Lina (singer)

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Not to be confused with Li Na (singer).
Birth name Shelina Wade
Born Denver, Colorado, United States
Occupation(s) CEO, Singer-songwriter, record producer, actress Artist, Painter,
Instruments Piano
Years active 1998-present
Labels MoodStar, Hidden Beach, Atlantic/East West, Monarchy Records
Website Lina Music

Shelina Wade (born in Denver, Colorado), commonly known as Lina, is an American R&B and soul singer and songwriter.

Early life[edit]

Lina was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in, Texas. Lina’s introduction to music started at the age of four when she began singing at church. After cultivating her gospel and jazz roots by touring with the church choir, performing with her mother and singing at social gatherings, Lina was signed to Atlantic first as a songwriter and then as a singer. Influenced by singers from Josephine Baker to Sarah Vaughan to Sade, Lina began developing a signature vocal style that could be described as a mixture of swing, r&b, and jazz meets modern day soul.[1]

Music career[edit]

In 1998, Lina got her first big break as a songwriter by penning a tune for Tyrese's self-titled debut album. Lina proved herself to also be a solid songwriter, penning "Ain't Nothing Like a Jones" for Tyrese.

Lina began her career in 2000 when she signed to Atlantic Records. Following her record deal, was the release of her first album, Stranger on Earth, which was introduced on August 21, 2001. The album sold 45,000 copies worldwide. Stranger on Earth received a strong critical response for its blend of R&B with swing and vocal jazz. The title track was a cover version of a Dinah Washington track.[2] The album featured the singles "Playa No Mo", "It's Alright", "I'm Not The Enemy", and "Don't Say Nothin'". The first single "Playa No Mo" became a minor hit, reaching #46 in UK, while the album reached #89 on the Billboard R&B and hip-hop album chart. Stranger on Earth was placed among the Top 10 R&B Albums of the Year by Billboard Magazine. It was named the #1 R&B Album of the Year by Tower Records' "Pulse" magazine, and #1 album by Nevertheless, Lina asked to be released from her contract and Atlantic granted her release; three months later she was signed to Hidden Beach.

In 2003, Lina signed to Hidden Beach Records and launched her own record label, Moodstar Recordings.[3] In 2004, she began recording her second album. Her second album entitled The Inner Beauty Movement was released in June 2005 on the Hidden Beach Recordings record label.[4] The lead single Smooth received airplay but made no debut on the Billboard charts. Following the release of her second album, the song Come to Mama was released as the second single.

By 2007, Lina had returned to the studio to begin working on her third album. Lina recorded a total of 17 tracks for the album. Lina released her third album-to-date, Morning Star, by her own label, Mood Star Recordings.

Morning Star debuted on the market in February 2008.[5] The album spawn three singles "Feel The Love", "I'll Stick Around", and "Good Day". Lina continued to give her fans new music by introducing a special single titled "My Man".

Two tracks lifted from the Morning Star album featured on the Independent Soul Divas series on the UK label, Lola Waxx: "Feel The Love" (Volume 1 2008) and "Get It Right" (Volume 2 2009).

Many of Lina's songs are featured on Truth Hall film soundtrack released on November 12, 2009 on Utopia Recordings. The songs performed by Lina included "Breathe", "Dough", "Illuminating", and "On My Own". In 2010, she released her compilation album Vintage, which consisted of unreleased songs.

In September 2012, she released her fourth studio album The Love Chronicles of a Lady Songbird. In that same year, the song "Life" was featured in the urban farming documentary Urban Roots.

In January 2013 Lina Signed with Monarchy Records a division of Spectra Records, "The Love Chronicles of a Lady Songbird" will be officially released on Monarchy Records October 1, 2013.



  • Stranger on Earth (2001) (#89 US R&B,[6] #130 UK[7])
  • Save Your Soul, Vol. 1 (2005)
  • The Inner Beauty Movement (2005)
  • Morning Star (2008)
  • Vintage (2010)
  • The Love Chronicles of a Lady Songbird (2012) Unofficial release
  • "The Love Chronicles of a Lady Songbird" official release set for October 1, 2013 on Monarchy Records a division of Spectra


Year Title Chart positions Album
U.S. U.S. R&B Hot Adult Airplay US Jazz UK
2001 "Playa No Mo" - - - - 46[8] Stranger on Earth
"It's Alright" - - - - -
"I'm Not the Enemy" - - - - -
2002 "Don't Say Nothin'" - - - - -
2005 "Smooth" - 107 27 - - The Inner Beauty Movement
"Come to Mama" - - - - -
"Leaving You" - - - 28 -
2008 "Feel The Love" - 115 - - - Morning Star
"I'll Stick Around" - - - - -
"Good Day" - - - - -
2009 "My Man" - - - - - The Love Chronicles of a Lady Songbird


  1. ^ Conversation with Lina Soul 2 Soul with Lina Honeysoul. Retrieved: May 31, 2009
  2. ^ Lina - Stranger on Earth Accessed: August 21, 2001
  3. ^ Lina Unveils 'inner Beauty' Allbusiness. Retrieved: May 31, 2009
  4. ^ Lina - The Inner Beauty Movement Accessed: June 28, 2005
  5. ^ Morning Star. "Morning Star: Music". Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  6. ^ "Album Info: Stranger on Earth - Lina". Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  7. ^ "Chart Log UK: DJ Steve L. - LZ Love". Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  8. ^ "UK Singles Chart runs". Retrieved 2012-12-15. 

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