MUSKEGON, MI, February 14, 2022—She began her career as a background vocalist with the likes of Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Bette Midler, and Steely Dan—but nowadays vocalist Shayna Steele doesn’t take a back seat to anyone. One of the greatest singing sensations of our time, Steele has a charismatic and captivating stage presence and the vocal strength of a volcano. The “larger than life” singer takes the stage with Music Director Scott Speck and the West Michigan Symphony for one night only at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 4. The concert is her tribute to blues legends Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Ma Rainey, Louis Armstrong, and more. Sponsored by Nichols, the performance will take place at the Frauenthal Center, 425 W. Western Avenue in downtown Muskegon. For tickets, starting at $19 for adults, $10 for students, call 231.727.8001, visit the Frauenthal box office at 425 W. Western Avenue, or purchase online at www.westmichigansymphony.org.
“I am outrageous, larger than life” are the first words on Shayna Steele’s new album Watch Me Fly. Within a few spins of the disc, it’s clear that this is not braggadocio. Offering six self-penned originals and four select classics ranging from Soul via Blues and Gospel, the album shows Steele easily crossing over to retro R&B and Jazz, showcasing her soulful energy, as well as her mind-blowing vocal artistry and songwriting skills. Saying Shayna is ready to step out on her own would be a major understatement.
Steele has appeared with the symphonies of Dallas, Detroit, and Long Beach and has performed with trumpeter Chris Botti, Snarky Puppy, and Moby, to name a few. A self-proclaimed “American Air Force brat,” she lived all over the world during her childhood before her biracial family settled in Biloxi, Mississippi. “I was a bit of an outcast in Mississippi, where the races pretty much segregated themselves, but I found the silver lining through music and performance.” Her career has definitely gone through its ups and downs, but Shayna Steele’s “larger than life” story is a true testament to the power of music.
“Safe Nights at the Symphony” Protocol
In an effort to create the safest environment possible while attending WMS performances, the Symphony’s “Safe Nights” protocol remains in effect for this concert. Patrons of all ages will be asked to provide proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test (taken within 72 hours of the concert) for entry into the Frauenthal Center. All patrons will be required to wear a mask covering their mouth and nose while attending performances. Children under the minimum age for vaccination are welcome with face-covering masks and proof of a negative test. Ticketholders with green “Symphony Safe” wristbands should wear their wristbands for quick entry. If you would like to pre-register your vaccine status and receive a wristband, visit the WMS offices between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Virtual Concert Hall Webcast
The performance will be available for online viewing in WMS’ Virtual Concert Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 11, and continuing through March 20. Online viewing is available for a $25 single ticket “pay-per-view” purchase at westmichigansymphony.org.