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, and recording artist.
Primarily recognized as a ‘powerhouse saxophonist’ throughout Southern California, Kennedy made 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, Nick Colionne, Candy Dulfer, and Michael Lington. Since she has toured and performed with 10,000 Maniacs, Peter White, and has made appearances on the television series America’s Got Talent and the Jimmy Kimmel show. Additionally, Kennedy has produced and recorded several solo projects and in 2020 she released her seventh full album, Back 2 Back.
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." She can also be heard as a vocalist on her two most recent albums, "Back Again" and "Back 2 Back".
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). Following, she worked as a regular member of French guitarist U-Nam’s group, appearing his recordings, 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." as well as "Surface Level". For a time, they also performed and recorded as Nivo Deux and Groove LTD.
‘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 seven complete albums released, as well as 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 Antigua endorsee and D'addario (reeds) Artist, she also has endorsements with the Beechler mouthpiece company, BG France, KenKase Reed Cases, Brancher Mouthpieces, and Vibrato Saxophones. You can read more about Shannon Kennedy's endorsements and saxophone setups on 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.