DownBeat Magazine (March 2020)

By Yoshi Keto

Switching between originals, r&b favorites and jazz standards, Steele’s set was a study in contrasts and dynamics. Bill Withers’ “Grandma’s Hands” was transformed from an intimate anthem at its beginning to a near-whispered prayer. “Gone Under,” originally Steele’s collaboration with Snarky Puppy, got the seated crowd gyrating in their chairs.

In one performance, California-born, New York-based vocalist Shayna Steele unleashed enough voltage to light up the West End.