MADE Maven October Issue MADE Magazine - Page 28

MADEART Shawnee JAM ON Dez MADE BY J’ARNAY TAPER W hen you see Soul Singer Shawnee Dez, a rising star from Chicago, IL, her two sisters and their mother, Arlene aka “Sugar” is not following too far behind. Formerly known as the J.A.M sisters, J’Arnay “Sistager” Taper, 27, Ashantia "Shawnee Dez" Day, 23, and Mizani “Zani” Day, 20, is an unwavering unit, dripping in black girl magic. With their mother at the helm, Sugar will tell you, her greatest accomplishment is raising her three daughters. They are authentic, compassionate, self-aware, and have been empowered to seek their heart’s desires. Her middle daughter, Shawnee Dez, is doing just that — soon becoming the next big soul artist sensation. Only in the early stages of her career, Shawnee has carved out a space for herself in the Chicago music scene. From singing in children’s choir to performing at family and local gatherings, her soulful melodies have commanded vast audiences and uplifted many Photos by: Maya Iman | @mayaiman spirits. Shawnee has been booked at Chicago’s most popular music venues, including The Promontory Chicago, Tonic Room, and The Portage Theater. In 2016, Shawnee released her debut EP titled ‘Day Child’ comprised of three songs, one of which being “Slipped Up”, a track she performed at a recorded Sofar Sounds show. To date, that video has 68K views on Youtube. made-magazine.com | 28