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"Shonta’ Renée, Situationship"

Shonta’ Renée is an American R&B and soul singer/songwriter born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. She discovered her passion for music at the ripe old age of 5 where she would simulate artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Anita Baker by singing along while their songs played on the radio or on records at home. She uncovered that not only could she sing, but she could also write music at the age of 10 and her writing evolved as the years went by. Shonta’ didn’t embark on her music career professionally until the summer of 2011 while she was in school full time at Savannah State University.

Balancing school full time, she managed to independently release a single in August of 2014 titled “Mocha Man” which was released on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and other major distribution platforms. “Mocha Man” received great feedback with its accompanying music video that peaked at over 10,000 YouTube views in a little under a month. She later released two more singles entitled “Slow Down” and “Regretful” in October of 2014. On Christmas of 2014 the track “Regretful” received placement in YouTube’s sensational independent film network Black and Sexy TV’s debut movie “That Guy.” Along with movie placement, the single was reviewed by 24ourmusic.com and received an 8.1 out of 10 (jubilant) in their November digital issue.

Currently, Shonta’ is finishing up her project “Situationship” which is expected to be released April 2015. - rudeboymag


"Shonta’ Renée Is Not Regretful"

As human beings, we are faced with a wide variety of challenges every day. With bills, work meetings, taxes, and the need to all the while maintain personal honesty and integrity, the list gets lengthy. Even with so many balls to juggle in our personal lives, there is one area that consistently monopolizes our mind’s attention: love. Seemingly since the dawn of time, despite all of life’s other adversities, love has been and will always be the lifeblood of humanity. As such, stories of the triumphs, trials, and tribulations in relationships have been reflected in all forms of art. Singer Shonta’ Renée has put her voice into the saturated field of romance with the release of her single, “Regretful.”
At just 22 years old, the Savannah, Georgia native is quickly establishing herself as an immense vocal talent and a force to be reckoned with in the neo-soul world. “Regretful” follows Renée’s previous two single releases this year, with the declamatory funk of “Mocha Man” and the grandiose “Slow Down,” all of which are slated to be a part of her upcoming debut album, Situationship.

“Regretful” is a bit of a misnomer. The melancholic song describes one of Renée’s misadventures with a former lover but also affirms her will to move forward. This dichotomy is also reinforced on the single’s artwork, where the word “Regretful” is crossed out. The song bounces back and forth between verses describing her emotional pain and her desire to “let it go.” When speaking of her ex, she writes, “I wish I never met you / wish we never did it / it’s just history repeating / bruised heart, hurt feelings, scarred from the healing / remnants of the past.” It’s clear that still being a young woman, Renée has just recently been exposed to the harsh realities that life is capable of delivering in love. She shows maturity, though, when she sings, “I guess it’s time to face the music / this is all so confusing / I guess it’s time to brush myself off / ‘cause the residue I bring is givin’ off a foul odor.” She admits that the need to pick herself up and put the pieces back together is a new concept to her but also shows the knowledge that doing so will make her stronger.
Compositionally speaking, “Regretful” is simple but paired with its ominous-sounding production, is appropriately dark yet resilient. The song fluctuates between two chords, perhaps reflecting the song’s dualistic lyrical content. The piano plunks are always in front of the mix, setting an organic feel. Also in the sonic stew are lush synth pads that add to the track’s weight. These understated elements, mixed with the minimal percussion, give ample room for Renée’s vocals to soar over the top throughout the track. Her emotionally withholding, slinky delivery and intricate vocal layering reveal the singer’s vast skills and leave the listener wanting more.

Although it’s clear from “Regretful” that Shonta’ Renée is a voice to be heard, the track is somewhat forgettable since there is no overly clear standout hook. The song also seems to want to take off emotionally but never seems to get there. Renée holds back, letting the energy simmer, and it would be nice for her self-empowering emotional affirmations to be matched in the music.

Despite these negative components and the somewhat overly done vocal manipulations that creep into the track (we just want to hear her real voice!), “Regretful” is another testament to Shonta’ Renée’s talents. One cannot help but be drawn to her vocals from the beginning to the end of the song. It will certainly be worth following her progress to witness her skills in a full album format. - 24ourmusic


"Shonta’ Renée - Situationship (2015)"

Girl meets boy.....perhaps not for the first time. Words are exchanged, minds meld and the adventure of the heart begins----or ends. It's a story that many of us are familiar with and have heard about, but not quite the way that singer and songwriter Shonta Renee breaks it down with her enjoyable EP release, Situationship.

A Savannah, GA native, Shonta earned her Biology degree last year but knew years before finishing that her childhood passion, music, was what she would ultimately pursue. The songs and scenarios are somewhat brief, but that doesn't keep the listener from hearing the crisp production value or the coy-come-hither sweetness of her vocals. The titles may invoke expected interactions between partners -- "Role Play," "The Conversation," etc. -- but her delivery displays a self-possessed sophistication that many artists fail to achieve. "Secret Lover" can be clandestine thing to most, but her breezy take fashions the man as a succulent treat rather than a shameful sex toy, one that she can't leave behind: "You're my little secret, you bring me joy," Shonta sighs, "and you know just who you are."

Reflective of the social media era we now live in, Situationship seems to flow in the real-time arc of a hookup that could've had it all, but didn't (who can't relate to that?): nothing wild, flashy or bombastic, but her talents intrigue nonetheless. "Role Play" is a mid-tempo groove, yet throbs with the urgency of a dopamine rush, for example, and the saucy "Mocha Man" compares her boo to the hue and flavor of her favorite up of joe (heeeeey!). Even when the static shows up ("Slow Down," Regretful") and Shonta finds herself newly single again, she's more wistful than wailing in conveying that ache: "Have you realized, that we don't have much chemistry no more/I have to let you go."

If there are any cons to this set, it's the tendency of Situationship to rely too often on gimmicky pro-tuning affects that demonstrate Shonta's youth, but can sometimes distract from the overall mood and musicality. However, those quirks are only slight annoyances and no reason to overlook the polish and potential of this Savannah peach's intriguing new voice.
- See more at: http://www.soultracks.com/album-review-shonta-renee-situationship#sthash.XvyS4KTf.dpuf - Soultracks


"Shonta’ Renée @Multicultural Arts & Crafts Show (Savannah Mall)"

Savannah born-and-bred R&B and soul singer LaShonta’ Renée Freeman (Shonta’ Renée) is ready to sing out for her hometown. The Lowcountry vocalist fell in love with music at the age of five, singing along to Ella Fitzgerald and Anita Baker records; after getting her start in her church’s choir, Freeman began delving into songwriting, completing her first original tune at the young age of 10.

Freeman soon found that her musical skills went beyond writing vocals: as leader of her high school band’s saxophone section, Freeman discovered a deep appreciation of woodwinds and the art of collaboration. While she was getting the crowd pumped with her fellow band geeks, Freeman was also shining academically; in 2010, she attended Savannah State University on a full academic scholarship, graduating Cum Laude in 2014.

During her time in college, Freeman began to delve into her music career, and released a single, “Mocha Man,” in 2014. With sultry sax and percussive grooves, Freeman’s brisk vocals ease between breathy and bold, making for an infectious tune that nods to her early influences while being inherently modern.

Two singles, “Slow Down” and “Regretful” followed “Mocha Man,” with the former earning a place in Black and Sexy TV’s debut movie That Guy.
Freeman released an EP, Situationship, in April 2015.

Her Saturday performance takes place at Unity in the Community’s annual Multicultural Arts & Crafts Show. As a part of Black History Month, the show features local vendors, music, and plenty of entertainment all day.

Saturday, February 20, 3 p.m., all-ages - Connect Savannah


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LaShonta’ Renée Freeman ( born January 2, 1992),
known professionally as Shonta’ Renée, is an American R&B and soul
singer-songwriter.Born and raised in Savannah Georgia, she discovered
her passion for music at the ripe old age of five where she would
assimilate artist such as Ella Fitzgerald, and Anita Baker by singing
along while their songs would be played on the radio or on records at
home. She began to find her true voice by singing in the church choir
and knew that she had a true gift when she discovered that not only
could she sing, but she could also write. She could write full length
song by the age of ten and evolved as the years went by.


     A self-proclaimed,”band geek,” Shonta’ joined
her High School band  and fell in love with the saxophone. She became
the section leader of her high school Band’s saxophone section her
sophomore year and continued her tenure until she graduated June of
2010, 2nd in her class. AFter high school, Shonta’ received a full ride
Academic Scholarship to Savannah State University, where she studied
Biology for four years and Graduated Cum Lade in December of 2014. While
in college, Shonta’ Renée decided that not only would she attend school
full time, but she wanted to devote time to embarking on her music
career, her first love. Although, Shonta’ enjoyed helping others,she
knew in her heart of hearts that Biology wasn’t where her passion lied
and knew it by the spring semester of her sophomore year.


  Balancing school full time, she managed to
independently release a single in August of 2014 Titled, “Mocha
Man,”which was released on iTunes and  Google Play, Spotify and other
major distribution platforms. Mocha Man received great feedback with its
accompanying Music Video that peaked at over 10,000 Youtube Views in a
little under a month. She later released two more singles entitled,
“Slow Down,” and “Regretful,” in October of 2014. On Christmas of 2014
the track ,”Regretful” received placement in youtube’s sensational
independent film network(100,000+ subscribers)
Black and Sexy Tv’s debut movie ,“That Guy.” along with movie placement,the single,”Regretful,” was reviewed by 24ourmusic.com and received a 8.1 out of 10 (jubilant) in their November digital issue.


   Currently, Shonta’ Renée is promoting her debut EP, “Situationship,” which was released digitally on April 30, 2015 and physically on August 15, 2015.


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