Shantel Jenea Hampton was raised on the eastside of Detroit, one out of seven children, the daughter of small business owner Luther Hampton Jr. and soul singer Carla Cooke-Hampton, who is the daughter of the legendary Sam Cooke. She graduated from Cherry Hill Performing Arts High School where she was trained in vocals, drama, and dance. She received her love for music from her mother, but she received her love for business from her father, and went on to graduate from the University of Detroit Mercy with her B.S. in Finance (Business), started her own bookkeeping & tax firm at 27, and became an executive (Assistant Vice President) for a multi-billion dollar national bank at 29 years old. She received commercial credit training in the ACCEL program, has worked in Treasury Management for a regional bank in the Midwest where she covered over 33 bank branches, and she is now an officer for The Private Bank, where she works as a commercial banker in community development in downtown Chicago. One of her biggest passions is teaching financial literacy to underserved communities in both Detroit and Chicago. A goal for 2017 is to start a non-profit organization focused on teaching financial literacy classes to both adults and high-school aged students in low-income areas.