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"She's also very down to Earth. She's someone to aspire towards."
in a soulful way.
"I'm one of those people who if you tell me no I will say 'let's see about that'," she said.
As a youngster she was influenced by the baritone voice of her Grenadian dad, describing him as a Calypso Nat King Cole.
up a frenzy with her solo career, including a date in Sunderland. MARISSA CARRUTHERS talks to Shena about proving the bullies wrong and going it alone.
After lending her voice as backing vocals for the likes of Mariah Carey, James Brown and Charlotte Church, Shena has finally decided to take on the music industry alone.
But for Shena, whose musical muses are Whitney Housten and Tina Turner, it's Lisa Stansfield who stood out the most when she worked with her.
Instead of letting this get her down, Shena fought back and became more determined than ever to make it.
After graduating, she has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Luther Vandross, Girls Aloud, Sugababes, Angie Stone and Chaka Khan.
"I am nervous about it," she revealed. "It's the first time with it just being me out there but I'm excited too.
But Shena found herself battling against the bullies when she received a less than motivational welcome from the new teacher of her music class when she started studying for her A Levels.
And her innate talent was spotted at an early age, with her teachers stumping up the cash for professional singing lessons after school to give her a helping hand in her career.
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to become a secretary.
Shena will be performing live at Privilege, Crowtree Road, Sunderland on Saturday from 9pm.
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Shena's having a last laugh
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"I think this was one of the first pieces of prejudice I had to deal with and it was a bit of a shock because if you're not used to it and you're confronted with it, it does make you think 'how do I handle that?'," she said.
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And that's exactly what she did. A rendition of an aria from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess won her an unconditional place at the Academy, where she studied classical music.
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But now she's unleashing her own album, One Man Woman, of stunningly sumptuous soul tracks to prove she really is a solo star.
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"Great singers come and go, but when you get someone who's a great singer and artist as well it's very rare.
People are most likely to recognise her as the voice behind Michael Gray's 2004 smash hit, The Weekend, which she performed live on the last ever Top of the Pops show when it hit number seven in the charts.
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Her debut album, One Man Woman, hits record stores on September 1.
Shena was born into music and from a very early age she knew this was the career she wanted to pursue.
"It's something I've been meaning to do for a while and a lot of the stuff I wrote a while ago when I was at college.
"I had to prove him wrong, so I was determined to get into the Royal Academy of Music."
"Not that there's anything wrong with being a secretary, but when you've got your heart set on music it's not what you want to hear."
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