When most people think about Hawaii, they think about black sand beaches, volcanic islands, and year round 80-degree weather. The city of Honolulu hosts the world famous Waikiki Strip, home of Shella a.k.a “The Blasian”, because of her black and Asian heritage. Shella is a rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, and engineer with the force about to shake up the music scene with her own lyrics; she does this fluently in English and Japanese.
Her melodic lines and catchy phrases undoubtedly let you know she has an exotic side of her own. Shella Saunders was born and raised in Honolulu to an African American father and a Japanese mother. Her music influences stem from both cultures. Shella got her smarts in music at the early age of eleven as a DJ for schools events and house parties. She has always been a fan of yoyo and Mc Lite, Left Eye, Eve, and females dominating the music industry. Tragically, her father was killed a year later and her passion for music grew as she learned how to turn bad emotions to good one by writing and singing songs. “I wrote my first set of songs to all the instrumentals on the Chronic 2001 Vinyl.”Shella has opened for all major acts that came through Hawaii including Sean Paul, Stylez P, and many record execs. At the age of fifteen years, she was flown to New York to talk about a record deal with Ruff Ryders. Everything seems to be together until suddenly her mother was murdered in Waikiki which forced her to move to Chicago with family at the age of 16. Numb to the world, with music as her only outlet Shella persevered and started to produce her own music and incorporate Japanese lyrics into her already lavish flow. Toyota caught wind of this new bilingual sound and placed her on a promotional CD sampler for Scion. This drove Shella to embark on a journey to bridge the gap between Asian and American urban pop markets. Upon graduating high school a year early, Shella went on to study audio engineering and received her pro tools operator’s license. Shella went to Tokyo for a while creating a buzz and developing international appeal. She linked up with DJ Princess Cut, a down south Japanese renowned DJ and put together her first EP: “Blasian Music” presented by DJ Princess Cut in 2008. The EP features Lil Flip and Hawaii’s own, Fiji. In May 2008 Shella’s EP landed on the billboard ton 100 R&B/Hip-Hop album chart consecutively for 3 weeks. Shella signed with Ruff Ryders Indy and is featured on the soon to be released album presented by Ruff Ryders called “Past, Present, Future”