Album: Love Fell On Me Released: June 18, 2013
Shelea wrote & co-wrote every track on Love Fell On Me, which was co-produced by her longtime collaborator Tony Shepperd, owner of Breath of Life whose mixing and engineering credits include Houston, Quincy Jones, Take 6 and Lionel Richie. The album’s title track is a new version of the intimate, jazz-influenced tune that was the lead song on the soundtrack to the 2011 film Jumping the Broom; it features Stevie Wonder on harmonica. The original recording of the song was so popular among the movie’s fans that when The View co-host Sherri Shepherd was looking for a wedding song, her Twitter followers overwhelmingly suggested Shelea. The singer would go on to sing another original, “I’m Sure It’s You,” at Shepperd’s wedding.
“Because I’ve been influenced by so many different styles of music, from classical, gospel and R&B to jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington, figuring out who I am as an artist, genre-wise, has been a unique challenge,” says Shelea, a native of Redwood City, California who grew up in Bakersfield. “I originally had two cool big band tunes ready to go, but ultimately the R&B/pop direction we chose for the project led us not to use them. Conceptually, I decided to approach it as a big long journey through love, both lost and found. I wanted to tell a story, and the genres weren’t as important because my vocals are the thread that ties everything together.