If you happen to be one of the many Southern soul fans stretched across the Gulf Coast, then you are in for a real treat from the sultry sounds of super-charged songbird Shell-B.
With a robust but balanced vocal range that reaches the highs of a sweet soprano and falls to the lumbering lows of a brassy bass, she is well on her way to becoming the next big superstar in this rapidly emerging musical genre.
Her newest L-Town Records-released single “Put It On Me” is proof positive that this 59-year-old mother of four is here to stay. And with the release of her tentatively titled album Sleeping with the Enemy set to be released next year, Shell-B is sure to attract listeners from all walks of life.
“My music is genuine. It’s everything-Southern soul, blues, jazz, whatever you want. I can even rap,” Shell-B explains. “I do it all. It doesn’t matter to me.”
Born and raised in the small town of Vossburg, Miss., Shell-B burst onto the regional music scene three years ago singing her rendition of popular R&B songs on Facebook. In no time, her popularity grew, and she started getting paid shows all across the South.
Her breakthrough moment came when a friend suggested that she sing Southern soul. That friend then introduced her to a songwriter and producer. The result was her 2020 debut single “Pass the Wilson,” in reference to the alleged sex tape of Pastor David Wilson.
The same year, she released her highly popular album Boomerang Luvin’ and hasn’t slowed down since. In 2021, she came back with back-to-back magnetizing singles “Outside Woman,” “Come On In” and “Just Tell Me.”
“Facebook made me,” she admits. “I started out singing in my bathroom with my daughter standing in the sink videoing me. Now I got a lot of followers…I tell anybody if they want to promote themselves, do it on Facebook.”
Now with her sophomore album Sleeping with the Enemy on the horizon fueled by her latest single “Put It On Me,” Shell-B is set to make a lasting mark in music. “I hit notes that if any other singer wants to cover my songs, they got to come with it. I make sure I go high, I go low. I don’t stick with one note. I’m versatile,” she says. “When you found Shell-B, you found it all.”