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Jules And The Jinks Performs at Reel Sisters Tribute to
Filmmakers Terence Nance and JT Takagi on Oct. 12!

Born and raised in New York City, Jules found her love for music starting as a child performer with The Highbridge Voices Community Choir directed by Bruno Casolari.  This experience propelled her to performances on The David Letterman Show and an ensemble appearance with Celine Dion at Radio City Music Hall to name a few.  She then went on to appear as Young Nala in Broadway’s Musical, The Lion King in its 2000-2001 season. In 2014, she placed as finalist at the Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night.

As an adult, she continues to polish her skills with renown vocal coach and mentor, Craig Derry. Currently, Jules is performing with her jazz trio, working on solo projects as well as projects as lead vocalist of Jules and The Jinks, all due to release Fall/Winter 2018. Jules and The Jinks recently won AFROPUNK’s Battle of The Bands and went on to play the main stage of AFROPUNK Brooklyn Festival. Her sound is jazz, funk, pop, rock, but most of all soulfully unique. Performing in the metropolitan area, highlight performances include: Minton’s Playhouse, Rockwood Music Hall, Joe’s Pub, Highline Ballroom, Silvana, Sofar Sounds, Piano’s, Red Rooster, The Schomburg Center and The Harlem Arts Festival in 2016.

For information on Jules visit www.julesandthejinks.com.

Jules and The Jinks is the brain child of first-generation native New Yorkers Julissa Lopez and Erik Rosenberg. Despite their different backgrounds (Dominican from The Bronx and Jewish from The Upper West Side) the two were united by their love of James Brown, Etta James, and Led Zeppelin.  Though they flirt with various genres from Blues, to Funk, to Afro-Pop and Jazz, the element that anchors the music of Jules and The Jinks is Soul.  AFROPUNK has described their debut EP as “effortlessly chill” and declared the record’s lead single, No Compromise, “a song that deserves to be blaring from car speakers while driving through borough blocks.” Jules and The Jinks won AFROPUNK’s Battle of The Bands in August and went on to play the main stage of AFROPUNK Brooklyn.

Shahadi Wright Joseph

Actor | Singer | Dancer | Model | Voice-Over Artist

SHAHADI​ ​WRIGHT​ ​JOSEPH​ ​is​ ​a​ ​singer,​ ​actor,​ ​and​ ​dancer​ ​who at​ ​age​ ​nine,​ ​made​ ​history​ ​

as​ ​the youngest​ ​actor​ ​to​ ​play​ ​Young​ ​Nala ​in Disney’s​ ​The Lion King​on​ ​Broadway. Alongside​ ​Beyoncé ​and​ ​Donald Glover, Shahadi will​ ​reprise her​ ​role ​in​ ​the​ ​highly​ ​anticipated The​Lion King​ ​live-action remake,​ coming to movie theaters in Summer​ ​2019.​ Shahadi​ ​currently​ ​plays​ Holiday, the lead​ ​character ​in​ ​the Gen-Z podcast​ ​series,​ Six Minutes.

Shahadi ​began​ ​her​ ​career​ ​as​ ​a​ ​Fisher​-Price print​ ​model​, ​and​ at age two, she ​started​ ​her​ ​dance​ ​training with​ the ​performing arts organization, Purelements:​ ​An​ ​Evolution​ ​in​ ​Dance​.​ ​In​ ​fall​ 2015,​ ​Shahadi​ ​joined​ ​the original​ ​Broadway​ ​cast​ ​of​ ​ School of Rock​, playing ​the​ ​role​ ​of​ ​Madison​ ​and understudied​ ​the​ ​role​ ​of​ ​Tomika. Shahadi’s​ ​performances​ were ​recognized​ ​by​ ​the​ ​AUDELCO Theater​ ​Committee​, ​earning​ ​her​ ​the​ ​2016 AUDELCO​ ​”Rising Star”​ ​Award. Shahadi is proud to have worked with legendary composer Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber in musicals that have won Tony Awards and received Fred and Adele Astaire Award nominations.

​In 2016, she was part of ​the​ ​star-studded​ ​cast​ ​of​ ​NBC’s​ ​three-time Emmy Award​ ​winning​ ​production​ ​of​ Hairspray Live!​. Working with​ ​Jennifer​ ​Hudson, Harvey​ ​Fierstein​, and​ ​Ariana​ ​Grande,​ ​Shahadi’s performance was​ nominated​ ​for​ ​a​ ​Young Artist Award.

As​ ​a​ ​vocalist,​ ​Shahadi has​ ​lent​ ​her​ ​voice​ ​to​ ​artistic and​ ​fundraising​ ​events​ ​for​ ​Radio​ ​Disney, Broadway​ ​Star​ ​Project,​ ​City​ ​Harvest,​ ​the United​ ​Negro​ ​College​ ​Fund,​ ​the​ ​Young Entertainers​ ​Awards,​ ​White​ ​Plains​ ​Youth Bureau, and​ ​Harlem​ ​School​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Arts.​  While​ ​working​ ​in​ ​Los Angeles,​ ​Shahadi​ ​also​ ​recorded and​ ​released​ ​her​ ​first​ ​holiday​ ​EP,​ ​entitled Love for the Holidays​, ​and​ ​has​ ​since released​ ​The Remixesalbum​, available on​ ​iTunes​ ​and​ ​all​ ​other​ ​major​ ​distributors.

Shahadi believes in youth empowerment. She gives back to her community by mentoring young​ ​aspiring​ ​actors and teaching bi-monthly musical​ ​theater ​workshops for A Class Act New York. Shahadi uses her platform to encourage young girls who are considering a career in entertainment. She has had featured​ ​articles​ ​in​ ​Dance​ ​Spirit​ ​Magazine,​ ​In Style​ ​Houston,​ ​and​ ​EURWEB. Shahadi​ ​is honored​ ​to​ ​share​ ​her​ ​journey ​in hopes​ ​of​ ​inspiring young girls​ ​like​ ​her​ ​to​ ​take chances,​ ​embrace​ ​their​ ​greatness, believe in their dreams, and to boldly let their talents shine.


Eventbrite - Reel Sisters Awards Ceremony @SVA Theater - Oct. 12, 2018