"Seattle's finest rootsy lady" - The Girls Are "Best Female Vocalist of 2012" - The Seattle Weekly
Shannon Stephens is a Seattle-based singer/songwriter. She began her career in 1993 as the voice of the Michigan folk-rock band Marzuki, co-led by Sufjan Stevens. When Marzuki disbanded, Stephens moved to Seattle and embarked on a solo career. Shortly after the release of her debut LP, she lost her taste for the business side of musicianship and retreated, spending the next eight years focusing on home, family, and the pleasures of an abundant garden. Those years of domesticity gave rise to 2009’s The Breadwinner – an album described by Exclaim! as “intensely relevant, lyrically incisive and richly deserving of your attention.”
In 2008, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy covered Stephens’ song "I'll Be Glad" on his album Lie Down In The Light. In 2010, Asthmatic Kitty Records re-released her debut LP, which was included in the Paste magazine piece “Five Amazing Albums In My iTunes You’ve Never Heard Of”.
Stephens produced her third album, Pull It Together, in 2012 with the help of Grammy-award winning engineer Kory Kruckenberg. The album brought together a brilliant cast of musicians, and featured a duet with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, a collaboration with New York songwriter DM Stith, and backing vocals by Galen Disston of Pickwick. Pull It Together represented a leap in confidence and songcraft for Stephens. She received the award of “Best Female Vocalist of 2012” and was counted among the "Ten Best Seattle Albums of 2012" by The Seattle Weekly. City Arts Magazine glowed “Shannon Stephens is a talented musician, a master of subtle stagecraft and a fantastic songwriter with an increasingly brilliant body of work.” Stephens toured Pull it Together nationally for six weeks.
In 2013 Stephens released her "Something Good" EP, showcasing the talents of her live band. The EP featured covers of Depeche Mode's "World in my Eyes" and Stevie Wonder's "Tell Me Something Good" alongside two reworked originals.
With her fourth album in the writing phase, Stephens is currently alternating between short regional tours and total hermitude.
"Stephens puts a survivor's swagger into her jazzy, sinuous soprano, swallowing the bitterest stuff life can throw at her, and spitting it out in defiance." – Blurt
“Best Female Vocalist of 2012"- Seattle Weekly
"Most impressive of all though, is Stephens' confident voice, her focused delivery, belting her wry observations from the level vantage point of a patient, seasoned pro." - The Stranger
So excited to play Macefield Music Festival on Friday! A one-day ticket for Friday is $25, but you MIGHT consider getting a weekend pass for only $45 and getting to see Mark Lanegan, Thunderpussy, Jesse Sykes, Tomo Nakayama & tons more. The lineup is fabulous.
This Friday, me and the boys are playing the Cafe at Doe Bay Resort and Retreat. Need a vacay? We'd love to see you there!
If you need a vacation, come see us and Lonesome Shack this weekend at Doe Bay Resort and Retreat! 25% off your stay if you mention you're there for the music.
First show in many months! We are playing the Cafe at Doe Bay Resort and Retreat during the dinner hour on Friday, Jan 30th. The next night, you can catch Lonesome Shack in the yoga studio! So come out for the weekend and enjoy the hot tubs, food & drink, scenery, and EXCELLENT company. ;)
I've been getting back into local shopping lately (reactivating my social conscience). Stopped in to Bluwater Distilling in Everett WA last week and got my face blown off by the BEST GIN EVER, and the pleasure of meeting the dude who makes it. Tonight, blood orange gin & tonics. Happy me.
Got a gorgeous new website, thanks to a very talented friend... It's been a long time coming. http://shannon-stephens.squarespace.com/#music-soon
I had SO much fun last Saturday-- so much in fact, that I am just getting around to thanking everyone! Like Everett Music Initiative, Lonesome Shack, Cave Singers, Each & All, Snoqualmie Ice Cream, and my band of unruly fellows. I sang, danced, and licked other people's ice cream cones, and there were hot air balloons in the sky. It was a night to remember!