Vicky Shell

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Vicky Shell
Birth name Belkis Arias
Born (1967-06-14) June 14, 1967 (age 50)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Genres Latin, Tropical, Salsa, Merengue, World
Occupation(s) Singer, Educator, Songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Percussion, Maracas,

Vicky Shell (born June 14, 1967) is a Dominican singer, educator, songwriter,[1] who is best known for being the first Dominican who has set the precedent for being the first female salsa singer in the Dominican Republic with a full production of Salsa Latin Jazz. She is known as a multifaceted artist[2] of Latin tropical rhythms in addition to other styles of music.[3]


Vicky Shell this versatile singer, educator, and songwriter[4] started early in her life with local bands and as time went on she went solo leading her own band.[5] Independently she recorded[6] her first album. In 1988 she perused her musical studies in the Bronx Community college,[7] where she took various credits in music. She had continued her studies in the university of City college of New York[8] and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education.[9]

Through the times she became a school teacher in New York City schools and Yonkers public schools, since she had already completed one of her life goals which were being an educator. She eventually decided to follow her heart and continues striving towards her other passion which is music. With the music industry[10] being one of the most difficult industries to exceed in she took on the challenge and recorded her second tropical album on her own in which it was well received into the world.

Vicky Shell released her album Salsa Con Pimienta! [11][12] She has been acknowledged for her magnificent elucidation of the renowned songs such as "Como Una Sombra",[13] "Mueva Las Maracas", "Hombre de Hierro", and "Musica Latina". In which these songs follow the genre styles of rhumba, Latin jazz, bolero son, salsa romantica, and Descarga. Music producer Oscar-nominated and Grammy award winner Ray Santos[14][15] arranged and collaborated, as well From Fania All-Stars [16][17] Héctor Bomberito-Zarzuela trumpet player contribute on several of the song of this album Vicky Shell Salsa con Pimienta![18][19][20]

During the many years of singing Latin contemporary rhythms[21] Vicky Shell have come with her full salsa production enabler the title "The Pioneer Lady of The Salsa Dominicana",[22][23] because of her full broad spectrum in the development of salsa movement as a female during the time when other Latin rhythms were dominating the music industry in the Dominican Republic.[24][25] Her appearance to the public with her live band playing her maracas[26][27][28] who dares to do anything to innovate has unfolded a great scenic dominion, bringing back to consciousness of the spectacular use of non-common resources.

Vicky Shell Tropicalisima[29] album is a contemporary tropical genre style this album has known for these rhythmic hot tracks such as "Te Esperaré", "La Ladrona", "El Morenito", "Quédate", and "Meneito". In this album music composer Ramón Orlando[30][31] arranged and collaborated some of the songs. Even though she is known for singing salsa it has been her enjoyment to sing in merengue[32] tropical because it is the predominated genre in Dominican Republic.[33]

Vicky Shell Olé is the name of the single "Guaguanco Español" composed by Tite Curet Alonso; one of the premier salsa songwriters of all time. The song Guaguanco Espanol has never been recorded before, since 1979, arranged by Dionis Fernandez 30 years ago. The singer to whom the composition was dedicated did not record it and got flabbergasted by the way Vicky interpreted the style of genres and offered it to her. Vicky took the offer and produced it with a modern twist consisting flamenco and guaguanco salsa styles. In 2012 Vicky Shell released this as a single written for the country of Spain. "Guaguanco Espanol" is a tropical flamenco alternative style.

Early life[edit]

Vicky Shell was born in the Dominican Republic in 1967; with the name Belkis Arias known by her artist stage name Vicky Shell.[34][35][36][37][38][39] Came to the United States at the age of 9 and resided since then she was raised in an environment where Latin rhythms were well received.[40] This atmosphere influences her appreciation for the arts. Notwithstanding her many hardships such as unstable homes as a child her forte still prevailed. She is an inspiration to many of us who have had the urge to surrender to adversity. She started her vocal career with local groups and continued directing her own orchestra. With her orchestra Vicky Shell who has shared a stage with renowned artists[41] and has been - in numerous places around the world.[42]


"Album "Vicky Shell Salsa Con Pimienta!"
Como Una Sombra
La Música Latina
Mueve Las Maracas (Salsa Rhumba Latin Jazz)
Hombre De Hierro
"Album "Vicky Shell Tropicalísima"
Te Esperaré
El Morenito
Quedate (Merengue)
El Meneito
"Single / Sencillo "Vicky Shell Olé!"
Guaguanco Español


  1. ^ "Vicky Shell Official Website". 
  2. ^ "Vickiy Shell se prepara para un gran retorno - El Caribe". 2000-08-05. 
  3. ^ "Vicky Shell '10A Entrega Anual LATIN GRAMMY Magazine'". 2009-11-05. 
  4. ^ "Vicky Shell Official Website". 
  5. ^ "Vicky Shell - Eco Latino Cantante, Lider de Orquesta". 1994-06-15. 
  6. ^ "Vicky Shell - El Dia - Vicky Shell quiere darse a conocer cantando salsa". 2006-12-07. 
  7. ^ "Vicky Shell y La Tropicalisima - Radio & Music". 1996-01-29. 
  8. ^ "Vicky Shell una cantante sexi, conqueta y sensual que se destace en NY - El Nacional". 1994-04-17. 
  9. ^ "Vicky Shell - - Cantante Vicky Shell ahora se sumerge en la salsa(Spanish)". 2008-03-25. 
  10. ^ "Vicky Shell surge con grupo musical". 1993-07-31. 
  11. ^ "Vicky Shell y su "Salsa con Pimienta" HOY digital Alerria (Spanish)". 2008-08-04. 
  12. ^ "Vicky Shell - Diario Libre - Revista Espectaculos "Cantante Vicky Shell promueve nuevo tema"". 2008-03-15. 
  13. ^ "Cantante Vicky Shell promueve nuevo tema (Spanish)". 2008-04-15. 
  14. ^ "Vicky Shell - Ray Santos Latin Jazz Legend". 
  15. ^ "Vicky Shell Trae "Salsa con Pimienta" - El Nacional (Spanish)". 2008-08-25. 
  16. ^ "salsa-picante" "vicky Shell Rumba". 2008-09-05. 
  17. ^ "Vicky Shell lanza un CD de "salsa picante" -". 2008-08-03. 
  18. ^ "Vicky Shell, salsera criolla en NY -". 2008-03-19. 
  19. ^ "Vicky Shell y su "Salsa con Pimienta" - Hoy Sep". 2009-08-05. 
  20. ^ "Vicky Shell 10A Entrega Anual LATIN GRAMMY Magazine". 2009-11-05. 
  21. ^ "Vicky Shell - Metropolitan Magazine". 1996. 
  22. ^ "Vicky Shell - El Nacional "En el renglón femenino el ritmo de la salsa esta virgen en el país"". 2008-03-29. 
  23. ^ "Vicky Shell - Canales -Discomundo". 1996-03-15. 
  24. ^ "Vicky Shell y su inclinación por la salsa". 1997-02-13. 
  25. ^ "Vicky Shell - El Drivers Times - El encanto de Vicky Shell". November 2009. 
  26. ^ "EXITOSA - Merengala - Presentacion de Vicky Shell". 2008-08-27. 
  27. ^ "Vicky Shell Casos y Cosas Too Much". 2008-03-27. 
  28. ^ "Vicky Shell Merengala - Lio entre salsologos". 2008-08-30. 
  29. ^ "Vicky Shell - El Nuevo Hudson - Espectaculos". 1996-04-20. 
  30. ^ "Vicky Shell - Latino Unidos". 1996–2007. 
  31. ^ "Vicky Shell ahora se sumerge en la salsa - Listin Diario". 2008-03-26. 
  32. ^ "Vicky Shell - 'Listín Diario - desde NY a ritmo del merengue'". 2000-09-01. 
  33. ^ "Vicky Shell - El Nacional - Provoca buena impresión". 1994-07-10. 
  34. ^ "Vicky Shell - Life". 2009-11-05. 
  35. ^ "Vicky Shell - Exposay". 2009-11-05. 
  36. ^ "Vicky Shell 'Billboard'". 2009-04-29. 
  37. ^ "Vicky Shell - SAG Hollywood". 2011-06-30. 
  38. ^ "Vicky Shell - LMAC". 2009–2010. 
  39. ^ "Vicky Shell 17th Screen Actors Guilds Awards 2011". 2009-06-30. 
  40. ^ "Vicky Shell y La Tropicalisima - Radio & Music". 1996-01-29. 
  41. ^ "Vicky Shell - Listín Diario "Vengo a darle calor a mi carrera"". 2007-04-03. 
  42. ^ "Vicky Shell Billboard Magazine". 2010-04-01. 

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