YAB Voices – Shakeea Smith


YAB member (and up-and-coming local music artist), Shakeea Smith, energetically takes The UC Theatre’s stage; she informed our audience that we are a non-profit state-of-the-art music venue, as well as a classroom that trains the next generation of music industry professionals. She reflects on her moments in the spotlight by saying, “On October 7th I was blessed to grace the stage of The UC Theatre for a second time. Prepping for this experience was so overwhelming, I was thinking ‘I can’t mess this up, I can’t mess this up. How am I going to say all the key points in a timely manner AND in front of nearly 1,400 Ani DiFranco fans!’ Well, the fans seemed delighted to hear my speech and see ME, a young woman doing something so positive in the music industry. With everything I said, the audience clapped and cheered. They gave me a charge and a boost of energy that all performers dream of! I want to thank The UC Theatre for giving me this opportunity to shine, it was AMAZING!”