Shontelle Delia Layne wants to make one thing perfectly clear: She has nothing against Jimmy Choos. When the 25-year-old sings “Sick of this dress and these Jimmy Choos” in her sweetly smoldering pop hit “T-Shirt,” Shontelle is dealing in metaphors.

“There are Jimmy Choos on my feet right now,” she says, sipping a glass of red wine at a chic seafood spot in New York City’s Times Square. “The song is about how you’re so upset that you can’t be with your guy, that nothing really matters. But you’re not gonna take them off and throw them across the room. They’re neatly in the dust bag, right next to you.”

But the sexy Caribbean crooner isn’t just about pumps and pining.  The former pre-law/philosophy student started flexing her musical skills at 19, with “Colours,” a flag- waving romp that became song of the year at Barbados’ Crop Over Festival. It wasn’t long before Steve Rifkind, the exec who signed Akon (and many years ago, Wu-Tang Clan), scooped her up.

Fast-forward a few years and she’s set to release her major label debut, Shontelligence (SRP/SRC/Universal Motown), an exquisite mélange of styles from  pop and R&B to reggae with  collabos from production duo Stargate and Sizzla.

It’s a dream come true for the girl who always fantasized about being a singer. When she was 5, her role model was a certain musical mermaid. “I wanted to be Ariel from The Little Mermaid,” she says with a hint of a smile. “I still know the whole script word for word. I was Disney down…‘Under The Sea,’ all that.I didn’t want to be like her, I wanted to be her.” But Shontelle will likely endure comparisons to another island  princess. As a striking young pop singer from the Caribbean, Rihanna parallels are inevitable.

“When you look on the world map, you can’t even see Barbados,” says Shontelle, who penned 10 of the 13 songs on her album. “It’s either a dot or it’s just the word Barbados. That’s how small it is.”

That little island is making big noise once again, thanks to this  island girl with sun-kissed skin—and Choos on her feet.