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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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Be sure to catch singer/songwriter and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Scott Alan make his Australian concert debut on Friday, September 3 and Monday September 6.

On September 3, Scott will play Brisbane Powerhouse’s Powerhouse Theatre at 7:30pm. Presented by Harvest Rain Theatre Company, concert goers can hear selections from Scott’s “Dreaming Wide Awake,” “Keys,” and his forthcoming album “What I Wanna Be When I Grow Up.” Click here for tickets!

On September 6, Scott will play Melbourne’s Beckett Theatre at 7:30pm. Also presented by Harvest Rain Theatre Company, this concert will feature several guest stars: Josh Piterman (“West Side Story”), Cassie McIvor (Japan’s “Wicked”), Luke Kennedy and Naomi Price (both from “Jesus Christ Superstar”) singing selections from Scott’s “Dreaming Wide Awake,” “Keys,” and his forthcoming album “What I Wanna Be When I Grow Up.” Click here for tickets!

Scott Alan is a singer/songwriter more than on the rise…his music and lyrics are both inspiring, hopeful, and full of heart! Always gathering the best in the business to sing his music, Scott’s concerts are definitely worth attending! Treat yourself to an evening you won’t forget!

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UPDATE: UNFORTUNATELY THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELED! ONCE A NEW DATE IS ANNOUNCED, I’LL LET EVERYONE KNOW!

Composer/Lyricist and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Scott Alan is returning to London this Saturday (March 13) for ONE NIGHT ONLY! He will be performing along with two of the West End’s biggest talent at West End’s The Delfont Room inside the Prince of Wales Theatre. Who will be joining him on stage, you’ll just have to attend to find out! Attendees can expect to hear music from Scott’s wide collection including songs from “Dreaming Wide Awake,” “Keys,” “Piece,” “The Warmth of the Womb,” and his upcoming CD “What I Wanna Be When I Grow Up.”

Doors open at 10:30pm, with Scott taking the stage at 11pm. For tickets, click here!

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Be sure to catch powerhouse vocalist and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Katie Thompson for her triumphant return to Birdland on Monday, February 22 at 7pm in “Private Page.” She’ll be joined on stage by another “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Erik Sisco (“Sing What I Wanna Sing“), along with Matt Doyle (“Spring Awakening,” “Bye, Bye, Birdie”), Tom Lenk (“Rock of Ages,” “Buffy”), Dee Roscioli (“Wicked”),  Anne Fraser Thomas (“The Grinch” at The Old Globe), and Mariand Torres (“Giant” at Signature). Come celebrate with Katie & her friends as she independently releases her album. Two tracks a month! Past tracks include “Your Side,” “I Like Christmas For The Food,” “Heaven Is A Place,” and “Slow.” To find out what she’s releasing next, come on down to Birdland on Monday, February 22 at 7pm.

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R.R.R.E.D. A Secret MusicalKatie ThompsonWhat a night! Not only did I get to have my first face to face interview with the incomparable Katie Thompson (which appears below), but I also got to see Katie’s show “R.R.R.E.D. A Secret Musical.” presented by Shea Sullivan and the New York  Musical Festival. According to show notes, the Oxford Hair Foundation did a study in 2005 that predicts by the year 2100 the recessive gene that causes red hair will be extinct due to globalization & population intermixing. Based upon this true study, the show takes you inside R.R.R.E.D., a group dedicated to preserving the red-headed species. With a voice, belt, and riff that most only dream of, Katie Thompson lets her voice be heard and heard it should be! Luckily, Katie sings throughout. Adding to her amazement (and Katie is surrounded with some of the finest performers) are Patrick Livingston (who co-wrote the book with Katie), Kathy Deitch, Nathan Balser, and a surprise celebrity guest each night. To find out who that celebrity guest is, you’ll have to go see the show! Tonight’s guest was the talented and beautiful voiced Kate Shindle (Miss America 1998). “R.R.R.E.D. A Secret Musical” runs through Sunday, October 4. For tickets, click here and for more on Katie Thompson visit: http://www.katiethompson.com/.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My dad, not because he was a performer, but because he put me on stage at four and said “GO!”

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Lowest is a low C. Highest is a high C to E flat, but only for play in my head voice.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Kathleen Turner. Call me…

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can sew or at least think I can.

5. What is the best advice you’ve given someone, but not taken for yourself? Stay calm.

6. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? Death, I would be dead. There is no alternative.

7. Favorite play/musical? Big River.

8. Favorite kind of shoes? New Balance. I’m not a big shoe girl.

9. Favorite website? Adampictures.com

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman.

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