Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, vocalist and pianist Shacara Rogers has been performing since the age of five. She holds a Master’s in music (2014) and a Bachelor’s in music (2012) from Howard University, where she studied with Jessica Boykin-Settles and Connaitre Miller. While at Howard, she was a member and soloist with the Howard Gospel Choir and the University’s premier jazz vocal ensemble, Afro Blue; was a lead vocalist for the groups GWN (Group Without A Name) and Ebony Rose; and worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Ms. Rogers has since performed with renowned artists such Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Kim Waters, Lizz Wright, Dianne Reeves, Al Jarreau, Patrice Rushen, and Esperanza Spalding, among others. She was recently awarded a 2014 DownBeat award for Graduate College Outstanding Performance, Vocal Soloist. Ms. Rogers was first runner-up in the 2014 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Jazz Competition at NJPAC in Newark, New Jersey, and the first place winner of the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Vocal Competition. She is a 2014 graduate of the Kennedy Center’s Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program.