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Shanelle Gabriel / Press

“Shanelle Gabriel...is my go-to poet when facilitating lectures on the necessity of humor and poetry. The Flatbush resident is a singer and actress, mainly writing in free verse. Her topics range from gender roles to rites of passage and lupus awareness. She is a crowd favorite with her sultry vibrato and is an active advocate for youth mentorship.”

“In her own word she is "putting blood, sweat and tears on it… and is here to go the distance" with a voice that has a velvet street edge and can also transform to be as soft as a rose petal.”

“[Watching] her perform live on stage was a whole other experience…an amazing one that is! Her positive & energetic vibe is truly empowering through her strong voice and insightful lyrics.”

“Typically, the music genre of rap can be observed from spoken word, however, Gabriel also incorporates soulful, almost R & B-esque components to her craft as well. She's unique because she able to “rap” her poetry, then, mid-way through her performance, she passionately belts out soulful melodies.”

"Her voice is pure, and her handle on language and rhythm is really pushed to the limit by the variety of styles she chooses to take on. It takes a special talent to effectively blend spoken word with music, and it's even more impressive to hear someone take it on with such passion and honesty."

“Shanelle seamlessly infuses her smooth, melodic voice with some powerful verses from her self-penned spoken word. The result is an amazing experience, one that your ears and your heart will never forget.”

“I had the honor of working with Ms. Shanelle Gabriel with the NAACP's ACT-SO's 2010 National Competition... She not only has the expertise of a skilled [workshop] facilitator in the field of Creative Writing, but she has an unwavering love for her students which translates into them being reachable and teachable.”

Bruce George - Co-Founder of Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on HBO

"She’s a spoken word artist that speaks her poetry over an array of beats as well as sings. Since the word “emcee” is only given to people that “move the crowd”, she actually deserves the title, although she prefers to be called “a virtuosa”. She could be redefining the word as well."

“Shanelle Gabriel has the yin and the yang of entertainment down packed.The best of both worlds [music and words], it is impossible for her to leave you hanging and looking for more. This girl’s got IT! REMARKABLE!”

“Gabriel's performance [is] intensified by her animate personality and the distinct sincerity of her words. Each piece she [performs] presents a different genre fused into her own personal style, including everything from pop-esque undertones to old school hip hop rhymes.”

“The thought provoking "Start Something" demands redemption in its lyrics. It is a passionate and upbeat, mid-tempo song that is sure reach the minds of the unaccessible and make them start something in a positive way!”

DJ Hipnotik - Hood Access Radio Show/Radio Phoenix

“Shanelle's debut proves that her work is indeed her wealth, and this album banks on common sense and reality checks. [This album] channels many aspects of her womanhood ranging from the envious high school freshman to the beacon of hope for the shadows in the ghetto.”

Michael Brown - Writer for AllHipHop.com and Kicksclusive

“Make room Lil Wayne and Drake, Shanelle G is on the scene with a hot remix that commands attention! Her version, "Best I Ever," clearly shows this female rappers skills and smooth flow. This is clearly a female in charge!”

DJ Hipnotik - Hood Access Radio Show/Radio Phoenix

“She paints pictures, may have you crying (or laughing) through her writing, and through her soulful singing you might find yourself being able to relate to similar situations.”

“Shanelle is one of those artists that says something and makes you say, "Wow I wish I thought of that." Not many people can do that.”