Who's That: Singer Shontelle LayneBarbados has officially become a pop-star breeding ground: First Rihanna, and now singing sensation Shontelle has washed up on our shores.
Barbados-born R&B-pop singer Shontelle Layne has more in common with Rihanna than a nationality, a manager and killer bone structure. They share hilarious childhood memories, too. Of serving as the superstar's counselor at "cadet camp," (a military-style program for teens), she recalls, "Rihanna was a good cadet, though there was one occasion when I had to make her drop and give me 10." Shontelle, 23, displays the same cheekiness when describing her recent run-in with Aretha Franklin in Saks Fifth Avenue's shoe department. "After she and her bodyguards deemed I wasn't a threat, she let me say hello," laughs the Westchester resident. "How could I not go up to the Queen of Soul?" Thanks to her Top 40 hit "T-Shirt" (in which she references Jimmy Choos so frequently you'd think she was angling for an endorsement deal), the songstress is now on a speeding train to success. "Everything happened at once," she says of the past year. Her anthem "Battle Cry" landed on the Barack Obama fundraiser record Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement, she walked in an Elle magazine show during Fashion Week and her debut album, Shontelligence, drops November 18. "The first time I heard myself on the radio I freaked out," she says. "I still get chills." Welcome to your new island.