Berklee Summer in the CityShea Rose
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Winner of 2011 R&B/Soul/Urban Contemporary Artist of the Year at the Boston Music Awards, Shea Rose was named by the Boston Globe the "Boston artist most likely to make an impact on the national stage this year." 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."
A Berklee graduate, Rose released her first EP, Rock 'n' Rose, in 2010, followed by the Little Warrior mixtape in 2011, both showcasing her range and versatility with songs that highlight her influences, from Janis Joplin to Run DMC. Rose was also featured on Terri Lyne Carrington's 2011 Grammy Award-winning jazz album, The Mosaic Project, where she worked alongside greats such as Nona Hendryx, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, and Esperanza Spalding, among others, and for which she won a SESAC Performance Activity Award in March of 2012.
Rose also garnered national attention when Queen Latifah chose her as a spokeswoman for CoverGirl's 2010 Ignite Your Persona campaign and again in 2012 when she won the Red Bull Soundstage fan-driven contest to perform as part of the Universal/Red Bull showcase at SXSW in Austin, TX. Offstage, Rose is dedicated to music for social change, working with local organizations through her social outreach initiative, My Angel Wears A Fro, and with Music2Life, a nonprofit organization started by Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary. Rose recently supported Sam Sparro on tour in Boston and New York and will be recording her second full-length EP, Dance This Mess Around, before headlining Brighton Music Hall in Boston on September 8.