Shekhinah Donnell Biography
Shekhinah Donnell born Shekhinah Thandi Donnell and popularly known as simply Shekhinah, is a South African Pop/R&B vocalist and songwriter. She is popularly known for her hit song ‘Let You Know’.
Shekhinah Donnell Age
Shekinah was born on 2nd October 1994 in Durban, South Africa. She is 24 years old as of 2018.
Shekhinah Donnell Biological Parents
She was abandoned at birth by her biological parents and was adopted by the Donnell family.
Shekhinah Donnell Parents – Shekhinah Donnell Adopted
She was abandoned at birth by her biological parents and was adopted by the Donnell family. She says that she is very close to her adoptive father, Phil Donnel and has always been there for her and believed in her dream as a singer. Her adoptive mother lives in the USA and she says that she keeps in touch with her and visits her as often as she can.
Shekhinah Donnell Career
After singing and performing for many years throughout her childhood and early teens, the young artist landed her first major gig competing in South Africa’s seventh Season of the hit television show, IDOLS, where she made Top 32. After being eliminated from the competition, Shekhinah proceeded to enter the competition in its 8th season where she landed in the Top 6 of the overall competition.
Ever since then she has been establishing herself as an artist on a national scale by performing at a variety of corporate functions, government events and public events.
After idols she went back to school and passed her matric exams. After matriculating she released her hit single ‘ Take It Back’. She recently completed a Music Performance degree at AFDA (The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance).
She now has two (2) number 1 hit singles under her belt – namely “Back to the Beach” (featuring Kyle Deutsch) and “Let You Know” (with Sketchy Bongo) which is now signed under international record label “Ultra Records”. In 2016 she also featured on the Black Coffee single, “Your Eyes”, and the Jesse Clegg single, “Breathing”. Her hit song ‘Let You know’ featuring Sketchy Bongo, who was signed to Sony Music, is set for release in the US and internationally soon.
During 2016 her hit song “Back to the Beach” was nominated for a Metro Music Award (MMA) and a South Africa Music Award (SAMA) but in October she won her first MTV Africa Music Award (MAMA). Shekhinah plans to launch her full music album in 2017.
Shekhinah Donnell Award
- 2016: MTV Africa Music Award for Best Pop & Alternative
- 2018: South African Music Award for Album of the Year
- 2018: South African Music Award for Best Female Artist
- 2018: South African Music Award for Best Newcomer
Shekhinah Donnell Songs – Shekhinah Donnell Music
- Please Mr
- Let You Know
- Back To The Beach
- Any Way I Want
- Power to She
- Into the Jungle
- The Sound
- Never Change
- Just Fine
- Rose Gold
- Goldfish Presents Organic House 5
Shekhinah Donnell Back To The Beach
Shekhinah Donnell Back To The Beach Lyrics
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Shekhinah Donnell Interview
Interviewer: You entered Idols twice & at such a young age. How did your Idols participation influence your school studies?
Shekhinah Donnell: Idols actually gave me the motivation to work hard and finish my schooling so that I could do music full time if I passed matric, which I did.
Interviewer: What was your favourite subject at school?
Shekhinah Donnell: Dramatic arts
Interviewer: The Durban Auditions is coming up in February 2013. What advice would you give to aspiring Idols contestants to survive the audition phase? The do’s and don’ts?
Shekhinah Donnell: My biggest advice from experience would be to take it seriously because this competition can change your life weather you win or not.
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Interviewer: You are a role model for the younger generation. Does it put pressure on you when you find yourself in the public eye
Shekhinah Donnell: It does put a lot of pressure as people sometimes forget that I’m 18 and still young and crazy
Interviewer: Tell us about life in the Idol house?
Shekhinah Donnell: The idols house was absolutely luxurious but also extremely homey.
Interviewer: You seemed very close to Chloë. Is it difficult to start a friendship when you are actually rivals? Do you still have contact with Chloë?
Shekhinah Donnell: No, it’s not. We mostly encouraged each other then competed against. Chloë and I are still in contact I made life long friends with everyone
Interviewer: How does it feel to be on stage in front of all those people & do you get nervous before you perform on stage?
Shekhinah Donnell: I get extremely nervous but then the crowed always reminds you of your true talent when they cheer you on
Interviewer: How many photos have been taken of you/have you been tagged in on your FB page since Idols?
Shekhinah Donnell: Can’t really count but I enjoy taking photos and meeting new people
Interviewer: How will you define fame? What does it mean to you to be famous?
Shekhinah: To be famous in my opinion is to be well known by more then 5000 people but not always for having a talent
Interviewer: Do you still have the same friends than before Idols?
Shekhinah: Yes I definitely have the same. A few more but I know who my to- die friends are
Interviewer: The judges did not use their save for the 1st time in Idols history this year. Did you feel let down by them, esp. Gareth who seemed very supportive of you through out Idols?
Shekhinah: It’s the judges choice if they felt it did not need to be used then we can’t argue
Interviewer: What are your future plans? What lies ahead for Shekhinah?
Shekhinah: I hope to release a single within the up coming months so do look out for it