Shea Rose has held a host of titles over the course of her career: singer, songwriter, and music curator, among others. Her music, influenced by R&B, soul, hip-hop, rock, and folk, speaks to personal and cultural issues. Rose’s voice—both musical style and the message she speaks—has grown and matured dramatically since graduating from Berklee College of Music. This year, she released the D.T.M.A. (Dance This Mess Around) EP. Prior to releasing D.T.M.A., Rose recorded a cover of Sinéad O’Connor’s “Black Boys on Mopeds” in 2016 at a time when the loss of young, black lives at the hands of the police was becoming increasingly publicized, and awareness and anger were swelling.
Rose is also well-known in the fashion community, gracing the covers of Boston Globe magazine’s annual style issue, Improper Bostonian, Exhale, and Performer magazines, and featured in brand campaigns for CoverGirl, Tory Burch, Puma, Plndr and Converse. Recently, Rose has been curating the RISE Music Series at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston with Composer/Producer Simone Scazzocchio. RISE features local, national, and international aspiring and established artists from the realms of pop, rock, and hip-hop.
Later this year, she will release music videos for “Black Boys on Mopeds” and the title track of her latest EP, “D.T.M.A. (Dance This Mess Around).” Dig Boston calls Rose’s version of “D.T.M.A.” “a biting reimagination of the B-52’s carefree club tune” and hails the “exceptional amount of artistry required to take an ’80s groove track and turn it into a 2017 social justice anthem.”