Shedrick S.H.E.D. Barnett is a native from the Athens GA area who first learned how to write poetry before he could speak! He has been in love with poetry since his childhood and only began reciting in his early thirties. He has a way with words that is unrivaled and his latest album, “For the Lover in You” stretches the boundaries of imaginative creativity. It is powerful self-expression that contains elements of blues music, folk music and sometimes jazz to enhance the rhythmic presentation. Shedrick magnificently focuses on sensory details with a natural aptitude using repetition and wordplay to emphasize an idea and draw an image for the listener which is mind-blowing to say the least.
The fierce pride, fantastic passions and glorious flawless poetry infusion in this album is inspiring, it is generational. “Make It Do What It Do” featuring Mista Lee has the soothing element of the blues as he glides over with his natural affiliation for ingenious wordplay, “In about thirty minutes, my birthday will be over…and I would love you to come over…or I can come to you…just let me know…and I’ll come through…” this piece is typified with romantic longing and its Goosebumps-raising delivery even the more fascinating. The way he delivers the song, “Are You Ready for Love” will lift a listener’s soul as its exquisite delivery and powerful message will give you something to meditate about, “So you think you are ready for love…you sure?…you ready for this marathon…are you ready to accept change?…” this is a personal truth unfolded in an intense, emotional delivery that will stay with you long after it is over as you ponder over its unfiltered message. The dedication to his mother in the piece, “I Remember” is an emotional poetic lyricism that will move you to bits as his commanding and the passionate voice goes on and on about the fond memories of his beloved mother who is now no more, “I Remember nights falling asleep on the sofa and waking up covered up…no love…I mean no love can go further than a mothers love…” this selfless dedication epitomizes the perfect tribute to a loved one.
Shedrick’s other equally stupendous poetic improvisations are delivered with gusto with repeated, poetic confrontation of mortality in his powerful voice showcasing his influential ability to tackle a mirage of real-life topics but also his evident hunger to build a long-lasting and boundary-busting career in spoken word poetry.
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