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Shawna Ray

Columbus, OH based Singer-Songwriter, Author and Communicator, Shawna Ray is now releasing singles from her second album, "Birthday" anticipating a 2015 release while working on songwriting collaborative projects with various artists. Her debut album titled, OPEN offered a mix of pop soul influenced by R & B, blues, funk, jazz, and gospel sounds. Her authentic lyrics, inspiring message, pure presence, and soulful voice meet the audience in a personal way. Produced by Ahmande “Mondo” Grimes and Aaron Rice at Toby Mac's Co-op Studios on Nashville, Tennessee.

Shawna is also the author of the children's book, "Take a Trip to Diverse City," that was inspired by a situation of prejudice that happened to her son’s friend at school. Shawna responded to meet a need and provide a relatable resource encouraging kids to embrace and celebrate their differences while understanding the gift of diversity and how we are all connected as ONE. The original book was self- published through Winters Press in 2007. Shawna started her own publishing company, Rhythm Ray, Inc. to release a special edition of Take a Trip to Diverse City with national boy band, B5 (Motown), including a CD with Shawna Ray booksong and B5 narration.

Born Shawna Goebel, earning a BA in Communications from Otterbein University, Shawna worked as a Public Relations Director at various organizations in Columbus, OH, including United Way of Central Ohio and The Ohio State University. She married Jeff Hansen in 1995 and they have two children together, Zachary and Kaiya. Shawna has raised her two now high school students alone since Jeff left in 2001 and divorce was finalized in 2005. At the age of 30, Shawna began to reinvent her career to pursue her passion by sharing her books and songs full time. Nominated by her daughter Kaiya and chosen as one of the top 15 finalists on the NBC Special, "America's Favorite Moms" sponsored by Teleflora, Shawna has also appeared on The Today Show and local news programs. She has presented her book and music at concerts, arts venues, schools, community events, churches, bookstores and libraries. Shawna is currently seeking a major publisher and creative outlets in which to distribute her music, books and media projects to a wider audience. Email

“With soul and spirit, the music of Shawna Ray moves you. “ - Julia Ross, (Russi, Everlife)

“Success, knowledge and love have no color! It’s the way you think that makes the difference, says B5 member Patrick, “Diverse City is 100% B5 approved! It lets kids know that we are all beautiful in our own way!”