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"Moving to the Beat of Her Own Strum"

"Sheik should be proud as Rock Candy boasts a successful blend of soulful lyrics, sultry beats and soothing guitar all tied together with threads of classical South Asian melodies. Songs like “Table for Two” and “Here and Now”…showcase her as an innovative force in the realm of upcoming musical talents."

Tina Dhamija, India Journal
June 2005 - India Journal


"Shaheen: One of 15 Power Women"

The Economic Times of India names Shaheen as one of 15 power women to watch in 2006. - Economic Times of India


"'Here and Now' Music Video Promo/MTV"

“The adorably humble Shaheen stole the show at Artwallah 2005 [international arts festival in Hollywood].”

Alisha Davis, MTV News
October 2005


"Here and Now" reaches number 3 on MTV Desi Music Video Countdown. - MTV News


"Praise for rEvolution"

“…catchy, imaginative, original and memorable. I could compare these songs to the Sugababes but they have the benefit of their own team of songwriters whilst [Shaheen] writes and produces her own material.” - Jon Leonard, Leonard’s Lair

Jon Leonard, Leonard’s Lair on Shaheen's upcoming album
November 2006

“daring” - Adil Ray, BBC Radio
November 2006 - Adil Ray and Jon Leonard


"Watch For: Shaheen Sheik"

“And listening to songs like ‘Circle,’ which effortlessly begins and ends with an Eastern call to prayer, yet is anchored by a perfectly American melody, it is easy to hear this sweet combination [American pop music with a worldly feel].”

Dianna Nanez, East West Woman
July 2005 - East West Woman


"Desiclub's Top 50 Coolest Desis: Shaheen"

“Rock Candy is a combination of folk rock and South Indian masala. Shaheen’s music differs from the typical ‘desi’ sound because she combines rock to her unique approach. Then, from a dancer’s perspective concentrates on rhythms and beats.”

Rita Bhattacherjee, Desiclub.com
July 2005

Shaheen ranked as part of Desiclub.com's Top 50 Coolest Desis of 2004. - Desiclub.com


"How Sweet the Sound"

“Shaheen Sheik’s latest set is fiercer than rock and sweeter than candy… On May 1, Sheik stood in front of a packed crowd on stage at Hollywood’s Knitting Factory to debut her new full-length album, Rock Candy… Sheik’s set was well received, and the lilting melodies of the album had the audience dancing into the night.”

Ismat Mangla with Pavani Yalamanchili, Nirali Magazine
May 2005 - Nirali Magazine


"India's Answer to Sheryl Crow"

“Mumbai’s glam circuit got a taste of ‘India’s answer to Sheryl Crow’ as she set the mood and hit the right chords.”

(June 2006) - Bombay Times, Times of India


"Even the Suits Took a Liking"

“The buzz around Sheik’s [Rock Candy] was so strong that it caught the attention of the suits at Times Music who decided to fly her down to Mumbai for the album’s Indian release.” – Time Out Magazine (June 2006) - Time Out


"Humble and Serene"

“Shaheen’s talents span from singing to dancing to composing to acting. Yet with all this to add to her list of credentials, she remains humble and serene… perhaps an allusion to her magnificent music that is so consuming, it sets you to give in to your rapture. [Rock Candy] can be summed up as a journey into her soul that reflects sensuality and a degree of feminine beauty that she herself exudes in her persona.” – Parul Bharadi, Mahiram.com - Mahiram.com


Discography

- rEvolution - LP (May 2008)

- Rock Candy (10 Track Album)
Independent Release - May, 2005 | India Release – May 2006

- In Your Love (5 Track EP)
Independent Release - August, 2003

- Live from Santosha (8 Track Album)
Independent Release - January, 2003

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Bio

Internationally acclaimed recording artist, songwriter and producer Shaheen Sheik is one of the most promising young artists on the World Music scene today. Her global notoriety spans from the United States to India and includes the honor of Top 10 Finalist by Los Angeles radio station Star 98.7FM in the 2007 Unsigned Artist Search, and being named “India’s Answer to Sheryl Crow” by the Mumbai press.

Based in Los Angeles, California, Shaheen Sheik has recorded two full-length studio albums: the first titled “Rock Candy” and her newest release, “REVOLUTION”. While “Rock Candy” highlighted Shaheen’s singer/songwriter skills, “REVOLUTION” is a bold departure that reflects her unique cultural perspectives, rich global instrumentation and contemporary, stylized vocals. The result is a brilliant mix of dance, urban, electronica and lounge tracks.

“I wanted to create this disc on my own terms in order to tell the world who I am,” explains Shaheen.
The new songs do not resemble the folk-pop repertoire on “Rock Candy”. I took lyrical risks I didn’t realize I had in me and wrote songs that touch on various types of politics – social, economic and sexual. All the songs explore the power in being a woman – an ability to be carefree, seductive, and compassionate all at once.”

“REVOLUTION” features an array of diverse guest artists, including female rocker Jungli, multi-instrumentalist and composer Shane O’Madden of Govinda, and acclaimed dhol player Teginder S. Dhanoa. Shaheen states that “being able to share a creative moment with these friends and talented artists was a thrill for me.”

Shaheen cites a vast array of inspirations and influences including music artists such as Yesudas, L. Subramaniam, U. Srinivas, the Chemical Brothers, Wyclef Jean, Dave Matthews, Peter Gabriel, and Stevie Nicks. In addition, Shaheen was exposed to Indian, particularly South Indian, classical dance and music at a young age. Now an accomplished Principal Bharatanatyam dancer with the Rangoli Dance Company under Guru Malathi Iyengar, the Los Angeles Times has hailed Shaheen’s performances as “commanding” and “breathtaking”.

“I first learned music through my body,” explains Shaheen. “Dance has played a huge role in my music because it has taught me the subtleties and complexities of rhythm and how they can impact you emotionally. I experimented a bit with beats on Rock Candy, but with REVOLUTION, I became obsessed with them.” Dance also cultivated Shaheen’s drive to study classical Indian music. After years of learning the sarod under David Trasoff, she has recently begun publically performing the instrument.

A humanitarian at heart, Shaheen devotes time and music supervising skills to bring together artists in support of Free the Slaves, a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating slavery. Most recently, Shaheen joined Deeyah Presents: Sisterhood, a collaborative project highlighting Muslim women artists in an effort to encourage other Muslim women to creatively express themselves.