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Shayna Steele is a performer with one of the biggest voices (and belts) around! If you’re looking for someone who has stage presence along with a powerful, soulful, and controlled vocals, then Shayna Steele is your go to girl! She has lit up the stage in such Broadway hits as “Rent,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and “Hairspray” as well as on her many TV appearances on “The Grammys,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Conan O’Brien,” “David Letterman,” and “Carson Daly.”

While in NY, Shayna studied jazz with her Godfather and gospel with Grammy-nominated (and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant) Michael McElroy and really started to develop her own sound blending the music of her idols with new influences. Everything changed in 2005, when she got an unexpected call from Moby that would place her right in the middle of a genre she had no experience in: Electronica. Moby was looking for a “screamer” to record a track for his new album at the time “Hotel,” and Shayna came highly recommended by a mutual friend. Together they recorded “Raining Again, the discs second single. Super impressed with Shayna’s talent, Moby had her back to record “Extreme Ways” in 2007, which was the theme song to “The Bourne Ultimatum” and then again in 2008 Shayna recorded “Disco Lies” for Moby’s album “Last Night.” “Disco Lies” reached #1 on the US Billboard Dance charts and went on to be featured in J.J. Abram’s summer blockbuster hit “Cloverfield.” Since working with Moby, everyone has wanted to work with Shayna…she has appeared on such albums as Scott Alan’s “Dreaming Wide Awake,” (also a fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant), the Grammy-nominated “Great Joy with the Broadway Inspirational Voices,” “Legally Blonde 2,” “Bambi 2,” and the 2007 remake of  “Hairspray” as well as singing on “The Sopranos” in it’s final season on HBO.

Shayna has released two albums of her own: 2004 EP “Shayna Steele” and her first full-length album in 2009, “I’ll Be Anything.” She most recently finished singing back-up with the one and only Divine Miss M, Bette Midler in Bette’s show “The Showgirl Must Go On” at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas and Shayna’s kicking off her solo tour September 6 right here in New York City at The Bar Next Door at LaLanterna, October 15 at Blue Note in NYC, October 29 at Show at Barre in Los Angeles, CA, October 30 at Coda Jazz Supper Club in San Francisco, CA, November 18 at Musig Bistrot in Bern, Switzerland, November 19 at Kultur im Dampfschiff in Brugg, Switzerland, November 20 at Cafe-Henrici in Zurich, Switzerland, November 21 at Musig Im Ochsen in Muri, Switzerland, December 5 at Il Teatro Manzoni in Milano, Italy. Come hear one of the most powerful and soulful singers around belt out her hits! For much more on Shayna be sure to visit http://www.shaynasteele.com!

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My father.

2. What is the highest and lowest you can sing? Lowest: C (2 octaves below middle C). Highest: (full chest voice) A-Bb (2 octaves above middle C). Head voice…about 2 or 3 more notes higher than that…on a good day.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Dead: Miles Davis. Alive: Quincy Jones.

4. Who do you consider to be your hero? My mom.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Can sound exactly like a newborn baby crying.

6. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? I buy the beans, grind them myself, make my own coffee. Stumptown, preferably. Black. It’s very Brooklyn…

7. Favorite meal? Tacos Carnitas with guacamole and mexican style corn washed down with an icy cold Pacifico.

8. Favorite skin care product? Mary Kay eye makeup remover. The Best. Ever.

9. Favorite website? www.runnersworld.com.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Myself, 20 years from now warning me about what NOT to do.

12. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? You have the power within you to make yourself happy.

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Deidre Goodwin is constantly working, whether it’s theatre, movies, or television. She has appeared in eight Broadway shows including “Chicago” as “Velma Kelly,” the 2006 revival of “A Chorus Line” as “Sheila,” “Nine” with Antonia Banderas, as “Our Lady of The Spa,” “The Boys From Syracuse,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “The Rocky Horror Show,” “Chita Rivera: A Dancers Life,” and “Never Gonna Dance.” This past summer Deidre starred in the Fringe Festival hit show “Vote!” She has also delighted audiences in such motion pictures as the current smash hit “It’s Complicated” (starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin), as well as the Oscar-winning film version of “Chicago” as “Murderess June” “Every Little Step,” (which chronicles the history of the Broadway show “A Chorus Line” as well as the audition process for the 2006 revival), “Half Nelson,” and “Across the  Universe.” Her upcoming film projects include “Fair Game” and “Rabbit Hole.” Deidre’s television credits include guest starring roles on “30 Rock” (she played DeBORah, the winner of the MILF Island episode), “Law & Order: SVU,” “Rescue Me,” “Life on Mars,” and “Dancing With The Stars.” She also appeared on “Conan O’Brien,” “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” “The View,” “Good Morning America,” and three times on “The Tony Awards” telecast. Deidre can currently be seen as “Velma Kelly” in the Tony Award Winning Revival of “Chicago” at the Ambassador Theatre on 49th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue) in New York City.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Since I didn’t start until I was older it was a mixture of all of the old movie musicals I would watch as a kid, Fame and the first time I saw Paula Kelly definitely put an idea in my head that this could be possible.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I have been very blessed to work with some amazing people. Legends, famous people and extremely talented people. If there was one person, it would be Carol Burnett.

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Not really…

4. What has been your best and worst experience in a show? Best, first time on Broadway, climbing the wall in Rocky Horror and the rotating spiral staircase at the end of Nine, are a few of the highlights. Don’t really have a worst but embarrassing. I have fallen twice on a Broadway stage. Both curtain calls. Way to leave a last impression!

5. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Did have a dream a few nights ago that Hugh Jackman was trying to kiss me by offering me a piece of gum then putting in his mouth a la “Lady and the Tramp” style. Nice huh 🙂

6. Favorite meal? Cheese.

7. Favorite TV show? Way too many. Should really cut back on my tv. My favorites right now are Mad Men and Lost.

8. Favorite musician/singer? There are way too may of those too but my old stand by is ahh oh wa! Prince.

9. Favorite website? Don’t have one.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Batman

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