Dj Shannell B. (also known as DJ Shazzle Dazzle) is an American music educator, media specialist, technology coordinator and lastly disc and karaoke jockey. Raised in Baltimore Maryland, Shannell B. began her admiration for music at a young age. She is also the daughter of James Baynard, an American musician and former member of the R&B group Crown Heights Affair, who debuted their album on RCA records in 1974. Crown Heights Affair is known for their singles, “Dreaming a Dream”, “Every Beat of My Heart” and “Foxy Lady”.
She enhanced her singing repertoire with music affiliations such as the Baltimore City Police Youth Choir. Under the direction of officer Roderick Dotson, her experiences earned her opportunities singing with The Baltimore Ravens, The Baltimore Orioles, Shania Twain, Vitamin C and other city wide musical performances.
Shannell left the choir after being accepted to Bowie State University as a Fine and Performing Arts Vocal major. She worked heavily with the university choir, gospel choir, marching band and the genre of Opera where she learned to perform in French, Italian and German. During this period, she has toured to Innsbruck, Austria with the International Chorus.
She then obtained two Master’s degrees at Towson University in instructional technology and Music education, which allowed her to combine her love directing choirs, bands and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) labs in the DC area.
As an educator, many students from the DC Metro area have now traveled between St. Louis to Canada to either perform or compete in STEM related competitions under her direction as a SMART lab facilitator, choir/band director or media specialist.
As an entertainer, Dj Shannell B. is widely known and highly experienced for her abilities to offer great entertainment whether it’s Saturdays on WEAA 88.9 on the audio infusion radio show, Parties in the DMV, National conferences, the Essence Music Festival or Caribbean Islands. She has been an opening dj or host for acts such as Eric Roberson, Avery Sunshine, Q. Parker, Frank Ski, Kid Kapri and many more. Whether she’s performing through hosting, djing and talent though vocal music, your next event is in great hands.