This Chicago native stormed onto the Los Angeles Theater Center stage as a singing Royal Translator, in Disney’s Aladdin, Dual Language Edition. She is creator of her podcast and YouTube series, “ASK A BLACKWOMAN”. Since 2017, she’s been recording stimulating, impromptu street convos with non-Black people. “ASK A BLACKWOMAN- ONEWOMANSHOW” premiers in the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival on June 9.
Shanara is a singing femcee, writer and creator. She gained popularity as “The MouthPeace”, ( well deserved, due to her stage credits, voiceovers and radio personality roles). She has won 4 Chicago grants to finance her music projects. Her signature style balances singing and spoken word with obvious hip hop and jazz undertones, but her pen has stretched to gospel, country and even jingles.
This multi-faceted creator is also an A.C.E. certified group fitness instructor. She dropped the dance hit “U Cute but Do U Juke?” with DJ Slugo (available on all platforms) in 2018. Her #CuteJukeChallenge choreography took over Los Angeles for the L.A. County Parks After Dark Series, at the same time as the song. She also teaches her dance fitness class, “JukeOut with Ms. Shay” at studio pop ups and corporate events.