name Aleksandra Denton) spoke to The Independent recently, where she revealed that she used to play football for Manchester City Women’s team when she was a teenager.

“I’d written songs since I was 16, but I never thought that I would be a musician full time,” Shura said of juggling both hobbies as a youth.

However, she ultimately decided to focus on music: “I made the decision that I could either go outside in the freezing cold in the wind and rain and get muddy, or just stay inside and be a rock star. I didn’t want to physically hurt any more. I’d be in bandages and limping.”

Watch Shura’s video for her song ‘Touch’ below. She plays a London gig at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 26 May.