INTRODUCING... SAVANNAH RAE BOYKO
Quirky • Fearless • Passionate •
Songs like the infectious “Monster” delve into the mercurial nature of adolescence and how baffling rapid mood changes can be. The upbeat anthem “Savvy Summer” captures the elation of summer vacation’s arrival, while the captivating “Sick Obsession” gives a girl’s view on unsettling crushes, flirty texts and cryptic Facebook posts. Dance floor energy pours out of “Fla$h Dance”, a hypnotic tune that’s like teen spirit on overload.
Savannah’s musical story begins as a toddler who could sing before she could talk, and who possessed an innate knack for picking up Disney movie songs. Realizing Savannah’s passion and talent, her parents enrolled her in singing lessons. Tap, jazz, hip hop, ballet and musical theatre lessons soon followed for the girl who couldn’t get enough of performing. Success came quickly. Barely a teenager, Savannah was selected to sing on K-Tel’s Mini Pop Kids 3 in 2006, and Mini Pop Kids 4 in 2007 – bringing her into the spotlight in national TV commercials. In 2008, Savannah became a Top 12 finalist in YTV’s “The Next Star”, and was a featured contestant on CMT's Karaoke Star Jr. Savannah has performed in two high profile musicals, portraying the lead role of Millie in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” in Downtown Disney Florida; and performing in “Strike! The Musical” for 2 seasons in the chorus at Manitoba Theatre for Young People.
Savannah possesses an incredible determination and spirit that can only be attributed to one thing: her family. Savannah and her relatives are undergoing an inter-generational healing process after being caught up in Canada’s Residential School System. Many relatives including Savannah’s grandmother were separated from their families and enrolled in government-run schools, alienating them from their families, heritage, language and culture. Savannah is a philanthropist she and her family all regularly volunteer at the Winnipeg Harvest, Winnipeg Christmas Cheer Board, and MTYP. Savannah’s generation represents growth and positivity for the family. In fact, her giving spirit even has a name: Little Fawn.
Savannah has the distinction of performing twice for former Prime Minister Paul Martin. One of her most memorable performances is singing at the Manitoba Legislature after the government publicly apologized to Residential School Survivors.
These days, Savannah is busy recording her debut EP with well-known Canadian music producer Chris Burke-Gaffney. Savannah co-wrote the songs with the help of Burke-Gaffney and high-profile Canadian co-writer Keith Macpherson. Savannah provides the genesis for each song, bringing ideas and lyrics to the table, and her own vision for vocal effects.