Shaina Taub will release her second full-length studio solo album May 1, exclusively available as a digital download on Bandcamp. (Digital release on other platforms is expected later this year). Titled Die Happy, the album follows her 2015 debut album Visitors.
Die Happy features 12 tracks of original songs that range from protest anthems to intimate ballads. The album is co-produced by Taub, Mike Brun, and Dean Sharenow. Taub is backed by her band Brun, Hiroyuki Matsuura, and David Farrell Melton, with an ensemble of horn, wind, and string players and a choir made up of Taub's friends and collaborators joining as well.
Taub will celebrate the independent release with a one-night-only concert and release party at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater on May 15 at 7PM. Songs from the album will also be previewed at her March 27 and April 23 Joe's Pub dates. More information and tickets for all three performances are available at JoesPub.org.
Take a look at the track listing for Die Happy:
1. If I Die Before You
2. Huddled Masses
3. Where Are The Grown-Ups?
4. She Persisted
5. Family Plan
6. Holy Old City
8. 2 Captains
9. Our Solitude
10. Your Old Guitar
11. Still I Will Love
An accomplished writer, Taub was awarded the Jonathan Larson Grant in 2014 and a Fred Ebb Award in 2017. Her musical adaptations of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and As You Like It have been produced in The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park season, both part of their Public Works initiative; Twelfth Night is set for an encore presentation Summer 2018. \
Taub has performed in Off-Broadway productions of Old Hats (which also featured Taub's original songs), Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812, and Hadestown. She also portrayed Emma Goldman in the recent site specific concert production of Ragtime on Ellis Island.