I have a voice with zero limitations, a brain with unlimited creativity, a natural ear for music, and a smile that is contagious.
I grew up in Lake Tahoe, California where I began started playing the piano and composing when I was four years old. My love for music developed into a love for dance and I grew up to live my dream of professional ballerina in the San Francisco Ballet where I danced for over a decade.
A few years ago, I transitioned from the silent world of ballet to Broadway where I performed the lead in the TONY Award winning musical 'An American In Paris'. Broadway opened up a lot of doors for me as a singer/songwriter and in 2019 I decided to sing full time under my stage name EMPRESS®.
I started recording with 2 time GRAMMY nom, Bart Schoudel (Justin Bieber, Beyoncé) a few years ago and recorded my EP, We Own This Crown with him. He's one of the most sought after vocal producers in the biz (think every pop female from Lady Gaga to Billie Eilish) and he's taught me all of his secrets of producing great vocals.
I have always either produced or co-produced my music and am currently learning about music engineering so that I can be more in-control of the music that I release.
Because of my dancing background, I am one of the hardest workers you will ever meet - yet I always make sure to keep things fun and lighthearted when I'm working. I like to make sure that my working relationships are both meaningful and professional.
I can't wait to work with you!
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1 ReviewsEndorse Shannon Rugani
I highly recommend Shannon as a vocalist, songwriter, arranger and all-around musical genius! Her talents are off the charts, and she brings a stellar work ethic honed by years in the ballet and on Broadway to her Pop music career. She writes and performs in a wide variety of styles, and brings tons of heart, soul and mastery to the table every time.
We've collaborated for several years, and honestly I've never had a more productive — and FUN — partnership. If you're looking for killer vocals, songwriting, piano and arranging skills, put Shannon Rugani on your A-List.