Pop and global dance rhythms mark the sound of famed crossover artist SHAB, who made her English language debut via the ode to female wildness “Spell on Me.”
The mesmerizing pop-leaning single was helmed by Grammy-winning producer Damon Sharpe, also known for producing Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, and more. Featuring a steady stream of feel-good hooks, SHAB draws on her own romantic torment, crafting raw lyrics to her lover, and heartfelt reflections on surrendering herself to intimacy. With her rhapsodic lyrics, SHAB has captured girls’ attention across the world.
SHAB is a mother of two and an immigrant who has spent the last few years gaining an international following, establishing herself as a pop music star with purpose. At age 14, the young talent made the trans-Atlantic trip to America by herself with only a single small suitcase and an American high school awaiting. She immediately hit the books to learn English while juggling three jobs, including at the family business—a pizza shop—as a waitress and host. After graduating college, SHAB attended law school in Florida but soon left to pursue writing and to perform music full time. She was inspired to perform by her brother Shahab, whose own career as a Persian-American entertainer has made him an international singing sensation.
She has opted for a combination of urban tilting songs, pop ballads, and dance-inducing knockouts. She combines an eclectic mix of sonic effects and catchy dance-pop hooks to make energizing music effortless and memorable.
Chilled sat with SHAB to uncover her bartending past and learn how she spends her free time.
Tell us about the projects you are working on.
I have just finished some studio sessions in Los Angeles for both my second album (due in the fall) and an enhanced version of my song, Music To My Heart which will also feature the Martinez Twins.
With your busy schedule, what do you like to do with your downtime?
Without a lot of personal free time, you sometimes must find rejuvenation in the physical activity that is part and parcel of my vocational prep. Yoga practice both trains my body and releases my mind.
When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?
My husband Rob Snyder (noted entrepreneur from Dallas) and I typically trend towards the types of international foods that we cannot do justice when preparing at home. We also encourage our kids to embrace other cultures, so the tendency towards international fare only reinforces that intention.
What types of dishes do you typically order?
When the mood strikes, I really love a choice, succulent ribeye or filet mignon accompanied by a fragrant glass of Pinot Noir, Malbec or Barbera wine.
Any favorite bars?
Since we have a place in my hometown of Baltimore, we love the Loch Bar on the Inner Harbor there. When in Los Angeles, I love hanging out on the rooftop of the Petit Ermitage boutique hotel.
What drinks do you order when out? Favorite drink?
My favorite cocktail is typically a single dirty martini (with lots of olives and Tito’s vodka, as I am now officially a Texan).
Do you prepare drinks at home?
We will make cocktails for our guests, but when at home I am enjoying Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio or one of my favorite red varietals. Or a Shiner beer.
Tell us about your home bar. What is it stocked with?
We have a small home bar with most of the essential spirits, cases of Corona & Shiner beer and maybe 80 bottles of red & wine from literally all over the world.
Have you ever been a bartender?
During one summer of my youth, I helped a friend by managing her bar in greater Baltimore. It made me realize that it is a lot harder to effectively do than one might expect. But it was a fascinating experience where I met a lot of interesting people.
If you could share a drink with anyone, who would it be?
With my husband, of course. (And he doesn’t even drink!)