The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra brings “Nothin’ But The Blues” with vocalist Shayna Steele to the Victory Theatre on Sunday, February 13 at 2 p.m.
The Blues is at the heart and soul of nearly every form of music in the past 100 years, influencing countless artists like Eric Clapton, The Beatles, and Led Zeppelin. Featuring the stunning vocals of Shayna Steele, join your EPO in a tribute to musical legends including Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Ma Rainey, and Louis Armstrong with songs like House of the Rising Sun, Nobody Knows When You’re Down and Out, Baby Won’t You Please Come Home, and more.
Shayna Steele was schooled in Jazz by her Godfather, self-taught and guided by her musician father and educated in Gospel by her choir director, the Grammy-nominated Michael McElroy. Shayna dove headfirst into music in her teens, entering (and winning) several pageants and talent shows, including an appearance on Ed McMahon’s Star Search at the tender age of 15. “I never really felt ‘grounded’ until I moved to NYC,” she says. “It was then that I really opened up to different genres of music.” Shayna began to develop her sound, blending new influences, from Ledisi to Rachelle Farrell, with her childhood icons Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, and the Temptations.
Shayna’s colleagues praise her ability, dedication, and drive as a professional singer and knockout performer. On stage and in the studio, Steele proves she is a vocal force to be reckoned with. One of the greatest singing sensations of our time, known from recordings with Snarky Puppy and Moby and a host of other stars. Shayna’s style ranges from Soul via Blues and Gospel and easily crossing over to retro R&B and Jazz, showcasing her supremely soulful energy and her vocal artistry.
Steele sings background vocals for Bette Midler in “The Showgirl Must Go On” in Las Vegas. She has also performed on several albums, including Moby’s Hotel, and Moby’s single “Disco Lies”, which reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play list. In 2011, Steele was hired to sing background vocals for Rihanna on her Australian tour of “Last Girl on Earth.” She toured again with Rihanna on her North American and European “LOUD” tour.
Concert Sponsors are Compass Financial Group and “Rhapsody in Blue” Gala Participants.
Purchase tickets at www.evansvillephilharmonic.org, call the EPO Box Office at (812) 425-5050, Ext 300, or purchase at the door two hours prior to the concert. Children and all full-time students are free (while available) and can receive a free ticket by calling the EPO Ticket Office or picking up at the door. $15 and $20 tickets are available for age 18-39 attendees with free membership to CLUB 18│39 on the EPO website. Discounted tickets are also available for seniors and military by calling the EPO Box Office.