October 12, 2018
6:30pm - 9:00pm
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 Kingon 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.