George W Russell Jr.
Shea Rose has possessed numerous titles throughout her career: singer,
songwriter, style icon, and music curator are just a few. Her music,
influenced by soul, hip-hop, and rock, speaks to personal and societal
transformation. She has received numerous honors for her musical
talents, including multiple Boston Music Awards, a SESAC National
Performance Activity Award, and she is a recipient of the prestigious
Abe Olman Scholarship from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. She is a
featured artist on two Grammy Award-winning jazz albums, The Mosaic
Project and Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue, both produced by drummer
Terri Lyne Carrington.
Before her current releases, Rose put out two independent albums, the Little Warrior mixtape (2011) and the Rock ‘n Rose EP (2010). Rose released the D.T.M.A. (Dance This Mess Around) EP in 2017. She recorded and produced the EP independently with the successful funding from a Kickstarter campaign before being offered a major record label contract, and after turning it down. The songs describe a struggle with identity and the conformity that often accompanies mainstream success. In advance of releasing D.T.M.A, Rose recorded a cover of Sinéad O’Connor’s “Black Boys on Mopeds,” a striking commentary on police brutality in black communities. Rose has performed in Cuba, Jamaica, Italy, Greece, Romania, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and at SXSW. When she is not on stage, Rose curates music events like the RISE Music Series at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. She is a student of yoga and meditation, and she writes a poem every day!