"I am very excited to perform some of my favorite love songs for a crowd full of couples," says soulful Miami singer Cat Shell about her show tonight at the second annual Love in the Park event at Huizenga Plaza.
You freaking cuties can expect to cuddle to songs by artists like Amy Winehouse, Sam Cooke, Bob Marley, and others. "I'll also be performing a few of my own love and love-gone-wrong songs." These are sure to evoke weeping and smooching, two things done best on Valentine's Day.
Shell has lived in Miami for a little over three years, and though she came from a family of musicians, music wasn't actually her first path.
"My parents met in a play and my father and brother are in the radio business. My mom used to play guitar and write poetry, and I seem to have followed suit. I've been writing poetry since age seven and have always had a love for music." Even with all those tunes her head and heart, the self-taught songstress says, "I didn't pursue a career in music until after college when I went out into the 9 to 5 world and realized it wasn't my thing."
Shell started out in the world of spoken word performances and open mic nights. "Not long after, I taught myself some basic guitar and began transforming my poetry into songs. It's been a natural progression over the last seven years."
Shell recently released her first R&B/Pop album Illusion. "The album also has elements of jazz and neo-soul. It's soulful, honest music that I hope resonates with people who value lyrical content and poetic expression."
Listen to her album CatShellMusic.com. Cat Shell performs tonight, Feb. 14, at the Love In the Park dinner. Seatings begin at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner runs as late 10 p.m. Huizenga Plaza, 32 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets for two are $80 for general seating and $125 for the VIP section. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-468-1541, email email@example.com, or visit goriverwalk.com.
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