Mary Shannon

Mary Shannon

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Singer/Songwriter, Recording Artist, Mary Shannon has been bringing joy to people through her inspirational original music and arrangements of music from Medieval to Contemporary for 15 years. With an angelic voice and captivating performance on the Harp and Guitar, she will enfold you in her music

Biography

With her contemporary harp playing, rhythmic guitar, and lilting vocals, Mary Shannon can entertain an audience for hours with over a 200 song repertoire of her original music and arrangements of music from Medieval to Contemporary. Her love and enjoyment of music is carried through to her enchanting performances. Shannon’s original music is a fusion of jazz, folk, rock, and pop, with Celtic influences, and has toped the charts. It is hard to compare her to any other musician because she is one of a kind, but she has been compared to Tori Amos, Sarah Brightman, Enya, Allison Krauss, and Sarah McLachlan.

Growing up in a family of musicians, including her regionally, well-known parents, Dennis and Mary Ellen Monroe, music became Shannon's life passion. At the young age of 14 she made her debut performing and co-writing music with her family group, "The Monroes", for the radio series "Come out into the Garden". It aired on WXXI.

Shannon, has been featured in "The Democrat and Chronicle," The " Messenger Post," "Naples Record," "Freetime," and "The City Newpaper" many times. Most recently she was featured on the cover of "The Rochester Insider" Magazine, on June 29th 2007. She has appeared on television, and radio shows numerous times.

Shannon was only 15 when she composed her first song, and many more have followed. She has recorded three albums of her original music, and one Christmas album with her arrangements of traditional Christmas music, which have sold out every holiday season since the release in 2005. Her new album "It's All Okay Now", that is selling Nationwide, is a collection of Mary Shannon's original music from 1996 - 2006. She performed, wrote, arranged, and produced all the tracks except one vocal, and one bass track. The instruments she played on the album are violin, harp, guitar, tenor recorder, bass, keyboard, percussion, and the lead and backup vocals. The gift to pick up and play almost any instrument resembles her late father Dennis Monroe's abilities.

Several songs were written for Monroe after he passed away on February 4, 2006. Shannon started writing the title song "It's All Okay Now" for her friend Lori Brizee that passed away in 2005. A few months before her father passed away he had a chance to listen to the first verse and chorus of "It's All Okay Now", and told her how he loved the song, and that she wrote beautiful music. In February 2006, after her fathers passing, she finished writing the song for him. The album is also dedicated to him.

Shannon's music is played on the air at WXXI 91.5, Saturday Morning, on the Salmagundi show, WBER 90.5, WRUR 88.5, and 98.9 "The Buzz". She was featured on 98.9 "The Breakfast Buzz" with a live interview on Thursday February 15, 2007.

Currently Shannon has been performing with some very talented musicians that add to her already pleasing sound, Vocalist Dawn-Hoff Cowdery, Violinist Lisa Toth, and Percussionist Jonny Logic.

"I'm so thankful God gave me the gift of music, it has gotten me through many hard times. It is a blessing to be able to wake up every day looking forward to my work. I hope everyone uses their talents they are given to their full ability. That is the only way we will be truly happy. It's never to late to start, today is a Brand New Day." - Mary Shannon

Lyrics

Brand New Day

Written By: Mary Shannon

Where did you go, where have you been

Just when I thought we had so much time, so much time

Every second of the day, all I think about is you

You are my reason for everything, for everything

Now I’m finding my way without you, without you


Chorus:
I’m learning to live a brand new way
I’m learning to begin again each day
It’s a brand new start
It’s a brand new day
It’s a brand new start
It’s a brand new day

Bridge: I’m still here for a reason
So I must carry on

This is not the end, I know I’ll see you again

When I close my eyes, you’re still playing your songs

You’re still playing you’re songs

Chorus: I
’m learning to live a brand new way
I’m learning to begin again each day
It’s a brand new start
It’s a brand new day
It’s a brand new start
It’s a brand new day

Bridge:
I’m still here for a reason
So I must carry on carry on, carry on, carry on, carry on

Believe in Magic

Written By: Mary Shannon C.P. 2006

Why don’t we follow our hearts
We need to start listening to ourselves
Somewhere hidden inside you is your voice
Blocked by so many others trapped inside

What’s right for you may not be right for someone else
It doesn’t mean it’s not right for you

Chorus:
Close your eyes believe in magic
You are who you are
Don’t fear yourself
Know yourself and live

Instrumental Break…….

Never take for granted what you have
Someday it might be gone

The pain of knowing you didn’t love when you should have
I hope you never feel this way


Chorus:
Close your eyes believe in magic
You are who you are
Don’t fear yourself
Know yourself and live, know yourself and live, know yourself and live

Constance

Written By: Mary Shannon C.P. 2006

Constance has gone to the other side that other place.

Cried myself to sleep last night remembering her face.

Chorus:
I close my eyes and pray, that tomorrow will be a better day

I close my eyes and pray, that I’ll see her again another day

Another day, yah yah, another day

Drove home to find a letter from a friend.

He told me remember after death there’s life again.

Bridge:
I can’t see you but I can feel you:||

Woe, woe, woe

I won’t lie and say life goes on without a tear.

The last time I saw you was when I knew why I was here.

Chorus:
I close my eyes and pray, that tomorrow will be a better day

I close my eyes and pray, that I’ll see her again another day

Another day, yah yah, another day:||

Discography

"Wasted Time" on 98.9 the buzz

"Free" on 88.5 WRUR

On 3/6/07 "Brand New Day" topped the charts at #1 on RadioIndy.com

On 3/12/07 "Along the Way" topped the charts at #2 on RadioIndy.com

On 3/24/07 "Believe in Magic" topped the charts at #2 on RadioIndy.com

On 3/16/07 "Free" topped the charts at #4 on RadioIndy.com

On 3/21/07 "Constance" topped the charts at #1 on RadioIndy.com

On 3/19/07 "Chaos" topped the charts at #5 on RadioIndy.com

Set List

She usually performs two 45min to 1hour sets of original music, and her arrangements of other music. She has enough repetoire to perform more sets if needed.

She covers music from Tori Amos, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Beatles, Tracy Chapman, Traditional Celtic, like "The Butterfly," and "Suil a Run," and Billy Holiday. She can play almost any kind of music that you request.