Shaprece Renee’, Seattle-born singer and performer, makes music out of a connected dualism. On the one hand, she summons swooping swells of operatic vocals. But on the other, she overlays those sounds onto intricate, rhythmic electronic beats. The result, both majestic and trippy, has earned her significant local success, including performances at the coveted Sasquatch! summer festival, and gigs backed by full orchestras. Shaprece, however, is never one to stand still, her career always shaping, moving—almost like a puff of smoke. And now the talented performer (and cannabis appreciator) has flown the coup of the Emerald City to test the currents of Los Angeles.
“For the last year, I’ve been in a majorly creative phase,” explains Shaprece, who is also in the midst of recording a new album, releasing singles and their accompanying videos. “Testing the boundaries of my song writing and sound—every day is a bit of an evolution of my artistry.”
One part of that evolution, she says, is working with cannabis-inspired designers. Shaprece, who says she uses cannabis to “fully let go and get lost in my creative thoughts,” says these collaborative relationships, often focused around fashion, have occurred naturally and organically in her new community. “One of my favorite L.A. pastimes is going to the Fairfax Trading Post on Sundays,” she says. “I noticed the vendors have impeccable style, and one day I decided to see if any of them would be willing to do trades.”
And so, the industrious Shaprece began forming bonds with these designers—folks like Rachel Quiles of Vintage Redeux, a pot-friendly outlet that focuses on remaking fashion from the garments of yesteryear while maintaining a certain ‘70s flare. Another collaborator is Morgan Burton, aka DJ Morgasm, a celebrity stylist who celebrates the powers of the mighty marijuana plant. “I’ve found myself going beyond my ‘norm’ in all aspects since I moved,” she notes.
“For the last year, I’ve been in a majorly creative phase . . . Testing the boundaries of my song writing and sound—every day is a bit of an evolution of my artistry.” – Shaprece
And while Shaprece says she misses getting high in the middle of a Pacific Northwest forest “with [her] notebook in tow,” she is well on her way in new, more luxurious forms of creativity—both cannabis and SoCal sunshine enhanced—all with a lean toward celebrating the creative, intertwined spirit. “The relationships I’ve made have been based on genuinely beautiful souls, wanting to help one another shine,” she says. “It’s impossible for me to work any other way.”