Shayna performing in New York City
|Birth name||Shayna Donnell Steele|
|Also known as||Shayna Steele and Shayna Cook|
|Born||September 23, 1975|
|Genres||soul, blues and Jazz|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter and stage actress|
|Years active||16 years|
|Labels||Highyella Lowbrown Music|
|Associated acts||Rihanna, Moby, Bette Midler, Natasha Bedingfield, Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra|
Shayna Steele (born September 23, 1975) is an American singer and songwriter and a Broadway stage actress. Her Broadway credits include Rent at the Nederlander Theatre, the revival of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Foxwoods Theatre (formerly the Ford Center for the Performing Arts), and the original Broadway cast of Hairspray, in which she played a member of the girl group The Dynamites.
Steele sings background vocals for Bette Midler in "The Showgirl Must Go On" in Las Vegas. She has also performed on several albums, including Moby's Hotel, and Moby's single "Disco Lies", which reached #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play list. In 2004, Steele released her first self-titled EP and in 2009 released her first full length album "I'll Be Anything". In 2011, Steele was hired to sing background vocals for Rihanna on her Australian Tour of "Last Girl on Earth". She will be touring with Rihanna on her North American and European "LOUD" Tour starting June 4 in Baltimore, Maryland as a background vocalist.
Shayna was born in Sacramento, California to parents Bobby Donnell Steele and Lorraine DeGrasse-Steele. Her father Bobby is a singer and played trumpet occasionally while also serving full time in the United States Air Force. Her mother worked full time as a civilian serving the United States Air Force. She has 2 half sisters, Janie Elizabeth Hallett (Reverse) and Judith Lorraine Hallett (Holley) and 2 half brothers, Bobby Donnell Steele, Jr. and Stephen Steele. Shayna married pianist David Edward Cook on October 21, 2006.