About Saxophonist Shannon Kennedy
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 music.
Primarily recognized as a ‘powerhouse saxophonist’ throughout Southern California, Shannon has recently spent her time teaming up with French Guitarist and #1 Chart Topping Artist, U-Nam, to form 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 Most Added Charts during their first week with “Love’s No Distance,” following up with their EP “Open Beta” and their second single “C’est Le Funk.”
While recording and touring as a part of Nivo Deux, Shannon Kennedy has also had time to continue working on her music as a solo artist, releasing “Rolling in the Deep,” an instrumental cover of the popular Adele song and the first single from her forthcoming album due late 2014.
In addition to her work as a saxophonist, Kennedy has recently been stepping out as a compelling lead vocalist. Her 2012 album release, Behind Your Eyes, saw success with "Falling Slowly" and "Dead Man’s Party" as well as her original, French-lyric composition "N’Importe Quoi."
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 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.
‘[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, Brancher Mouthpieces, Vibrato Saxophones, and Marca. You can read more about Shannon Kennedy's endorsements and saxophone setups at her equipment page.
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.