What with her beautiful, poignant song ‘T-shirt’ making its way up the Billboard Hot 100 charts, we figured we should highlight islandista-on-the-rise Shontelle Layne.
According to the Barbados Nation, the song is now at no. 37 on the charts, after debuting at no. 86 seven weeks ago.
And to that we say- hurray! Truly the world is getting to see the talent of the islands more and more in the 21st century – both in sports and in entertainment.
Twenty-three year old Shontelle is the definition of an islandista – successful, educated, talented and fly. She doesn’t just sing, but she also writes – for herself and other artistes and actually copped the Road March title in Barbados in 2005 with ‘Colours’. She also wrote Alison Hinds’ monster comeback hit ‘Roll’.
And, armed with her law degree from the University of the West Indies, she has been apparently been taking care of business well before she was signed with Universal/Motown in 2006. It has long been thought that she was the ‘mystery member’ who copped the biggest every royalty payout from Barbados’ copyright society COSCAP – $50 000 back in 2005-2006, the year of Colours and Roll. We definitely say hurray to that!
We’re looking forward to watching this islandista rise and rise.