With her unforgettable style, talent, and unmatched passion, Shannakay Raymond has risen to take her place in the music world and the top is her only vision. On stage, Shanna, the fan- proclaimed “Queen of de Ring” has entertained small to large crowds with her powerful vocals, energy and presence from start to finish.
Shanna was born in Jamaica but now lives in St. Kitts and started singing from a tender age and grabbed every opportunity to join school and church choirs. Her career as a musician started when she began singing with cover bands in St. Kitts in 2014, specifically the AZ1 Band and KC5. Her appetite for the “big stage” really opened when she took the chance to sing with the AZ1 Band when they performed on the internationally-renown St. Kitts Music Festival in 2014.
Encouraged by her fans, music colleagues and well-wishers, Shanna decided to test her talent and entered the 2015 Soca Monarch Competition in St. Kitts with her hits “Listen to My Body” and “Wine Up Yah Bumpa”. As it was her first time performing on her own, she was definitely encouraged when she advanced to the finals in both segments, and Shanna as an artiste was born! That year, she was also blessed with the opportunity to be the only female singing on the extremely popular and addictive “Stickle Drum Riddim” with her hit “Queen a De Ring” and secured her position as one of the top female soca artistes in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Since then she has performed at numerous public and private events, hardly ever turning down opportunities to sing for her fans of ages across the lifespan. In 2016, following the love she received from her inspirational song “Gypsy”, she also launched a tour entitled “Follow Your Dreams”, where she visited different schools around the island giving motivational presentations to students, inspiring them to believe in themselves and follow their dreams.
The love and interest from the public has caused Shanna to perform in 2016 on stages such as the Heineken Launch, the St. Kitts Music Festival, Inception Fete, and the Nevis International "I am woman" Rally Featuring Destra Garcia. “International Girl” is in constant rotation on the radio airwaves and has been invited to appear at various conferences, birthday parties and anywhere that she can return the love from her fans through song. “Harmony”, her dancehall collaboration with Local Superstar Hi-light gave the public a sample of her musical range, and she promises that there is so much more in store as she continues to attract the attention of local and international producers, promoters, DJs and fans.
From singing with her mother’s pot spoon to sharing stages with Caribbean greats like Kes the Band, Destra Garcia and Burning Flames, Shanna has grown leaps and bounds in a relatively short career, but her talent and commitment to quality artistry will guarantee her rise.
Shanna can be found on Twitter at Shanna Raymond, Instagram at shanna.raymond, Facebook Fan Page at Shanna Raymond, YouTube at Shanna Raymond, and soundcloud at Shanna Raymond.