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2012: Boston Music Awards Winner, Artist of the Year, Pop/R&B
2012: SESAC Award for collaboration on Grammy Winning Jazz Album, The Mosaic Project
2012: Songwriters Hall of Fame Abe Olman Scholarship Award recipient for ‘Excellence in Songwriting’
2012: Featured on the covers of Exhale Magazine, Improper Bostonian, Boston Globe 'Style' fall fashion issue (as one of the “25 Most Stylish Bostonians”), host of CNN's international travel & lifestyle show, ‘CNN Go’ (Sept. 2012)
2012: Red Bull Soundstage/Universal Music Group featured artist and fan-driven contest winner, featured at SXSW
2011: Boston Music Awards Winner, Artist of the Year, R&B/Soul/Urban Contemporary
2010: Chosen by Queen Latifah as spokesmodel for CoverGirl Ignite Your Persona campaign
A Boston native, singer/songwriter Shea Rose graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2011 and has since been embraced by local fans and media for her iconic music and style. Winner of the 2012 Pop/R&B Artist of the Year and 2011 R&B/Soul/Urban Contemporary Artist of the Year at the Boston Music Awards, the Boston Globe named Rose the “artist most likely to make an impact on the national stage.” Steve Morse, former music critic at the Globe, described her as “that rare artist who can bridge diverse styles such as soul, funk, rock, rap and jazz -- and bring her unique stamp to each.” Most recently, Jay Miller of the MetroWest Daily News described her first headline show in Boston as, “a show that was as galvanizing and irresistible as anything you're ever likely to hear at mega-venues like TD Garden.” Queen Latifah even called her “America’s next female rapper.”
Rose’s first release came in 2010 when she produced the “Rock ‘n Rose” EP, followed a year later by the "Little Warrior” mixtape (Little Warrior Records), both showcasing her range and versatility with songs that highlight her influences, from Kanye West and Lauryn Hill to Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. Jed Gottlieb of the Boston Herald describes her repertoire as “sweet folk ballads, thunderous hard rock and deep funk. She also raps with a wicked flow that belies her newcomer status.” Lauren Carter, also of the Herald, says “Shea Rose has created her own niche…a blend of hip-hop, R&B, jazz, funk and rock that leaves her virtually peerless in the urban-music world.”
The influences that color her live performance are equally as diverse. Noelle Janka of Performer Magazine says that her energy onstage “calls to mind the raw energy of Rage Against the Machine’s Zach de la Rocha…She’ll get the whole crowd jumping up and down, almost yelling the lyrics,” but also notes the contrast of her acoustic sets, where “Rose’s stripped-down stage setup – sans drum kit or bass – really complements her presence.” Martin Caballero of the Boston Globe recounts her 2011 Boston Music Awards performance: “She lit up the room with a striking combination of raw energy and polished musicianship, leading her band as they fearlessly bounded through the myriad of hip-hop, rock, and funk influences that colored her 2011 mixtape ‘Little Warrior,’” adding that, “Shea Rose is now on the fast track to success.”
In addition to her 2010 and 2011 releases, Rose was featured on Terri Lyne Carrington's 2011 Grammy award-winning jazz album, "The Mosaic Project,” where she worked alongside Nona Hendryx, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves and Esperanza Spaulding, among others. In March of 2012 Shea received a SESAC National Performance Activity Award for the collaboration.
Off stage, Rose is dedicated to music for social change, working with local organizations through her social outreach project, My Angel Wears A Fro, and with Music2Life, a non-profit foundation started by Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary (www.myangelwearsafro.org, www.music2life.org).
In September, Shea and her band performed their first headline show in Boston to rave reviews and later kicked off a monthly residency at the Mandarin Oriental Boston’s M Bar & Lounge to a packed house during Boston Fashion Week. Notable performances include the 2012 SXSW Red Bull Soundstage/Universal Music Group showcase, headlining the CMJ showcase in New York hosted by Berklee College of Music, and a performance alongside greats like Gladys Knight and Take 6 at Boston’s illustrious Steppin’ Out Gala for the Dimock Center.