Joy Shannon

Joy Shannon

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I am a harpist and cellist but that doesn't mean I don't rock. I play beautiful, meaningful music with an edge. I have an extremely expressive voice with uniqueness and passion... and I have a great deal to say in my lyrics that speak of loss, redemption and the quest to find a path in this life.

Biography

I always wrote songs for as long as I could remember. It was just how I processed reflections upon my experiences at the end of the day. But I was always extremely shy. I had such terrible stage fright that I literally lost my voice and could never sing in front of people. But for some reason that's what I secretly longed to do; sing.

I finally decided to fully pursue my dream for music that seemed to burn inside me when I had a near death experience in 2003. I was nearly killed by my grandmother who had gone completely nuts because of having alzheimer's disease.
I locked myself in a room and called 911. With her yelling at me from one side of the door, the 911 operator in my ear and my eyes fixated on the window looking outside, my path in life seemed to literally open up before me. I knew that if died that day I would not be satisfied. I had not yet done what I am supposed to do with my life. I suddenly knew what that was: music.

Since then I have been writing, recording and performing music every chance I can get. I feel like since music has healed me I need to share it with others in hopes to help them heal themselves too. I have received the occasional fan email that says something along the lines of how the message in my music has changed someones life for the better. I am not surprised because music changed my life for the better and I will keep making music until the day I die.

Lyrics

Don't You Let Me Go

Written By: Joy Shannon

I don't what you see when you see me
I don't know if I want to know.
I don't know if you see me for me
I don't know how I could show
my heart's in the right place
if the right place is love
but I can't seem to show it on my face
my love
so don't you let me go
there's a few things you should know
my heart's not made of coal
I'm not a bridge with a mean troll
and how I love you so.

how I love you so.

I don't know if this is a real song
if you're not here to hear
my heart's in the right place
it's always been
and I'll always think of you as my friend.
so don't you let me go
there's a few things you should know
my heart's not made of coal
I'm not a bridge with a mean troll
and I love you so.

The Divorce

Written By: As in the Wilderness

You remind me of something I don't have
I was better off before.
Like a warm warm house
knowing what's inside
and I'm locked outside the door.

And all I'm longing for
All I'm waiting for
has just walked through the door.
And all I'm longing for
All I'm working for
and all I want is more.

What if I didn't know I should be lonely,
would I be lonely anymore?
And if I didn't know I should want these things,
would I want them at all?
anymore
anymore.

You remind me of what I used to have.
Was I better off before?
In that big big house
all that hurt inside
and it's still cold outside the door.

And all I'm longing for
All I'm waiting for
has just walked through the door.
And all I'm longing for
All I'm working for
and all I want is more.
And all I'm longing for
All I'm waiting for
and I'm locked outside the door.

What if I didn't know I should be lonely,
would I be lonely anymore?
And if I didn't know I should want these things,
would I want them at all?
And if I didn't know I should be angry,
would I be so angry anymore?
anymore
anymore.

Discography

Singles: "Don't You Let Me Go" and "Let Be and Let Burn" currently featured on Indie 103.1 fm Los Angeles.
self-released albums: "The Siren" (2005) and "Love is Not Dead" (2004)

Set List

My typical set list is a 30 minute set. I play all original songs with harp and vocals. I sometimes play one cover "Search and Destroy" by Iggy Pop... just because I find it entertaining to play a punk song in a very melodic and beautiful way on the harp.

A Typical Set:

Mr Man
Gypsy
Like A Siren
The Divorce
Search and Destroy
After You
The Coat
I Still Feel Love