This Debut album is at the forefront of the electronic movement in the U.S. as well as leading the way for the world fusion movement to infiltrate the music scene. With it's cross genre flair, Shani has taken the listener on a journey to new musical territory that spans time and culture.
Shani (Rigsbee) is currently at the red-hot epicenter of a rising power pack of new young American stars that are equally fluent on stage and screen. Her "Call of the Wild" can currently be heard on HBO drawing you into Oliver Stone's "Persona Non Grata" and her "El Llamar de Pasion" can be heard in the upcoming film Paul Haggis (Academy Award Nominee) penned film "Crash" with Sandra Bullock and Don Cheadle. Additionally, she has 4 feature films to mention: Dreamwork's "The House of Sand and Fog" with Sir Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly, Guide Company's The Keeper" (The Legend of Omar Khayyam) with Academy Award Winner Vanessa Redgrave , " Shererazade ", and "In the Belly of the Fat Man" a haunting 40's film noir where she will be both acting and providing soundtrack music. On screen Shani plays a variety of roles from a sultry femme fatale to an exotic ancient Middle-Eastern temptress. But, whatever creative challenges come her way, she will continue to be inspired and rise to the occasion. The All- American girl has become an artist of the universe.
Since the classically beautiful Shani arrived in Los Angeles from Arkansas she's been on a Hollywood high. ...cementing her status as the A number one entertainer singer/actress. Perhaps it's because of her singing style -- a sensuous smoky alto of a voice that curves and caresses each vowel when she's caught in the heat of passion and unleashes sexy tremolos when she seems to suffer the agony of love's heartache.
Or perhaps it's because of Shani's pure allure. There are some people who walk into a room and disturb the molecules. This is 100 watt charisma -- something no scientist can explain. Her mysterious sexuality is part enigma -- a female whose sexual presence is too mysterious to pin down, too intimate to forget.
Musically too marvelous for words, "On Call of the Wild" Shani's CD shows herself to be a master craftsman, leading the pop music pack by creating a global span of sound that combines percussive dance beats with sensual Eastern and Spanish overtones, creating a new sort of menage-a-music. She has since followed it's international acclaim with "Velvet" (international release) which combines dance and hip hop beats with exotic overtones and her soon to be released "at the Casbah" which will contain a few updated jazz standards in her highly stylized direction along with 12 original songs which evoke a rhythmic,sophisticated and exotic feel.
Equal parts actress, singer, songwriter, producer, Shani is a skilled juggler keeping her musical talents in a neat and perfect balance. From an early age, Shani Rigsbee felt "The Call of the Wild" to travel and expand her sphere from beyond her birthplace of Hot Springs , Arkansas . Who could have guessed that this exotic young international talent actually stems from Bill Clinton's hometown. As a young girl, Shani would spend hours singing to the artists of the day while her father played drums. Encouraging her passion for the arts, her family threw caution to the wind and relocated to Los Angeles taking the Southern cheerleader and choir girl with the burning desire to perform off to help her launch her career.
Along the way her path was interrupted when she was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Forced to channel all of the energies towards regaining her health, Shani felt her path enlightened by her spiritual search. Through her indomitable will, she conquered her ovarian cancer and in so doing the combination of inner and outer exploration had a profound effect on her development as a human being and an artist.
Mysterious yet cool as a creamsicle, and a consummate artist, whether she has achieved international acclaim as the starring vocalist on "Somnia Memorias" from the soundtrack and video game "Parasite Eve" on Sony's PlayStation singing in English, Latin and Spanish (that has generated mega millions around the world), or singing and dancing with enchanting bellydance flair on stage anywhere in the globe, Shani has become an world-renowned entertainer.
Upon the strong international success with her music, Hollywood called. Not only were they pleased with her enormous talent as an actress, they begin to request her work on soundtracks.
Shani continues to tour and perform, enticing audiences all over the world from Los Angeles' Greek Theatre to London to Dubai and remixes of her songs play in nightclubs everywhere but she doesn't stop there. Just remember the name, Shani Rigsbee. You'll never forget the face.
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2. Seldom Sea
3. 99 Against 1
4. Middle of the Night
6. Who's the Fairest
7. Desert Flower
8. Discreetly Yours
10. Dancing in a Minefield
12. Undercurrent (stimulation remix)
13. Orbit (remix)