Kei Kei gives soulful tribute

Saturday, August 11, 2018

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FORMER Digicel Rising Star finalist Daniell “Kei Kei” Shelton gave her supporters a farewell gift yesterday. It came in the form of a soulful rendition of Titanium by David Guetta featuring Sia.

The singer, who opted to discontinue in the televised talent competition earlier this week due to harsh comments about her performance on Sunday, used Facebook to reach out to fans.

“I don't want everybody to think I gave up. I'm not giving up. I know I can sing. Somebody told me I should redeem myself... My form of redemption would be going back on and force myself and sing. I really have bad stage fright... Yeah, people will talk; I don't think there's one person who has not been judged by people who don't know them. This is my tribute to people who have been supporting me,” said the 19-year-old, before breaking out in song.

Her rendition struck a chord with listeners.

Television personality Dahlia Harris empathised with the teen.

“Kei Kei has done one of the most honest things I've seen in Rising Stars history, accepting she could not deliver and stepping down. Some a unu artiste wha tek promoter and audience money and shortchange we need to follow suit and own it. She is open to improving herself. I expect her to bounce back and to be better,” wrote the broadcaster.

Kwezia Peetah had words of encouragement for Shelton.

“Two things! You have a beautiful voice .. no doubt! And secondly, you such a beautiful young girl. You might be a little shy but with experience that will take care of itself. God bless you .. remember, that God helps those who help themselves,” he said.

Stevie Jones commended the singer on her attitude.

“You have the right attitude. I prefer to work with talent like this young lady than those who brag and feel that there is no room to grow. The roots have not yet begun to go deep. Trust, if she is willing, I can see this being a wonderful journey for her,” he posted.

Michelle Phillips-Thompson suggested a vocal coach could help the singer get over the hurdle.

“Kei Kei, you are a beautiful and talented young lady. My advice to you is to get a vocal coach. You have great abilities but you need to understand your vocals. You need to understand breath control and voice placement. Also, you have to sing on the Rising Star stage so if you can't do that it is pointless. Work on your confidence because you can sing. Believe in your own abilities but in order for you to do that you must understand your vocals. Get a vocal coach,” she added.

The Portland-born Shelton was one of 10 finalists to make the cut this season. She is the first person in the contest's 14-year history to voluntarily drop out.

— BB

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