Listen to Shelita Burke’s soulful single “Drive.”
Shelita is unlike any artist you will ever encounter. She is the archetype of what is possible for artists as she integrates her gifts as a data scientist and cryptologist into her pop music career. Shelita feels “In this new music industry every artist needs to understand data science and use all mediums of artistic expression to reach and understand their audience.” Shelita’s first single from the “Special” EP called Photograph reached #1 on Hype Machine and is available for purchase using the Blockchain via directly through her website. Shelita sees blockchain technology as revolutionary because it removes the middleman and empowers people to move things across many sources as opposed to going through a single source. Now she’s back with the second single from “Special” called Drive.
Shelita Burke made her first appearance in the pop urban music scene charting #14 on Billboard’s Next Big Sound Chart in February 2017. Raised in Seattle, as a teenager, she left for Europe to pursue a music career. Through touring the world, she built up a loyal fan base and peaked number #1 on MTV’s popular artist chart. Shelita has become a viral phenomenon on Spotify and Twitter, with over 250,000 followers and counting.
“The past couple of years have been a complete reinvention of me as an artist” Burke says. Shelita was invited by saxophonist/guitarist and media innovator Scott Page (Pink Floyd, Supertramp) to appear on his popular Business Rockstars TV Show and Podcast, which features top CEO’s, startups and entrepreneurs. This appearance led to a special industry showcase performance, where she earned the attention of superstar R&B/hip hop Pop Writer and producer, Bellringer, who has worked with megastars like Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg, and Timbaland. The two hit it off and Shelita soon high-tailed it from Paris to L.A., where her new EP “Special” was born. The concept of the EP and the title song “Special” was born out of a collaboration with UK based music industry executive Nick Halkes who was a founder of the incredible XL recordings label (Adele, M.I.A) and then architected the dance/electronic business for EMI in the UK. He now manages the Prodigy and a roster of other successful artists with a couple of UK number one artist albums as a writer to his credit.
“I created these songs while going through a rough time emotionally and trying to understand who I am in a romantic relationship,” Shelita says. “ I used to watch people in love acting a certain way and thought I understood what it was all about – and then it happened to me and I was forced to completely reassess everything I ever thought about love. I enjoyed writing and recording the “Special” EP because I was writing from a place of exploring the core values that make all human beings the same – and which of these values I could connect to in my own self. Working with Bellringer was an amazing experience whose magic is really hard to describe, and it was exciting to have the opportunity to stretch my previous boundaries as an artist every day.”
Shelita Burke’s next single Drive is available on October 6th along with the pre-order of the five song EP “Special”. “Special” will be out worldwide October 19th, 2017.