2012 UK X-Factor winner James Authur performs “Impossible” which he is also to release as his winning single.
Flavor Magazine UK: Waiting in her dressing room while she’s on stage rehearsing for a later performance, I find myself flicking through the TV channels, nervously waiting for her to join me. When eventually introduced to Shontelle, I steel myself for the interview and extend my hand in a formal greeting… but instead, the Bajan beauty pulls me into an enthusiastic embrace! And breathe…
She’s sold more than a million copies of ‘Impossible’, her biggest single to date, as well as already having enjoyed mainstream success with her chart-topping debut ‘T-Shirt’. You’d think she’d be in her hometown, relaxing on a sunny beach, but the talented R&B singer/songwriter is well on her way to earning international acclaim with latest single ‘Perfect Nightmare’ taken from her second album No Gravity.
Flavour catches up with Shontelle to talk about her new single, touring with Jason Derülo and how well she really knows Rihanna. Read the transcript or listen to an exclusive recording below.
The last time we spoke was just before the release of your debut single ‘T-Shirt’. You’ve come a long way since then, so what have been some of your best moments?
It’s been really exciting to know that ‘T-Shirt’ did so well. Since then I have been able to tour with New Kids On The Block, Akon and Beyoncé, as well as releasing another album and an even bigger single [‘Impossible’]. It’s just been incredible to see the growth and to keep it going.
You’ll have a lot of stories to tell the kids then…
Yeah, whenever they come along, but I am not ready for that yet.
If you hadn’t taken a risk and left law school to pursue your music career, you might have found yourself acting as Lindsay Lohan’s lawyer instead of singing and writing music. Would you say the gamble has paid off?
[Laughs] I would say it’s paid off, because music is my number one passion, it’s my baby! So the fact it is really working out for me is good, but like I said before, the knowledge of the law comes in really handy because obviously there is a business side to music.
Where does your album No Gravity fit in with the Shontelle journey?
I would say No Gravity is a reflection of where I was at the point when I was putting it all together. I also had the introduction with Shontelligence, which everybody knew as [by] the island girl from Barbados. I felt that I needed people to know I didn’t just do slow ballads – I also like dance music and going to parties as well as shaking my bootay.
After putting a law career on hold, Shontelle burst onto the music scene in 2008 with her summer hit, ‘T-Shirt’. Since then, the 25-year-old Bajan beauty is proving she’s a force to be reckoned with. She had a chat with Vanessa Laker to discuss her new album, fashion, touring with Beyoncé, being Rihanna’s drill sergeant and why she loves UK high street brand Topshop, all exclusively for The Wrap Up…
The release of her debut LP, ‘Shontelligence’, introduced the young starlet to the world, but it’s the sophomore album, ‘No Gravity’, that is really going to cement this rising star’s place. With an edgier and more experimental sound, Shontelle’s new record demonstrates her growth as an artist.
The Wrap Up: You’ve just completed your UK tour with Jason Derulo. How did it go?
Shontelle: OMG! It was so good. You know the UK is always so good to me. Every night, every show was just fantastic. We just did the last show last night at Hammersmith Apollo, it was awesome.
TWU: I was at the Hammersmith Apollo for the gig and it was a great show…
Shontelle: You were? Amazing!
TWU: I have to say your dress looked amazing…
Shontelle: Oh, thank you. Actually, that dress, I got it very last minute. And that was specifically given to me to do the London show by a designer named, Sherri Hill.
TWU: How important is style and fashion to you?
Shontelle: VERY important. I just love fashion so much. If I wasn’t so busy being an artist, I’d probably try to design a clothing line, or something. I love clothes and I have a ridiculously unhealthy shoe obsession. Shoes and handbags!
TWU: While you’ve been here in the UK, have you had much time to check out the scenery and explore the cities?
Shontelle: Not as much as I’d like to. When you’re on tour or doing promo, you usually see the inside of the hotel and the inside of the car, so you really don’t get to see much. But we did have a day off in Manchester and I had so much fun in Topshop. I always lose my mind in there. I love their clothes. I think probably 95% of my wardrobe is Topshop now.
“Sometimes we fight/ Sometimes I cry/ Why don’t I just tell him goodbye?” Shontelle croons on the opening verse of her new single and what sounds like a cracking set up for a ballad. “I don’t ever wanna leave him alone/ They say I’m brainwashed but I’m in love,” she continues, cueing up a powerful, tear-jerker of a chorus…
Hang on, this is a dance track?! As she wrestles over her conflicting affections for a bad boy lover over a haunting piano riff, the track bursts open at the 1m15s mark and seamlessly transforms into a hectic R&B-dance number with a bongo beat that canters along as relentlessly as a thoroughbred racehorse. “No way, no way, no way!” she insists about taking the dodgy fella back. C’mere Shonts, we’ll get the Horlicks on and you can tell us all about it. (rated 4 stars)
Source: DigitalSpy UK
Simply hilarious. Must watch!
- 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 has said that she is glad Leona Lewis turned down the chance to record her hit song Impossible’. Speaking to Flavour Magazine, the singer-songwriter admitted that she doesn’t know why the former X Factor winner declined the track.
Shontelle said: “I have been hearing that rumour for a long time but I didn’t believe it until it was actually confirmed while I was in Norway. I was like, ‘Wow! I’m glad you turned it down… because I got to sing it!’
“People turn down songs for different reasons. I don’t know what her reasons were – maybe she couldn’t relate to it at the time. Either way I’m happy that I sang it for all those heartbroken people.”
Asked about co-writing ‘Man Down’ with Rihanna for her fellow Barbadian’s Loud album, Shontelle said: “I randomly got a call while she was on the ‘Last Girl On Earth’ tour, and she was like, ‘Dude, I need you, I’m working on this song. I know you’re the perfect person.’
“She was actually in the studio when I was writing it, which was such a good vibe. I guess when I work with other people I tend to draw off the energy from that person.”