knowledge…feeds my life and my music. The more I learn, the more I want to learn...the more I grow as a person, and as an artist.
NEW YORK (PRWEB) October 10, 2008
And it gets better from there…much better. SHONTELLE's debut album SHONTELLIGENCE, is a state-of-the-art, magnetic and musically comprehensive playlist for today's global pop and urban music fan -- an unmistakable giant step onto center stage for the 23-year old native of Bridgetown, Barbados. The album is scheduled for release on November 18, 2008, through SRP Records' affiliation with SRC, the Universal Motown-distributed imprint of hip-hop entrepreneur and urban marketing innovator Steve Rifkind, making her the label-mate of the SRC platinum-plus artists Akon and David Banner. SHONTELLE's debut also features the idealistic and inspiring "Battle Cry," which was chosen for the unique all-star CD/download compilation Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement, developed for the Presidential campaign of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.
In the eleven songs of SHONTELLIGENCE, she takes ownership of a musical palette that broadens and deepens with each successive track. Throughout the album, SHONTELLE's voice is assertive and exuberant, with an impressive lyrical consciousness enveloping a boundary-busting pop-urban spectrum, from the multicultural riddim-centric soca of "Roll" and "Focus Pon Me," to the reggae tracks "Life is Not an Easy Road," "Crave You," "Flesh and Bone." There's also a literate and progressive neo-soul vibe to "Superwoman," "Plastic People" and "Ghetto Lullaby," and a retro/alternative urban note in "Cold Cold Summer."
Like the most talented of today's young entertainers, Shontelle Layne made her mark first as a writer, co-composing the award-winning soca smash and girl-power anthem "Roll" in 2005. Producer/songwriters Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken of SRP Records, whose production company had previously discovered and launched fellow Bajan native Rihanna as a worldwide superstar, had sought to contact the writer of "Roll" with a view to creating a cover for the international market. They were first stunned, and then delighted, to recognize that the hit songwriter -- and straight-A entertainment law student -- had all the makings of a world-class performer as well. "We couldn't believe that Shontelle was such a great singer, and so young and beautiful, and hadn't been discovered yet," says Rogers.
Over a year and a half of focused work and patient development, Shontelle joined the SRP production company, and recorded her album, co-writing with producers Sturken and Rogers, and collaborating with other A-list hitmakers, including Wayne Wilkins and Andrew Frampton ("T-Shirt") Stargate ("Superwoman") and the Heavyweights and the Jam ("Battle Cry"), as well as the hometown Barbados-based teams Classic Soul ("Focus Pon Me") and De Red Boys ("Crave You"). She signed with Steve Rifkind's SRC Records early in 2008.
Defining "intelligence" recently to an interviewer as "the gathering of new knowledge or information, the ability to comprehend and profit from experience," SHONTELLE reflected that "knowledge…feeds my life and my music. The more I learn, the more I want to learn...the more I grow as a person, and as an artist."
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