The UK’s finest, multiple award-winning artist Estelle is back with a brand new album on a brand new label. Signed by US ‘Soul Sensation’ John Legend to his Homeschool label, the album is a joint venture between Homeschool and Atlantic Records.
"I have known John for a while now...we worked on my first album 18th day before he was signed. He featured on "Hey Girl," played piano on "Free," and appeared in the video. As I went to do my second album I asked him to help exec-produce it. As I progressed with it, I left my label and he said he’d sign me and here we are today. We always make great songs together. While I like and listen to a lot of musicians - there aren’t many I respect on a level to help me write songs or upgrade/push me as an artist...but John is one of them."
The album features collaborations with the likes of Kanye West, Will.I.Am, Wyclef Jean, Mark Ronson, Ceelo, Swizz Beatz who are just some of the ‘hitmakers’ that Estelle has been in the studio with...and of course, John Legend.
Shine - Estelle
With names such as Will.I.Am, Wyclef Jean, Mark Ronson, Cee-Lo, Swizz Beatz, and John Legend combining their musical minds to create Estelle’s major record label debut, Shine, something magical is bound to occur.
Estelle, the 28-year-old West Londoner, recently moved (May 2007) to NYC in an attempt to launch herself into the North American music scene. Essentially, there was never any doubt that her work would surface to the top of the pile and would hastily be played on the radio nation wide.
Unlike her 2004 debut album, The 18th Day, Estelle decided to include other producers and artists in the creative process of creating Shine. As a result, the album leaves nothing out; it plays from start to finish smoothly and fuses many varying genres of music into a genus of its own.
Shine is the first release on John Legend’s Homeschool label (in partnership with Atlantic Records) and is destined to sky-rocket up the charts. The album, unique in sound and styles, is a melting-pot of R&B, soul, reggae, jazz, house and world music. In addition to her powerful-but-mastered vocal technique, Estelle exudes R&B-star qualities and commands each lyric that emerges from her mouth.
The super-smash hit “American Boy”, featuring Kanye West, has already reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart and can be heard nation-wide tearing-up the charts. Other featured artists include: Kardinal Offishall (Magnificent), John Legend (You Are) and Cee-Lo (Pretty Please).
Wonder what John Legend sees in his protégée?
"I believe the world is going to fall in love with her album, as I already have. Estelle is an amazing talent, and she's going to do big things."
Favorite Songs: “American Boy”, “Back in Love”, and “Magnificent”