Illinois-bred, urban rock/ hip hop crooner, producer and writer Deshon Bullock a.k.a. Shonlock canvasses a form of artistry which resonates into a discerning lesson in the art of translation... The former dancer and choreographer for Arrested Development and R and B princess Aaliyah is a multi-instrumentalist, serving up the type of production, lyricism, and performance stamina that leave fans yearning for more. Lock’s genius has garnered him an eclectic space in the arena of emerging spiritually-conscious artists; however the Atlanta-based lyricists resume rivals that of most veteran artists. “I started my career in the clubs of Chicago, during a time when hip hop soul was establishing a platform. I studied the type of artists that made good music. My evolution from a dancer to a lyricist/performer came from years of hard work with the ultimate goal of becoming the all-around artist/performer.“
After his spiritual transformation and short stint with Aaliyah, Lock began to choreograph shows for some of the Christian industry’s most noted talent. He added the electrifying spark to shows for Grammy nominated duo Grits, Word recording artist Nicole C. Mullen and The Katinas. It was during this transition period that Lock was picked up by industry veteran Toby Mac as a touring artist and choreographer, a position which he still holds today. While on the road with the industry’s top headlining artists, Lock recorded a self-produced project which sold more than 15,000 units. The out-of-the-trunk numbers Lock obtained were solid enough to grab the attention of several labels and the bidding war began. However, in December of 2005 Lock signed with Nashville-based Word Records, making him the first urban rock artist signed by the label.
While significant anticipation of Lock’s inaugural release Nobility, creative differences with the label ensued. Upon completion of the project, which included strong collaborations with V3, John Katina and Trinitee 5:7, Lock was let out of his contract and the record never released.
Lock continued to make significant contributions, scoring hits with the recording industry’s most bankable artists. His lyrical credits are showcased on: EMI’s Kierra ‘KiKi’ Sheard’s Just Until remix CD, Mandisa’s Love Somebody, Toby Mac’s Renovating Diverse City, Verbs Unlocked CD, and EMI upstart group V3’s single Take Me There.
In 2009, Shonlock signed a major label deal with Arrow Records and began work on his highly anticipated forthcoming yet titled CD, scheduled for 2011. While Lock continues to tour with Forefront/EMI artist Toby Mac, he released a duo of radio charted singles. The tremendously successful Avert featuring label mate Canton Jones and V3 and Fire Away from the Hip Hop Remixed CD (Arrow/Universal). Additionally, Lock and his band The Monsta continue to tour around the country.
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