By Andrew Catania
Israeli born and Berklee School of Music graduate Shani Kimelman has released her three-song EP titled “Escape Velocity.” This three song EP is available at CD Baby and will be available on all digital platforms soon. You can order here https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/shanikimelman
Growing up in a family of musicians she was exposed to Jazz music at a very young age and started playing saxophone at the age of 8, but a few years later discovered Metal and Rock music, and her passion for these genres led her to put down the saxophone and pick up the guitar instead. She was extremely inspired by bands like Pantera, Fear Factory, Children Of Bodom, TOOL and many more, and soon after she started playing, she discovered her guitar heroes- guitarists such as Paul Gilbert, Jason Becker, Marty Friedman, Greg Howe, Van Halen, Steve Vai, Stevie Ray Vaughan and more, who are her biggest influences to this day. Their style, uniqueness, and capabilities overwhelmed her and inspired her to choose her path in life. Shani took guitar lessons in the first 3 years of her playing and after that, she was pretty much self-taught.
She started uploading cover videos to her YouTube channel and got thousands of views. Her channel currently has close to one million views and a few thousand subscribers. Shani also taught guitar in many schools and conservatories in Israel, played with different Israeli artists, had a few TV guest appearances, performed in small and big venues and is writing music for her solo album. After receiving a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music Shani left her life in Israel behind and moved to Boston to start from scratch, seeing it as an opportunity to enhance her a musical career and make it worldwide. It took her two years to graduate from Berklee in the degree program, as a Music Production & Engineering major. Kimelman now resides in Los Angeles and is a member of the All Female Tribute Band To Guns And Roses called Paradise Kitty.
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