Shaila Prospere is a UK soul/R&B singer songwriter from London. Her influences come from the Motown era, Reggae and Soul music, drawing influences from stellar artists such as Dionne Warwick, Patti Labelle Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, Roberta Flack and later contemporary superstars and legendary vocalists, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Luther Vandross.
What distinguishes Shaila from many of her peers is her songwriting ability, she is prolific with her craft hence why her debut album “In My Shoes” was received with such critical acclaim. Songs with haunting melodies and cleverly woven lyrics about love and life.
When ‘In My Shoes’ was released in 2000, she performed 3 nights at the London Jazz Café, Camden, to a packed-out audience showcasing the album which was released in the UK and Japan. The album quickly established itself as a classic, a combination of great songs and solid production by The Full Crew production team and all these years later, tracks still get played on soul radio stations around the world, testament to what a good debut album that was.
Shaila embarked on trying to establish herself as a songwriter and spent the next few years being drafted in by various, different production teams to write songs for other artist projects.
After a long break from recording material for herself, she was badgered by one of the producers on her album Les Jones to write songs for herself. Once they started writing together and the buzz of being back in the studio got to her, things just snowballed from there.
Shaila then hooked up with longtime friend Everis Pellius who had produced a cut on her debut album and, Everis convinced her to write enough material for an album, hence the “Back To Life” project was born. Almost a year later and the album is ready for release. As the project evolved, Phil Nugent who signed her first time around, got on board and the resulting first single “Let Me Be Yours” was released on his Rhythm imprint.
Shaila has made a welcome return to the airwaves, ‘Let Me Be Yours’ written by Shaila and produced by Everis Pellius and Phil Phillo (Full Crew/Soul Syndicate) peaked at #1 in Mi-Soul’s connoisseur chart, #4 in the UK Soul Chart and #7 in Solar’s Sweet Rhythm chart. The album version leaned heavily on the glorious sound of the 80’s with squelching bass, horn stabs and funky guitar riff. The “Soul Syndicate Remix” pays homage to not one, but two 80’s anthems, with more than a hint of Cheryl Lynn’s “Encore” drums, and a sniff of Curtis Hairston’s “Morning After” bassline…
Shaila followed up the success of “Let Me Be Yours” with a second single “Family”. This song is an uplifting slice of quality contemporary soul music, the groove anchored by infectious horn stabs, and a great vocal performance from Shaila. Production chores courtesy of Everis Pellius and Phil Phillo (Soul Syndicate) the track has summer stamped all over it and is a fitting and worthy follow up. The track was given a Soul Syndicate Remix, which has a jazzy laid-back groove and the keyboard skills of Riccardo Reid were called upon…. One of the old Full Crew members making it quite the family reunion.
Other production input has come from another Full Crew veteran, Michael Daley, also a contribution from her longtime writing partner Les Jones.
Her highly anticipated album “Back to Life” is due out on the 30th June initially as a CD only release. The digital album and streaming options will be made available later in the year. The album, once again, is destined to be a future classic. Some amazing songs that will stay with you not only now, but for years to come.
Watch out for future live appearances in the coming months when Shaila takes her music out on the road, with select PA’s, interviews and record signing events.
Checkout The Back To Life Album:
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