Shaina Taub

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"Shaina Taub's infectious music is a playful blend of Billy Joel's piano-driven pop, Aretha's soul and Regina Spektor's whimsy. Taub's imaginative lyricism is all her own though. She has creativity in spades" - NPR/WNYC

"She has the coolest, soulful, smoky sound."-Playbill

"A powerhouse of quiet emotion." - NewStatesmen

Raised in the green mountains of Vermont, Shaina... more

"Shaina Taub's infectious music is a playful blend of Billy Joel's piano-driven pop, Aretha's soul and Regina Spektor's whimsy. Taub's imaginative lyricism is all her own though. She has creativity in spades" - NPR/WNYC

"She has the coolest, soulful, smoky sound."-Playbill

"A powerhouse of quiet emotion." - NewStatesmen

Raised in the green mountains of Vermont, Shaina Taub is a New York-based performer and songwriter.

After the release of her first record, and a year long residency at Rockwood Music Hall, Shaina developed a trio project with musician/singers 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. In their first year together, they've released an eponymous EP, a single with Mason Jar Music, toured the east coast, and continue to play regularly in New York.

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 of 2011 list. She's currently writing scores for two new musicals: There's A House, with playwright Kim Rosenstock, commissioned by the Tony-Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Robin, with playwright Jen Silverman, commissioned by Ars Nova, and her original soul-folk opera, The Daughters, has been developed by the Yale Institute of Music Theatre, CAP21 Theater Company, and was featured in NYU's mainstage season. She has created songs for Walt Disney Imagineering, and recently signed a publishing deal with Ghostlight / Sh-k-Boom Records and Razor & Tie, as the first artist in their new joint venture to represent songwriters that fuse theatrical and pop music.

As a performer, Shaina has traveled the world in her multi-faceted capacities as a vocalist, actor and musician. She was Karen O's (of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) vocal standby and back-up singer in her psycho-opera, Stop the Virgens at St. Ann's Warehouse and the Sydney Opera House, and has appeared on stages Abu Dhabi to Nashville, and venues including the Beacon Theater, Madison Square Garden and the Kennedy Center. She played Princess Mary in the the critically acclaimed electropop opera, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, and is currently singing the songs of Tom Waits in American Repertory Theater's upcoming new production of Shakespeare's The Tempest.

A fellow of the MacDowell Colony, the Yaddo Colony, the Sundance Institute and the Johnny Mercer Songwriter's Project, a recent TEDx conference speaker, and a featured artist in Gc Watches new ad campaign, Shaina served on the music theatre faculty at Pace University, and is a University Scholar alumnus of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

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