Shana Tucker mixes genres for one-of-a-kind performance

Published 3:14 pm Thursday, January 25, 2018

Tickets still available for TFAC Main Stage Series artist

Tryon Fine Arts Center brings not only a new artist, but a new genre to the Main Stage Series on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. Shana Tucker, singer-songwriter and cellist, will introduce her signature, self-described genre of ChamberSoul to Tryon for the first time.

Shana credits her genre-bending ChamberSoul journey to the influences of her jazz and classical roots interwoven with 80s and 90s pop music, movie soundtracks, and world music.

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Touted by JazzTimes Magazine as “a jazz talent…whose imprint and vitality has already been quite visible in North Carolina,” Shana’s style and sound as been described as a mash-up of Dianne Reeves, Joni Mitchell, and Tracy Chapman, with an efficient complexity that is reminiscent of Bill Withers.

“I’m intrinsically drawn to “real” instruments, with resonance, tone and depth that can sound without amplification. Whenever and however possible, I always try to set a tone of acoustic intimacy with my colleagues on stage, and also with the audience, so that the music, performers and audience feel close and tangible, no matter the size the venue,” Shana says.

Having opened for internationally acclaimed artists including Norah Jones, Lisa Fischer, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Javon Jackson, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Indigo Girls, Shana’s vocals and cello are featured on several studio and live recording projects by both independent and signed label artists and producers.

Indyweek Magazine writes, “Indeed, crossovers and connections are a central theme of Tucker’s career, from the cello’s liminal range to her interests in various genres; [she] corrodes the music industry boundaries between classical, jazz, folk, R&B and soul.”

Shana Tucker’s Feb. 3 performance is sponsored by the NC Arts Council. The 2017-2018 Main Stage Series sponsor is Parsec Financial.

Tickets are still available at or by calling 828-859-8322.

– submitted by Michelle Fleming