Cottage 9 Records-artiste Shaneika Hibbert is a bubbly effervescent singer who is seeking to shake up the music industry with her own brand of feel-good music. She recently released her debut single, 'Love it When You Like It', a saucy song laced with sexual innuendos that has forced FM radio to sit up and pay attention.
"Right now, I am just so excited at the response I am getting from the public, and the possibilities for the song when it gets picked up by the major urban stations," she said.
Born Shaneika Hibbert, she grew up in Bluefields, Westmoreland where she attended Godfrey Stewart High in Savanna-la-Mar. In her early years, she attended the Bluefields Mount Assembly church where she joined the choir as a lead vocalist. Her early influences included Whitney Houston and Beyonce, and in her adolescent years, she began to experiment with writing songs that embraced the essence of cultural roots life from a urban perspective.
After leaving high school, she worked as a cashier in Little London but the siren song of music called to her.
"When you believe that you have a great talent, you have to embrace it and show it to the world," she said.
She began to work as a cabaret singer, and hosted karaoke events, and after that, she landed several invites to sing at weddings. It was during one of her gigs that she met music producer Caroline St. George who fell in love with her incredible talent.
"Caroline showed great interest in me, and for this, I will be forever grateful, she believed in me at a time when I had no idea how far I would progress in music. She saw something great in me," she said.
Enthused by Shaneika's blazing vocals, Cottage 9 Records has released a new bouncy single, 'Love It When You Like It'. The track caresses sexual innuendos as Shaneika effortlessly syncs her cider sweet vocals with the melodic dancehall beat produced by Cottage 9 Records, Reblah Star and mixed by Jheneal 'Jay-Crazie' Witter.
Shaneika is currently working on a collaboration with Fambo and the legendary Robbie Rivera, (under his KB City label) on a song that fuses Shaneika and Fambo's Jamaican reggae/dancehall vibes with Robbie's mix of sexy House Music.
"I want to touch and motivate people, and truly embrace my talent and see what I can offer the world- I am hoping that "Love It When You Like It" will blow up all globally. I am truly grateful for my talent and would like to inspire women to take good care of our men, a good man is hard to find," she said.
Shaneika has performed at notable events in 2017 such as being a guest artiste at a recent Miss Hopewell pageant in Montego Bay, and a special guest artiste at the legendary 'Diamond Jubilee' Sugarcane Ball at the Round Hill Hotel honouring and benefitting Hanover charities. The Sugarcane Ball featured special guests which included Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Michael Holness and his wife Juliette and other dignitaries.
Shaneika also wowed well-known music executives at a open mike night at Pier One in Montego Bay.
"I am just keeping things positive right now, I am so excited about where my career is heading," she said.