Shanelle Gabriel has been labeled a virtuosa: She's a soulful singer, poet, lyricist, and an advocate for Lupus Awareness. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, she has toured both nationally and internationally, hitting cities from LA to Vancouver to Johannesburg, South Africa. Frequently compared to Lauryn Hill and the super duo Floetry wrapped-in-one, Shanelle effortlessly blends her soulful singing with elements of spoken word and hip-hop. Shanelle's tenacity has allowed her to become a shining star in any path she treads.
Shanelle is widely known for both opening and featuring on HBO's Def Poetry Jam alongside Jill Scott and DMX and has also shared the stage with artists such as Eric Benet, Talib Kweli, Nas, Erick Sermon, and more. Shanelle was spotlighted on the Rachael Ray Show, Fox News, and KAYA 95.9 FM- Johannesburg, and was recognized for her work by Listerine and Wal-Mart in the "Your Mouth Matters" campaign. She appeared in a promo for the 2007 NFL Draft and competed in both the National and Individual World Poetry Slams. You can hear her voice as the narrator for Jennifer Hudson's "I Got This" audiobook and also catch her acting in Q-Tip's video for "ManWomanBoogie."
Shanelle got her early start showcasing her talents in church. At Utica College, she performed as both a singer and actress while earning her B.A. in Communication Arts with a minor in Business Management. She was a Def Jam College promoter and a leading radio personality on WPNR 90.7 FM.
In the summer of 2004, Shanelle was diagnosed with SLE Lupus. However, she decided that her health would not be something that would limit her success. Using that as her fuel, she decided that she would pursue her dreams and encourage others who have obstacles in their path to do the same. She states, "My battle with Lupus has been tedious, but God has a plan. That plan does not include giving up on life. I want to be a testimony to others that no matter what, faith and determination can accomplish any goal."
Shanelle presently tours the US and abroad, stays active with her sorority (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc), facilitates creative writing workshops, is the Poet-In-Residence at Urban Word NYC, and promotes Lupus awareness and social justice. She recently released her follow-up to her amazing debut album, Start Something (winner of the 2008 Atlantic City Alternative Soul Best CD Award). This new album, Aim High, is set to propel Shanelle Gabriel to even greater heights in her career.