Shao Jean is a writer, producer, engineer from Singapore. Her musical roots began with the classical piano at age four and her formative years on the instruments were shaped under studies with acclaimed pianists Ong Lip Tat and Benjamin Loh. She was selected as a featured soloist to perform Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 1 with her High School String Orchestra at age 17. Later in her teens, she picked up guitar and she has performed in prominent concert venues in Singapore such as the Victoria Concert Hall and Esplanade on both the piano and guitar.
Shao Jean decided to further her musical studies at Berklee College of Music in 2012 when she was awarded a scholarship from the college. It was at Berklee where she discovered a love for creating, arranging and producing music. Her arrangements have been heard in high profile college events such as the Berklee Commencement Concert, Singers’ Showcase, and the Contemporary Writing Production Showcase concert.
In 2015, she took a hiatus from college to gain professional experience in Singapore where she was sought after as a producer, arranger, engineer and keyboardist. Notable credits include ‘LKY Musical’ (arranger), and Fireworks Countdown show (copyist). She was also the keyboardist for ‘The Wee Question Mark and The Adventurer’, which won Best Production for the Young award. Her versatility led her to later take on the role as recording and mixing engineer for the soundtrack album as well.
Returning to Boston in 2016 to complete her degrees, she graduated with summa cum laude with a B.M. in Contemporary Writing & Production and Professional Music.
In the Fall of 2016, Shao Jean moved to Los Angeles, where she now works at the world-renowned Village Studios, home to some of the most important Grammy-winning records in history. It was not long before she became noticed for her ability and soon started assisting and engineering sessions with luminaries in the industry. She has worked with Grammy-nominated producer John Alagia (John Mayer, Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz) and her credits include engineering on Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real’s upcoming album where she also worked on the vocals of pop superstar Lady Gaga.
Shao Jean’s personal songwriter/ producer EP, a collaboration with singer-songwriter Leyeux was released in July 2017, and their first single has been featured on popular music/culture websites Indieshuffle and Coolhunting. Her versatility has enabled her to take on many hats across the producing, engineering and writing spectrum, and she continues to be work on her artistry in Los Angeles.
Best Original Score, Bucharest Shortcut Cinefest (Oct 2016)
ASCAP Scholarship, New York Musical Festival Songwriting Workshop (Jun 2016)
Best Musical Score, Boston 48 Hour Film 2016 (Jun 2016)
Jon Aldrich Award, Berklee College of Music (Apr 2014)
Berklee World Scholarship for Entering Students (Aug 2012)
ACJC Young Performer Award (2010)