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Creating an accomplished reputation in an ever-expanding array of musical genres, Shannon Kennedy is recognized as an extraordinarily multi-faceted artist, composer, producer, performer, recording artist and music instructor. By maintaining diversity as a performer and composer, she has developed an exciting and constantly evolving career in contemporary music.
Primarily recognized as a ‘powerhouse saxophonist’ throughout Southern California, Shannon is currently working on her sixth album release as a solo artist. The first two singles include”Rolling in the Deep,” an instrumental cover of the popular Adele song and “Attention”, written by Charlie Puth.
Recently, Shannon worked as 1/2 of the smooth jazz groups Groove LTD and Nivo Deux, recording a fusion of contemporary jazz and RnB. Groove LTD made their debut on the Billboard Most Added and Chartbound Charts with “It’s Only Love“, #13 on The Smooth Jazz Top 20 with Allen Kepler, and #34 on the SmoothJazz.com Charts.
In addition to her work as a saxophonist, Kennedy has recently been stepping out as a compelling lead vocalist. Her 2012 album release, Behind Your Eyes, saw success with “Falling Slowly” and “Dead Man’s Party” as well as her original, French-lyric composition “N’Importe Quoi.”
She is also a Roland Aerophone Artist. She regularly performs and records with the Aerophone AE-10 and Aerophone Go AE-05.
A Selection of Past Collaborations
- She made her international debut performing on the 2007 Smooth Jazz Cruise with some of smooth jazz’s best-known performers – Brian Culberston, Craig Chaquico, Boney James, Candy Dulfer, Nick Colionne, and Michael Lington.
- She has played a key role as a saxophonist and member of the horn section on tour with Peter White, at the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards in 2008 and 2010 (as well as other performances), and she also appears on White’s album Good Day (Peak Records).
- In 2007 she also made an appearance on the debut season of America’s Got Talent playing in the horn section for Shawn Ryan.
- She toured as a part of 10,000 Maniacs in 2007 (opening for the B-52s).
- In June 2014, she appeared alongside Jessy J in an all-girl horn section on Jimmy Kimmel Live with popular vocalist, Mø from Denmark.
- Featured artist as part of the World Youth Jazz Festival 2014 in Putrajaya, Malaysia
- Performed at the Rock Against Trafficking 2015 Grammy After-Party as part of Andy Fraser’s All-Star band.
In addition to her work as a performing artist, Kennedy founded Teen Jazz in 2005, a community and resource website for aspiring musicians. The site serves features young performers, interviews with established musicians and music companies, music business advice, reviews and more. In 2010, a Texas radio station asked her to create a radio program to tie into Teen Jazz and Teen Jazz Radio was born. The show is now a podcast that is available on iTunes, Youtube and Soundcloud.
“What makes her list of accomplishments even more striking is that one would assume with her experience that she has been performing for several decades when in fact she is still in her early 20s.” (Dr. Alicia Doyle – allmusicreview.com) With five complete albums released, four EPs, and several singles, Kennedy has built up quite the impressive catalog.
Her debut album, Angel Eyes (2005) was released while Kennedy was in high school and was recorded live in a basement recording studio along with three of her classmates. Following Angel Eyes, she released two albums in 2007, Steppin Up and Never My Love, featuring her as a composer and producer as well as performer and with an impressive line-up of guest artists including Peter White and Kirk Whalum.
“[Her] 2009 holiday themed CD Almost That Time of the Year stars White, Nick Colionne, trumpet great Greg Adams and famed Special EFX guitarist Chieli Minucci. Even before the official release of Almost That Time of Year the project’s high spirited title track was receiving airplay on the O.C. college jazz station KSBR, the rock station 101.3 KATY in Temecula and on Power 88 (KCEP 88.1), the big urban station in Las Vegas.” (Jonathan Widran – National Jazz Author)
Shannon Kennedy is an Antigua Winds endorsee and D’Addario Reeds Artist, she also has endorsements with Roland, the Beechler mouthpiece company, BG France, KenKase Reed Cases, Brancher Mouthpieces, and Vibrato Saxophones. You can read more about Shannon Kennedy’s endorsements and saxophone setups at her equipment page.
She has also recently stepped into the realm of film scoring and video game underscoring with her project Unfinished Compositions. The first four releases are available – L’Automne, L’Hiver, Le Printemps, and L’Ete. She is currently working on the underscoring of an upcoming musical.
— J.M Riley, independent writer
What Instruments Does Shannon Play?
Shannon plays flute, saxophone, acoustic guitar, clarinet, oboe, keyboards and she sings. She also collects and plays exotic flutes/woodwinds including the shakuhachi, duduk, and dizi.
Where can I get more information on Shannon?
Does Shannon post photos from her tours?
Shannon also blogs over at Eurolinguiste about her various trips and her favorite hobby outside of music, learning languages. You can view photos from her tours there.
What is Teen Jazz?
Shannon also designs and hosts teenjazz.com, a comprehensive website and community for aspiring musicians. In addition to music business advice articles, Teen Jazz also features interviews, instrument reviews, album and concert reviews and interviews with established musicians. You can find out more at the Teen Jazz web site. The site is no longer actively run.
What is Teen Jazz Radio?
Teen Jazz Radio is a podcast where Shannon featured the music of up and coming musicians and bands. Each episode she answers questions about the music industry and about maintaining a career as a performer. Listen here.