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|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter and stage actress|
|Labels||Highyella Lowbrown Music|
|Associated acts||Rihanna, Moby, Bette Midler, Natasha Bedingfield, Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra|
Steele's 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. She went on to appear in Hairspray Live!, broadcast on December 7, 2016.
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 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 toured again with Rihanna on her North American and European "LOUD" tour starting on June 4, 2014, in Baltimore, Maryland, as a background vocalist.
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Steele was born in Sacramento, California, United States, 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 two half sisters, Janie Elizabeth Hallett (Reverse) and Judith Lorraine Hallett (Holley) and two half brothers, Bobby Donnell Steele, Jr. and Stephen Steele. Shayna married pianist David Edward Cook on October 21, 2006.
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