Born in Barbados, Shontelle scored a Caribbean hit with the 2005 single "Colours." It was enough to catch the attention of fellow Caribbean expat Rihanna, and Shontelle ended up sharing vocal duties with Rihanna for the 2006 single "Roll It." Shontelle would step out on her own in 2008. She delivered the surprise hit "T-Shirt," a wistful post-breakup ballad. The subsequent album, Shontelligence, was released in November 2008.