Shani Rigsbee (Shani), is currently a part of a power pack of American stars that are equally fluent on stage and screen, in acting and music. 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.
She developed a reputation as an International Artist (though born in Hot Springs Arkansas) by being involved in Internationally-flavored and culturally enriched projects. Her song “El Llamar de Pasión – Call of the Wild” was featured in the ACADEMY AWARD WINNER for Best Picture, Crash and was also chosen to promote Oliver Stone’s Persona Non Grata for HBO. She was the Featured Vocalist in the 20th Century Fox epic, One Night With the King and her songs, voice and persona have been featured in numerous feature films such as The House of Sand and Fog (Dreamworks) in which she also appeared and The Keeper – The Legend of Omar Khayyam (Guide Company Films) with Academy Award Winner Vanessa Redgrave, in which she also played the exotic Court Entertainer and was also the Executive Producer of the soundtrack. She has also appeared in and provided music for many other independent feature films and television shows and was the featured Vocalist for Sony Playstation’s Parasite Eve, a mega popular International Hit.
On screen, Shani has played a variety of roles from a sultry femme fatale to a seductive ancient temptress and her recent role of a Detective in the upcoming Guardian Angel. Her debut film role was the feature film Crossworlds with Rutger Hauer, Josh Charles and Jack Black and she also has several episodic television credits in her archives as a young girl in her early days in Los Angeles.
Shani has also been a featured Artist in many high profile events including the Countdown for Barack Obama and later followed as the Producer of the Inaugural Purple Ball’s show in Washington D.C with Performances with IL DIVO. She has also been the Featured Vocalist in the prestigious play Beneath the Veil which has been performed both the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles as well as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and at New York’s Lincoln Center. And she has supported in the past Amnesty International’s Blood Diamond Campaign wearing an “awareness” pin for the Academy Award festivities.
Equal parts actress, singer, songwriter, and producer, Shani is a skilled juggler keeping each of her talents in a neat and perfect balance. From an early age, Shani Rigsbee felt The Call of the Wild to travel and expand her sphere from beyond her birthplace of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Who would have guessed that this International talent actually stems from Bill Clinton’s hometown? As a young girl, Shani would spend hours singing to the artists of the day while her father played drums and she would produce plays and concerts in her family’s garage for the neighbors. Encouraging her passion for the arts, her family threw caution to the winds taking the Southern cheerleader and choirgirl to the City of Angels, Los Angeles, to help her launch her career so she could be more exposed to training and performance.