Review Corner: Shayna Steele’s Rise

(Source: Ropeadope via iTunes)
(Source: Ropeadope via iTunes)

It matters not how you learn about new music, if it’s music you like and you support the artist. Shayna Steele has a connection to the Taylor Nation. She’s the Agency’s David Cook‘s significant other. That being said, she’s an artist in her own right.

Rise is a jazz album, but regardless of what genre it falls under the most important thing about it is that it has music that moves you and inspires you. The album is livelier than one can expect and at the same time has a warm, lounge-y feeling about it. You feel both comfortable and want to move at the same time. Instrumentally you can feel surrounded by a band at all times, a band that seems to be walking around a fast moving Shayna. David Cook not only plays the piano and co-writes, he’s also the person behind all the arrangements.

Personal favorites from the album were “Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy”, “Grandma’s Hands”, “Coulda Had Me” and “Paper Bag” but I also got a soft spot for “I Got You”, “Sunshine Girl” and “Gone Under”. “Coulda Had Me” deserves special mention as Shayna Steele co-wrote it with David and former Agency member Caitlin Evanson. Also collaborating in her album is current Starlighter Kamilah Marshall. Even if you think that jazz might not be your thing, take a listen. You can get the album on iTunes.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • February 8: The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Taylor Swift is nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance for “Shake It Off”.
  • February 25: Taylor Swift is nominated for International Female Solo Artist for the BRIT Awards 2015. She is scheduled to perform.

(Sources: iTunes)