Taveras was born in Santo Domingo in 1993 and her family moved to Rhode Island when she was very young. She started her music career in Providence in 2007 by participating in El Festival de La Voz. Shortly after, she decided to pursue her dreams in music by performing at festivals and concerts across the region. She has also performed throughout the Dominican Republic. Her musical influences include Milly Quezada, Shakira and Juan Luis Guerra. Shawnee is currently a Psychology major at Roger Williams University.