Nadine Shanti

Nadine Shanti is a composer, educator, and singer from Washington State who has achieved great success touring and teaching throughout the U.S. and overseas, as well as producing two of her own solo albums.

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Nadine Shanti, born in 1953, grew up in New Orleans, LA, where she started performing from a young age at church, in musical theatre, and in operas. She got her Bachelor in Music Education from Xavier University of Louisiana, and then went on to receive her Master in Musicology from Southern Illinois University. Shanti moved to Seattle in 1980, propelled by her dreams of singing jazz, pop, and writing her own music. These dreams led her to singing at various cabarets all over the Pacific Northwest and overseas in Japan, Okinawa, and Indonesia. She has released two albums of original music titled “Down Home” and “Violet’s Lane”, which are a fusion of her jazz, pop, Latin, folk, theatre, and Afro-Cuban influences. 

Since then, Shanti has taught workshops and presented concerts all throughout the U.S., namely with the Everett Symphony and the Wenatchee Valley Symphony. She has also written and performed “Tribute to Duke Ellington” and “Tribute to Cole Porter” at various jazz festivals, concerts, and cabarets throughout the U.S. and Australia, where she also teaches about composition, stories behind music, and performing, within the context of her shows. She was also a guest teacher at the American International School in Lagos where she taught music. 

In 2010, Shanti returned from traveling and teaching abroad in Paris, Tanzania, and Nigeria, to teach at Washington State public schools as a music specialist. She has since retired from actively performing and teaching, and continues to compose and arrange music in Washington State.

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