Whitney Shay

Whitney Shay

Getting her start in musical theatre, Whitney Shay still enjoys working on various film, modeling, acting, and dance projects while also maintaining a busy schedule as a working musician.  A San Diego native, Shay holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre- with a Performance emphasis from San Diego State University. Shay’s love for jazz, blues, and swing music became ignited when she became active in the San Diego swing dance community; while she simultaneously began singing with bands.

Whitney finds inspiration in a large range of music from the blues and jazz of Bessie Smith & Billie Holiday in the ’20s and ’30s, to the R&B and Soul of Etta James & Sam Cooke in the 50s and 60s; and her musical performances reflect this variety.  Whitney Shay is a hard working and versatile performer, and you can find her singing with anything from a jazz duo to quartet, belting out some high energy swingin’ blues and R&B alongside San Diego legends like Robin Henkel, fronting a 13 piece Big Band (“The JazzKatz Project”), or working in various configurations with some of the most talented musicians in town!  Whitney Shay’s debut album “Soul Tonic” was nominated for a San Diego Music Award for Best Blues Album.

Whitney Shay has been making quite an impact as the little girl with a big voice who knows how to truly engage a crowd. You can’t help but smile and tap your feet when you see what joy she brings to the stage!


Check out the pieces on Whitney in the San Diego Reader and the San Diego Troubador:

San Diego Reader

San Diego Troubadour