Shanelle Gabriel | Start Something

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Start Something

by Shanelle Gabriel

A dynamic fusion of music, spoken word poetry, and soulful R&B singing featuring accappella, live, and studio recorded tracks. Imagine: thought-provoking words AND great music. WOW.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Soul
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Message To My Girls
3:46 $0.99
2. Start Something - Intro
1:03 $0.99
3. Start Something
4:44 $0.99
4. She Had Everything
3:46 $0.99
5. Possibilities
6:28 $0.99
6. Permanent Imprint
2:44 $0.99
7. Games
3:44 $0.99
8. The Other Woman
4:35 $0.99
9. The Reasons I Love You
2:49 $0.99
10. The Ingrown Hair
4:16 $0.99
11. Scar Tissue
2:36 $0.99
12. I Feel Like Going On
4:58 $0.99
13. Going On - Outro
1:15 $0.99
14. Open Like That (Bonus Track)
2:54 $0.99
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Album Notes
Shanelle Gabriel is a 23-year-old spoken word and singing virtuoso. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY she has displayed her skills at colleges and venues across the country. She performed the Promo Opening and featured on 2007's sixth season of HBO's Def Poetry Jam and recorded a nationally televised promo for the 2007 NFL Draft. She also was a member of the 2006 Nuyorican Poets Cafe National Slam Team and a competitor in the 2007 Individual World Poetry Slam Competition in Vancouver, Canada. Greatly influenced by Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott, Richard Smallwood, and Stevie Wonder for their emphasis on lyrics and creativity, her tenacity has allowed her to become a shining star in whatever path she has endeavored to take.

Like many greats before her, Shanelle got her early start showcasing her talents in church. Later, she acted in productions of The Vagina Monologues and Macbeth. At the Utica College Auditorium she performed as both a singer and actress while earning her B.A. in Communication Arts. 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. Yet 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 dream of being a performing artist as well as 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 facilitates creative writing workshops throughout New York City and promotes Lupus awareness. Her amazing debut album, "Start Something" fuses Shanelle's skill at spoken word poetry with her soulful, sultry singing. Using her upbeat pop, old school hip-hop, and inspirational soul sound, Shanelle’s vibrant personality shines through each word and melody she shares. "Every time I perform, I aim to plant a seed in someone, a new perspective. This is more than just standing on a stage simply reading my work or singing a tune. This is me sharing me."

Shanelle Gabriel is available for performances, workshops, and other engagements.

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Very powerful!


a message to my girls
sweet perfume to the ear. powerful

Kim Berkeihiser

Shanelle Gabriel is talented, captivating and insightful.
A few of my favs: "I Feel Like Going On", "Going On -Outro", "Open Like That" & of course "Start Something"! Watch out, Shanelle will steal your heart and then give it back to you 10 fold. Her CD "Start Something" is just the beginning of a young talent that I look forward to many years of listening to her grow. I've just purchased a few of her CD's, Christmas is right around the corner. So what are you waiting for buy her CD and a few extra for gift giving. It is truly a gift worth giving. Hurry though Christmas is coming quickly.

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Merry Christmas!

Peace & Love,
Kim ~.’~

Chantelle Mabelane

just awesome

Lady James

When A Woman Speaks
I am blessed to direct a young woman's empowerment circle called LaJAWA of women ages 19-31. I am charged with the weighty task of speaking words of healing, truth, and reality into their lives. Therefore, I know the power of when a women speaks. All of these women, though in different places, all hare a unified experience and Ms. Gabriel, you have been a chosen voice to speak to our spirits many times we've closed our circle. You are gifted and I see that gift reaching far past the stage and into the hearts of the women you speak of and to, everyweek. You inspire us and, as women, we applaud you. Speak on sister.

timothy boyce

Every young female should own this!!!
This cd is amazing. The messages are so positive. The passion seems real and genuine. I would recommend that every young female have this in their possession. So many lessons being taught here. I am very pleased with my purchase and cant wait for the next one.

Dana Thomas

A must have!!!
Wow, Shanelle has exceeded my expectations. She carefully decides her words... She is a true poet.


WoW !!! thats hot
Very creative and thought provoking. Im diggin it! keep groovin baby! peace and luv, Vo MVP


Very interesting new and different
I loved it very much was interesting and kept me listening while on a road trip

Patrice P. Allen

U Started it alright
This CD should be given to every young person . With what is seen on T.V.& the peer pressure they deal with on daily basis EVEN the Stuff Parents are not made aware of I'm Gratefeul that Sis.Shannelle is Bold enough to follow the call on her Life and give THE MESSAGE TO OUR/MY GIRLS..God Bless You my Sister for your Ladder will be Greater .....i truly Thank U
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