'Shaina has the coolest, soulful, smoky sound and I assumed she was a chanteuse that's been playing in all the coolest clubs in town for years.' - Seth Rudetsky, playbill.com
Raised in the green mountains of Vermont, Shaina Taub is a New York-based performer and songwriter.
After playing a series of sold-out concerts to promote her first record in 2011 and completing a 2012 residency at Rockwood Music Hall, Shaina is developing a new trio project with musicians Mike Brun and Jacob Colin Cohen, fusing three-part soul harmonies and acoustic jazz-influenced arrangements with an ear for infectious, laid-back grooves and a passion for evocative songwriting.
As a songwriter, she was Ars Nova's 2012 Composer-in-Residence, and her debut album, What Otters Do, was featured on NPR/WNYC's Best Gigs of 2011 listing. She's currently composing the score for a new musical with playwright Kim Rosenstock, commissioned by the Tony-Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival, writing a musical commission for Ars Nova and recently created songs for Walt Disney Imagineering. Her original soul-folk opera, The Daughters, has been developed and produced several times in New York, and is currently available to be licensed for production.
As a performer, Shaina has traveled the world in her multi-faceted capacities as a vocalist and actor. She was Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeah's vocal standby and choir member in her psycho-opera, Stop the Virgens at St. Ann's Warehouse and the Sydney Opera House, and has appeared on stages from Germany to Abu Dhabi to Toronto to Nashville, and venues including the Beacon Theater, Madison Square Garden and the Kennedy Center. Shaina has been in countless workshops and readings of new musicals in New York and regularly performs with hit musical sketch comedy team, Political Subversities.
A fellow of the MacDowell Colony, the Yaddo Colony and the Johnny Mercer Songwriter's Project, and a featured artist in Gc Watches new ad campaign, Shaina is on the music theatre faculty at Pace University, and is a University Scholar alumnus of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.