Sophisticated, smooth, sumptuous: Shaynee Rainbolt’s jazz styling and cabaret performance deserves every bit of the praise bestowed by her peers. A critically acclaimed professional vocalist and talented storyteller, Rainbolt—equally adept at swinging, scatting or crooning music from every era—won a 2012 Backstage Bistro award for her live tribute to composer Russell Garcia. She’s also landed multiple MAC Awards for original composition and for her album Charmed Life, a collection of her interpretations of Garcia’s songs. But her passion for music isn’t limited to performing and albums. She is a longtime advocate for arts education in schools and teaches vocal technique at the Harlem School of Urban Music and Recording Arts; she also manages artists for Park Avenue Talent. “Whether I am performing, managing or teaching, I feel that I am making a difference by supporting and contributing to the arts and culture of our society. I believe that music and art matter—and it gives me great joy and satisfaction to be able to do the work that I do,” Rainbolt says.