Top 10 MTV artists. NPR lists Shelita Burke as one of the top 100 artist to check out. Notable performances are KEXP, Sundance Film Festival and New York’s Village Voice mentions her live shows as “a must see!”
While most DIY artists think locally and regionally when booking their gigs, Shelita Burke’s empowering, one gig at a time success story shows the impact a unique artist can have on a global level. With that personal approach in mind, we’re very excited to bring you the incredibly in-depth and intimate EP “Transfixed” .
Over the past two years the Seattle raised singer/songwriter has become a true musical citizen of the world, bringing her fresh style and what she dubs “emotional art music” on self-generated world tours that hit France, Morocco, England, Ireland, Canada, Germany, Iceland, Japan, and Wales. Closer to home, in between overseas stints, she’s also done Seattle to NYC tours. Her debut EP Transfixed was released in November 2015 and reached #14 Best selling album on Amazon. Keep in mind, this kind of success was completely organic, built one fan at a time, one show at a time.
A handful of years after she began busking on the streets of Seattle and launched her career playing in clubs, Shelita found a unique songwriting voice to help her tackle the wide range of emotions that came with becoming an adult in an increasingly complex life. While penning lyrics that reflected her deepening experiences, she created a sound which incorporated her fascination with polyrhythms and the Middle Eastern scale – fusing them with the traditional Western scale to create dynamic textures. Her discovery of a unique perceptual phenomenon called Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) – essentially a pleasurable, tingling “brain tickle” effect – led her to incorporate unique vocal runs that added what she calls “brain orgasms” to her songs. Shelita cites Joni Mitchell as an influence, and these runs are a bit like the high pitch vocalizing the legendary singer is known for.