Shanta Williams Fuentes is an independent Pop artist and songwriter from New York City. She was born in Queens and raised in Brooklyn . Her parents were both entertainers that migrated to the United States from Trinidad & Tobago. Shanta began performing at the tender age of 6 as a child model and actress with "Faces International " and "The Barbizon school" . She later attended Performing Arts Academy in Middle School and "LaGuardia High School of Music & the Arts ( known for the 1980 film 'Fame' ). In her teens she also served as a lead vocalist in the youth choir of the "The Brooklyn Tabernacle" church where her mother attended. At 16 Shanta was discovered at her first open mic night performance at "Dillon's Cabaret" by German Record Producer Toby Gad . It was then she began recording music professionally and developing a career in the Music industry. Shanta has since worked with various music professionals and has over a decade of songwriting and recording experience. She was also nominated for an " L.A Music Award ". Shortly after attending College for Business Management, Shanta took a hiatus from music to get married and start a family. In 2016 she rededicated her life to Jesus Christ and felt called back into music . The following year of 2017 she released her first Christian music single “In A New Way”. The song earned an accolade from "The Akademia " . And in 2020 she released her second and third singles; 'Lenses' and 'Love like this' followed by her first music video. The highly anticipated August 20th release of her debut EP titled 'Desert Rose' has solidified Shanta as a bonfire artist and star on the horizon.
Desert Rose Ep
" -These songs are carried by her undeniably top notch vocal talent, and range from straight forward pop, to R&B, and flourishes of gospel, musically.
-There are two here that standout as reasons to be excited about future music from Fuentes. Those would be "Lenses" and "Love Like This," which were dropped in advance of the EP's release. "Lenses" specifically, stands out as the best song with a memorable R&B hook, as well as "Freedom" which features a guest rap from L. David, adding a dose of musical diversity.
-Ultimately, this is a small taste of what I think will be much higher heights of music to come from Shanta Fuentes..."
Josh Balogh of Jesusfreakhideout.com
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