A native of Montclair, New Jersey has been singing since age four. Influenced by her parents' love for jazz and soul music, Shakera began performing and singing at every opportunity. Shakera moved to Philadelphia to attend Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music, where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Music-concentration Jazz Voice. While attending Temple University, Shakera formed the Shakera Jones Quartet. Early performances consisted of mostly jazz standards with original arrangements.
During her studies for a Master's degree in Jazz Studies at the University of the Arts, Shakera began to focus on songwriting. Since then, she has developed a style all her own winning audiences with her sultry voice, impressive range, use of personal lyrics, groovy arrangements, and jazz/soul/hip-hop influenced accompaniment.
Shakera has performed at prominent venues: The Chatterbox in Indianapolis, Twin's in Washington, D.C., Warmdaddy’s, Relish, Chris’, and The Clef Club of Philadelphia, Kelsey’s in Atlantic City, as well as The Women in Jazz Festival, the Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival and The Center City Jazz Festival. She received “The Jazz Vocalist Award” from The Clef Club of Philadelphia.
Shakera has had the pleasure of performing with Philadelphia jazz greats who became mentors, including Mickey Roker, Sid Simmons, Orrin Evans, Tim Warfield, Byron Landham, Robert Bootsie Barnes and Mike Boone