India Shawn Releases New Single “Don’t Play With My Heart”
For more than a decade, India Shawn has been a quiet force in the R&B world and in the music industry as a whole. Once a member of the writing collective for Full Circle Music, Shawn honed her skills as a songwriter and wrote for big-time acts such as El Debarge, Monica, Keri Hilson, and Chris Brown.
In 2012, Shawn’s career as a professional recording artist began with her debut album, Origin, which featured artists such as Hit-Boy, James Fauntleroy, and Mereba. Three years later in 2015, she released her second album, Outer Limits. As a singer, Shawn has opened for acts such as Emily King, KING, Daley, and Ryan Leslie.
Years later, she toured with Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals before she decided to rebrand herself as an artist and release new music.
Just yesterday, the LA-based R&B soulstress and songwriter came out with a new single called, “Don’t Play With My Heart.” Produced by Medina Entertainment’s D’Mile, “Don’t Play With My Heart” is a melodious, soulful, and hypnotic track that showcases Shawn’s soothing vocals. While channeling legendary 1970s disco divas such as Donna Summer, Diana Ross, and Gloria Gaynor, Shawn reminds us that she is grown and doesn’t want to play little girl games when it comes to finding love.
The visual for “Don’t Play With My Heart” is where Shawn shows that she understands the assignment. Taking from disco culture, she embodies the soulful divas that came before her, showing off in shiny, glittery outfits and platform heels. Though Shawn puts a modern twist on classic soul and funk, she performs as a nostalgic 1970s act.
In a world full of overused 808s and cookie-cutter instrumentals, India Shawn makes this track unique by pulling from previous generations of music to create something modern and completely different. She pulls from her R&B ancestors as well as her own creativity, blending the old with the new to make a futuristic sound.