Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center will present singer-songwriter and cellist Shana Tucker performing a concert of music she calls “chamber soul” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11.
Tucker credits her genre-bending performances to the influences of her jazz and classical roots interwoven with ’80s and ’90s pop music, movie soundtracks and world music. She has opened for internationally acclaimed artists such as Norah Jones, Lisa Fischer, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Javon Jackson, the Blind Boys of Alabama and Indigo Girls.
Touted by JazzTimes Magazine as “a jazz talent…whose imprint and vitality has already been quite visible in North Carolina,” Tucker performs in a style and sound described as a “mash-up” of Dianne Reeves, Joni Mitchell and Tracy Chapman, with a complexity reminiscent of Bill Withers. She termed the phrase “chamber soul” to best describe what the listener should expect when experiencing her music.
Tucker is a product of a public school arts education, honing cello talents that resulted in a scholarship to Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she was first introduced to jazz and a wealth of essential musical resources in faculty, peers, visiting artists and the community at large. She completed her cello studies at the City University of New York-Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music before moving to North Carolina to raise her son.
In 2009, she returned to her music, establishing a network of musicians and a name for herself in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Her debut solo recording, “SHiNE,” and a subsequent interview on NPR grabbed the ear of Cirque de Soleil’s talent recruiter, who invited her to Las Vegas to join the theatrical production company as cellist and mezzo-soprano for “KA,” the group’s production at the MGM Grand Hotel.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Bardo Arts Center box office Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., or one hour prior to each ticketed performance. Tickets and information also are available online at bardoartscenter.wcu.edu or by calling the box office at 828-227-2479.