Yana Chupenko - Lead vocals
Yana was born in the Ukraine and studied opera as a child. She moved to the United States when she was ten years old, and immediately started listening to rock and roll. This love of rock, plus her early training in opera, helped form her powerful vocal style. Her first project P.M.S.(one of the first all girl NYCH bands), a Punk/Metal band, was formed in the 80's. Their album fared well on the college radio circuit, but Yana had bigger aspirations. She formed the band Wench, which included drummer Kate Shellenbach formerly of Luscious Jackson, and The Beastie Boys. The band did well and toured Europe with Agnostic Front.
Always keeping her eye on the future, Yana wanted to play a more accessible form of rock and formed her current band Shiny Mama.
Yana has released these LP's: -PMS 1987 Buy Our Records 'Pre-Metal Syndrome' -Wench 1991 MetalCore Records 'A Tidy Sized Chunk'
Yana is currently playing with: Mike Meanza- Drums, Eric Prestie - Guitar, Michael DeNarie-bass
Past members and luminaries: Carlla Olla -Bass (Blondie, 1900boxx, Dee Dee Ramone), Chip English - Drums (Lunachicks, Tomboys), Jonny Cragg- Drums (Spacehog)
If www.shinymama.net is down you can visit the band's label site for press clips and general info.
In 2005 Yana released her second CD called "What Comes Around-Goes Around", which you can see and purchase on www.cdbaby.com/shinymama2 page. You can also visit us on the band's page on www.myspace.com/shinymama .
Currently the band is being reorganized, with only Yana and Michael as permanent members.