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Rhythm + Rhyme + Flow

Shea Rose has possessed numerous titles throughout her career: singer, songwriter, style icon, and music curator are just a few. Her music, influenced by soul, hip-hop, rock, and folk, speaks to identity, self-acceptance, and transformation. Rose has received numerous honors for her musical talents, including multiple Boston Music Awards and a SESAC National Performance Activity Award. She is a featured songwriter and performer on two Grammy Award-winning jazz albums, The Mosaic Project (2011) and Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue (2012), both produced by legendary drummer Terri Lyne Carrington.  Rose is a recipient of the Abe Olman Scholarship from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Her honest approach to songwriting inspires the listener to reexamine their thoughts and beliefs about black women’s interests, experiences, spirituality, sexuality, and artistic expression. 

In 2017, Rose released the D.T.M.A. (Dance This Mess Around) EP. She recorded and produced the EP independently with the successful funding from a Kickstarter campaign before being offered a major record label contract, which she turned down. The songs describe the struggle with conformity that often accompanies mainstream success and a desire for freedom and self-expression. In advance of releasing D.T.M.A.(Dance This Mess Around), Rose recorded a cover of Sinéad O’Connor’s “Black Boys On Mopeds” in 2016. When the loss of black lives at the hands of the police was becoming increasingly publicized, and awareness and anger were swelling, Rose heard the words O’Connor wrote in 1990 and felt they needed to be shared anew: “England’s not the mythical land of Madame George and roses/ It’s the home of police who kill black boys on mopeds.” In May of 2020, Rose released a music video for “Black Boys On Mopeds” after George Floyd’s death.  Before her current releases, Rose put out two independent albums, the 2011 Little Warrior mixtape and the 2010 Rock’ n Rose EP. Rose has performed in Cuba, Jamaica, Italy, Greece, Romania, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and SXSW. 

When she is not on stage, Rose curates music events like the RISE Music Series at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Rose is a 200-hour certified yoga instructor and embodied vocal coach who offers holistic practices for those longing to come home to the body and liberate the voice. For more on Shea Rose, visit www.shearose.com.

Connect heart to voice through love notes, spoken word, and heart songs. We will settle into a soulful practice beginning with our breath flowing into the written word, intrinsic movements, and then blossoming into an embodied vocal performance. 

*This session is a healing space for Black students, faculty, and staff, and is capped at 12 participants. The first 12 registrants will receive the Zoom link to join. All additional registrants will be placed on a waitlist.

Materials needed: Yoga Mat, Blanket, Journal, Pen