Shani Rigsbee ( SHANI), is part of a rare power pack of American stars that are equally fluent both on stage, recordings and on screen. Her credits as a Recording Artist – Singer, Composer and Producer appear in major motion pictures and she has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious venues.
After relocating to Los Angeles at the end of her high school years, she honed her talents and was introduced to a wide range of International music. She was then invited to tour, write and record with some of the entertainment industry’s finest – both globally famous such as International Pop Icon, ANDY and as well as an array of Artists. Soon her work became featured in film, television, and new media with a special emphasis on globally diverse projects. With 4 Solo albums released Internationally, she has also released a variety of singles and collaborations. Her musical, humanitarian venture called “We Hear Your Voice”, was an original song penned and produced by Shani and features some of the World’s greatest voices singing in solidarity and unity with top Producers and musicians in the industry lending support.
She has parlayed her skills both in the music world and her experience as both a performer on screen and stage into also producing and directing. The Warner Brothers released feature film, AMERICAN WRESTLER features Shani as a singer in the end title credit song she co-wrote called “Rise” also performed with ANDY and the music video features Shani as also Director. She has created and performed works for many other television and features which include her song, “El Llamar de Pasión – Call of the Wild” in the ACADEMY AWARD WINNER for Best Picture, CRASH. On screen, Shani has played a variety of roles from a sultry femme fatale to a seductive ancient temptress. In GUARDIAN ANGEL, she plays a Detective and has also written and performed the theme / end credit song “Far and Away” for the film. Shani was the Featured Vocalist in the 20th Century Fox epic, ONE NIGHT WITH THE KING and also appeared in and provided music for THE HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG (Dreamworks). In THE KEEPER – THE LEGEND OF OMAR KHAYYAM (Guide Company Films) with Academy Award Winner Vanessa Redgrave, she played the exotic “Court Entertainer” and was also the Executive Producer of the soundtrack and created original music for the film. One of her first major credits was being chosen as the featured Vocalist for Sony Playstation’s PARASITE EVE, a mega popular and ground-breaking International Hit. Her debut film role was the feature film CROSSWORLDS with Josh Charles and Jack Black and she also has several episodic television credits in her archives from her earlier ingénue days in Los Angeles.
Her upcoming project CITY OF CROWS is scripted feature film where she serves as a Producer and is also a featured cast member and will provide the film’s theme song.
Shani has also worked in many charitable, humanitarian and service-oriented capacities, and having her own first hand experiences battling a life-threatening illness with Ovarian cancer, she felt her path enlightened and has dedicated much of her personal and professional life to causes she believes in. She has served on Non Profit Boards and been on Host Committees and performed in countless high profile charitable events. She also served as Producer of the 2008 Presidential Inaugural Purple Ball’s show in Washington D.C with Performances with IL DIVO. An avid Animal Welfare advocate and committed to those must vulnerable, she is the Founder and President of a Non Profit organization, Voices Out, Inc www.voicesout.org which gives voice and aid to children and animals in abusive,
neglectful and abandoned conditions.