Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear, I rise.
— Maya Angelou

Shanell Alyssa is an indie neo-soul singer, songwriter, and composer residing in Boston, MA where she engages communities through creative experiences including performances, worship, and seminars. Raised in the Black gospel tradition, Shanell attests to the tremendous power of music to transform hearts and unify communities and has been transformed by God through music. She began writing what became her debut EP, Rise Above, after a personal spiritual revival in her college years. Shanell believes each individual must embody their unique story in order to continually redefine their culture and rise above the stigma that the world wants to place around us.

Recognition & Press

Recognized by Boston’s 90.9 WBUR as one of Massachusetts’ best 2019 NPR Tiny Desk Contest entries

Sofar Sounds Artist

Lesley University, Cambridge, MA - Social Activism through the Arts Award

Brookline TAB, Brookline, MA - Community-focused event tackling racism, social justice starts in Brookline