Shanise was born in Massachusetts, where her childhood was full of concert trips with her mother to see many concerts which inspired a passion for music. After seeing Ed Sheeran open for Taylor Swift in 2013, she began playing music. Although her main focus had always been basketball (she played at the University of Hartford and coached at St. John’s University), she always leaned on music as a form of fun & therapy. In 2019 she began performing live. Shanise is now writing original music & singing live in and around NYC. Shanise has a 9 year old sister and 5 year old brother who also love music so she’s happy to be able to play & introduce music to other kids by teaching music classes through Rockness.