Shana Tucker

ChamberSoul Cello & Songs

SHANA TUCKER is a singer-songwriter and cellist who credits her genre-bending ChamberSoul™ journey to the influences of her jazz and classical roots interwoven with 80's & 90's pop music, movie soundtracks, and world music.

Touted by JazzTimes Magazine as “a jazz talent...whose imprint and vitality has already been quite visible in North Carolina,” Shana’s style and sound as been described as a mash-up of Dianne Reeves, Joni Mitchell, and Tracy Chapman, with an efficient complexity that is reminiscent of Bill Withers.

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"Tucker distinguishes herself with calmly resolute, eclectic vocals and similarly eclectic songwriting that span the worlds of jazz, soul music and pensively lyrical chamber pop..." NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY

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SHANA TUCKER is a singer-songwriter and cellist who credits her genre-bending ChamberSoul™ journey to the influences of her jazz and classical roots, interwoven with 80's & 90's pop music, movie soundtracks, and world music.

Shana's journey as a solo artist began in 2009, when she arrived in Durham, NC and quickly became a staple in the vibrant Triangle music scene. INDYWEEK.COM writes, "Indeed, crossovers and connections are a central theme of Tucker's career, from the cello's liminal range to her interests in various genres. Her debut album SHiNE corrodes the music industry boundaries between classical, jazz, folk, R&B and soul." Triangle Arts & Entertainment notes Shana as “a complex musician who offers not only a world-class voice that rivals that of Cleo Laine or Diana Krall, but also is an accomplished cellist…able to compete with musicians who make their living simply by playing one instrument...she carves out a space that is intrinsically hers...”.

Touted by JazzTimes Magazine as “a jazz talent...whose imprint and vitality has already been quite visible in North Carolina,” Shana’s style and sound as been described as a mash-up of Dianne Reeves, Joni Mitchell, and Tracy Chapman, with an efficient complexity that is reminiscent of Bill Withers.

Shana has introduced and opened for critically-acclaimed talents like Lisa Fischer, Norah Jones, Indigo Girls, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Hamiet Bluett and Javon Jackson. Her vocals and cello are featured on several studio and live recording projects by both independent and signed label artists and producers, most recently with The Foreign Exchange ("Better" - Love In Flying Colors) and Atlanta-based producer team Daz-I-Kue and Khari Cabral Simmons of Edgewood Agents.

A radio interview on NPR led to an invitation to join the musical cast of KÀ by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, where Shana currently splits time when she is not on the road or home in her beloved North Carolina.


In 2014, Shana was awarded the prestigious Nevada Arts Council Artist Fellowship, as one of only three Performing Arts fellows in the state for her notable work on stage and within her Las Vegas community. Shana also serves as a teaching artist with The Smith Center for Performing Arts Education Program. A beneficiary of public school arts education, Shana devotes a considerable amount of her time to working with students of all ages in public, private and charter schools, community centers and summer camps throughout the year as part of her mission to promote arts education programming for students of all ages.


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SHiNE - 2015 version, re-mastered for The Jazz Urbane/SUGO Music Group.

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JAZZTIMES - CD Review: "Shine" by Shana Tucker
"Shine is the latest solo recording from the multi-talented, vocalist, Shana Tucker, who also plays the cello, guitar on this bright, busy, bluesy, jazzy album. This is a cd full of Tucker’s compositions, insightful autobiographical titles...They all have snappy, direct lyrics, good beats and a simple melody. But, most importantly, they tell a story , that’s what a work of art should do, in addition to making the audience realize that life is universal." –Larry Reni Thomas


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JAZZTIMES - CD Review: "Shine" by Shana Tucker
"Shine is the latest solo recording from the multi-talented, vocalist, Shana Tucker, who also plays the cello, guitar on this bright, busy, bluesy, jazzy album. This is a cd full of Tucker’s compositions, insightful autobiographical titles...They all have snappy, direct lyrics, good beats and a simple melody. But, most importantly, they tell a story , that’s what a work of art should do, in addition to making the audience realize that life is universal." –Larry Reni Thomas (READ FULL ARTICLE)

TRIANGLE ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - Shana Tucker's ChamberSoul Sound Slays the Kirby
"What she is, though, is a complex musician who offers not only a world-class voice that rivals that of Cleo Laine or Diana Krall, but also is an accomplished cellist...able to compete with the musicians who make their living simply by playing one instrument...Add to that list of talents the ability to play the guitar in a rich jazzy-bluesy manner, and you have an extraordinary entertainer (who) is also one helluva songwriter." 
–Dawn Reno Langley  (READ FULL ARTICLE)

INDYWEEK - FOUR-STRING CIRCUS. Cellist/Singer Shana Tucker Balances Jazz, Soul & Cirque du Soleil
"Indeed, crossovers and connections are a central theme of Tucker's career, from the cello's liminal range to her interests in various genres. Her debut album SHiNE corrodes the music industry boundaries between classical, jazz, folk, R&B and soul." –Chris Vitiello (READ FULL ARTICLE)

NEWS & OBSERVER - N&O RockPicks: Shana Tucker - SHiNE
"You rarely see Joni Mitchell invoked as a reference point...it isn't because Mitchell isn't one of the greats. It's because her music is so uniquely individual that few can follow her. But in Shana Tucker we have a worthy successor.” –David Menconi

NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY - Shana Tucker Brings Her Eclectic Cello Soul Sound to Brooklyn
"Tucker distinguishes herself with calmly resolute, eclectic vocals and similarly eclectic songwriting that span the worlds of jazz, soul music and pensively lyrical chamber pop...Songs about “saving the children” are usually horrible – even Gil Scott-Heron couldn’t come up with a decent one. But Tucker’s 'Precious Ones' does double duty as a parable for both the environment and the younger generation, with brooding sostenuto cello and tersely resonant piano over a brushed shuffle beat...'Fast Lane', is an acoustic guitar song, the verse reaching toward country, the chorus shifting abruptly toward soul music, Tucker’s voice shifting nimbly between each idiom." –delarue (READ FULL ARTICLE)

INDYWEEK - Album Review: Shana Tucker's SHiNE
"Shine, the lush, chamber-soul debut from Durham singer-songwriter Shana Tucker, is an earful. Her sweet, unerring voice alone would be enough to support a career; what makes Tucker special is her adherence to the cello, boldly taking the instrument into new territory. Much like vocalist Esperanza Spalding with her double bass, Tucker and her cello blur the lines in our heads that divide classical, jazz, folk, R&B and soul." –Sylvia Pfeiffenberger (READ FULL ARTICLE)


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