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Shana Tucker / Press

“INTERVIEW: SINGER & MUSICIAN SHANA TUCKER - PART ONE. We were so crazy about Shana Tucker that there was nearly a brawl over who’d get to interview this talented musician and songstress. In the end, we decided to share her. So Shana is being interviewed by two of our team members who share a diverse musical palate, amateur cellist, Melissa Bartell and fusion music enthusiast, Roxanne Ravenel. In Part One of our interview of our interview Shana shares her early music influences, how she developed her unique style, and her definition of a ChamberSoul musician. (READ FULL ARTICLE by clicking AllThingsGirl.com weblink URL in blue)”

“N&O ROCK PICKS". 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.”

“SHANA TUCKER'S 'CHAMBERSOUL'." DURHAM -- Cellist, singer and songwriter Shana Tucker uses the term "ChamberSoul" to describe the music on her debut CD...the original songs on "SHiNE" have elements of jazz, acoustic pop and contemporary folk, with hints of Latin rhythms...Using IndieGoGo.com, Tucker raised money from fans to finance the recording of "SHiNE"...There's far more glory than imperfection on "SHiNE." "Fast Lane" and "No Get-Back" have infectious, up-beat tempos...”

“(RADIO INTERVIEW/PODCAST) Classically trained cellist-turned jazz vocalist Shana Tucker has been leading a double life this year. She’s been traveling back and forth between Nevada and North Carolina. In Las Vegas, she’s a part of the musical cast of the Cirque du Soliel show “KÀ,” but Durham is still home for Tucker and this weekend, she’s back for a special concert where she’ll film scenes for a new music video. Tucker joins host Frank Stasio to perform live and talk about the bi-coastal life plus her new music projects.”

“(RADIO INTERVIEW/PODCAST) BACK TO THE CELLO - AMERICAN PUBLIC RADIO (WUNC Radio - 91.5 FM) Cellist Shana Tucker is making a name for herself after laying the cello down in order to start a family. When lovers of her music demanded an album, Shana says they helped her raise the funds and helped reboot her career as a solo artist.”

“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. Tucker's heart-driven truths are a goldmine; her melodic inventions reveal novelty without force. Jazzy, rhythmic complexity comes across as infectiously singable in Tucker's hands. Tucker's faith in herself—and in a higher power—lights up the title track, as well as the lovely "Simplicity." Tucker's debut is a bold piece of vulnerability, meticulously executed and gorgeously produced...Transcending obstacles, SHiNE is acoustic music for inner rooms, with the human soul as resonating chamber.”

“Cellist and singer-songwriter Shana Tucker brings synergy to the bill, with her genre-busting originals and knack for putting a new shine on soulful classics. Tucker's area fans said goodbye when she moved last fall from Durham to Las Vegas, where she is under contract with Cirque du Soleil as an onstage musician in KÀ. Debuting a few new songs that try to make ordinary sense of her extraordinary life, she taps local stalwarts for her quartet: Eric Hirsh on piano, Peter Kimosh on bass and drummer Ed Butler. While she's still adjusting to life on The Strip and singing before thousands at the MGM Grand every night, Tucker says this intimate homecoming is just what she needs. "I miss N.C. like a lovesick lover ... I cannot wait to get back to make music with my dear brothers of the Durham music scene."”

“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, like the upbeat “Fast Lane” with a great line “leave the porch light on” and the ever-moving “No Get-Back”. These, including “A Secret That I Keep”...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. (Shana's) sense of lyricism is real keen and the words of her songs are just as compelling as her distinctive, outstanding singing...(SHiNE) is an excellent offering from a jazz talent that deserves more recognition, whose imprint and vitality has already been quite visible in North Carolina, and whose solo album, SHiNE, is a sure sign of greater, better things to come.”

“DURHAM -- The audience can expect a few surprises when poet and musician Shirlette Ammons performs at Duke Gardens Wednesday (June 29, 2011). The concert will celebrate the release of her new EP, "Shirlette & the Dynamite Brothers," her first collaboration with the Chapel Hill-based band the Dynamite Brothers. The new recording also has contributions from numerous local musicians -- among them vocalist Yahzarah, poet and vocalist Pierce Freelon and cellist-vocalist Shana Tucker. The Tucker collaboration illustrates how Ammons, who produced the record with Rothrock, approached the guest contributions. She asked Tucker in her playing to reflect the song's message of hopeful longing. "She carried that in both the cello and in her voice," Ammons said. "She's just such a vocal musician, even on the instrument," she said…"Tomorrow / Today"…is plaintive and meditative, and Tucker's cello part almost washes over the listener like waves.”

“Lauren Hodge is an unapologetic fan of the television show “Glee.” She cheers whenever those plucky kids decide to put on a show and she thinks the show's success is based on the sense of community and belonging that kids feel when they work together to stage a performance. Hodge’s enthusiasm for young people working in concert also drives her newest effort called the Community Chorus Project. She and her collaborators, Terry Rhodes and Pat Parker... talk about the magic of group performance. Rhodes is the Chair of the Music Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a professor of Voice and Opera. Parker is an associate professor in the Department of Communications at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the founder of the Ella Baker Women’s Center for Leadership and Community. Also joining the conversation are Carolina Friends School students Chris Stevens Brown, a singer and member of the band Old 86, and Joe McPhail, a keyboard player.”

“CHAPEL HILL. When Lauren Hodge and The ArtsCenter launched the Youth Performing Arts Conservatory in 2005, she aimed to give young people first-class instruction in music, dance and drama; to let them learn and work with top performing arts professionals; to open the door to careers or avocations; and to give kids from under-represented economic and demographic groups an avenue into the performing arts. Summer Glee will include a two-week performing arts workshop at UNC's new Kenan Music Building in July, culminating in a public performance. Instructors include professional performers such as R&B vocalist YahZarah and Chambersoul cellist Shana Tucker; choreographer Kirstin Taylor; voice and acting coach John Feitch and members of the UNC faculty, including voice professor Louise Toppin; Susan Klebenow, who conducts the Carolina Choir and UNC Chamber Singers; and Dan Huff, who directs the UNC Men's Glee Club.”

"LEFT OF BLACK FEATURING INDEPENDENT 'CHAMBERSOUL' ARTIST SHANA TUCKER." Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal welcomes independent artist and cellist Shana Tucker. Tucker and Neal discuss her new fan-financed CD SHiNE and a style of music that Tucker calls “ChamberSoul.”

“BLUESWIMMIN & OTHER VIDEO and PERFORMANCE WORKS Andrea E. Woods & Dancers; musician/composer Shana Tucker; percussionist Josh Stohl. The sea and shoreline of Cuba inspire Woods' new group dance, "Mirada Ritmica" ("Rhythmic Gaze") featuring herself and her company...The dance will include video images of the sea and commissioned music composed and performed by cellist/vocalist Shana Tucker. "The reason I approached (Shana) about composing for the new, 10-minute work, 'Mirada Ritmica' is because her voice is sacred like the sea," Woods said.”

“(RADIO INTERVIEW/PODCAST) College exposed cellist Shana Tucker to a world of musical possibilities. Before enrolling at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Tucker had only been trained to play classical music. But during her time as an undergrad in the nation’s capital, she was introduced to jazz and the magic that can be created with improvisation. Tucker, a singer-songwriter, now lives in North Carolina where she is fast becoming a staple of the music scene in the Triangle. Her debut solo CD, “Shine” was released this year. Tucker joins host Frank Stasio to play live in the studio and talk about how she makes chamber music sound soulful.”

“Singer-songwriter Shana Tucker says that what she missed most when she moved from the Carolina woods to the Nevada desert was the rain. Las Vegas lured the Durhamite a year ago when whe joined the musical cast of Cirque du Soleil's KÀ. There's only one problem with that: tucker still likes to get down from time to time with her musical brethren in the Triangle. So the songbird (and cellist) is heading to Cary to lead a quartet gig with some of the Triangle's hottest players of jazz and ChamberSoul: pianist Mark Wells (of Peter Lamb & the Wolves), drummer Nick Baglio (of The Hot at Nights), and bassist Darion Alexander. A gift of PineCone, this free, pre-dusk concert runs 6-8 PM. In case of any sweet Carolina rain, the site shifts nearby to Kiwanis Shelter, also in Bond Park. Visit PineCone.org”

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