World-class vocalist Shayna Steele's unique blend of Mississippi Soul and New York Style has been wowing audiences on both coasts for more than a decade. You've seen her on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, David Letterman, Carson Daly, Oprah and The Sopranos. You've heard her on Moby's smash hit singles "Raining Again," "Extreme Way" (Bourne Ultimatum), and the #1 Billboard Dance Hit "Disco Lies" from Moby's Grammy-nominated album Last Night. And, with luminaries like Ledisi, George Clinton, Bette Midler, Deborah Cox, Oleta Adams and a critically-acclaimed, show-stealing performance with Journey's Neil Schon, you've watched her grace the stages of prestigious venues from Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Center's Rose Theatre, Joe's Pub to The Radio City Music Hall, B.B. King's to the Gibson Amphitheatre, and more. When off on her own, Shayna splits her focus between R&B/Soul (with her self-titled, 10-piece band) and vocal jazz (Shayna Steele's B-Side).
With an industry resume longer than your arm, the singer/songwriter has acquired many labels from "Broadway crooner" to "disco screamer," "Chaka Khaner" to "R&B belter," and "jazz chanteuse" to" electro diva." While each label denotes a unique facet of Shayna's style, her immense talent defies categorization. On her latest album, Steele delivers her most confident and cohesively eclectic set to date, answering the question "Who is Shayna Steele?" with a definitive (and defiant): I'll Be Anything (Highyella Lowbrown Records/2009). The record takes the listener on a journey through the joy and pain of a talented artist blooming into her own. Shayna says, "This album covers so much of my life. Whether it was one beautiful second or one horrible year... I couldn't limit myself to one sound, one voice or style of writing, but ... it all makes sense. It all flows." Moving from gritty street funk to samba to piano croon and back, I'll Be Anything, is a strong personal statement from an artist whose beautiful voice can't be denied.