We had the good fortune of connecting with Shonnie Murrell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shonnie, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
The thought behind owning my own business as well as being an entertainer is simple ! Ownership . I have always had a business mind frame that stem from My mother owning her hair company for over 30 years . I was born into it !
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Shonnie graduated from Sharpstown High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Grambling State University. Shonnie can contribute her showmanship on percussion to her years she spent marching in the Grambling State World Famed Tiger Marching band. She also held the highest position in the band as “Master Drill Sgt.” and was one of the main reality personalities on the hit BET show, “Season of the Tiger”. From this she landed a spot on 106 and Park, BET Awards and other television appearances. The Shonnie Murrell Experience, which she names when performing with her full rhythm section and band, loves to give her fans the greatest performance on earth. Shonniebelieves that her energy and engaging the audience are two key elements that are important to accomplish this feat! She is most of the time compared to Sheila E., Erykah Badu, and Missy Elliot because of her ability to mix her sound, lyrical and visual poetry all together. Some notables that Shonnie has performed with are opened for include: Most recent, Cameo in Real Housewives of Atlanta, Recently performed with and opened for CHOLEXHALLE, DIKEMBE MUTUMBO GALA, LEELA JAMES, MAJOR., RICK ROSS, LIL WAYNE, SNOOP DOGG, LETOYA LUCKETT, the late great AL JARREAU and FRANK MCCOMBS, to name a few. Her performances have taken her across the world ! When Shonnie is not touring , she helps with at risk-youth at Title1 schools to upstart their music programs with her partnership with Microsoft. From this, her new reality show pilot was birthed and is currently on the tables of some major networks.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are a million things to do in the places that I reside in which are Houston , Los Angeles & Atlanta . When my best friend comes home I would definitely take him to the Turkey Leg Hut, The Spot and so many located in the Greater 3rd ward area . Los Angeles : Omg ! There are soooo many places including Venice Beach , Santa Monica , Malibu and more . Hot Lanta 🔥 : First Stop is always going to be Slutty Vegan , Sweet Georgia Browns and many more
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shawn Sounds from Season 16 of The Voice
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