With a deep respect for lyrical storytelling, cellist/singer-songwriter Shana Tucker delivers a unique voice through her self-described genre of ChamberSoul. Shana’s melodies weave strong hints of jazz, classical, soulful folk, acoustic pop and a touch of R&B into a distinctive rhythmic tapestry.
Growing up on Long Island, NY as a beneficiary of public school arts education, Shana’s cello talents awarded her a scholarship to Howard University in Washington, DC, where she was first introduced to jazz and other essential musical resources in the classroom and around the city. While at Howard, Shana initiated her improvisation chops and honed her songwriting skills, but decided to relocate to NYC to study with master cellist Marion Feldman at CUNY-Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music.
A 2011 NPR interview about Shana’s debut CD, “”SHiNE”” and her ChamberSoul style prompted an invitation from Cirque du Soleil to join the company as cellist/vocalist for their show, KÀ in Las Vegas, where she stayed until 2017. With collaborations as the cornerstone of her artistry, Shana is currently a featured artist with jazz legend, saxophonist/composer Bennie Maupin’s ensemble; jazz drummer/composer Shirazette Tinnin and Sonic WallPaper; Grammy-nominated NuSoul collective, The Foreign Exchange; Paperhand Puppet Intervention, a North Carolina-based, socially conscious theatrical organization; and her newest project, Women’s Work, a female-led creative collective of musicians and composers representing both east and west coasts.
Shana is the recipient of two Nevada Arts Council grants, including the prestigious NAC Artist Fellowship. A front-line advocate for arts education, Shana is teaching artist of all ages, and has served or is serving with United Arts Council of Raleigh/Wake County (NC), The Smith Center for Performing Arts – Las Vegas, and Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts.