In short order, she had put a band together and canvased the Illinois/Iowa region along with South East performances in Nashville. She began returning to Nashville on a regular basis, honing her songwriting skills with industry heavyweights and recording her new country-inspired pop with multi-Grammy award winner Larry Beaird at Beaird Music Group.
In May 2016, Shaniah was named Fresh New Face of Country Music by Renegade Radio Nashville, performed at CMA Fest and opened for Stella Parton at BB Kings Nashville. Later that year she signed a management/recording contract with Heart Songs Records. While all this was falling into place, Shaniah became a full-time college student. She tackled the workload with her signature exuberance, balancing her studies with tours of other colleges, theaters and vineyards, opening for national acts such as Granger Smith, Love and Theft, Walker McGuire, and Morgan Wallen.
Shaniah released her EP "Last Year" February 23, 2018.