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Panelist: Shanelle Gabriel
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Shanelle Gabriel

Lupus Advocate 

SHANELLE GABRIEL does it all: soulful singing, awesome spoken word poetry, lyrics for days, and all while advocating for Lupus. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, she has toured both nationally and internationally, hitting cities from LA to Vancouver to Johannesburg, South Africa. Frequently compared to Lauryn Hill and the super duo Floetry wrapped-in-one, Shanelle effortlessly blends her soulful singing with elements of spoken word and hip-hop, as well as fusing original music and poems with familiar hit songs. 

Shanelle is widely known for both opening and featuring on HBO's Def Poetry Jam alongside Jill Scott and DMX and has also shared the stage with artists such as  Eric Benet, Talib Kweli, Nas, Erick Sermon, Malcolm Jamal Warner, and more. Shanelle was spotlighted on the Rachael Ray Show, HuffPost Live, Fox News and KAYA 95.9 FM- Johannesburg, and was recognized by Listerine and Wal-Mart in the "Your Mouth Matters" campaign. She appeared in a promo for the NFL Draft and competed in both the National and Individual World Poetry Slams. You can hear her voice as the narrator for Jennifer Hudson's "I Got This" audiobook and also catch her acting in Q-Tip's video for "ManWomanBoogie." A co-writer and resident artist in "Slam 101," the longest running show in the Lincoln Center's Meet the Artist Series, Shanelle was the inaugural Poet-In-Residence at Urban Word NYC, a youth organization devoted to using Hip-Hop and Poetry to promote literacy and social justice.

In the summer of 2004, Shanelle was diagnosed with SLE Lupus. Using that as her fuel, she decided that she would pursue her dreams and encourage others who have obstacles in their path to do the same. She states, "My battle with Lupus has been tedious, but God has a plan. I want to be a testimony to others that no matter what, faith and determination can accomplish any goal." Since then, she's performed at numerous walks for Lupus, spoken at the National Press Room for the National Institute of Health, performed at Capital Hill and Lupus Research conferences, and has been featured in several publications including Women's Health Magazine regarding her life as an artist with Lupus. She has created documentary pieces for the Simple Tasks Campaign alongside The American College of Rheumatology, facilitated support groups and gave the keynote at conferences for the Lupus Foundation of America, and lent her support to the Lupus Research Alliance.

Shanelle Gabriel presently tours the US and abroad, stays active with her sorority (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc), facilitates creative writing workshops, guest hosts the Friday Night Slam at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and is the resident performer for "TrapKaraoke: The R&B Edition" which was sponsored by the BET Awards. She also is a coordinator for several youth development initiatives and is a Lead Teacher at the exalt youth program in Brooklyn, NY. Since the release of her second album, Aim High, Shanelle has been profiled by many blogs and been named one of the Top 10 R&B/Soul Artists on Reverbnation. This follow-up to her amazing debut album, Start Something (winner of the 2008 Atlantic City Alternative Soul Best CD Award) is propelling Shanelle Gabriel to even greater heights in her career.



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