By Lamar Exilus
Shi was born and raised in the Detroit Metropolitan area. However, both of her parents immigrated to the United States and are of Jamaican heritage. Shi is striving to become well-rounded in the performing arts.
By far, her greatest gift is as a musician. At age 8, Shi has had the honor of performing at Disney World. At age 10, she has opened for Kevin Little at the Detroit Caribbean Cultural Festival. She has been asked many times to sing the Star Spangled Banner and GOD Bless America for distinguished guests such as; Detroit’s Mayor Mike Duggan, City Council Member Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, at a Detroit Tigers game in 2015 at Comerica Park, and for Veterans from World War II, Pearl Harbor, Vietnam, Dessert Storm, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
Shi was a 4-year member of the Michigan Opera Theater Children’s Chorus Principal Choir at the Detroit Opera House. Where she deepens her knowledge of musical theory and site reading. In the spring of 2018 she starred as Josephine in the opera H.M.S. Pinafore. She also had a leading role in the Summer King. Outside of music, Shi was crowned Lil Miss Strawberry Princess at the Belleville Strawberry Festival at age 4, she was briefly seen in the Nike commercial ‘Dream With Us’, she was featured in a Better Made Special commercial, she appears as Addy on the American Girl website, she appears in a Mike Posner music video, Be as You Are and the Gold Star Chili, ‘Chili Mac is Back’ commercial.
Shi has recorded three singles; Keep It Running, Feelin Fine, and Our Vibe. And now she is excited to release her first EP! To be SHI is an expressive R&B Ep that consists of heartbreak, social experiences, and life lessons while also incorporating the complex personality of the artist SHI herself. “CTRL” which is the first song on the Ep gives the listener a warm and inviting sensation allowing you to sit back, relax, and vibe with SHI. While also hitting you with the hidden intensity that the lyrics have to offer. “Game Changer” and “ Love Me Now” open up the complicated relationships that the artist SHI has encountered as a teenager, feeding you organic emotions that might confuse a first time listener, but as you re- listen and dive deeper into the lyrics these convoluted love songs start to make sense and expose the development of young love in today’s society. “Afro Puffs” is a coming of age song that highlights the development of SHI as a young West- Indian/ African American child. Showcasing the trials and tribulations of a young chocolate soul. “Confused” recognizes the heartbreak in SHI’s life, from the over contemplation and regret that surfaces in the lyrics. The last song “SMOKE” was created to halt the convoluting thoughts that are constantly mentioned within the EP. It’s simply a song of encouragement that carries nothing but raw emotion and a reminder that SHI don’t bangs with none of these hoes.