Shannon Corey

Shannon Corey

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Shannon Corey, a 24-year-old classically trained pianist turned contemporary singer/songwriter, combines the piano, cello, bass and drums for an amazing pop-rock-folk sound. With intense piano lines and a smoky Fionna Apple voice, you are in for one hell of a ride. www.shannoncorey.com

Biography

When you first meet Shannon, and that sizeable grin of hers, you would never expect her set list to consist of as much emotional and angst ridden music as I have heard tonight. After getting to know her for even 5 minutes, you would, however, expect it to be good. As it turns out, good soon proved to be quite an understatement as I sat through her hour set, astounded and amazed, listening to her words of heartbreak and confusion; her stories of troubled friends, and even her fears of failure; her music that knew just what chords to hit in order to make you fall deeper into your chair and a voice that is "dripping with sexy.” Tim Hoobler of New York City
This 24-year-old classically trained pianist turned contemporary singer/songwriter has been plugging away at the New York City music scene in hopes of continually living her life as she has always dreamed; as an accomplished and skilled artist.
Shannon Corey, born on a military base in the 80’s, began life with the keys at her fingers. Born to two musicians, Shannon grew up in the small beach state of Rhode Island playing the piano and singing with her family, eventually moving to NYC in hopes of pursuing her dream.
Since her move, Shannon has been actively promoting her music by appearing at such places as Sam’s in Time’s Square, The Soul Café, Birdland Jazz Club, and also through a television appearance on Zero Gravity with Peter Haywood. “Shannon has this incredible musicianship about her that shines when she performs…she always seems to captivate a crowd and pull them along on her musical journey. Wherever she goes she carries an undeniable spirit that drains from her pores every time she touches the keyboard.” Gianni Valenti, owner of Birdland
You could have also seen her over the past 4 months performing at the infamous Bitter End downtown on Bleecker Street which, as she states, “has started to feel like home.” Other downtown venues in which Shannon has also shared her talents include Kenny’s Castaways, and The Sidewalk Café.
Shannon’s emotional piano lines, agreeable lyrics, and smoky vocals truly hit home to a large number of loyal fans within NYC and up the New England Coastline. Her popularity among college students has also been rapidly growing ever since her demo release and recent string of shows downtown.

“Shannon has a certain realness to her when she’s behind the piano – she’s not putting on a show, she is simply pouring her heart out. And while she is giving us that peek into her soul, she just happens to be making some of the best music out there today.” Lauren Thompson/Marymount Manhattan College 2004

“…the most appealing things about Shannon’s music are her lyrics and her incredible voice. So many people, especially those that are my age, can truly relate. Shannon’s music comforts and reassures me that there are countless people searching for their own identity, a soul mate, and most of all something they can give back to the world.” Erica Lombardo, 22yrs./Boston College 2005

“Shannon’s ability to match her mood with her voice is beautiful and honest. She is such an inspiration to all striving musicians.” Jon Marcinko/Univerity of New Haven 2007

I had a moment to speak with Shannon after her late July Bitter End show where her band consisted of herself on piano and lead vocals, Dan Ehrlich on Bass, Shawn Hill on Drums, and Peter Sachon on Cello.

Obviously there are a lot of classical influences here. Is that why you chose this specific combination of instruments?

"Well, I have always loved classical music. It’s what I was raised on. I feel as though it will always be in my fingers and because of that I am greatly influenced by the style when writing. I have also aquired such a love for the heartbreaking sound you attain when combining the piano with strings, therefore I chose the cello to create that classical feel. To that combination I contemporized it a bit by adding drums and bass, and along with the differentiation of my melodies we end up with a fusion of classical/pop/rock/folk that is hard to describe when asked what genre I would fall into!"

Well, I can see I’m keeping you from everyone in the room, is there anything else you would like to add after such a successful show?

“Yes actually – (she laughs) – I’m proud of what I’ve done. Everything I’ve written has come from a place that is true and authentic…a place that forces me to spill it onto paper and into music. I know I’m not the only person experiencing what I am experiencing. It’s called life… I mean, we’re all in this and even if one person can relate or take something away with them after hearing my music then I have done my job.”

Jennifer L. Goodman
7/27/05

Lyrics

Fate You Don't Believe In

Written By: Shannon Corey

who will i be today
i guess we'll see what the weather brings
what face should i paint
there are so many things running through my head

keep on flying high
keep on trying cause it's never enough
you don't even know what you want
you don't even know who you are

but i've never heard of anyone who was planning to loose
so why don't i instinctively choose to be strong
is it wrong to always want to be right
or should i give up this fight

well one wrong move and it all seems to change
why doesn't anyone tell us that nothing ever stays the same
watch it pass you by as you stand there deciding your fate
well, a fate you don't believe in

but i've never heard of anyone who was planning to loose
so why don't i instinctively choose to be strong
is it wrong to always want to be right
or should i give up this fight

and again i'm running towards that door
trying to escape the person i was before
guess the mirror is finally clean

and the images go into battle inside my head
when i wish i could be anybody else instead
it's a far far better thing to pretend
then he said...

that i've never heard of anyone who was planning to loose
so why don't you try and just choose to be strong
is it wrong to always want to be right
do you really think you should give up this fight

Winter

Written By: Shannon Corey

the snow, i fear, it's falling down again
it takes just once for it to offend the spring and drive it away
for just a little while

but it is not the winter's fault i've learned
'cause he can't control the way the earth turns
but he can't explaing how the ice and the wind
burn his eyes
my dear, the winter is here

my friend, i fear, he's falling down again
and it takes just once for him to offend everyone that stands by his side
and drive them all away

but it is not my poor friend's fault i've learned
'cause he can't control the way the earth turns
but he can't explain how the voices and images
burn his eyes to tears
the winter is here

and it hurts those that love him to see
just how lost to the winter one person could be
freezing the truth and mistaking the good for the bad
oh how sad, so sad

the sky, i fear, she's falling down again
and it takes just once for her to offend all the people that stand down below
burning in the snow

but it is not the poor sky's fault i've learned
'cause she can't control the way the earth turns
but she can't explain this poor soul that cries out
who yearns to be set free

and just when he thought he was clear
the ghosts and the snow suddenly appear
to confirm all the lies he so dreadfully fears

i'm so sorry my dear
it's not us you should fear
i'm so sorry my dear...
but the winter is here

Unsaid

Written By: Shannon Corey

and each time i look at you
i can feel it in my bones i can hear my veins screaming
it feels like something new
or maybe it's just you that's gotten into my head

but you're back and forth and in and out
and all it really takes is time
you're mine and you don't even know it yet
so just breath and please have a little sympathy
for a girl who knows just what she's trying to say
i really need to say
and so i say

but my jaw begins to lock and my teeth begin to clatter
and you ask me what's the matter
and i say i say

damn this stupid weather for making me act this way
but it wasn't the one thing that i really wanted to say

so why
why is it so hard
why is it so hard to just say
that i love you

and i want to run screaming over jagged hills
but i'm still
and you don't notice
the door screams and cries and it calls me to dance
but still i'll take a chance and tell you how i fell
this is how i feel
and so i say

but my jaw begins to lock and my teeth begin to clatter
and you ask me what's the matter
i say i say

looks like you're doing better are we still on for lunch today
but it wasn't the one thing that i really needed to say

so why
why is it so hard
why is it so hard to just say
that i love you

but then my jaw begins to lock and my teeth begin to clatter and you ask me what's the matter
and i say i say

i hate this new york weather and i hate that you're going away
but it wasn't the one thing that i really wanted to say

so why
why is it so hard
why is it so hard to just say
that i love you

Discography

Fate You don't Believe in/4 song demo

http://cdbaby.com/cd/shannoncorey

Set List

Sets usually range from 45 minuts to an hour.
They consist of a combination of original songs as well as covers from varying artists that you will find at the end of this list.

ORIGINALS

Winter
Fate You Don't Believe In
Unsaid
Still Mine
Just Me
Streetlights


COVER EXAMPLES

Take on Me/A ha
Message in a Bottle/The Police
Alone/Heart
I Miss You/Incubus
Never is a Promise/Fionna Apple
Do What You have to Do/Sarah McLachlan
Brick/Ben Folds