SHANELLE GABRIEL does it all: soulful singing, awesome spoken word poetry, lyrics for days, and all while advocating for Lupus. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, she has toured both nationally and internationally, hitting cities from LA to Vancouver to Johannesburg, South Africa. Frequently compared to Lauryn Hill and the super duo Floetry wrapped-in-one, Shanelle effortlessly blends her soulful singing with elements of spoken word and hip-hop, as well as fusing original music and poems with familiar hit songs. 

Shanelle is widely known for both opening and featuring on HBO's Def Poetry Jam alongside Jill Scott and DMX and has also shared the stage with artists such as  Eric Benet, Talib Kweli, Nas, Erick Sermon, Malcolm Jamal Warner, and more. Shanelle was spotlighted on the Rachael Ray Show, HuffPost Live, Fox News and KAYA 95.9 FM- Johannesburg, and was recognized by Listerine and Wal-Mart in the "Your Mouth Matters" campaign. She appeared in a promo for the NFL Draft and competed in both the National and Individual World Poetry Slams. You can hear her voice as the narrator for Jennifer Hudson's "I Got This" audiobook and also catch her acting in Q-Tip's video for "ManWomanBoogie." She was named a "Powerful Indie Artist Activist You Should Know" by and one of "8 Millennial Feminist Poets That Deserve Recognition" by She was selected to curate a series of poems for Fast Company Magazine’s 2019 European Innovation Festival at the Gucci Hub in Milan, Italy.

In the summer of 2004, Shanelle was diagnosed with SLE Lupus. Using that as her fuel, she decided that she would pursue her dreams and encourage others who have obstacles in their path to do the same. She states, "My battle with Lupus has been tedious, but God has a plan. I want to be a testimony to others that no matter what, faith and determination can accomplish any goal." Since then, she's performed at numerous walks for Lupus, spoken at the National Press Room for the National Institute of Health, performed on Capital Hill, and has been featured in several publications including Women's Health Magazine regarding chronic illness. She starred in a mini-documentary on being an artist living with Lupus for the American College of Rheumatology, gave the keynote at conferences for the Lupus Foundation of America, and lent her support to the Lupus Research Alliance.

Shanelle Gabriel presently tours the US and abroad, stays active with her sorority (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc), facilitates creative writing workshops, guest hosts the Friday Night Slam at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and is the headline performer for the R&B Live version of the touring show TrapKaraoke. She also is a coordinator for several youth development initiatives and is the Program Director at Urban Word NYC. Since the release of her second album, Aim High, Shanelle has been profiled by many blogs and been named one of the Top 10 R&B/Soul Artists on Reverbnation. This follow-up to her amazing debut album, Start Something (winner of the 2008 Atlantic City Alternative Soul Best CD Award) is propelling Shanelle Gabriel to even greater heights in her career.

For information on events and booking please email her at

Shanelle is available for performances, workshops, lectures, and other speaking engagements.

Previous Workshop Topics:

Spoken Word as a Ministry

Women Vs. the Media- Is This a Battle?

How to Really Rock the Mic – The Art of Performing

Making Room for HeART in the Classroom

My Art is My Business (Artist Career Development)

Teen Talk- Love in Three Forms (Life, Others, and Self)

Finding Your SELF in Your Sorority

Women in Hip Hop

(Open to other topics as needed)

Photo by Dominique Sindayiganza

Photo by Dominique Sindayiganza

Photo by Wendy Whitesell

Photo by Wendy Whitesell