Music Industry News Network [01-31-2007]

Cherokee Music Group (CMG / Sony BMG) Announces The Upcoming Release Of At The Casbah, The New Album From SHANI



I bet you already know Shani Rigsbee; you just don't realize it yet! You're about to re-familiarize yourself with all of the acclaim that has greeted her first three albums, and become aware that Shani and her music are everywhere.

A homegrown internationalist, she has recorded and collaborated with some of the International music scene's giants, producing songs that play on television, in nightclubs and in numerous prestigious screen productions.

Recently, Shani has been the focus of a whirlwind of activity. She was chosen as the featured vocalist for the biblical epic One Night With the King (Fox Faith) that features her song "Kingdom of Love." Composed by J.A.C. Redford, this magical masterpiece is now vying for an Academy Award nomination in the Best Original Song category alongside some of the year's most moving compositions. With her upcoming release of At the Casbah slated for March 2007, Shani will appear as a guest on the CBS show The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on February 27th.

Some of her past works include the Lions Gate release of Paul Haggis's acclaimed film Crash – which featured Shani's song "El Llamar de Pasión" – and won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Shani sang, appeared in and co-produced the score for the DreamWorks 2003 release House of Sand and Fog and in the 2005 Arrival Pictures release THE KEEPER - The Legend of Omar Khayyam, Shani played the exotic "Court Entertainer" in the film, executive produced the Soundtrack, wrote and performed the music for the trailer and the video promo song "From Here to Beyond." Shani's music was chosen as the official trailer for Oliver Stone's Persona Non Grata that aired as an HBO exclusive. In Sony Playstation's international multi-platinum game and soundtrack Parasite Eve, Shani's song "Somnia Memorias" was featured, with vocals performed in Latin and Spanish, and she played opposite Jack Black and Josh Charles in the Trimark Sci-Fi release Crossworlds. Shani's original songs "Invasive" and "Get Somebody," which are included in her newest album, At the Casbah, are featured in the Lions Gate release National Lampoon's Pledge This! starring Paris Hilton and the independent feature G.I. Jesus that won the Best Film Award at the CineVegas film festival. Her music was just featured in the Showtime series Sleeper Cell: American Terror.

With her decidedly commercial new CD/DVD release of At the Casbah (CMG / Sony BMG) listeners can expect a stylized direction of songs, and two "re-creations" of Cole Porter classics. Perhaps unprecedented, the album's songs have been featured in a total of six motion pictures. At the Casbah creates an "event," evoking an exciting blend of rhythm, sophistication and exoticism, free from labels or borders. One part pop, one part world, one part jazz, Shani has also enlisted some urban flavor from the likes of several Rap Artists on the album, such as Producer and Rap Artist V-Style who is also featured in the "Get Somebody" video. At the Casbah successfully strikes a balance between haunting timeless classic sounds evoking images of "old Hollywood" and a refreshingly new sound honed from years of exposure to the world and the exotic. At the Casbah features the radio friendly hits "Get Somebody," "Destiny" and "Invasive."

Shani's musical and acting success have given her the opportunity to walk the red carpets in support of some of her most beloved causes. These include Sir Elton John's annual post-Oscar benefit to raise money for his Elton John AIDS Foundation, as well as the Social Hollywood Opening to Benefit Charlize Theron's Africa Outreach Program. Shani also serves as a Board Member at the Women's Clinic and Family Counseling Center in Los Angeles. On April 14, 2007, she will perform at the prestigious Art of Compassion gala event in Washington, D.C., held by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. An animal lover and ovarian cancer survivor, she feels passionately about this organization that promotes alternatives to animal research, preventive medicine, and holding the medical industry to the highest and most ethical standards of practice. Shani has recorded in multiple languages and performed in front of thousands of people of diverse ethnicities around the world, which is an anomaly as she is an "all-American girl" based in Los Angeles. She is the epitome of a musician who defies all stereotypes and does not fit any musical mold, literally a musician "without borders." Shani Rigsbee is a recording artist, composer and actress who stands at a crossroads of music and culture. Using the platform of music and performance, Shani brings people of the world together in a positive way that continues to be the driving force behind all that she does.


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