SHANA TUCKER is a singer-songwriter and cellist who credits her genre-bending ChamberSoul™ journey to the influences of her jazz and classical roots, interwoven with 80's & 90's pop music, movie soundtracks, and world music.
Shana's journey as a solo artist began in 2009, when she arrived in Durham, NC and quickly became a staple in the vibrant Triangle music scene. INDYWEEK.COM writes, "Indeed, crossovers and connections are a central theme of Tucker's career, from the cello's liminal range to her interests in various genres. Her debut album SHiNE corrodes the music industry boundaries between classical, jazz, folk, R&B and soul." Triangle Arts & Entertainment notes Shana as “a complex musician who offers not only a world-class voice that rivals that of Cleo Laine or Diana Krall, but also is an accomplished cellist…able to compete with musicians who make their living simply by playing one instrument...she carves out a space that is intrinsically hers...”.
Touted by JazzTimes Magazine as “a jazz talent...whose imprint and vitality has already been quite visible in North Carolina,” Shana’s style and sound as been described as a mash-up of Dianne Reeves, Joni Mitchell, and Tracy Chapman, with an efficient complexity that is reminiscent of Bill Withers.
Shana has opened for critically-acclaimed talents like Lisa Fischer, Norah Jones, Indigo Girls, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Hamiet Bluett and Javon Jackson. Her vocals and cello are featured on several studio and live recording projects by both independent and signed label artists and producers, most recently with The Foreign Exchange ("Better" - Love In Flying Colors; "Milk and Honey" - Tales From the Land of Milk and Honey) and Atlanta-based producer team Daz-I-Kue and Khari Cabral Simmons of Edgewood Agents.
A radio interview on APM’s “The Story with Dick Gordon” led to an invitation to join the musical cast of KÀ by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, where Shana currently splits time when she is not on the road or home in her beloved North Carolina.
In 2014, Shana was awarded the prestigious Nevada Arts Council Artist Fellowship, as one of only three Performing Arts fellows in the state for her notable work on stage and within her Las Vegas community. Shana also serves as a teaching artist with The Smith Center for Performing Arts Education Program. A beneficiary of public school arts education, Shana devotes a considerable amount of her time to working with students of all ages in public, private and charter schools, community centers and summer camps throughout the year as part of her mission to promote arts education programming for students of all ages.