Dallas-based artist, refugee and mother SHAB is rising in popularity and on the charts with her new single “Spell On Me.”
SHAB is nothing short of a rising pop goddess. Her potential shines through in the new music video for her single “Spell On Me,” which already has upwards of 2 million views. The transplanted musician is not your run-of-the-mill pop star though, as she skilfully interweaves Persian and Latin influences, while her journey is an inspiration to all.
Although SHAB now calls Dallas home for her and her two children, she had a very different early life growing up in Iran during the years immediately following the revolution. The thoughtful artist explains that her gratitude has grown since leaving the hardships of her former life. And, she is here to stay. “Since moving to the U.S. at the age 14, there is no question that America is my home.”
In America, says SHAB, you have the opportunity to accomplish anything with hard work, dedication and a strong mindset. “Nobody tells you what to think, what to do or who you should be.”
SHAB is an inspiration to many young girls, and has grown a loyal Persian fanbase. She now is gaining popularity in the west as well, as she works with Grammy-winning producer Damon Sharpe, who is known for his work with Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez and more.
In her music video for “Spell On Me,” which was released in March, fans can appreciate the artist’s talent for lyricism, self-discovery and especially dance. The video was filmed near a peaceful lake in California, where the scenery and choreography tie together perfectly with the music.
SHAB gave us a glimpse into what working on the music video was like, “One of the things that people do not realize is how much one of these productions is akin to the precision of the military operation. I was so blessed and grateful to be able to work with this crew.”
Her natural ability and love for music is apparent in the glamorous video. SHAB says her affinity for music originally came from her family. “Truly, music was one of those things that allowed us to endure all of the difficult times, situations and circumstances.” She regards her mother as her biggest inspiration, who showed her the value of hard work.
Being a mother herself, SHAB advises mothers out there to try to maintain balance. “You have to fill your soul so as to be able to pour out love and attention from it. Mothers give and give and give –but they also need to remember their own needs as persons. Take enough time to indulge in the past times and spiritual exercises that enable you to feel strong and empowered.”
For the future of her music, SHAB hopes to tour the world making music, giving out good energy to others and helping people while having a message of strength, hope and positivity. Her first album has been finished since the first quarter of 2020, but the release has been delayed due to the pandemic. She also has two singles soon to be released – “What I Do” and “Music To My Heart.” SHAB is truly dedicated and has already started to work on her next album.
SHAB leaves us with the message that “our world finds itself in a time of crisis and all would be so much better if we would just treat our fellow man with the same love that God extends to each of us.”
Cover photo courtesy SHAB
Gracie Watt is the Digital Intern at Texas Lifestyle Magazine and a junior at St. Edward’s University in Austin, studying Journalism. When she’s not writing, Watt enjoys singing, playing the guitar and doing volunteer work. @gracie.whatt