A new type of DJ and movement was formed over a decade ago in Milwaukee, WI. Former professional basketball player Shawna Nicols became DJ Shawna and disrupted the male-dominated industry in route to becoming one of the Midwest’s premier open format DJs. The Milwaukee-native has a knack for effortlessly bringing a room together with her infectious personality and high-energy mixes that keeps crowds engaged and begging for more.

DJ Shawna has made her presence felt on a national and international scale with past DJ residencies in Milwaukee, Chicago, Madison, Louisville and even Europe. DJ Shawna has worked for clients like the Milwaukee Brewers, Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, NCAA, Marquette University, Summerfest and iHeart Radio just to name a few. In addition, Shawna is now the official DJ and producer for the Milwaukee Bucks and was one of four DJs in the 2020 NBA Bubble.


In 2021, Shawna will be releasing an episodic documentary chronicling her incredible journey. In addition, she will be releasing her first original song entitled “I Won’t Give Up”. Shawna and her #DareToBe movement have inspired people all over the globe to be their best selves and to never stop reaching for the stars.

DJ Shawna | #DareToBe
"To me, music has always been what feelings sound like. Something that brings people together in the moment." - DJ Shawna


  • Author of children’s book “Adventures of Bob in Downtown Milwaukee” - all proceeds going to support chronic homelessness in Milwaukee, WI.

  • Owner of Dare To Be Clothing - daretobeclothing.com

  • Motivational Public Speaker - clients include the NCAA, UW-Milwaukee, Fiserv and many more

  • 2021 Milwaukee Business Journal 40 Under 40 inductee

  • Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee winner 4 years straight (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)

  • MKE Lifestyle Best of Greater Milwaukee 2020 winner

  • 2020 NBA Bubble Official DJ - one of 4 and the only female



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