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    April 26, 2017

    Hey everybody! I'm having such a blast playing for you every month at Joe's Pub, and the fourth concert in my residency is coming right up a week from today on Friday April 28th at 9:30 PM. There's barely any seats left, so go get your tickets before it's too late!

    A few exciting things about this show... I'm featuring a very special guest, my dear friend Ato Blankson-WoodYou may have seen him blow the roof off the Public Theater in The Total Bent. He was one of my first friends in the city, and he remains one of the most extraordinary performers I've ever met. He'll be singing a song of mine I've never heard anyone else perform, and his rendition is breathtaking.

    I'm also debuting a new song I co-wrote with my best friend, the phenomenal Kate Ferber. She'll be there to perform it with me. It's a pretty epic anthem, but I have to admit, we didn't write the lyrics to the chorus. Those we took from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's statement attempting to justify his silencing of Elizabeth Warren. The guy sure knows how to write a hook. 

    And my 'wall of fame' cover series continues, featuring work by the legendary artists whose portraits hang next to the Pub stage. This month, I'm paying homage to one of my heroines, Patti Smith, with a little help from Ato, Kate and my accordion.

    In other news, I'm over the moon to be creating another musical Shakespeare adaptation for the Public Theater this summer for their incredible initiative, Public Works! I've been working hard on As You Like It, and can't wait to share it with you later this year. You can read more about the program and this summer's production here, and mark your calendars for Labor Day weekend!

    Thank you to everyone who's been coming out to Joe's Pub so far. Your support means a great deal to me.

    With love,


    P.S. Save the date for my next show: Friday May 19th, on sale now, featuring special guest, the comedic genius Rachel Bloom!


    March 6, 2017

    Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first two Joe's Pub concerts! This residency is off and running and I can't wait to keep it rolling with the next one coming right up a week from today on Monday March 13th at 9:30 PM.  Our last two shows sold out in advance, so go get your tickets while supplies last! 

    A few little teasers about this March show...

    I'm debuting a new song about standing up to bullies in a world without any grown-ups in charge, inspired by... well, every day in our country's strange new (sur)reality. Come hear me try to make sense of it all in a quasi-gypsy rock song. I'll also be continuing my cover series featuring work by the legendary artists whose portraits hang on the Joe's Pub 'wall of fame' just left of the stage. This month, I'm playing an accordion arrangement of a tune made famous by Alan Cumming. It's my favorite waltz about apathy and the rise of fascism. Just keeping things real light, folks!

    In all honesty, the sense of love and community I get on these nights at Joe's Pub is a big part of what's keeping me going in all this madness. Thank you for sharing it with me. Hope to see you Monday night!

    In other news, I'll be singing a song by my phenomenal mentor, the great Elizabeth Swados, this Wednesday March 8th in Lincoln Center's American Songbook concert honoring her prolific, prophetic work. I wouldn't be writing music if it weren't for Liz. Come revel in an evening of her radically powerful work. Tickets are still available here. 

    With love,


    P.S. Save the date for the next Pub show: April 28th, on sale now, featuring special guest Ato Blankson-Wood!


    February 11, 2017

    Thank you to everyone who packed the Pub a few Fridays ago to kick off our Joe's Pub residency! I hope you enjoyed listening as much as I loved playing for you. In this tumultuous time, I'm so grateful for a chance to be together in a room with all of you making music and celebrating community. Let's do it again really soon. Next show is coming up this Friday February 17th at 7 PMThere's a smattering of tickets left, so I encourage you to go get them while you still can.

    Photo by Kevin Yatarola

    A few special things about this February show...

    I'm thrilled to feature the exquisite Nikki James as my special guest this month. Nikki played Viola in Twelfth Night last summer at the Delacorte, and is one of the most mesmerizing performers I've ever seen. We'll be doing a tune from that show and another fun surprise!

    Photo by Sara Krulwich / New York Times

    I'm also debuting a new song inspired by The New Colossus, the sonnet by Jewish poet Emma Lazarus that's inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. I've been seeing her lines 'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free' a lot lately, scrawled on protest signs at rallies in support of immigrants and refugees, and they are more haunting and vital than ever. This song is my humble take on her words. I'll also be kicking off a new site-specific cover song series with an arrangement of my favorite Leonard Cohen tune.  All this to say, I'm greasing up my accordion and getting giddy with excitement to play for you again.

    Go ahead and save the date for our next couple shows on sale now: March 13th, April 28th, & May 19th. More special guests and summer dates to be announced soon!

    In other news, I'm psyched to share that I've written the theme song for Julie's Greenroom, a new Netflix series starring Julie Andrews, featuring new puppets from the Jim Henson Company. The show is all about teaching kids the value and wonder of the performing arts. At a time when funding for the arts is under attack, I'm proud to be part of a project that is helping a new generation learn the importance of creativity. You can watch a trailer featuring Sara Bareilles singing a clip of my song here!

    Thank you for continuing to support independent music and hope to see you Friday at Joe's!

    With love,



    January 13, 2017

    Happy new year everybody! Let's get straight to work. There's a lot things to raise our voices about right now, and I'll be singing out all year long as an artist-in-residence at Joe's Pub in their 2017 Working Group. I'm so honored to be chosen alongside these four amazing artists and grateful to have the support of such an inclusive and visionary institution as I make more music. You can read more about the group here. I'll be playing a monthly show at the Pub and the first one is coming up REAL soon on Friday January 27th at 7 PMGet those tickets before they disappear!

     I've got official shows on the calendar through May, and the rest will be announced soon, but for now, save the dates and book the tix: February 17th, March 13th, April 28th, & May 19thIt's been nearly a year since I've played a for-real concert, so I'm VERY psyched to play a batch of new stuff.

     Oh and hey, for all of you got to see my musical adaptation of TWELFTH NIGHT this summer at the Delacorte, and for those of you who missed it too, I recorded a collection of demos of the whole score and you can listen to it here for a name-your-price download. Collaborating with the Public Works community gives me genuine, radical hope for the future in this alarming time and I'm so excited to continue working with them - stay tuned for exciting news about this summer!

    Twelfth Night  Public Works

  • Summer Update!

    July 23, 2016

    Hey everybody! It's been a while since I've sent an update, so I'm sorry for such a long one. But I'll try to keep it interesting with lots of pictures!


    The brilliant Jason Robert Brown has a monthly residency at SubCulture, and I'm honored and delighted to be his special guest for July. We're putting together an epic set list - covering each other's tunes and more. It's happening this Wednesday July 27th at 8 PM. Get your tickets here!


    Last Saturday, I got to perform at City Center in my extraordinary mentor Jeanine Tesori's Off Center Jamboree, starring Sutton Foster and Jonathan Groff. It was pure joy. Sutton beautifully performed my song Room, which blew my mind. And City Center just released a video my performance of my tune WHEN, which you can watch here:


    Thank you to all of you who have come to see Hadestown at NYTW! Singing Anais Mitchell's gorgeous folk songs every night under Rachel Chavkin's magical direction has been heavenly. Stay tuned - our live cast album will be released soon! 


    Speaking of cast albums, we finally recorded a short album of a handful of songs from Old Hats, which you can get here. I'm so glad to finally have these out there for those of you who have been asking for these tunes - I hope you enjoy them!


    I'm massively excited to play the radical bad-ass activist Emma Goldman in a concert version of one of my favorite musicals Ragtime in August, presented on Ellis Island, starring a whole bunch of folks I admire, including narration by the legendary Brian Stokes Mitchell. Sadly, tickets are not available publicly, but hopefully it will happen again! You can read more about the site-specific production here.



    I've been having so much fun writing songs for Sesame Street over the last year, and recently I got to write this tune for the incredible Sara Bareilles to sing on her special guest episode. Getting to write music for one of my favorite voices on this legendary show was thrilling. You can watch and listen to Just Like Magic here!



    Before you make plans to head out of town for Labor Day weekend, save the date for my musical adaptation of Twelfth Night happening September 2nd thru 5th at the Public Theater's Delacorte Theater in Central Park, presented by Public Works! More about that in my next update.

    Thanks for all the support. And if you read this whole damn thing, I appreciate you even more.



  • Old Hats / Record Release Show

    July 12, 2016

    Hey everybody! I'm especially pumped to invite you to my record release show, celebrating my new album Visitors on March 28th at Joe's Pub!

    The concert will feature all twenty-five musicians featured on the record, playing the whole thing straight through. Strings, horns, wailing vocalists, the works. Come see us attempt to squeeze ourselves on the Joe's Pub stage! There's still some tickets left, so hurry up and get yours here.

    And if you haven't checked it out yet, you can download the album here. Thanks to all of you who have listened already.


    I'm having a criminal amount of fun playing my songs every night over at the Signature Theatre in Old Hats, alongside master clowns Bill Irwin and David Shiner, directed by the inimitable Tina Landau. We're A New York Times Critic's Pick! And I even have a special discount for you. Get your tickets here, and enter the promo code SHAINA for 30% off to performances on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. I fully guarantee you will laugh so hard it hurts.


    The inspiring folks at Creator Magazine recently featured me with this lovely article where I talk about writing and my obsession with Destiny's Child. Here's a photo from the piece taken by Lauren Kallen.


    December 28, 2015

    Thank you. I'm overwhelmed by your love and support for Visitors. 

    Making this record was an exhilarating challenge and a deep joy and it means a great deal to me that so many of you are listening to the songs. 

    You can download the album here, or if you already have it, gift it to a friend.


    I've been working on this all year and am so excited to finally share my first anthology of sheet music. The songbook features 20 songs including all the tunes from Visitors, old favorites from What Otters Do and many more. It also comes with versions that have the full vocal arrangements so you can perform them in ensembles. Get the whole songbook, or any of the songs individually at my new online sheet music store. Many of you have been asking for these charts for a while now, so thanks for your patience and I hope you enjoy them!



    December 22, 2015

    I've been writing this project for months and am so excited to share with you that I'm creating a musical adaptation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night for the Public Theater that will be performed this summer at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park as part of the Public Works initiative, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. Learn more about the show here!

    Public Works is a major new program of the Public Theater that seeks to engage the people of New York by making them creators and not just spectators, deliberately blurring the line between professional artists and community members, creating theater that is not only for the people, but by and of the people as well.  I'm humbled and elated to be involved in this extraordinary effort and I encourage you to read more about Public Works here. 

    Here's a shot from last summer's Public Works production of The Odyssey. See you in September in the park!


    December 16, 2015

    The album is HERE! I give you VISITORS. Download it now.


    As of today, Visitors is out in the world digitally on Bandcamp. Get your download now and maybe even gift it to a friend too. Hard copies will be available in the new year!

    Thank you to all the incredible artists who worked on the record and to all of you who have supported my work for so long. Happy listening!


    December 15, 2015

    Click below to read my recent interview with the New York Times!

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