In an exclusive article published in the 2008 November/December issue of Baltimore's Name It magazine, CEO Shawnise Kearney stated, "Shining Rae truly has a gift from God." Evidently Shining Rae’s captivating lyrics, musicianship, and vocals of her pop single “Dreaming” (released in 2010) caught the attention of Andre Harrell as she was selected as a semi-finalist in his National Superstar Soul Search competition in July 2010. In May of 2011 Shining Rae caught the attention of (MTV partner) OURSTAGE Magazine in which journalist Emily Cassel featured Shining Rae’s single “Dreaming” as the “ Breakup Anthem” for every girl to “unleash her inner diva.” As a result of fan voting Shining Rae went on to become the Grand Prize winner in the OurStage Artist Access Competition in July, with her hit single “Dreaming” landing her an opportunity to perform live in NYC and meet music industry giant Bruce Tyler (former EVP of Sony Music and Columbia Records).
Since the age of 12, Shining Rae has won many talents shows, booked professional gigs all over the South and Midwest, and had her own song copyright by age 17. Growing up in Southern Arkansas with parents who are musicians/songwriters made music an inevitable love of Shining Rae. She grew up singing in church and around her community in a gospel music trio/band with her parents.
Shining Rae defines music as an extension of her soul that she plans on sharing with the world. With influences such as Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, and Anita Baker, Shining Rae writes music that paints pictures with words and makes one feel empowered. Her distinctive voice is sultry, yet smooth and angelic. Her versatility adds flavor to any genre of music. She often refers to her genre as “Soul/Pop” with the “life’s lessons” of Folk music. She is a self-taught guitarist, pianist, and trained flute and piccolo player. She’s won numerous regional and statewide youth orchestral competitions and held ranks as high as #1 regionally and #2 flute soloist in the state of Arkansas. Shining Rae is no stranger to showbiz. Throughout high school, she represented her hometown as a vocalist and dancer for Arkansas's State P.R.I.D.E. (Parents and Resources In Drug-free Education) team and was also selected as 1 of 4 National vocalists. It was during a 2002 performance/competition in Cincinnati, Ohio that she received a standing ovation of more than 5,000 people after singing a powerful cover of "Emotions" by Destiny's Child. This performance led the Arkansas State Team to its first national victory. That monumental day was all the validation Shining Rae needed to feel sure that she was born to sing. This also led to her growing passion for community outreach to “at- risk” teens. She has been featured in Banner News and the Ruston Daily Leader for her philanthropic efforts utilizing her music to motivate kids to go for their dreams. The from 2010-2013 her website featured a section called “Shining Rae’s Shining Stars of Tomorrow” that was dedicated to talented children.
After graduating from college as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Shining Rae left her Southern roots to follow her dreams and moved to Baltimore, Maryland. There she worked as a Scientist at Johns Hopkins Hospital for 4 years and with little sleep she mastered the art of juggling her science and music careers. From November 2008 to May 2009, Shining Rae was a background singer for TMG Records artist Nisha Hester and performed at President Barack Obama’s 1st “Lighting of the National Christmas Tree” in Washington, D.C. She has also collaborated with and opened up for Hip-Hop artists such as Baltimore's own Huli Shallone and subsequently performed as a featured artist in lounges located inside the historic Belvedere Hotel in Baltimore and Eden’s Lounge.
Rae has released 2 digital EPs and several singles. Her radio singles “Sugar” (2011) & “Dollar Signs” (2016) are in rotation on FM radio stations in the United States and Europe (debuted on KZRB 103.5 (TX, Flames Radio UK 94.4 FM and more). She is featured in several magazines around the world and currently performing in Los Angeles to promote her new hit EP “Vibez and Vocals Vol.1” (Released Dec. 2017 & currently 40,000 + streams on Spotify. Rae has recently gained popularity as “the girl with the angel voice” and as a star vocal producer for recording artists such as Leah Labelle (Epic Records), Jasmine Villegas (Interscope Records) She has also made a name for herself as a songwriter for notable collaborations with award-winning songwriters Makeba Riddick Woods (Beyoncé, Rita Ora, Jennifer Lopez) Sam Hook (Miley Cyrus, Keyshia Cole, Trey Songz), Lil Eddie (Sony Music, Charlie Wilson, Fifth Harmony, The X Factor Vocal Coach) to name a few. In 2016 she gained the attention of Roc Nation Executive A&R Omar Grant (Rihanna) who invited her to work in studio as part of a songwriting camp for global superstar Rihanna Fenty. Currently Rae is featured on Lil Yee’s “Straight to the Point” (Album: Cita Son 2017/ Empire Records) and upcoming 2018 single “Primetime” by Adonis (Priority/Capitol Records). With an “old soul & heart of gold,” it is clear that Shining Rae is well on her way to becoming the music industry’s hottest female singer/songwriter/musician/producer who makes meaningful music that resonates with the hearts of people from across the globe.