Shanice Ruby Bennett (*1997) is a professional female bassist and session musician based in Cologne, Germany.

Her musical projects include artists like the American singer Marla Glen, Icelandic Indie Rocker Mani Orrason, the Australian songwriter Kat Frankie and German hip hop artist Sookee. Bennett also recorded a track with Jennifer Batten, the world-renowned American guitarist for Michael Jackson. Her style covers various genres, ranging from Jazz to Rock/ Pop and she feels especially at home with Soul, Funk and Hip Hop. Besides her life as a touring musician and session player, she finds time to work on her own musical projects (awk.me) and teaches professional bass lessons in Cologne for beginners and advanced musicians. 

Bennett discovered her love for the bass guitar at the age of 14. On an exchange with a Swedish musical school, she met another woman playing the electric bass which inspired her to switch from the saxophone, her first instrument. After finishing school in Erkelenz, where she played bass in big bands and gospel choirs, she started studying electric bass under Marius Goldhammer at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz (HFMT) in Cologne, Europe's largest academy of music. Shanice Ruby Bennett is a graduate of the 2018 Eventim Popkurs at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hamburg. Her personal influences include musicians like Braylon Lacy or Anthony Jackson. You can contact Shanice Bennett for live and studio recordings as well as electric bass lessons in Cologne, Germany.


Text: Christian Ben Benckendorff

Photo: Laura Schepers


 

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