In fact, it was while in Barbados, searching for the writer of “Roll” to license it for International release, that Rogers and Sturken met Shontelle and discovered she was not only a writer, but a singer and a looker.
“We couldn’t believe that she was such a great singer and so young and beautiful and hadn’t been discovered yet,” remarked Rogers.
Ironically, it is “Roll“, a rhythmic women’s anthem she penned four years ago for Barbadian soca Queen Allyson Hinds, that today anchors Shontelle’s just-released debut album, “Shontelligence” “Shontelligence” merely defines the knowledge that I have acquired throughout my life, the knowledge yet to be absorbed and ultimately the product of all my experiences which I then translate into my music,” she says of the new CD.
The album, distributed by the world renowned Universal/Motown label, is a collaboration between American music producers Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken, the same duo that discovered Rihanna as a teenager in Barbados.
Musts Music Q&A -- I thought we'd devote even more space to finding out just what was in the Barbados waters that turned her and her childhood best bud Rihanna into music superstars. Us Magazine.com: What is "Impossible" about to you? And it's just so fun to see how we have come this far together. I remember when she reached out she was like 'oh my god, "Impossible" is going to be huge for you. Like 'we are going to be famous one day'? We were in cadets together and I was her drill sergeant at one point. It was just really great to have someone who you look up to come down to your level and come down to talk to you, and she's just a really good mentor.
Shontelle: When I first heard the demo I knew that people could just really relate to what it feels like to put a lot of time or energy into something or someone, and you are just going along and one day you realize this is not going to last forever like you hoped for or you were expecting. We finally just got back into the studio together again. As much as we grew up together neither one of us had any clue the other wanted to be a singer. I was like, 'you did not even tell me you were doing the long red hair! She's always rockin' out a different look.
However it was while studying entertainment law at the University of the West Indies (UWI) that she started writing songs for some Caribbean big-name artistes.Impossible, the lead single from upcoming sophomore album No Gravity, was released digitally in February 2010.The track quickly became Shontelle’s most successful hit to date, peaking at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100.I didn't know you wanted to be singer.' She was like, 'dude, I didn't know you wanted to be a signer.' But we're just so happy for each other. I know a lot of people tried to brush her off as a one-hit wonder. US: Did you support her through the tough times, too, like the Chris Brown incident? Myself and the whole team we were there for her as much as she needed us. I was like 'they don't know this girl.' She knows what she wants and she knows how to get it.