From starting out as a dancer to becoming an inspirational solo artist, it is clear that Shannon has come a long way indeed. It’s certainly not every musician out there who can boast of being both a musician and a dancer having started out at such a young age. With her current status of a solo artist, there are no limits to the heights at which she can reach.
What are your main sources of inspiration?
As a dancer, one can have a plethora of different influences. Being a singer, the options become more limited in general. Even then, there is a very wide spectrum of artists that I listen to. Some of the artists that immediately come to mind are Maroon 5, Whitney Houston, The Eagles and Shania Twain, to name a few.
Have you signed a music deal with any particular recording company?
Yes, of late, i have just teamed up with Pledge music. This platform in particular gives opportunities to independent musicians and a level of creative control while raising funds for them at the same time. Such a combination is not easy to find at all, but I have been lucky in many ways. Plus, the pre-selling of digital downloads has also helped me a great deal.
Did you start dancing and singing at any particular age? Was it a natural process for you?
Since I fell in love with performing in general since I was six, I think it is safe to say that it was a very natural process for me right from the very beginning itself. Since then, I have enjoyed it and there hasn’t been one single moment where I felt that this was something I didn’t want to do. However, singing in public only started at a later stage when I was in high school. Before that, I would just sing in the privacy of my own room.
Where exactly did your journey with music start after high school?
Well, I was a dancer for the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers where I would occasionally sing as well. After a point, all the pieces of the puzzle fell with a trio band called Danity Kane and since then, it’s really been a rollercoaster ride for me. Just to be clear, I mean that in the best way possible.
Do give us an insight into your new EP. What is the inspiration and mood behind it?
I have spent a considerable amount of time on it since I want it to have the right sound that reflects me as an artist. Throughout my childhood, I’ve had the exposure to a very unique mix of both country and pop music, and I’d like to reflect that in my album. The love for both genres of music has been an integral part of my music career as a whole.
Any prime advice to all the budding folk out there who are looking to make it big in the music and entertainment industry?
Always make sure that you bring out what is unique about you as an artist. Trying to be the person next to you doesn’t work because there is no individuality in that. Always be determined and strengthen the aspect that makes you stand out from the rest of the crowd. Moreover, staying humble will always ensure that you remain grounded and grateful for what you have without losing the drive that got you started in the first place.