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SHABLEEK. MUSIC LIKE YOU’VE NEVER FELT BEFORE.
SHABLEEK’S MISSION: To touch lives through music and to inspire children to live their dreams, utilizing their God-given talents
Shan “Shableek” Richardson started his musical career at the age of 7 playing piano and then saxophone. After founding the group Unkommon Jazz in 2002, Shableekbegan performing a U.S. tour with the band, sharing a unique, soulful melodic fusion of sound resonating from the roots of R&B, hip-hop, soul and gospel music.
In 2007 he launched his own music label—N2Bleek Entertainment, Inc.—as an independent artist and released his first solo project titled “The Saxativity of Shan‘Shableek’ Richardson,” entirely written, produced, performed and recorded by Shableek.
Now, after more than 35 years of developing his art,Shableek has been hailed as “the leader singer” on his instruments, as audiences are mesmerized by his ability to emulate the nuances of the human voice. While Shableekplays all instruments with feeling and enthusiasm, his audiences say that they don’t just hear his music—they feel it.
Influences from the 1970s culture of Motown, pop and R&B infused with a 1980s urban hip-hop feel and traditional and contemporary jazz studies creates the style of the man known as “Shableek,” derived from the movieMo’ Better Blues.
THE VOICE OF THE COMMUNITY
Music is his breath of life, with a very different approach and sound. Truly entertaining with an exuberant stage presence, Shableek’s live performances radiate the energy and passion of a full concert. As a headliner, his draw has created immediate sell-outs at arts councils, top restaurants, clubs and other venues.
He has opened for fellow artists Michael Franks, George Duke, Marcus Johnson, Gerald Albright, Mike Phillips, Marcus Miller, The Jeff Lorber Fusion, Fantasia Barrino, LyfeJennings, Kem, Mint Condition and many others.
A native of Charlotte, NC, Shableek is a hometown favorite featured in the Charlotte Observer, Creative Loafing and Pride Magazine for his Taste of Charlotte and Sunset Cadillac Jazz Festival performances. He has played at major events for Speed Street, the Charlotte Bobcats and the Carolina Panthers.
Also featured in the Charlotte Post for representing the
Queen City at national venues, he has been called one of the first instrumentalists from Charlotte whose music has been said to “speak to the soul, breathe through the heart, and consume the mind…”
“I first give praise to the creator of all the heavens and earth, the creator of me — the person and vessel, the music itself, the comprehension of it, and the gift and ability to express it. To THE CREATOR be all the praise and glory.”
Shan “Shableek” Richardson