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In an interview on July 19, 2009, she said that although she had nothing done in terms of a future second record, she did know that it would be out in early 2010. She wants to work with [[Beyonce Knowles|Beyonce]], [[Kanye West]], [[Justin Timberlake]], [[Keri Hilson]] & [[Alicia Keys]].{{fact|date= August 2009}} As of August 2009, Shontelle has headed back into the studio to work on her sophomore album, and she is working with many hit makers who produced hits by today's top artists, and as of now it is only known that she is working with [[Sean Garrett]].
 
In an interview on July 19, 2009, she said that although she had nothing done in terms of a future second record, she did know that it would be out in early 2010. She wants to work with [[Beyonce Knowles|Beyonce]], [[Kanye West]], [[Justin Timberlake]], [[Keri Hilson]] & [[Alicia Keys]].{{fact|date= August 2009}} As of August 2009, Shontelle has headed back into the studio to work on her sophomore album, and she is working with many hit makers who produced hits by today's top artists, and as of now it is only known that she is working with [[Sean Garrett]].
   
Shontelle later revealed in late August, 2009 that she is planning a change of direction on her second album. Shontelle admitted that she is eager to experiment with a rockier sound. Shontelle stated in an interview that "I'm going much edgier. There is a rock chick waiting to come out of me". Shontelle later stated that she liked Rihanna's new mohawk hair style, but also stated that she wants to distance herself from any comparisons. "It's a hot look," Shontelle stated, "But I don't want to be a copycat."<ref>http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/a172153/shontelle-plans-new-music-direction.html</ref> Shontelle described her new sound as "dance rock" in mid-August, 2009. The album will be very similar to work by [[Beyonce]] and [[Katy Perry]]. Shontelle has also dyed her hair to a lighter brunette color in order to feel "new and improved". Her sophomore album is due for a release in early 2010 (January-March). Shontelle has confirmed that there will be many collaborations on her second album and that although she will be working with [[Akon]] again, she might also be working with [[David Archuleta]] and she will work with many other people as well that she stated "are secrets" at the moment. <ref>http://shontelleonline.com/category/tour/</ref>
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Shontelle later revealed in late August, 2009 that she is planning a change of direction on her second album. Shontelle admitted that she is eager to experiment with a rockier sound. Shontelle stated in an interview that "I'm going much edgier. There is a rock chick waiting to come out of me". Shontelle later stated that she likes Rihanna's new mohawk hair style, but also stated that she wants to distance herself from any comparisons. "It's a hot look," Shontelle stated, "But I don't want to be a copycat."<ref>http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/a172153/shontelle-plans-new-music-direction.html</ref> Shontelle described her new sound as "dance rock" in mid-August, 2009. The album will be very similar to work by [[Beyonce]] and [[Katy Perry]]. Shontelle has also dyed her hair to a lighter brunette color in order to feel "new and improved". Her sophomore album is due for a release in early 2010 (January-March). Shontelle has confirmed that there will be many collaborations on her second album and that although she will be working with [[Akon]] again, she might also be working with [[David Archuleta]] and she will work with many other people as well that she stated "are secrets" at the moment. <ref>http://shontelleonline.com/category/tour/</ref>
   
 
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==Discography==

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Shontelle
File:Shontellenewhair.jpg
Background information
Birth name Shontelle Layne
Origin Saint James, Barbados
Genres Pop, R&B, reggae
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter
Years active 2005–present
Labels SRC, Motown
Associated acts J-Status, Rihanna, Akon
Website Official website

Shontelle Layne (born October 4, 1985), better known by her first name Shontelle, is a singer-songwriter from Barbados. She appeared in the music video for the re-worked "Roll It" performed by J-Status featuring Rihanna and herself, from 2006. Shontelle was recently signed to Street Records Corporation/Universal Motown Records.[1]. She also won the Barbados Music Award (BMA) for "Song of the Year" (2009) for "T-Shirt".

Biography

Shontelle was born on October 4, 1985 in Saint James, Barbados, to Raymond and Beverley Layne. She has two younger sisters, Rayana and Rhea Layne and a younger brother. On the sports field she was highly competitive too. “I did track and field”, she recalls. As a child, Shontelle told her mother that she was going to a friend's house, but then sneak off to a recording studio.

Shontelle was a student at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus in Barbados (currently on hold), and was on her way to becoming a lawyer before SRC, the same label known for discovering her friend Rihanna, saw her talent. Shontelle wrote the song "Roll It Gal" for regionally renowned Alison Hinds. The song had big success in the Caribbean, New York, Miami and Europe. Her lyrical writing helped her to perform with Natalie Burke (another artist from Barbados). Their hit song was "Colours" which was a song showing the pride of being Barbadian did so well, that a remix was made to represent the whole Caribbean.

Career

Shontelligence (2008-2009)

Shontelle's debut single, "T-Shirt" was released on July 15, 2008, and peaked at #36 on the Hot 100, becoming a mild hit. It recieved lots of airplay in the UK and soon became a top 10 hit as well as number 1 on the UK R&B chart. Although her debut album was scheduled for a September, 2008 release, it was released on November 18, 2008. Her album Shontelligence was released to mixed reviews and reached #115 on the Billboard 200, eventually selling a low 50,000 records in the US. The albums follow-up singles, "Stuck with Each Other" and "Battle Cry" failed to garner even as much success.

Shontelle performed at Hot 99.5's "Bras Across DC Little Pink Dress" [2] party at the Hard Rock Cafe in Washington, DC on Friday, October 24. She also performed at the 18th Annual Kissmas Bash on December 9, 2008 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY at a yearly radio event on WKSE KISS 98.5. Shontelle performed her hit single "T-Shirt" at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, on November 27, 2008. Shontelle was a drill sergeant in Barbados, in a training corps similar to R.O.T.C. Shontelle was interviewed on the music choice show "Fresh Crops" which is currently released for viewers to watch.[3]

Shontelle toured as a support act for the UK leg of the New Kids on the Block World Tour in January 2009. She was added to the 2009 Springroove Music Festival lineup and performed across Japan in April [4].

Shontelle is also the host of My Prom Style! and Universal Motown's 2009 Ultimate Prom fashion reality series. She will perform at a high school prom in New York City on June 5, 2009, but first she leads three students in a competition to design the dress that singer Kat DeLuna, the headliner, will wear at the Ultimate Prom concert.[5] Shontelle was confirmed as to be going on tour with Beyoncé from May to June 2009. The "T-Shirt" singer will open for Beyoncé on the UK leg of her I Am… Tour. [6]

Shontelle has so far proved most famous internationally in the United Kingdom. Her first release there, "T-Shirt" reached #6 on the UK Singles Chart and #1 on the UK R&B Chart, her second single "Stuck with Each Other" reached #23 and #10 on the UK Singles Chart and UK R&B Chart respectively as well. In the United States, "T-Shirt" peaked at #1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. Her third single "Battle Cry" has also reached #70 on the UK Singles Chart without any promotion besides the video for the single.

Shontelle performed at the 2009 T4 at the Beach concert in the United Kingdom on July 19, 2009.

Second Studio Album (2009-present)

In an interview on July 19, 2009, she said that although she had nothing done in terms of a future second record, she did know that it would be out in early 2010. She wants to work with Beyonce, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Keri Hilson & Alicia Keys.[citation needed] As of August 2009, Shontelle has headed back into the studio to work on her sophomore album, and she is working with many hit makers who produced hits by today's top artists, and as of now it is only known that she is working with Sean Garrett.

Shontelle later revealed in late August, 2009 that she is planning a change of direction on her second album. Shontelle admitted that she is eager to experiment with a rockier sound. Shontelle stated in an interview that "I'm going much edgier. There is a rock chick waiting to come out of me". Shontelle later stated that she likes Rihanna's new mohawk hair style, but also stated that she wants to distance herself from any comparisons. "It's a hot look," Shontelle stated, "But I don't want to be a copycat."[7] Shontelle described her new sound as "dance rock" in mid-August, 2009. The album will be very similar to work by Beyonce and Katy Perry. Shontelle has also dyed her hair to a lighter brunette color in order to feel "new and improved". Her sophomore album is due for a release in early 2010 (January-March). Shontelle has confirmed that there will be many collaborations on her second album and that although she will be working with Akon again, she might also be working with David Archuleta and she will work with many other people as well that she stated "are secrets" at the moment. [8]

Discography

Studio Albums

References

External links