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Lina, is an American R&B and soul singer and songwriter. Lina was born Shelina Wade in Denver, Colorado and raised in Dallas, Texas. Lina's introduction to music started at the age of four when she began singing at church. After cultivating her gospel and jazz roots by touring with the church choir, performing with her mother and singing at social gatherings, Lina was signed to Atlantic first as a songwriter and then as a singer. Influenced by singers from Josephine Baker to Sarah Vaughan to Sade. Lina began developing a signature vocal style that could be described as a mixture of swing, R&B, and jazz meets modern day soul.
In 1998, Lina got her first big break as a songwriter by penning a tune for Tyrese's self-titled debut album. Lina proved herself to also be a solid songwriter, penning "Ain't Nothing Like a Jones" for Tyrese.
Lina began her career in 2000 when she signed to Atlantic Records. Following her record deal, was the release of her first album, Stranger on Earth, which was introduced on August 21, 2001. The album sold 45,000 copies worldwide. Stranger on Earth received a strong critical response for its blend of R&B with swing and vocal jazz. The title track was a cover version of a Dinah Washington track. The album featured the singles "Playa No No", "It's Alright", "I'm Not The Enemy", and "Don't Say Nothin'". The track Playa No More became a minor hit while the album reached #89 on the Billboard R&B and hip-hop album chart. "Stranger on Earth" was named the #1 R&B Album of the Year by Tower Records' Pulse Magazine, #1 album by cdnow.com and among the Top 10 R&B Albums of the Year by Billboard Magazine. Nevertheless, she was dropped from Atlantic.
In 2003, Lina signed to Hidden Beach Records and launched her own record label, Moodstar Recordings. In 2004, she began recording her sophomore album. Her second album entitled, The Inner Beauty Movement was released in June 2005 on the Hidden Beach Recordings record label. The lead single Smooth received airplay but made no debut on the Billboard charts. Following the release of her sophomore album, the song Come to Mama was released as the second single.
By 2007, Lina had returned to the studio to begin working on her third album. The process by which Lina recorded a total of twenty tracks. Back again with yet another record label switch, Lina presents her third album-to-date, Morning Star released by her own label, Mood Star Recordings.
The album debut in February 2008, entitled Morning Star. Lina released her two singles from Morning Star, choosing in favor of "Feel The Love" and "I'll Stick Around". Towards the end of 2008, Lina released the third single entitled, Good Day.
Lina continues to give her fans new music by introducing a special single titled "My Man" which can be purchased on CdBaby.
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