Today (March 4), Sacramento-born powerhouse Shayna Steele offers the premiere of her new music video, “Wear Me Down,” from her new album, Rise.
Featuring pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph (from the funk/soul colelctive Robert Randolph and the Family Band), the song is a bluesy throwback full of sass thanks to Steele’s dynamite vocals and on-screen personality.
Although Shayna has sung lead vocals for Moby and background vocals for artists ranging from Rihanna to Bette Midler, Lizz Wright to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kelly Clarkson and Natasha Bedingfield – the role of solo artist and band leader is where she feels most at home. The Jazz/R&B vocalist was born in Sacramento, CA to U.S. Air Force parents, and spent seven years in Ramstein, Germany. Upon moving to Mississippi in 1985, Shayna sought refuge in music from her day-to-day as a bi-racial child in the Deep South. She eventually moved to NYC, where she continued honing her sound and was on Broadway in Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Hairspray. Shayna’s performance of her song “Gone Under” with Grammy Award-winning band Snarky Puppy on their live CD/DVD Family Dinner led to live performances with the band in 2014 at the North Sea Jazz Festival, France’s Nice Jazz Festival and the Estival Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
Along with Randolph, Rise features appearances from jazz stars Christian McBride, Sachal Vasandani, Marcus Miller, and more Eric Harland.
Purchase Shayna’s new album Rise above and stream it below: