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With the 2001 release of her second CD, "Violet's Lane", singer/songwriter Nadine Shanti created a new synthesis of her talents as a performing artist.  Since that time she has used her composition,  arranging and singing skills to gain a reputation as one of Seattle's most accomplished and respected entertainers.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Nadine spent years perfecting her performance techniques while completing her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music  in Louisiana and Illinois respectively.  A move to Seattle in 1980 launched a career as a pop/jazz artist that included work in the Pacific Northwest and overseas in Japan, Okinawa and Indonesia.  She released her first CD of original songs, entitled "Down Home" in 1999. As a songwriter she began performing throughout the U.S. in concerts in Washington, Tennessee, Montana, Illinois and Louisiana.

Innovative and versatile, Nadine has performed as a guest artist with the Everett Symphony, for the World Trade Center - Seattle, and for the benefit of the Wenatchee Valley Symphony.  She also co-wrote and starred in a "Tribute to Duke Ellington" for Vocalist and Swing Orchestra in regional jazz festivals and cabarets.

She introduced her  CD, "Violet's Lane", in a premier performance of her one-woman show by the same name in Arts West Theater in Seattle in 2001.  It marked a return to her theatrical roots and a blending of her skills as an actress with those she has honed as a recording artist.

Whether arranging music and performing with symphony orchestras (as she did in 2003 and 2005), working with local musicians where she travels (as she did for the Wagga Jazz Festival in Australia in 2003)or singing with her own group here in Seattle,  Nadine is poised, completely at ease on stage and communicates an enjoyment of her art that is a result of confidence in her skills and absolute trust in the material that she presents.

In 2005, Nadine made a choice to increase her performing options by auditioning and being accepted by ABC Model and Talent Agency.  In addition to her acting and modeling opportunities, she continues to sing her original compositions and  trademark covers of her favorite songs.

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