Born in Australia to a Chinese-Malaysian father and an Iranian mother, this bubbly vocalist and songwriter enchants her audiences with her heartfelt, personal stories, socially conscious messages and spiritual influences in her songs. The diversity of her heritage has not only contributed to Shameem’s exotic looks but has influenced her distinctive eclectic approach to music. Her unique fusion of 90s R&B grooves with the melodic sensibility of 70s soul and a subtle twist of jazz has seen her frequently compared to such artists as Alicia Keys, Sade and Michael Jackson.
2015 is an exciting year for Shameem, who has just released her sophomore album The Second City and will be undertaking a national Australian tour as well as international performances over the coming months. The Second City includes the singles “Beautiful Soul”, which was awarded 4th place in the Australian Songwriting Contest Contemporary Pop/ Dance category, and “Under One Sun”, which was written in collaboration with Grammy-winning producer James Bryan (Nelly Furtado, Olly Murs, James Morrison).
A self-managed, independent artist, Shameem keeps a busy performance schedule, having supported major international artists such as George Benson, Ronan Keating and Belinda Carlisle, and undertaken headlining tours in both her native Australia and in the USA and Canada. Tracks from Shameem’s 2011 debut album have proven popular with community radio stations around Australia as well as USA college radio, and have been recognised in the finals of the Independent Music Awards and Australian Songwriting Contest. Meanwhile, her track “Turn It On”, recorded in collaboration with Tokyo-based producer Nick Wood, is enjoying growing popularity having been synced to a major TV advertising campaign in Western Australia.
When Shameem sings she speaks directly to the hearts of her audience; her voice is at once warm, soulful and expressive, and none can walk away without a tune replaying in their head. Shameem is passionate about uplifting and inspiring people to work for the betterment of the world through her music.