Shea Rose

Neighborhood Salon Co-Leader

Shea Rose has possessed numerous titles over the course of 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 both personal and cultural issues. She has received numerous honors for her musical talents, including multiple Boston Music Awards, a SESAC National Performance Activity Award, and a scholarship from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Dig Boston calls Rose’s version of ​the lead single ​D​ance This Mess Around​ "a biting re-imagination of the B-52’s carefree club tune” and hails the “exceptional amount of artistry required to take a 1980s groove track and turn it into a 2017 social justice anthem."
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D.T.M.A. is Rose’s third album, following the 2011 Little Warrior mixtape and the 2010 Rock ‘n' Rose EP. Later in 2017, Rose released the music video for her cover of Sinead O’Connor’s “Black Boys On Mopeds,” a powerful reflection on the tragedies and fears facing today’s society. She recently executive produced the recording and music video of T​he Star Spangled Banner sung by vocalist and composer Ysaÿe Barnwell, former member of Sweet Honey In The Rock​.  

It's a thrill to watch Luminaries blossom and light up spaces in the Museum in such unique and creative ways!

— Shea Rose

Rose is also 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—and was chosen as a speaker for TEDx Beacon Street in the fall of 2014.
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In addition to performing and writing, Rose is a professor at Berklee College of Music, and she curates the RISE Music Series at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston with Composer/Producer Simone Scazzocchio. Find more about Shea Rose at, and listen to her music on Bandcamp, iTunes, or Spotify.