Shontelle Layne is a singer and songwriter from Barbados. She was born in 1985 in Saint James. In her interviews, the singer remembers how she was a cheerleader for the school football team. When she was in high school, Shontelle attended the Cadet Corps, where she was a drill sergeant. That’s where she met a popular singer Rihanna. After graduating high school, Layne enrolled in the West Indies University.
Today, Shontelle is highly popular in the Caribbean countries and beyond. Her most successful song is “Colors”. She recorded it in 2005 with another Barbadian singer Natahlee. In 2008, Shontelle began working on her debut LP. She released her first single in the middle of the summer. It turned out to be very popular in Barbados and the USA. The song reached the 36th spot of Billboard Hot 100. In the UK, it came in 6th on the national chart. Many organizers tried to book Shontelle for private events in different countries.
For the name of her first album, the singer used the word often pronounced by her sound director. He and other producers had fun coming up with different pseudonyms for the singer. One of them was Shontelligence – a mix of Shontelle and Intelligence. The LP Shontelligence came out in November 2008. It debuted on the 115th spot of Billboard 200 and sold 6,200 copies in the first week. It also appeared on R&B and Hip-Hop Chart and settled on the 24th spot. In March 2009, the album was re-released.