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Shanta Paloma's debut album was recorded at Stillwork Studios, Holyoke, MA in 2012.
Mastered at Sonelab in 2012.
CD cover paintings & cover design by Matto: facebook.com/ArtbyMatto
Singer-Songwriter Shanta Paloma has been writing and performing for over a decade. Her debut album was recorded at Stillwork in Holyoke, MA, in 2012. Featuring eleven original tunes and original artwork by Matto, this CD is bringing back the experience of listening to an album, versus a collection of songs individually downloaded. Remember those days?! The album features local musicians such as Jesse Mushenko, Wes Bourque, Josh Enemy and Ben Jon. The Eleven tracks are Unspoken, Wake Up Bittersweet Love, Thriving (the slow/sexy version), Keeper, Under Your Kiss, Bad Monkey, Tombstones, Parallel Lives, The Truth, Sweet Cheeks and Like A Little Girl/Yadadedai. The CD release party is in April 2013 in Northampton, MA.
Shanta brings a “unique” show, filled with costumes, toys and a live painter, Matto! Of her many accomplishments, she was voted 2nd Best Singer-Songwriter in the Valley in 2008. When she performs solo acoustic, her sets include rockin' original songs, and styled acoustic covers of hits from the past 60 years. Her voice is been described as “soulful” and “grimy” and her performance has been described as “emotive, original and fun!” Upon the release of the album, Shanta will be touring with a full band. In the next year, she and Matto will be venturing out on The Badass & Baroque Tour to Las Vegas to Marry the Scaggsvilles. The couple will be stopping all around the United States collecting money and fans as they make they way to get hitched in Sin City. The tour will be Vlogged on Youtube...
As for her sound? It is an amalgamation of many influences –rock, pop, Latin jazz, alternative, hip-hop, folk, and rockabilly all rolled into a sound all her own that does not sit as disjointed songs, but blends into something uniquely Shanta. The diverse music has a common edge in the tone and the lyrics have a common emotional and philosophical depth. She sings about non-committal romance, bittersweet affairs and the enduring, everlasting spirit. There is passion in her delivery and playfulness in the content that make for sexy, sweet and soulful songs.
Shanta was born in Santa Monica, California from an ethnic cocktail of a background. The daughter of a diplomat, she was brought up living in India, France, Turkey and the United States. She attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut and received a degree in Philosophy. Currently, she is working towards an M.S.W at Smith College School for Social Work.
Shanta started her musical career at the age of seven on a sad little piano in the basement of a music store in Paris. With one white key amidst a sea of beige keys, this poor deformed piano clearly needed some extra love, which Shanta was eager to provide. Of course, her parents would only purchase the piano on the condition that she learn to play… and she did. Unfortunately, this piano now sits by the front door and is the where everybody puts the mail and their car keys. Yeah. While Shanta studied at the conservatory in Paris and took private piano lessons for years, her musical journey did not really take off until she picked up the guitar at the age of fifteen. Learning the classics on piano was interesting… but not creatively fulfilling. Moreover, pianos are hard to carry and Shanta tends to be a restless girl. So instead, she gravitated towards a more portable instrument. Secretly, she began to plunk away on her father’s guitar, hiding her interest from her parents who might force her to practice. (*shudder*). When she was surprised with a guitar for her birthday, she picked it up and played her first original song that evening. It was probably something really depressing and angsty that included images of knives and blood and needles. At that time, nobody knew that she had been teaching herself to play for several months and so she was able to pretend to be some sort of guitar prodigy and lots of attention from her parents.
From that point on, Shanta’s interaction with music was in the form of writing her own material to explore and express her inner landscape. Being a lonely child who moved around a lot, she was able to find solace in this form of self-expression. As she became more curious about music in general, she studied musical forms from different countries, eras and genres; using what she learned to inform her creative writing process. As her song list grew, she performed at local open mics and talent competitions. In 1997, she won first place at the talent competition at Dramafest in Oberweisel, Germany for her original song, Mariposas Maquiladora. In 2000 she won the State Department’s Arts Merit Award for best original compositions, On An Imperfect Piano and Surrender. In the same year, she was also voted Best Female Vocalist at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter High School in Hadley, MA. In 2004, she was picked up by a producer in Nashville who recorded three of her songs – Poet, Never Meant to Be, and Changes. (The production style was not quite Shanta-style and those recordings remain unreleased). In 2007, she played bass guitar for the hard rock band, My New Shell, which was voted Best New Rock Band in the Pioneer Valley according to My 411 Source, who also named her as Best Singer-Songwriter in 2008. Shanta has since been included on two compilation CDs – My 411 Source’s Best Of 2008 Compilation and the Valley Independent Artists Compilation Vol. 2, 2008. Two of her original tracks have also been featured on the first and third episodes of the independent Internet mini-series, Without You, by Mad Z Productions. Her original music has been aired on 90.7FM WTCC, Springfield, MA; on 89.7FM WTBR; and on 97.7FM WBCR, Great Barrington, MA. Needless to say, an album has been long overdue!
In the time that Shanta was not recording her long awaited album, she has been teaching private music lessons at several locations in the Pioneer Valley. She has also been regularly performing at local bars and restaurants in the area as half of the acoustic duo, Sparrow and as Shanta The Acoustic Songstress.
“Your music is very clear and radiant in every way! It is fresh!”~ Anthony Braxton (Jazz Musician)
“I’m not a producer or a star-maker, but I think you really have a chance!” ~Giacamo Gates (Jazz Vocalist)
“I thought it would be good, but then I was blown away!” ~ Molly McGregor
“Simply Stated: She emits a musical beauty about her. Seriously- Shanta’s a walking song. Highs, lows, but it all comes full circle with a melody you can hold onto.” ~ Anonymous
“A beautiful voice!” ~Anonymous
“Shanta brings with her the sense of a dream.” ~ Anonymous
“A velvet voice and a velvet soul!” -Anonymous