- Piece of My Heart
written by Jerry Ragovoy and Bert Russell, recorded by Janis Joplin
- Dancing in the Street
written by Marvin Gaye, Ivy George Hunter & William Stevenson, recorded by Martha Reeves
- So Far Away
written and recorded by Carole King
- Flashdance… What a Feeling
written by Irene Cara and Giorgio Moroder, recorded by Irene Cara
- Both Sides Now
written and recorded by Joni Mitchell
- Freeway of Love
written by Jeffrey Cohen and Narada Michael Walden, recorded by Aretha Franklin
- Up on the Roof
written by Carole King and Gerald Coffin, recorded by Carole King
- Love is a Battlefield
written by Holly Knight and Michael Chapman, recorded by Pat Benatar
- (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
written by Carole King, Gerald Coffin & Gerald Wexler, recorded by Carole King
- Picking Up the Pieces
written and recorded by the Average White Band
- I Love Rock n’ Roll
written by Jake Hooker Richards and Allan Sachs, recorded by Joan Jett
- These Dreams
written by Martin Page and Bernard Taupin, recorded by Heart
- Best (Simply the Best)
written by Holly Knight and Michael Chapman, Recorded by Tina Turner
- I Feel the Earth Move
written and recorded by Carole King
- You’ve Got A Friend
written and recorded by Carole King
- Hit Me With Your Best Shot
written by Edward Schwartz, recorded by Pat Benatar
- What’s Love Got Got To Do with It
written by Terence Ernest Britten and Graham Hamilton Lyle, recorded by Tina Turner
- Proud Mary
written by John Cameron Fogerty, recorded by Tina Turner
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Women Rock is a co-production of Schirmer Theatrical and Greenberg Artists, part of their joint Symphonic Experience catalogue.
There’s no need to sugar coat it since her impressive credits speak for themselves. Shayna Steele’s colleagues praise her ability, her dedication and drive to perfecting her craft as a professional singer and knockout performer. With a voice that the London Jazz News says “unleashes enough voltage to light up the West End”, Shayna Steele has made her mark as an in-demand vocalist in the studio and on the stage.
At the age of 15, Broadway (Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Hairspray) and international vocalist Shayna Steele’s appearance on Ed McMahon’s Star Search was her first experience performing in front of a nationally televised audience. After losing by a 1/2 star, Steele returned to her hometown of Biloxi, Mississippi to finish high school and pursue a music degree before exposing herself to the cutthroat “reality” of the business. “I was embarrassed and defeated. I wanted nothing more than to go home and crawl in a hole.”
A completely unexpected call in 2005 would drop her squarely in the middle of a genre she had absolutely no experience with: Electronica. Hearing that Moby “needed a screamer” for a track off his new album Hotel, a mutual friend recommended Steele, resulting in the disc’s second single “Raining Again.” Two years later, she was back, laying down vocals for “Extreme Ways (2007)” – Moby’s theme song to The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Legacy and Jason Bourne films – and in early 2008, “Disco Lies“, the first single off of Moby’s 2008 release Last Night. The song reached #1 on the US Billboard Dance charts and went on to be featured in J.J. Abram’s summer blockbuster Cloverfield and the movie The Backup Plan starring Jennifer Lopez. Her voice has remained highly in demand with vocals on the Hairspray film soundtrack, Sex and the City 2 soundtrack, NBC’s Smash, 2008 Summer Olympic highlights on BBC and the 2021 release of In the Heights (Motion Picture Soundtrack). Steele has made television guest appearances on HBO’s The Sopranos and she reprised her Broadway role with the “Dynamites” in NBC’s Hairspray Live.
After spending eight years as a Broadway ensemble member in shows such as Rent and Hairspray and six years in the background supporting artists like Bette Midler, Rihanna, and Kelly Clarkson, Shayna stepped out on her own with the release of her 3rd studio album Watch Me Fly following the huge success of her album Rise (Ropeadope Records) in 2015 which reached #3 on the U.S. iTunes jazz charts. Her self-penned song “Gone Under” from that same album was personally selected by Michael League of Snarky Puppy to be arranged for their Family Dinner, Volume 1 (Ropeadope Records). The song and Shayna’s performance was the first single to be released on the Grammy® Award-winning band’s album, which has now reached over 1.8 million views on YouTube to date. Steele has appeared as a soloist and guest artist with over 40 symphony orchestras throughout North America. Her most recent solo concert Nothin’ but the Blues, written and conducted by Maestro Jeff Tyzik, is one of many highlights in her symphonic solo career. A Portland Press review of Shayna’s performance with the Portland Symphony Orchestra (Portland, ME) said her “…blues program ranked among the PSO’s best.” – Steve Feeney (May 24, 2021) Shayna recently returned to school 25 years later to finish what she started. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Music Studies at Berklee College of Music where she is currently on the Dean’s List. She continues to tour all over the world with her band playing her original music, is a regular guest artist with GRAMMY® Award winning trumpeter Chris Botti and is recording her 4th studio album set to release in 2023.
Kelly Levesque (pronounced Le-Vek) is a singer-songwriter from New York who began her career in the studio at the age of three with her musician-father recording her first notes. Kelly has had two Top Five Billboard Classical Crossover Albums and has performed as a soloist on leading international stages such as Royal Albert Hall, The Sydney Opera House, The Kennedy Center, Budokan, Staples Center, The White House, and Madison Square Garden. Kelly has also shared the stage with such artists as: Sting, Jamie Foxx, Andrea Bocelli, David Foster, Josh Groban, Michael Bolton, Smokey Robinson, John Legend, Patti LaBelle, and many more. Levesque has been honored to perform for International Royalty, four US Presidents and His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.
Brie Cassil is a singer, actor, and composer based out of Chicago, IL. Original from Missouri, Brie moved to NYC straight out of high school, and has since starred in musical productions such as Mimi in Rent, Little Sally in Urinetown, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and Suzy in the Off-Broadway cast of The Marvelous Wonderettes.
Cassil has had the opportunity to perform all over the world. From leading workshops in Brazil, to opening for Adler with her original band, Rebel. Most recently, Cassil had the privilege of performing at the prestigious Carnegie Hall, in the new musical SuperYou. She is very grateful to be able to do what she loves, traveling around the world and singing the music of her biggest influences, with many of the world’s best orchestras.
Douglas Marriner is a third-generation musician, and a jazz drummer, composer and educator currently based in New York City. As a performer, Marriner has worked with artists such as Shai Maestro, Donny McCaslin, Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks, Steve Wilson, Makoto Ozone, David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Project, Doug Wamble, Alexa Tarantino and Cecile McLorin Salvant. Born in London, he was immersed in a musical environment, growing up with the musical guidance of both his grandfather Sir Neville Marriner (founder and conductor of the Academy of St Martin-In-The-Fields / Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Amadeus), and his father Andrew Marriner, Principal Clarinet of the London Symphony Orchestra.
After his Master’s graduation, Marriner was awarded the drum chair for Juilliard’s Artist Diploma Ensemble (2015-17), where his sextet was coached by Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Barron and Ben Wolfe – touring Europe, South America and Japan. Marriner is a passionate educator, and was the Director of Juilliard’s MAP Percussion Ensemble, in addition to teaching private percussion lessons and mentoring their orchestral musicians. He has also taught for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s education programs and summer schools, Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect and has recently joined the faculty at Bloomingdale School of Music.
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