What do you get when you weave Norah Jones through a funky "street-party" pop sound?
According to Annette Warner or GoGirls Music...you get SHANTI whose "strong, precise vocals, and hip, well arranged music are leading her on her way to a fabulous career."
As a classically trained singer and pianist, Shanti has found a unique hip-hop/R&B/Pop sound that has garnered her a sold-out three state tour, a People's Choice Award in the Battle of the Bands for GoGirls, #1 on L.A.'s Indie Radio 104.7 for three weeks, as well as a winner and finalist of several competitions. Recently, she won Honorable Mention in the International Songwriting Competition for her song "Me and Ronnie (AyAyAy)" which has been played on 30+ commercial stations nation-wide.
Live performances include CBGBs, The Cutting Room, Sugar Bar, Trophy's, The Mint, Sax Club, Wilson's Bar n' Grill, The Village Underground, Cafe Wah, 101 Club, and The Joint as well as at festivals such as DFEST, M.E.A.N.Y and Midpoint Music Festival, Future Stars Music Conference and Battle of the GoGirls 2006. Later this year, you'll see her as a guest performer on Time Warner's Channel 24 Open Mic with Justino Lopez.
Shanti started classical voice lessons at age 8, piano at 7 and had her first recording offer at age 13 after winning and singing in the mayor's talent show at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI. She has won countless competitions and scholarships on the state and national level and has been offered 4 record label deals.
Shanti's earliest signs of her writing ability began at 12 when she won a writing competition for the Milwaukee Journal. Since then she has continued to be a finalist for many songwriting awards including Gina for Missing Persons Songwriting Competition 2006 and Honorable Mention in the International Songwriting Competition, one of the most renowned writing competitions in the industry.
A multi-talented artist, Shanti has also appeared in several short films, dance projects and will soon be seen as a host on Time Warner's Channel 24 Open Mic with Justino Lopez. Fans and critics agree "Shanti has the whole package: talent, good looks, and business savvy. Her hip-hop/R&B/Pop sound and never say die work ethics are sure to help her go far. She is the epitome of the 'emerging artist'." - Matt Gleason, Urban Tulsa Weekly, DFEST 2006