92.3 NOW: Barbadian princess Shontelle stopped by the 92.3 NOW studios in NYC today to chat with Lisa Paige and some of her biggest fans who came in to see her perform a special acoustic set of three songs off of her album No Gravity which is in stores NOW! Watch her acoustic sets of ‘Say Hello To Goodbye’ and ‘T-Shirt‘.
Any good singer and/or songwriter says that a hit record that resonates with people has real emotion in it. And if there’s one thing pop star Shontelle Layne does not lack, it’s real emotion in her songs. For example, there was an actual guy and a “T-Shirt” which inspired her first hit. The Bajan singer’s biggest single to date, “Impossible” – was also relatable at the time she recorded it. Now, comes “Say Hello to Goodbye,” Shontelle’s next single from her sophomore LP, No Gravity. Apparently when she went in to the booth to cut this one, the emotion was almost too real.
“I was going through something at the time, and it was so real to me,” said Layne of the track during an interview on “The Ralphie Radio Show.” “It took me over two days to record it, because the producer was like, ‘Dude, okay, I get it about being real, but honestly, you’re crying so much we can’t even understand what you’re saying.’”
Layne took the rest of the day off and ordered room service before hopping back in to the studio. Martin Hansen produced the power-ballad, which is a slight departure for Shontelle’s R&B/pop sound in that it does mix in some heavy guitars.
“When I first thought about doing, ‘Say Hello to Goodbye,’ everyone was like, ‘Are you crazy? This sounds like a pop/country/rock ballad. What are you doing? No one is gonna get this from you,’” she recalled. “I just feel it… it just feels right.”
Shontelle can only hope that her audience feels the same way about “Say Hello” as they did about her platinum-selling single, “Impossible.” Funny thing is, that song almost wasn’t even Shontelle’s to sing – Leona Lewis turned it down first.
“Maybe (Lewis) just couldn’t relate at the time or what, but it worked out for me,” Layne said. The singer knew of the rumor of that “Impossible” was offered to Lewis first, but didn’t receive confirmation until a recent trip overseas. “Thank you Leona! You’re my home girl.”
Shontelle was overseas touring the UK with Jason Derulo. She believes the two will link up sooner rather than later in Miami to collaborate on a track. Meanwhile, Layne is preparing for her own tour across the U.S. – which she hopes to kick off later this year.
Shontelle has revealed to DailyStar that she is set to collaborate with ‘In My Head’ hitmaker Jason Derulo. The Bajan singer just supported Derulo on tour, during which they agreed to work together. Shontelle says: “We want to go to Miami and do it soon as possible together. “Maybe we’ll do a trade-off and write a song for each other”.
O-Bee, better known as Omer Bhatti ( Michael Jackson’s ‘unknown son’ ) recently announced in an interview with Metro News that he has recorded a duet with Shontelle which will be included in his debut album due to release this summer.
Shontelle set to perform at the upcoming “The Power of One” event in New York on March 10th, to help celebrate Women’s History Month with other inspiring young women through a special music focused panel and performances with violinist Caitlin Moe, and Deux Chattes. - PRNews
‘Perfect Nightmare’ official UK single release: March 14, 2011 – get ready to request team UK!
‘Say Hello To Goodbye’ official US single release: March 15, 2011 – music video estimated to be shot within the next 2 months. (Can’t wait to see this!)
Rihanna’s ‘Man Down‘ (co-written by Shontelle) has a strong chance of becoming a single. - RocNation
Alex & Lucy: ” Watch our interview with the gorgeous Shontelle, who came down to our InDemand towers to revealed her favorite things. ”
DropOut UK: ” We were very privileged to meet up with the gorgeous, long-legged, Bajan beauty. Dropout UK were invited to get up, close and very personal with the songstress who admitted that as her success grows, she constantly meets new challenges ranging from ‘singledom’ to busy schedules. From Fashion to tattoos, we met a very down to earth and ambitious young woman who after experimenting with new sounds on latest album, No Gravity, definitely knows where she’s going! “
Shontelle recently performed in South Carolina for 93.7′s Hawk & Tom Christmas Acoustic Show with Boys Like Girls, Kevin Rudolf, Cody Simpson, and more. She performed “T-Shirt”, “Impossible” and “Perfect nightmare”. Watch the AMAZING acoustic performance videos above with her guitarist (Dan)! Really good.
Shontelle performed at Y100′s Jingle Ball held at BankAtlantic Center on December 11, 2010 in Sunrise, Florida. Above is just a sneak preview of 2 pics taken backstage by the press. Other pictures can be viewed on Y100′s website. Videos coming soon…
Shontelle performed in this year’s KISS 108 2010 Jingle Ball concert in Lowell, MA along side headliners Taio Cruz, Jay Sean, Katy Perry, Enrique Iglesias, Selena Gomez & BoB on December 9, 2010.
She conducted a backstage interview before hitting the stage, then performed her usual set consisting of: Perfect Nightmare, T-Shirt (with a bit of Nicki Minaj’s Your Love), Say Hello To Goodbye, and Impossible.
Review extracts by the press below:
The format allowed for each act to perform signature radio hits and then either dip into the back catalog or look forward to the next single. Shontelle did a little of each, performing “Perfect Nightmare”, offering up “Say Hello to Goodbye’’ as her next single, singing “T Shirt’’ from yesteryear, and delivering the smash “Impossible.’’ via Boston.com
Opener and r&b newcomer Shontelle played for an already-packed crowd, her sunny disposition and DJ carrying most of the set. When live vocals did peek through songs such as “Perfect Nightmare,” “T-Shirt” and a slightly chill-inducing “Impossible,” they were impressive. But more often than not her actual singing provided only intermittent support for the backing track. Not that it mattered. Fans, many wearing glow necklaces as headbands, just kept screaming and singing along. via BostonHerald
Backstage interviews and more photos can be viewed here.
You have to watch this HILARIOUS video of Shontelle goofing around backstage at Kiss 103.7′s Kissmas Bash in Milwaukee. She talks about the tough time she had traveling back to the USA from Malaysia, and more shockingly revealing her lover… or should I say… “loverS”!
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