always been about the voice for Shanice. Boasting a five-octave
range, which she handles with beauty and ease, it’s good to
know that she is back on the music scene after a 5-year hiatus,
over which she did a lot of writing, performing and also started
a family of her ownThe title of her new album, "Every Woman
Dreams," encapsulates the spirit of the whole project. No longer
the innocent 18 year old that stole our hearts with the wildly addictive
"I Love Your Smile," she brings a more adult flavor to
this new set of sexy songs. "Every Woman Dreams" also
serves as the first single and tells the story of a woman that has
been through hardships with past relationships but now touts the
confidence to demand the kinds of things from a man that her heart
truly desires. "Every Woman Dreams is based one hundred percent
on my life experience", Shanice explains. "Sometimes in
life we get a little insecure, not only with our relationship with
a man, but in general, life. I want women to stop settling and to
start feeling good about themselves, Lovin’ ourselves."
Shanice soulfully brings it home vocally on this song and eerily
evokes the spirit of soul and blues diva Betty Wright. For fans
longing for her return, she will delightfully satisfy their hunger,
her voice having gotten even tastier with time. Now managed by Vida
Nash, president of RHM Management (Record Hit Makers, LLC) and with
her own label Imajah Records, Shanice has a joint-venture with Play:Tyme
Entertainment headed by Richard Nash, CEO and Mike Kelly, President,
and is no longer shackled by the constraints of a major record company.
She is now able to soar to new heights musically and we are blessed
to be along for the ride. "I’m free from the record company,
I’m free as a woman. I just feel free in so many ways,"
she exclaims happily when asked about being an independent artist.
Now the mother of two children and happily married to comedian Flex
Alexander who currently stars on the UPN network show "One
on One," and who also co-wrote "Take Care of You"
and "Things In The Movies,"
Shanice has come full circle. She admits that her songwriting is
meatier now that she has experienced marriage and motherhood. She
also makes clear that in the past she always had a big hand in writing
the material on her albums and has always produced her own vocals,
but now she is actually being credited for her efforts. It’s
been a long journey for the international soul virtuoso. Having
been in the music business since she was 11 years old, Shanice started
her career by taking the top prize on the world-renowned show Star
Search. She also appeared on the popular Kids Incorporated, recorded
4 albums, was nominated for a Grammy and starred on Broadway in
Les Miserables as well as making countless guest appearances on
all of the work she has put in, she still has an undeniable passion
for music. "Every Woman Dreams" benefits greatly from
all of Shanice’s experience. With songs like "So Free,"
"Keep it to Yourself," "Crazy 4 U," "Take
Care of You" and "Chocolate," which features the
highly regarded Grammy nominated violinist Regina Carter, we are
invited on a grown & sexy lyrical journey. Working with her
this time around is an eclectic mix of writers, producers and a
poet that include the producing team PMG (Tony "T-Nyse"
Minter, Richard "Ruk" Garcia, and Dominique "Domzino"
Rodriguez) who along with Shanice co-produced "Every Woman
Dreams," "Keep It To Yourself," "Take Care of
You" and "Get Up." "They’re the next hot
producing team and I’m very excited to have worked with them,"
explains Shanice. Bud’da of Bout Bud’da Music lends
a hand with "Things In The Movies", Mike City of Mike
City Productions gives up a great steppers record with "That’s
Why I Love You" and super producer Jamie Jaz who has worked
with musical wunderkind Rahsaan Patterson contributed to six of
the twelve tracks that are incredible. Shanice also expresses her
love for spoken word as she utilizes the beautiful, talented poet
Rain Wilson finessing you through this album of songs. Most notably
rounding out the cast of contributors is the multi-talented, Prince
inspired musician, Sheila E. "To have Sheila E. on my album
doing the remix for ‘Get Up’ is very exciting. Sheila
is the baddest percussionist and she free-styles everything. She
is very honorable, spiritual and sweet," asserts Shanice.Sheila
E. expresses immense joy when asked about working with Shanice.
"It’ is said that music is to be the speech of angels.
Shanice’s gift is truly from a heavenly place. It was a blessing
and pleasure to work with her after all these years. She is definitely
one of the great voices of the 21st century. I’m not only
a friend, but a fan!" she proclaims.
All in all there are 13 tracks on the disc and the music ranges
from funky, up-tempo grooves that feed the sexual palate to beautiful
full-bodied ballads that Shanice is famous for. "Forever Like
a Rose" is a song that Shanice says that at first listen could
be interpreted as being a "sad love song," but it’s
actually a touching and emotional dedication to her father of whom
she was separated from for a time as a child. There is great depth
& passion on this effort and Shanice says that it doesn’t
stop here with the music. She plans to get back out in front of
the camera soon as an actress as well. "Shanice’s voice
and personality has ripened into a seductive, grown and very sexy
young woman," declares her management team. "She is a
phenomenal artist that must be reckoned with and Play:Tyme Entertainment
is honored to establish a joint-venture with such a talent. She
has found her niche in the music industry and is ready to soar to
new recording heights. World get ready because Shanice’s "Every
Woman Dreams" is blazing with smash hit records and her fans
will be very delighted to have her back on the music industry scene.
"Captured on this recording is the spirit and essence of a
woman that has refused to play by the rules of the game and instead
has decided to make her own. The result is a seamless musical endeavor
that will endear her die-hard fans to her while attracting a new
crop of music lovers that appreciate pure raw vocal ability of which
Shanice has been enormously blessed.