Shani Rigsbee (Shani) is currently at the red-hot epicenter of a rising power pack of new young American stars that are equally fluent on stage and screen, in acting and music. Her song, El Llamar de Pasion - “Call of the Wild” is featured in the Paul Haggis’ ACADEMY AWARD WINNER for Best Picture Crash starring Sandra Bullock and Don Cheadle and she is currently the Featured Vocalist in the 20th Century Fox epic One Night With the King starring Omar Sharriff and Peter O’Toole. Her song “Call of the Wild” was the featured as the trailer music on HBO promoting Oliver Stone’s Persona Non Grata . Shani was featured in, wrote the theme song and Executive Produced the soundtrack for The Keeper - The Legend of Omar Khayyam (Guide Company Films) with Academy Award Winner Vanessa Redgrave, where she plays the exotic Court Entertainer. And in the highly acclaimed film, The House of Sand and Fog (Dreamworks) which stars Sir Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly, Shani is both a featured singer and contributed to the film score. She is the Featured Vocalist in the recently released One Night With The King (20th Century Fox) and her music is prominently featured in National Lampoon’s Pledge This soon to be released, as well as G.I. Jesus.
On screen Shani plays a variety of roles from a sultry femme fatale to a seductive ancient temptress. Previous roles included CrossWorlds with Rutger Hauer, Josh Charles and Jack Black. But, whatever creative challenges come her way, she will continue to be inspired and rise to the occasion. This All- American girl has become an artist of the universe.
Equal parts actress, singer, songwriter, producer, Shani is a skilled juggler keeping each of her talents in a neat and perfect balance. From an early age, Shani Rigsbee felt The Call of the Wild to travel and expand her sphere from beyond her birthplace of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Who would have guessed that this International talent actually stems from Bill Clinton’s hometown? As a young girl, Shani would spend hours singing to the artists of the day while her father played drums and produce plays in her family’s garage for the neighbors. Encouraging her passion for the arts, her family threw caution to the winds taking the Southern cheerleader and choir girl to the City of Angels, Los Angeles, to help her launch her career.
While in Los Angeles, Shani began to study her craft as a performer both musically and theatrically and found herself mingling with some of the International music scene’s great talents, working closely with International / World music star Andy Madadian (Andy) and learning the intricacies of Eastern-based rhythms and melodies. She was forever hooked on the sensual and hypnotic sounds that would influence her own writing style. She toured the globe, honing her skills in the International concert arenas and developed a strong following.
Along the way her path was interrupted when she was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Forced to channel all of the energies towards regaining her health, Shani felt her path enlightened by her spiritual search. Through her indomitable will, she conquered her ovarian cancer and in so doing the combination of inner and outer exploration had a profound effect on her development as a human being and an artist. She is also now on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Clinic.
Since the classically beautiful Shani arrived in Los Angeles from Arkansas she’s been on a Hollywood high. Her status cemented as a first-class international entertainer actress and singer. Perhaps it’s because of her singing style -- a sensuous, alluring voice that curves and caresses each vowel when she’s caught in the heat of passion and unleashes sexy tremolos and when she seems to suffer the agony of love’s heartache. Or perhaps it’s because of Shani’s pure allure. There are some people who walk into a room and disturb the molecules. This is 100-watt charisma -- something no scientist can explain. Her mysterious sexuality is part enigma -- a female whose sexual presence is too mysterious to pin down, too intimate to forget.
A homegrown internationalist, she has recorded and collaborated with some of the International music scene’s giants and those songs play on satellite television and nightclubs around the world. These bold moves are nothing new for Shani having sung in many languages and has left many people shocked to know that her roots are purely American, and not from the outer reaches of the globe. Shani simply loves the artistic challenge of blending genres and forging new paths and cutting the edge in the musical mainstream.
In her previous album, Call of the Wild, Shani broke new ground creating a global span of sound that combined percussive dance beats with sensual Eastern and Spanish overtones, creating a new sort of ménage-a-music. She has followed its international acclaim with “Velvet” (international release), which combines dance and hip-hop beats with exotic overtones. With her new release, At the Casbah that contains two updated Cole Porter standards in her highly stylized direction along with 11 original songs, she practically creates an “event,” evoking an exciting blend of rhythm, sophistication and exoticism, free from labels, borders or boundaries.
One part jazz, one part pop, Shani has also enlisted some urban flavor from the likes of several Rap Artists on the album and features Producer/Rap Artist, V-Style who is also featured on “Get Somebody” video.
Mysterious yet cool as a creamsicle, and a consummate artist, whether she has achieved international acclaim as a starring vocalist on Sony’s PlayStation singing in English, Latin and Spanish (that has generated mega millions around the world), or singing and dancing with enchanting belly dance flair on stage everywhere in the globe, Shani has become an world-renowned entertainer.
Upon the strong international recognition of her music, Hollywood called. Not only were they pleased with her talent as an actress, they begin to request her work on soundtracks and she has forged ahead both in front and back of the camera continuing to develop and collaborate on projects. Shani continues to tour and perform, enticing audiences all over the world from Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre to London to Dubai has remixes of her songs play in nightclubs everywhere. But she doesn’t stop there. Her music is now permeating through American Radio to ultimately secure her place in America’s Pop culture.
Currently, her debut single, “Get Somebody” from her At The Casbah CD, is garnering radio airplay across the country, her video is showing up on television and shopping malls, and she can even be heard on major Airlines.
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