Starnes&Shah, featuring vocal duo Dania Abu-Shaheen (guitar/vocals) and Zilpha Starnes (keyboards/vocals), was formed in Astoria, NY in 2005. Bring a poet/songwriter from Lebanon together with a choirgirl from Dallas, Texas, and you get a unique musical counterpoint.
The songs range from pared down acoustic ballads to rock anthems complete with choral arrangements and layered guitar effects. They are stories rendered with Dania’s poetry and music. Zilpha’s harmonies play between exchange and tension to produce a signature sound.
Starnes&Shah is currently working on their fourth full-length album, "Shilling for Dreamtown," due out summer 2013, with the single, "24 Million," out January 2013.
Starnes&Shah's third full-length album, "Red Brick Tide," packs a rock'n'roll punch with vocal and compositional complexity. Quirky synthesizers and hard-driving guitars augment the duo's trademark harmonies to conjure up nuanced narratives.
Starnes&Shah have released an acoustic EP titled "Here Again on the Island" (2006) and two full-length albums, "Summer in the Woodshed" (2007), and "Pink White Blue Green" (2009), featuring full band arrangements.
S&S have played shows in Northeastern cities including Burlington, Portland, Boston, Philadelphia, and their current home city, New York. They continue to play regular shows in New England and New York, and will be touring to promote "Shilling for Dreamtown" in the summer of 2013.
"24 Million" liner notes:
Vocals and Guitar: Dania Abu-Shaheen
Vocals and Synths: Zilpha Starnes
Bass: Nick LaBate
Drums: Chris Infusino
Recorded and mixed by Matt Noble at Riverworks Recording, Dobbs Ferry, NY
Produced by Matt Noble, Dania Abu-Shaheen, and Zilpha Starnes
Written by Dania Abu-Shaheen
© 2012 Dania Abu-Shaheen