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Shea Rose

Singer Shea Rose.

Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff; PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN AT STATE ROOM; STYLIST: MICHELE BERNARD; HAIR: NANCY V. BROWN/NV MY HAIR SALON; MAKEUP: JOANNA PETIT-FRERE/VISAGE-1 STUDIOS; WARDROBE: DKNY, MARC BY MARC JACOBS

Singer Shea Rose.

Shea Rose.

Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff; ESSDRAS M SUAREZ/GLOBE STAFF; PHOTO TAKEN AT STATE ROOM; STYLIST: MICHELE BERNARD; HAIR: NANCY V. BROWN/NV MY HAIR SALON; MAKEUP: JOANNA PETIT-FRERE/VISAGE-1 STUDIOS; WARDROBE: DKNY, MARC BY MARC JACOBS

Shea Rose.

SHEA ROSE

Age “Twenties”

Occupation Singer, songwriter, musician

Residence Boston

You’ve said your Great Aunt Lillian taught you how to be a lady. How so?

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Just about etiquette, how to carry yourself. She imparted a lot of wisdom to me. She was a seamstress who worked for Filene’s for 30 or 40 years. I still have her sewing machine. She bought me my first suit. I was in 9th or 10th grade. I think she was looking ahead to college, interviews, that sort of thing.

You’re petite — 5 foot 2. How does that affect your style?

I’ve learned to embrace it. It gives me a lot of flexibility — with shoes, especially. I like simple, clean lines and adding a little flair with eye makeup and lip gloss and accessories. On stage, I don’t want to wear anything constricting. I like to keep it simple and memorable and fierce.

Your hair is gorgeous. Have you always worn it natural?

I cut all my hair off in 2007, and from then on I never put any chemicals in it. I always look back to powerful women, iconic women — [funk singer] Betty Davis, Pam Grier, Angela Davis, and of course my mother. She was like, “I wore my hair like that when you were born!” -- Hayley Kaufman

Interview has been condensed and edited. E-mail comments to magazine@globe.com.
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