After Cirque du Soleil heard an NPR interview with Shana about her debut CD, SHiNE, and her ChamberSoul style, they invited her to be cellist/vocalist for their show KÀ in Las Vegas, where she performed for five years before returning to North Carolina.
A sought-after collaborator, Shana performs and records with legendary jazz saxophonist/composer Bennie Maupin, jazz drummer/composer Shirazette Tinnin, jazz flutist/composer Nicole Mitchell, and Grammy-nominated NuSoul collective The Foreign Exchange. Shana’s newest project, Women’s Work, is a female-led collective of jazz, soul, and pop singer-songwriters and musicians representing both East and West Coasts.
Shana is a recipient of several awards through local arts councils, including United Arts Council (Raleigh, NC) and two Nevada Arts Council grants, one of which is the prestigious Artist Fellowship for her exemplary work as a Performing Artist. She serves on review panels and advisory committees for arts organizations across the country, including United Arts (Raleigh, NC), South Arts (Atlanta, GA), and Nevada Arts Council (Carson City, NV).
Shana is a board member for Blair Publisher (formerly Carolina Wren Press), a North Carolina-based small-press organization that publishes diverse minority writers of quality fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and children’s literature. She also serves on the advisory board for the Washington Women in Jazz Festival, an annual event in Washington, DC, celebrates and promotes women jazz artists through concerts, jam sessions, lectures, panel discussions, masterclasses, and a young artist competition.
A front-line advocate for arts education, Shana is an accomplished teaching artist, incorporating community engagement, workshops, and teaching residencies into her touring schedule. Working with educators and students from pre-kindergarten through college, and beyond, Shana is a North Carolina A+ Schools Fellow and a teaching artist with Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts, United Arts Council of Raleigh/Wake County and Durham Arts Council in North Carolina, and The Smith Center for Performing Arts in Las Vegas.