Shannon's bio: 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
Primarily recognized as a 'powerhouse saxophonist' throughout Southern
California, she has recently been stepping out as a compelling lead vocalist
with her latest release, Behind Your Eyes (2012), and singles including Only
One (2011), No One To Catch Me (2010) and Falling Slowly (2010).
She is also featured as a vocalist and saxophonist with Nivo Deux, an
energetic, youthful and electrifying new group performing and recording a
fusion of 80s pop, contemporary jazz and electro. Nivo Deux recently made
their debut on the Billboard Chart's Most Added during their first week with
"Love's No Distance." Their EP is expected late Summer/early Fall 2013.
Shannon Kennedy playing saxophone with taboo band after 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 - Shannon has
become a major presence in the genre. 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, and she also appears on
White's latest album Good Day (Peak Records). Since, she has become a
regular member of French guitarist U-Nam's group, appearing on his last
single, Give Me the Night (2011), Act Like You Know (2010) and as the
saxophonist on his live DVD U-Nam: Live at Anthology (2010). She also
performs on the guitarist's recent George Benson tribute, "Weekend in L.A."
In 2005, Kennedy founded Teen Jazz, 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.' (Doyle -
allmusicreview.com) With four complete albums released, three 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.
shannon performing with french guitarist u-nam'[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 a Rheuben Allen endorsee and Rico (reeds) Junior
Artist, she also has endorsements with the Beechler mouthpiece company, BG
France, KenKase Reed Cases, Vibrato Saxophones, and Marca. You can read more
about Shannon Kennedy's endorsements and saxophone setups at her equipment
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."
~ Rileigh Thompson - About SK Shannon Kennedy
About the origin of "TeenJazz.com," an interview excerpt...
SK: "It started out as a Web site for my band when I was a sophomore in
high school which was called Night Vision and the url NightVision.com was
already taken, so I chose Teen Jazz and after a while I figured with a url
like that... and I was already writing articles that were pretty much advice
articles for young musicians, I decided to gear the purpose of that Web site
towards other young musicians my age. I had the advantage of going to an art
school and meeting a lot of musicians who had already been auditioning for a
while. That helped me out a lot and I know that the average kid doesn't have
that, so I tried to create a place for them to go and, in a way, have the
same help that I had starting out.."
~ Baldwin "Smitty" Smith - jazzmonthly.com
Welcome to Teen Jazz from Shannon Kennedy
"Behind the Scenes at TeenJazz.com"
"Teen Jazz is a website and community for up and coming musicians around
the world. It features emerging young artists, provides numerous advice and
career related articles and is a place for young performers to network with
Shannon Kennedy | Behind Your Eyes | Interview | Talking Smooth Jazz
"Behind Your Eyes" Press Release excerpt
"The process of recording Behind Your Eyes was begun in 2010 and over
the last two years she has released three of the album tracks: Falling
Slowing, No One to Catch Me and Only One, as singles. Finalizing the project
was put on hold when Shannon took some time to tour, to immerse herself in
Celtic culture while earning a master's degree at Queen's College in
Belfast, and to get married. The completed album - her fifth since her debut
in 2005 - is a remarkably sophisticated and diverse collection of mostly
vocal music, all of which was well worth the wait."
~ Alicia M. Doyle - allmusicreview.com (PDF)
It's Only Love - Barry White - Simply Red - Cover by Groove Ltd. feat. U-Nam & Shannon Kennedy
NiVO DEUX | Love's No Distance feat. U-Nam & Shannon Kennedy