Shakti - The Global Hip-Hop Diva Weaves Eastern Beats and Ancient Melodic Indian Ragas with Pop and Urban Grooves

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Germantown, Maryland, Jan 13, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Global Soul Entertainment and Innertemple Music present SHAKTI, “The Global Hip-Pop Diva.” Exuding glamour and verve like a glistening eastern gem, her debut record Feminenergy contains rich eastern beats, ancient melodic Indian ragas interwoven with Pop and Urban grooves. She draws from her ethnic heritage with extreme fluidity. She defines Feminine Energy and Power inspiring women of all ages and cultures.

Shakti's debut album, Feminenergy takes you on a musical trip around the world.  Taking you to India, Asia, Africa, and beyond.  The album has the International hit single "Do The Thing Thing" which received ridiculous airplay from BBC Radio 1, New York's Hot 97, and LA's Power 105 and her album has already charted #5 in India. Songs from this breathtaking project have been featured in the film "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," Tyra Bank's top rated TV show, "America's Next Top Model," NBC's "Outsourced" and the IFC original series "Bollywood Hero."  Her music is an exciting fusion that bridges her musical background and reflects the ever current international scope of today's world.

The literal translation of her name is the personification of divine feminine energy and this is evident with her songs that are full of sensuality and reveal the many layers of the feminine mystique with each track.  "Still The One," "Let Me Dance", "Jealous Bitch" and many others give the listener a look into the mind of a woman.  Shakti feels that "Music is simply a mind, body and spiritual experience." 

Currently promoting her new album and preparing for the release of the upcoming EP, Butterfly.  This shows yet another side of her diverse personality and delves deep into Shakti's Hip Hop roots, featuring her trading rhymes with the best of them and infusing an urban sensibility with an edgy new sound.

Born to parents of East Indian and Malaysian/Singaporean descent, Detroit “Motown” Michigan would not only be her physical birthplace but also the backdrop to the evolution of her musical style. Shakti’s mother hails from a prominent performing arts family and her father, from a mystical gypsy family with an entrepreneurial spirit. Like many, they immigrated to the US to pursue the “American Dream.” Shakti was privileged to experience the best of both worlds. At home it was a traditional Indian upbringing while outside she was surrounded by the urban culture of Hip-Hop, R&B and Jazz.  Encompassing her home life with street surroundings, she coined a style all of her own and the birth of 'East meets West' began. Shakti, at an early age realized her goal to bridge cultures through the Music. Through her experiences, Shakti evolved into an ambassador of global style and culture. She will mesmerize you with an exotic beauty,  self-possessed sensuality and humility.  As a humanitarian, she conveys a powerful message that “Music is a vehicle to change lives."

Shakti's extensive education plays a great part in her musical development. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan prior to relocating to California to advance her acting and modeling career. She attended the esteemed Berklee College of Music and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz studies. Receiving a scholarship, she went on to obtain her Masters in Music specializing in Classical/Opera Voice studies from The Chicago Musical College. Implementing her knowledge, Shakti garnered production and engineering credits at recording studios such as Chicago Recording Company and Chicago Trax Studios (R. Kelly’s Chocolate Factory).

Shakti’s International Hit Single “Do The Thang Thang” received tremendous airplay from BBC Radio 1, to American Stations such as New York's Hot 97 and Power 105 Los Angeles. Shakti charted #5 in India. As a catalyst for bridging cultural gaps, she continues to display her efforts with her debut Feminenergy which features recording artist Heather Hunter and other guest appearances.  This innovative project is produced by "Bellringer" and an internationally acclaimed team of producers such as Bollywood's Karthik Raaja, Lounge Lizzards, Aaron "Freedom" Lyles (Michael Jackson, Erykah Badu, Angie Stone) and The Jettsonz (Nina Sky, Tarkan).  Shakti's music has been featured in the film Paul Blart Mall Cop, Tyra Banks' America's Next Top Model and on the IFC original series Bollywood Hero, just to name a few.

Her music is a fusion of her gypsy life experiences and reflects the diversity of her life's journey. Audiences flock to Shakti's performances to catch the songstress throwing down hypnotic sounds, giving everyone a real taste of cultural fusion through music and dance. New York based Shakti, states “Music is simply a mind, body, and spiritual experience.” Shakti, simply put, is authentic!
She is currently promoting her album Femeninenergy internationally and will release a new single and video for "8Ball" in 2011 from the upcoming EP, Butterfly  which showcases more of her impressive musical versatility.

Global Soul Records and Innertemple Music invite you to experience the sounds, energy, and spirit of Shakti.

For more information on Shakti, visit www.shaktionline.com