Trying to put a label on Boston singer Shea Rose is nearly impossible. That's because the multi-faceted star whips up an impressive blend of R&B, jazz, hip hop, rock, and funk, stunning audiences with her diverse range and powerhouse voice. Combining the clever lyricism of Kanye West, the raw emotion of Janis Joplin, the magnetic stage presence of Lenny Kravitz, and the jaw-dropping vocals of Lauryn Hill, Rose is an utterly captivating performer. She transitions seamlessly between acoustic sets that showcase her sweet folk ballads to full-band perforamnces that find her rapping and rocking out to the blaze of thunderous guitars. A charismatic presence with talent to spare, Rose dazzles ticket buyers with performances that always have them moving, grooving, and begging for more.
Boston native Shea Rose grew up writing; first as a poet, then as an intern for MTV, and eventually as a songwriter. She graduated with a degree in professional music from Berklee College of Music and released her first EP Rock 'N' Rose in 2010. That same year she was hand-picked by Queen Latifah for a CoverGirl campaign and was featured on Terri Lyne Carrington's Grammy-winning jazz album The Mosaic Project. In 2011 Rose released a mixtape called Little Warrior and was honored with the award for R&B/Soul/Urban Contemporary Artist of the Year at the Boston Music Awards. She has since earned a reputation as a captivating live act opening for stars including Macy Gray and Gladys Knight and performing as the Red Bull Soundstage featured artist at South by Southwest. With her contagiously energetic performances and rapidly growing fanbase, Rose is earning a name for herself as an artist to watch.