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SHANELLE GABRIEL does it all: soulful singing, awesome spoken word poetry, lyrics for days, and all while rocking with a collective of the most notable band members in the industry. 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, as well as fusing original music and poems with familiar hit songs. 


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, HuffPost Live, Fox News and KAYA 95.9 FM- Johannesburg, and was recognized by Listerine and Wal-Mart in the "Your Mouth Matters" campaign. She appeared in a promo for the 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." 



In the summer of 2004, Shanelle was diagnosed with SLE Lupus. 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. I want to be a testimony to others that no matter what, faith and determination can accomplish any goal." Since then, she's performed at numerous walks for Lupus, spoken at the National Press Room for the National Institute of Health, performed at Capital Hill, and been featured in several publications regarding her life as an artist with Lupus.


Shanelle Gabriel presently tours the US and abroad, stays active with her sorority (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc), facilitates creative writing and professional development workshops, and is a resident artist in Lincoln Center's Meet the Artist Series for kids. Since the release of her second album, Aim High, Shanelle has been profiled by many blogs and been named one of the Top 10 R&B/Soul Artists on Reverbnation. This follow-up to her amazing debut album, Start Something (winner of the 2008 Atlantic City Alternative Soul Best CD Award) is propelling Shanelle Gabriel to even greater heights in her career.



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Shanelle is available for performances, workshops, lectures, and other speaking engagements.


Previous Workshop Topics:

Spoken Word as a Ministry

Women and the Media

How to Really Rock the Mic – The Art of Performing

Communication Arts- Deeper than Talking

My Art is My Business (Artist Career Development)

Teen Talk- Love in Three Forms (Life, Others, and Self)

Finding Your SELF in Your Sorority

Women in Hip Hop

(Open to other topics as needed)