R. Shanelle

Artist bio

R.Shanelle is a Christian spoken word artist from Youngstown, Oh. R.Shanelle was a pioneer of the Spoken Word Indie music boom on Myspace. Her first singles, "Poetic Praise" and "Beautiful" were number ones for 12 weeks on Myspace Music Indie hip-hop artist charts in 2006. R.Shanelle has traveled across the United States performing, teaching, and speaking at churches, festivals, and conferences. Enjoying the intimacy of the smaller venues, R.Shanelle has released new music, published a book of poems, and a Christian romance novel that is available on SoundCloud, Amazon, and Apple Music. R.Shanelle has recently branched into voice-overs for audiobooks and commercials.



Artist Statement

For generations, the mighty black nation has fought and struggled in fear. We are afraid of each other, other races, and the government. So scared that we've hardened our hearts, minds, and personalities. We've been objectified and sexualized at young ages. Jesus commanded all Christians in Matthew 5:14-16 that we are the light of the world. To let our lights shine so that others may see and glorify our Father in heaven. When people come in contact with believers, they are supposed to have a different experience than those of the world. The concept of the song and video is to show love, strength, and empowerment that only the Holy Spirit. Things that are not in the songs or videos that are out. In the world, not of the world.

How it fits into contest

This poem is an inspirational battle cry. Our blacks kids are committing homicides at a higher rate, some against others or self-inflicted. We all battle every day to stay sane and saved against generations of hatred, hardships, and injustices. The battle has never been within ourselves or against each other but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.


R.Shanelle:co-composer, writer and performer
Judah Early: co-composer and producer
Supporting Cast:
Melissa Ellis
Jessica Stanko
Lori Anderson
Nicole Hughes
Michelle Curry
Misha Stredrick
Nadia Neely
Traci L. Cain Photography
Emmett King Photography
Image of Life Photography
City of Youngstown

How to Purchase this Artwork

Digital Copy of Secret Garden Mixtape by R.Shanelle is available on Amazon. The full album is 6.99, the singles are 0.89 each.

Other Goods & Services Available from this Artist

Enjoying the intimacy of smaller venues, R.Shanelle performs live spoken word traditions, teaches various spiritual-related and technology-based workshops, speaking at churches, festivals, and conferences. Artist merchandise available at

Transcript / Lyrics

Embarrassed look at myself in the mirror
Because I'm more voluptuous than the average woman
Dark skin tone, high cheekbones, thick, and solid build
I'm four times the size of a model but I have looks that kill
The plus-size section has clothes for a grandmother
Styles way too old for an early twenties superstar
Being taunted and poked from the kids in school
Yet the Holy Spirit whispers each morning "Beautiful"
My smile oozes beauty like molasses from a tree
My thighs though they rub together are from the old country
Strong, muscular, yet soft, and feminine that cannot be restrained
Many have tried to tame them from Tommy Hilfiger to Vera Wang
My back has healed from being whipped into submission
To being hidden by Victoria's Secret to being exposed as Baby Phat
I'm the answer to the old slaves' prayers I am Martin Luther King's
From Walmarts' clothes to Louis Vitton underwear I am the
That Maya Angelou spoke about and who RuPaul wanted to be
I am Beauty
Dru Hill wanted to snatch up, Jodeci couldn't stop thinking about, the
woman Luther kept singing and smiling to
Clothed in Jesus name I am the virtuous woman King Solomon was
describing and couldn't get enough of
With the rainbow as my dress and crown of salvation atop my
Without it, I am still Beautiful
I have been robbed of my silver spoon, my million-dollar t-shirt, and
a stick figure.
Many models want to be me because I have a Man that loves me and
He owns the moon and stars and everything therein
A crown and a mansion in heaven with no more sorrows to bare
The world as my runway people stop and stare
Some mean mug, some congratulate, some hate, some say I wish I
was her
Although I'm not what you want me to be I am still Beautiful
I cannot walk around without a bra but that's ok cause beauty should
be held up
When God created me He mixed man's dreams, chocolate, with a
touch of Himself
Deep inside I know who I am it took a real man to create a
masterpiece like this
Nappy hair that's soft to the touch and lips that will make a mute sing
Looking in the mirror I know why at the million-man march they
shouted "Let Freedom Ring"
Exploring my skin, I see the struggles of my ancestors the hardships
of living in the past
When I got saved I understood the victory shout "Free At Last!"
All women can relate to the rejection of being big and people being
Shake the haters off my full-figured sista and know that you are

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