V Shayne Frederick stands on a city balcony in a blue suit

Music - Vocal Performance (BM)

V. Shayne Frederick is an adjunct assistant professor at UArts and an active jazz vocalist and pianist, a recording artist and a commercial and film composer.


V. Shayne Frederick is a musician and educator whose performances span decades. He’s electrified TEDx, NPR, and performance venues large and small nationwide. “His stunning baritone effortlessly soars” (WXPN) as “one of the region’s busiest and best jazz singers” (Broad Street Review). He is “one to watch [...] a shining light,” (All About Jazz) and “soulful” (Downbeat).

Frederick is a governor of the Philadelphia Chapter Board of the Recording Academy, digital communications coordinator for Philadelphia Contemporary and a preschool music educator.

He was nominated for a Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Fellowship in 2021.


  • Frederick’s recording collaborations have been carried on Ropeadope Records (Paul Giess’ Hymns Volume 1) and Outside In Music (Nicholas Krolak’s Voice = Power),  among myriad other recordings. He will release his fifth solo recording project, King, in 2022, after Lovesome, Gleaming, Evergreen and Blacklight.

  • He has toured as an orator for Ruth Naomi Floyd’s Frederick Douglass Jazz Works and as a keyboardist, arranger and vocalist for Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher & the Afroeaters, whose debut album, Doublehanded Suite, was released May 2022.

  • In addition to performing, Frederick’s compositions/film scores are featured in commercials and films, garnering attention in international film fest circuits.

Visit V. Shayne Frederick’s website.

Awards & Accolades

Frederick has been honored with numerous accolades, including being named 

  • a governor of the Philadelphia Chapter Board of the Recording Academy,

  • a voting Member of the Recording Academy, 

  • an ASCAP member and 

  • a nominee for a Pew Fellowship through the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, 2021.

Read more about Frederick in the Philadelphia Inquirer.