Upcoming Show: TRAPKARAOKE- The R&B Edition 9/23 by Shanelle Gabriel

The video of my feature at the R&B Edition of TrapKaraoke (sponsored by the 2016 BET Awards) is below this email and here: https://youtu.be/SmS-5l09C7c

Enjoyed it? Sad you missed it? Well, after a nationwide tour, TrapKaraoke is back in NYC and I'll be headlining again at SOB's. Get your tickets ASAP! They sold out a week before the show last time!



(Friday, 9/23 @11pm)

S.O.B.'s (204 Varick Street, NYC) $25

New Video: "MORE THAN ONE OF A KIND" by Shanelle Gabriel

Hello all!

Check out my new video for my song "More Than One of a Kind." It was directed by Jason Sirotin and Produced by ECG Productions. It features clips from my mini-documentary on Living with Lupus for the Simple Tasks Campaign of the American College of Rheumatology. Share! :)

Come Party for A Cause on June 10th in NYC by Shanelle Gabriel

Join Us June 10th for the 2014 Night for the Fight!

Featuring sponsored open bar, hors d'oeuvres, luxury raffle and live auction.

Night for the Fight

Hosted by Shanelle Gabriel

With Special Guest Ashlee White

Founder of Styletto Life and Cast Member of BravoTV's LI Princesses

DJ set by DJ Click'N'Press


Purchase Tickets

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
7PM – 10 PM

Hudson Terrace

621 W. 46th Street (between 11th and 12th Avenues)
New York, NY 10036

**Ticket price: $120

* Must be 21+ to participate

Purchase Tickets


If you cannot attend the event but would like to contribute,
donate to the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation.

Enter for chances to win exciting raffle and auction prizes
throughout the night.

Raffle and Auction Sponsors:

*As of May 20, 2014

SoulCycle, Kiehl's, Essie, Uber, Eventi Hotel, Finishline Physical Therapy, 5 Napkin Burger, Comedy Central, Estee Lauder, Nike Air, NYSC, NBC, Redken, and MORE!!

My Interview with HuffPost Live & Dr. Marc Lamont Hill by Shanelle Gabriel

I was blessed to be a guest on Dr. Marc Lamont Hill's show on HuffPost Live to discuss Lupus alongside

* Sarah Stothers (RN & Health Educator for the Lupus Foundation of America; National Nurse Health Educator)

* Imani Perry (Professor at the Princeton Center for African American Studies; Diagnosed With Lupus)

It was a great discussion with a lot of great points on the need for awareness and what the battle against Lupus looks like. Check it out!


Recap: 3/22 Show at The Cutting Room NYC by Shanelle Gabriel


It was a great time this past weekend at The Cutting Room NYC! I had such a blast performing with such an amazing band: Shoutout to Nate Jones on bass, Walt on guitar, Divine on Keys, Kamaala for always being the dopest background singer a gal could ask for.

While I did mostly songs and poems from my album, AIM HIGH, the biggest treat in my opinion was closing the show with Pharrell's "Happy." People were on their feet jamming and clapping and singing along. It was simply great having so many people there showing love!

Here are some pictures:


Markita & Giselle- my support sisters since Utica College days

My crew that I grew up with at Lighthouse SDA Church

Winner of the 2013-2014 YBG Nina Simone Award for Artistic Excellence by Shanelle Gabriel

Just a quick thank you to the awesome folk at Young Gifted & Black Entrepeneurial Awards for selecting me as the winner of the 2013-2014 YBG Nina Simone Award for Artistic Excellence. It was an amazing night at LQ-NYC where myself and several of the premier African & Caribbean Americans were recognized for our various contributions in our different ways, from fashion to management to public service. 


Updates: Show in NYC, DC, and Lupus Fundraising! by Shanelle Gabriel

To have me perform / speak / teach a workshop at your college, school, conference, church, etc, email me at info@shanellegabriel.com

Hello dear! 

I'm officially over the snow. Last week was awesome. I performed at Ingrid B's 12th Anniversary Show at the Bohemia Room & ran the 2014 Miami Half Marathon, but came back to NYC just in time for a snow storm. Great. But at least I got away for a while. On my way back up north, on Feb 3rd, I made a stop in DC to speak at the National Institute of Health's announcement of their collaboration with several major pharmaceutical companies to create targeted therapies for several diseases. Read about the experience at www.shanellegabriel.com/blog! Shout out to the United Methodist Church of Yellowstone as I prepare to speak at their Youth Conference in Montana next weekend. YAY! And now... THE UPDATES!

I'll be performing in the series "The Diaspora - Diaspora: Celebrating Black History Month" showcasing the 
featured work of contemporary African-American, Afro-Caribbean & African poets. It will be at the world-famous Nuyorican Poets Cafe (236 E 3rd Street bet Aves B & C, Lower East Side, NYC) This show features myself, Samantha Thornhill, Charan P, Mikumari Caiyhe, and the Mighty Third Rail. 
Sign up for the Open Mic!
Admission $7 at the door, $5 with Student ID.
 You can get them online at www.nuyorican.org.



So we're gonna try this again! The snow cancelled the show last time, so this is it! No snow in sight! I'll be performing in this dope show called "Body of Work" on February 18th @ 9pm. It's basically a one-woman, one host, one DJ show that I'm headlining in at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville, MD. (5331 Baltimore Ave, 20781). Tickets are $7 (that's like nothing) and you can get them online on the day of the show at www.busboysandpoets.com.
I hope you can make it! Share with a friend!


 Soooo, I decided to take my love of running and my passion for helping people like me who are living with Lupus, and push myself to run the 2014 NYC Half Marathon on March 16th to benefit the SLE Lupus Foundation. 


As much as I HATE running in hilly-ole Central Park, I hate being achy, having chest & joint pain, fatigue, headaches, rashes, abnormal blood work, and having to see dozens of doctors on a regular basis even more. So I'm running to raise money for the SLE Lupus Foundation which helps provide patient support and funding for research for those living with Lupus. 

I'm asking for donations of $10, $20, $50, whatever you can to this cause. If 50 of my friends donated just $10, I'd be almost to my goal!!! 
$10 is one mixed drink in a bar in NYC. Can you donate a drink to Lupus? :) 
Here is the link: http://www.crowdrise.com/LupusNYCHalf2014/fundraiser/shanellegabriel#


Stay Blessed,
Shanelle Gabriel


Help me as I run the 2014 NYC Half Marathon for Lupus! by Shanelle Gabriel


Help raise money for Lupus as I run 13.1 miles!!!

Sooo, I've been living with Lupus for almost 10 years... 10 years is a pretty long time to deal with joint pain, chest pain, achiness, lists of (toxic) medications, doctor & specialists, severe fatigue, anemia, abnormal blood tests, and more.

So I decided that this year, right before my 30th birthday, I'm going to combine my love for running with my love of helping people like me battle Lupus. I'm running in the 2014 NYC Half Marathon to benefit the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation with a goal of $1,500.

I'm on Team Life Without Lupus, which is the official competitive sports team of the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation and its West coast division Lupus LA, the nation’s leading organization providing comprehensive support services and research funding for the lupus community. 

Please donate to my page. $10, $20, $50, $100, any amount helps! 


$10 is:
- Like, two lattes at Starbucks
- A Big Mac Meal at McDonald's (if you still eat that)
- Okay, a burger and shake at Shake Shack
- ONE drink at a NYC bar

Can you donate a "drink" to Lupus?


Thank you so much for your support!


*We still have spots avaliable on our team. If you are interested in joining Team Life Without Lupus please apply at the following link --> http://www.lupusny.org/events/upcoming/2014/run-nyc-half-marathon-team-life-without-lupus

The Official Video for "Damn Near" by Shanelle Gabriel

Here it is! The official music video for "Damn Near" from my album AIM HIGH. Directed by Gartharie D Broadie of Wasting Imagination Films. Styled by Quanasia of Madame's Mirror. Shoutout to Olu Sonubi and Krystal Garner for being in the video, as well as to the great people at Therapy Wine Bar in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn for being such an awesome location to shoot at. :)

Upcoming show: Aloft Brooklyn - August 15th @ 7pm by Shanelle Gabriel


Come see Shanelle Gabriel (Singer/ HBO Def Poet/ Lyricist) rock the Aloft Hotel Concert Series!

(Directed by Gartharie D Broadie)

Be there as she performs songs from her new album, AIM HIGH, with a live band at this luxury location & awesome series in the heart of downtown Brooklyn, minutes away from the Brooklyn & Manhattan Bridges. Shanelle will have copies of her albums available for purchase and signing. 

Date: August 15th, 2013

Time: 7pm SHARP

Place: Aloft Hotel (228 Duffield Street bet. Fulton & Willoughby, Brooklyn NY 11201)



Public Transportation: All major subway lines. 2, 3, 4, or 5  train to Nevins Street Station. B, Q, or R train to DeKalb Avenue Station.  A, C, or G train to Hoyt Schermerhorn Street Station. LIRR to Flatbush Avenue (a bit further down). 

Driving: From the Manhattan Bridge, continue on Flatbush Extension for about two blocks. Make a right on Willoughby, then a left on Duffield. It will be on your right.


Atlanta! Come to my album release concert TOMORROW, Thurs 5/23 @ 8:30pm by Shanelle Gabriel


ATLANTA! This Thursday It's Your Turn to Experience AIM HIGH live!
ATL's AIM HIGH Album Release Concert
Tomorrow, Thursday, May 23rd @ 8:30pm
Acoustix Bar & Lounge
(840 Marrietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318)
Copies of the album will be available for purchase and signing!
Also featuring the awesome Grammy-Award winning vocalist, ESHE from Arrested Development


PHOTOS: My Album Release Party on Wed, May 15th in NYC by Shanelle Gabriel

If you missed it, you missed a lot! On Wednesday, May 15th at Negril Village Lounge, a gathering of people came out to celebrate the release of my new album AIM HIGH. I was not able to get photos with some of the awesome people there like my friend & amazing emcee Homeboy Sandman (aka Angel!!!), my mentor and A&R for the album Steven "PeeJay" Whitaker, my sister Suzanne, Alonzo Davis from www.JustBeenTested.com, and more great people who showed love. Thank you to everyone that supported the album, who spread the word, who asked me "Yoooo when does the new album come out" over and over, and to all those who weren't able to make it (or didn't even hear about the event), I thank you for caring and always showing love. 

PLEASE cop the album if you already haven't and spread the word! 


People were able to get AIM HIGH CDs signed, hear me perform, and listen to a few tracks from the album!


 DJ Commish and DJ Jon Quick, the two who made the night possible and who kept the tunes spinning and the people dancing all night long!



 Playing a few tracks off the album...


Singing "Aim High"... See the passion????!!



My cousin Kieuna and my stylist, Quanasia! 


Me and my daddy! (He brought me flowers!)



L.I.V.EWire (who performs with me later and KILLS it on the Aim High Remix) & the amazing vocalist and beautiful person, Cocoa Sarai.



My girls here: Aura, Tiffany, and Jessica holding me down! 



Some of my favorite fellas: Dela, Sean, and Kameron



The brotha with the soulful voice, Bradd Marquis, who stopped through RIGHT before his show at S.O.B.'s. That's love!



Skee-Wee, my Soror! Model and actress Krystal Garner showed love. Skee- Roo to DJ Jon Quick!



Thanks for the love & support PR Pro and beautiful lady, Keisha McCotry


East New York neighbor, Radio Personality, and DJ OhSoKool all smiles!

"Aim High" - the New Album Available Everywhere NOW! by Shanelle Gabriel


Shanelle Gabriel's new album "Aim High" available NOW!

Shanelle Gabriel shows that "Lupus can't hold her" with the release of Aim High today, May 15th, 2013, right in the middle of Lupus Awareness Month. A true fusion of all of her talents, Aim High displays Shanelle's prowess as an award-winning poet and vocalist. A fusion of spoken word, soulful singing, and hip-hop that speaks on love, being diagnosed with Lupus, inequality, and seizing the day, Aim High strives to comfort and empower those battling life's daily challenges all while keeping heads bobbing. This album is available on iTunes, GooglePlay, and on her official website www.shanellegabriel.com.


NYC can get autographed copies of Aim High at Shanelle's album release party TONIGHT, May 15th at 6:30pm at Negril Village Lounge (70 West 3rd Street, NYC). At this release party, she will be performing two songs, and DJ Jon Quick (of WBLS 107.5 FM) and DJ Commish (of Music Choice) will be spinning several songs off the album as well the best in Hip Hop/ R&B/ Reggae/Soca. No cover and 21+ only with ID. 

Aim High features appearances by Kel Spencer (emcee and songwriter for Will Smith, Lil Kim, and more), rapper Livewire (who's latest single features Jim Jones), ATL's Willie Hyn, Christian femme-cee HeesunLee, and beatboxer GreyMatter. It also features a comedic cameo from SpokenReasons, the YouTube star and lead actor in Sandra Bullock's new movie "The Heat."

All poems and songs were written by Shanelle Gabriel with production from Chris "Theory" Bradley from Atlanta, the JahRock'n Productions team in NYC, Marshall "Soulful" Jones in LA, and the Bronx's own DJ Static. This album has many notable tracks including the percussion-driven, powerfully-sung "Damn Near" and the humorous, nostalgic crowd-favorite "Crushing Hard." She tells the inspiriting story of her diagnosis with Lupus in "Vanity," a poem that she's shared at numerous events and walks for Lupus. This album and the videos for it are set to receive coverage and press from several prominent websites, including Vibe.com, as well as airplay on numerous independent & college radio stations. 

Shanelle Gabriel has toured nationally and internationally, hitting cities from LA to Vancouver to Johannesburg, South Africa. She has shared stages with artists such as  Eric Benet, Talib Kweli, Nas, Erick Sermon, and more. She appeared on HBO's Def Poetry Jam alongside Jill Scott and DMX, was spotlighted on the Rachael Ray Show, Fox News, and KAYA 95.9 FM- Johannesburg, and was recognized for her work by Listerine and Wal-Mart in the "Your Mouth Matters" campaign. This follow-up to her first album Start Something (winner of the 2008 Atlantic City Alternative Soul Best CD Award) aims to propel Shanelle Gabriel to even greater heights in her career.   

ATLANTA, SAVE THE DATE!->  Shanelle's album release concert will be next THURSDAY, May 23rd at EPeriod's "S.M.A.R.T. Thursdays" at Acoustix Jazz Restaurant & Lounge (840 Marrietta St, Atlanta, GA) at 8:30pm.

Follow Shanelle Gabriel (@ShanelleG) on Twitter and use the hashtag #AimHigh on all your social networks!


WEBSITE: www.shanellegabriel.com

SOUNDCLOUD: soundcloud.com/shanellegabriel

TWITTER: twitter.com/ShanelleG

INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/ShanelleGabriel

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/FriendsofShanelleGabriel


February Updates [Houston tonight, New video profile, San Antonio, Bronx, and Seattle] by Shanelle Gabriel

Hey there, dear,

How are you? Happy belated Valentine's Day and Happy Black History Month. Have you hugged a Black person today? :) I've been traveling a WHOLE lot. Shoutout to all the awesome people I've met at my shows at Texas A&M University at Commerce and Kingsville and Corpus Christi, as well as at Texas State at San Marcos.

Just wanted to send you a quick update for the rest of this lovely month. 


HOUSTON, TX @ University of Houston- TONIGHT

This just in!!! Come see me perform for the students of the University of Houston TONIGHT, Thursday, February 21st at 6:30 pm. I'll be featuring for a full hour set, and the show is free & open to the public. Come out and have a good time with ya girl! :)

University of Houston- Main Campus
282 University Center
"The Houston Room"
Houston, TX 77030


Video: "Climbing Higher: Shanelle's Lupus Story" by HooplaHa.com

I recently joined the American College of Rheumatology‘s Simple Tasks campaign to educate others on rheumatic diseases, such as Lupus. HooplaHa asked me to tell my story of embracing this disease.

Check it out here: http://youtu.be/YtlUUXkUCtk


SAN ANTONIO, TX  @ Trinity University - TOMORROW

This is my final stop on my weeklong Texas tour. Trinity University is having me feature tomorrow, Friday, February 22nd @ 7:30pm. The show is open to the public, and free.

Trinity University
1 Trinity Place
"Skyline Room"
San Antonio, TX 78212


Bronx, NY @ Sharon SDA Church - February 23rd

They got this Brooklyn Girl heading uptown! I'll be performing with Abraham "The Sax Man" Ogunlade at Sharon SDA Church's Cultural Diversity Day. Free to the public, and all are welcome. 

Sharon SDA Church 
4423 White Plains Road
Bronx, NY 10470 


Centralia, WA @ Centralia College - February 27th

West Coast, what up? Centralia College (about an hour away from Seattle, WA)  has me teaching a workshop at 1pm and giving a feature performance at 6pm. You should join me for both... or at least one. It's free and gonna be fun! 

Centralia College 
600 Centralia College Boulevard
"Washington Hall 103"
Centralia, WA 98531


Hope to see you all soon! Much love and stay blessed!

Yours truly,





Come to My Live Performance in NYC Valentine's Day Eve! by Shanelle Gabriel

Scholarich is partnering with The Source Magazine to host a great Valentine's Day themed charity event, February 13th, at Santos Party House (Upstairs). I'm performing!!! This event serve as fundraising for the community endeavors of Scholarich Foundation that implement programs that engage and support the urban youth in their academics. So lets spread love and get great people out to celebrate!
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January Updates! [Midwest tour, new album, new video] by Shanelle Gabriel

 Behold all things are made new..

January is all about planning for February and beyond. Glad to get back on task after the insanity of the last few months. Thank you for all the prayers, condolences, and positive energy many of you sent regarding the loss of my mother and brother-in-law. I appreciate all of you and thank you for your love & support. MUAH!

Alright now, shout out to my new assistant, Lyday Patterson, who will be working to help me make an impact both as an artist and as a company, Starting Something Productions, Inc. Big tings a gwan! And February is a BUSY month. I'll be in Texas for the latter half of the month with a stop in Seattle, but next week, I hit the road next week for a mini-tour in the midwest:

2/5- University of Central Missouri
2/6- Avila University
2/7- University of Missouri- St Louis

For a complete list of dates, go to my Calendar. Hope to see you soon!
And if you want to book me, drop me a line at info@shanellegabriel.com.


Aim High: The Album 

I've been in the JahRock'n Productions studio ALL week getting this new album wrapped. AIM HIGH is going to be an AMAZING project. The next few months are going to be intense, but I'm really looking forward to sharing my stories, my poetry, my music, my lyrics with you. This album features some dope friends of mine: Kel Spencer, Livewire, Heesun Lee, and GreyMatter, all dope artists that rep NYC as well as the awesome Willie Hyn who's holds it down in Atlanta and a cameo from YouTube star/ comedian/ poet SpokenReasons. Production by Chris "Theory" Bradley, DJ Static, Marshall "Soulful" Jones, and Team JahRock'n. I can't wait to let you all hear it!


Video: "Daddy's Girls" (Live from Urban Grind in Atlanta)

Here's a poem I created for my father. I'm a bonafied Daddy's Girl, and proud of it. Thought I'd share my first off-book live performance I did at ATL's Urban Grind last month.
To see it CLICK HERE-> http://youtu.be/XzBzzCi7Qbo


Till next time,
Stay Blessed!!

Shanelle Gabriel


"Kicking it Back for Lupus" at the Village Pourhouse NYC TOMORROW! by Shanelle Gabriel

Join the SLE Lupus Foundation TOMORROW, November 27th for Kicking it Back for Lupus at the Village Pourhouse. Drink specials and a few couple of FREE raffles...who wouldn't love to come out and support this great cause?! It's going to be a great night! Check the info...
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FREE ZUMBA GOLD Fitness Class for People with Chronic Illnesses by Shanelle Gabriel

Come join the SLE Lupus Foundation along with instructor, Dayle Patrick, certified Zumba Gold instructor for a free class on Thursday, November 15th @ 7pm. Zumba Gold is a modified version of Zumba reserved for older participants and people with limited mobility... It’s perfect for those with chronic illnesses! RSVP NOW to guarantee your spot!
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