Tomorrow, Saturday January 12, 2013 at 1PM (PST) I will be doing an interview with Talking Smooth Jazz. This is my second interview with them and I’m really excited and honoured to be back on the show. During the interview, … Continue reading
Earlier this morning I had a lot of fun doing a radio interview over at KSBR 88.5 with Garrison West where we talked about the new album, the upcoming album release parties and music, in general. I dragged (a hint … Continue reading
For those of you in Southern California…
I will be throwing a party to celebrate the release of my new album “Behind Your Eyes” on November 30, 2012 at Bella Collina Towne and Golf Club in San Clemente, CA.
The show will start at 6pm and will feature music from my new CD. There will be an intermission with a cd signing which will be followed by the second set. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED, please call in advance to reserve your seat!
The new album features a collection of original instrumental and vocal pieces as well as the covers “Falling Slowly” and “Dead Man’s Party”. You can check out sound clips on my web site.
Bella Collina is located at 200 Avenida La Pata, San Clemente, CA 92673.
To make reservations, please call 949-498-6604
For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/329541110487423/ or email Shannon.
I really hope to see you there!
Need I say more?
This was one of the exclusive Kickstarter acoustic videos, but since the campaign is over, I wanted to share it. I’m still learning to sing and play guitar at the same time (my guitar playing husband was supposed to do it but he was on tour).
Tomorrow marks the close of my Kickstarter campaign. Let’s celebrate it with the first album review and press release and a preview!
Also, if you wanted to pre-order the album but didn’t get around to it – you still have a few hours left!
Shannon Kennedy Behind Your Eyes
Alicia M. Doyle, allmusicreview.com
With the long awaited release of her newest album, Behind your Eyes, Shannon Kennedy demonstrates that she has both the endurance and the innovation to remain relevant in today’s music world.
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.
Established as a saxophonist in the world of music since an early age, this newest album clearly showcases her strength as a singer-songwriter. With only one purely instrumental track (Falling Slowly) the songs are noticeably informed by her understanding of current European trends and her lifelong passion for acoustic folk music. Several tracks feature European folk instruments and she includes songs in both French and English. Contrasting these acoustic tracks are Only One and N’Importe Quoi wherein she explores contemporary Europop and electronic dance music styles. In addition to the mostly new material on the album, the inclusion of her new interpretation of the enormously popular Dead Man’s Party (Oingo Boingo) is refreshing and unexpected.
The musicians who perform with Shannon on Behind Your Eyes are as progressive and eclectic as the music they recorded together. A few musicians from her previous albums make appearances including Kurt Hamernick (drums), Spenser Bishop (drums), Thomas Drayton (bass), and John Gregorius (guitar). New guests include a few musicians from Europe such as Ioannis Tsiolakis (keyboards) and U-Nam (guitar and bass).
Beyond the clear French and folk music inspiration, her lifelong passion for music, all music, is clearly evident on this album. In Shannon’s work, she has internalized the influence of all the great artists she had the opportunity to discover before and while living in Europe. As for the new vocal direction she is taking as an artist Shannon states “Singing and songwriting has opened up a lot of really great opportunities for me and I am so excited to share this new aspect of my musical identity with my friends and fans. It has been an amazing experience working on the music from this album and hearing it all come together.”
Behind your Eyes defies classification into any one genre. Her use of timbres is deeply evocative, and the album as a whole is a cinematic marriage of jazz, pop, folk, and global music. Clearly her own experience has deeply affected her understanding of the world and of music. This new perspective is readily apparent in her work as she demonstrates the ability to take risks and to challenge her abilities by exploring new artistic mediums. This sentiment is captured in a line from a track on the new album, No One to Catch Me: “I’m not the kind of girl who falls this hard- especially when there’s no one to catch me.” Here in a single phrase she has summed up the ideology of this album and of her future. Shannon can do anything she wants and she has demonstrated that she doesn’t need anyone to catch her as she can catch herself.
Shannon Kennedy will release “Behind Your Eyes” and to support the release, she will return to the stage touring December 2012 and throughout 2013.
This video features the entire intro and almost an entire two verses of the title track “Behind Your Eyes” from my up coming album.
Today my new album, Behind Your Eyes, went live on KickStarter. For just $1 you can get access to exclusive album updates, a free mp3 and KickStarter only videos that will be posted until the release of the album. For $10 you can pre-order the album itself. Not to mention the fact that there are a ton of additional offers that are only available as part of the KickStarter campaign.
As you know, I’ve been working on Behind Your Eyes for quite some time and it features several talented musicians, a collection of original music, and it is the first time that my album’s focus will be on singing. This album is really different from anything I’ve done before, and it has been so much fun to work on. More specific information will be posted later on for backers.
Behind Your Eyes is in the final recording stages and I’m really excited to share it with you. If you are interested in becoming a part of “the making” of my new album, here’s where your contributions will go:
- Recording costs
- The cost of manufacturing CDs.
- Cool promotional materials (that you’ll have access to first)
I’ll be updating my progress on Kickstarter every week so you can stay in the loop on how the project is going. For as little as $1 you can get access to these exclusive updates and be involved in the production of my new album! I’ll post Kickstarter-only videos and pictures so you know where your contributions are going and where I’m at with the project!
The album’s expected release date in November/December 2012. There will be 11 songs on the album which I will announce one at a time to contributors along with acoustic video versions of the songs.
If I don’t reach the goal, all of the money is returned to the backers, so the all the awesome rewards listed to the right won’t be available. Help me reach the goal so that you can take advantage of these one-time only offers!
I greatly appreciate your support!
I would like to officially announce that my new album, Behind Your Eyes, will be available at the end of the year! I am so excited to finally finish this project and share the music that I’ve been working on. In order to keep on track, I will be posting status updates on the project so you know where it’s at!
Here is the Album Planner with what has been completed on the album and what is left to do. I know it’s not the prettiest design, but I’ll work on it! The colored boxes are things left to do and the X’s are things that have been completed. As you can see, it’s pretty close!
The reason the titles have been blurred out is because I have not officially announced the track listing and I’d like to keep that a surprise for a little while longer. I’ll be announcing each song one by one until the release of the album.
If you are looking for ways to keep track of the project, I will be starting a KickStarter account to help cover the cost of getting the albums printed. For as little as $1, you will get exclusive album updates that aren’t available anywhere else (as well as a copy of one of the singles from the album before release). You can even pre-order the digital version/physical version of the album! This is the last full update I’ll publish publicly. I’ll post the KickStarter link when it’s available and I hope you’ll stop by and pre-order the album!
*** UPDATE: here is the link to my Kickstarter page where you’ll have access to exclusive album updates for just $1 ***