Sofia Shinas

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Sofia Shinas
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, Actress
Years active 1991–present
Labels Warner (1992)

Sofia Shinas is a Greek-Canadian[1] television and film actress and recording artist. She is best known for her hit single, "The Message", and her role as Brandon Lee's murdered fiancée, Shelly, in The Crow.



In 1992, Shinas released her debut, eponymously titled album on Warner Bros. Records. She co-wrote every song and worked with various noted producers and remixers, including Steve Peck, Daniel Abraham, Mitch Kaplan, Mark 'MK' Kinchen, Roger Sanchez, Tommy Musto, Ben Grosse and Boris Granich.[2]

Her first single, "The Message", reached #20 on Billboard's Dance/Club Play chart and was a crossover pop hit, peaking at #75 on the Hot 100 chart. The second single, "One Last Kiss", didn't fare well enough to chart at all, except in her native Canada, where it became a minor hit. Her third and last single, "State of Mind", peaked at #16 on the Dance/Club Play chart.[3] Shinas left the music business to pursue an acting career and has yet to release another album.


Shinas made her film debut in the 1994 action thriller The Crow, starring Brandon Lee. The film was a box office success and, since its release, has become a cult favorite.[4] Shinas did though witness the accident that led to Lee's death and left production by going back home to Los Angeles. After The Crow, Shinas landed a role opposite Charlie Sheen and Nastassja Kinski in Terminal Velocity. In 1995, she starred alongside C. Thomas Howell in the independent action/drama, Hourglass. Two years later, Shinas would again co-star with Howell in the 1997 action film, Dilemma. In addition to her film work, she has also appeared in two episodes of the TV serie The Outer Limits (in the Valerie 23 and Mary 25 episodes) and an episode of The Hunger.

Recent activity[edit]

Shinas attended USC School of Cinema-Television in Los Angeles, California and graduated in 2008. While attending, she directed a thesis film starring Jude Narita and Sebastian Segiel called Spring Eternal.[5]


Year Film Role Notes
1994 The Crow Shelly Webster
Terminal Velocity Broken Legs Max
1995 Hourglass Dara Jensen
1996 Ripper Man Gena
Dilemma Lydia Cantrell
1997 Hostile Intent Gina Alternative title: Lethal Games
2000 Red Shoe Diaries 12: Girl on a Bike Woman on Train Segment: "Borders of Salt"
2004 Planet of the Pitts Fay Kennedy NBC News Anchor
2009 DaZe: Vol. Too (sic) - NonSeNse Rosabel
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Red Shoe Diaries Woman on Train 1 episode
1998 The Hunger Claire 1 episode
1995–1998 The Outer Limits Mary 25/Valerie 23 2 episodes



  • 1992: Sofia Shinas


  • 1992: "The Message"
  • 1992: "One Last Kiss"
  • 1992: "State of Mind (You Make Me Feel Good)"


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  2. ^ "Sofia Shinas: Album credits". Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  3. ^ "Sofia Shinas Chart History". Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  4. ^ McDonnell, Jen (2008-07-17). "The Show Must Go On". The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  5. ^ Ishizuka, LiAnn (2008-05-016). "Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2008: Seasons of Love short films". Asia Pacific Arts. Retrieved 2008-09-25.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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