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Shamir Bailey (born c. 1994), better known by their stage name Shamir, is an American singer and songwriter from Las Vegas, Nevada. Their début EP, Northtown (June 2014) was followed in 2015 by a full-length album, Ratchet. Shamir is known for their androgynous countertenor voice. Radio.com wrote that their singing voice, "like Joplin's, stops you in your tracks." Shamir has said that they don't mind having their voice described as androgynous, but notes that 'countertenor' is the correct term: "It's not feminine, it's not masculine. It's a happy medium ... I feel like if the world was more like that, our problems would be gone." Critic Jamieson Cox, writing for Pitchfork Media, wrote: "With a piercing countertenor somewhere between Prince masquerading as Camille and the cracking adolescent soul of the teenage Michael Jackson, the 19-year-old North Las Vegas native dismantles the expectations maintained for vocalists based on their gender, demanding instead that the focus be placed on his agile, fluttering performance." Shamir's style has been described as a distinctive mix of disco and funk with hints of pop "laced with old skool house". Life & Soul has described him as "a dynamic young artist who successfully adopts the craft of his musical heroes Michael Jackson and Prince." Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.