Birthed in Florida and educated in New York City, rising singer/songwriter André J. Smith, aka Shacar landed in the business of creating music while studying at Pace University, with a goal to pursue a career in acting. While the move up the I-95 nudged him closer to his dreams, it was an unfortunate encounter dealing with the cost of living in the Rotten Apple (and other financial issues) which served as the catalyst for his pilgrimage into music. After serving a stint as an intern at Hot 97, Shacar inked a deal with indie label Paradice Records, working on his debut, Chapter One: Screaming Without a Voice shortly thereafter.
Since having these opportunities unfold, Shacar — never one to slow his hustle down — started work on his follow up LP, Chapter Two: Absent Hotel. NYC, 9PM, due out July 18th. Recently, the promising soul/blues vocalist teamed up with NYU Tisch School of the Arts-graduate/video director Peter Pascucci for a visually-stunning clip. “Ghost,” one of the upcoming album’s dominating singles was shot in Village Vanguard — “the iconic venue where John Coltrane gave some of his best performances in the 1960s” with a piquant guest verse provided by Philly’s own Santos.