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About Shana

Shana Morrison’s musical style has been called pop with a side of blues and a side of rock. She has also been known to include other ingredients, like country, R&B, and jazz into the mix. Her material seems to be ever-changing and hard to pin down categorically. What always remains the same is Shana's unique and wide-ranging voice.

Shana Morrison began performing with her group Caledonia in the San Francisco Bay area in 1996. Her debut CD, Caledonia, was released on her own label, Belfast Violet Records, in 1998 and picked up by the Monster Music label in 1999. Caledonia received favorable reviews from the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Francisco Examiner, as well as airplay on KPFA, KPIG, KPIX, KDVS, KHUM, and KFOG. Tours across the country soon followed.

Vanguard Records signed Shana in 2001, and 7 Wishes was released in 2002. This time, she received favorable reviews from newspapers and magazines across the country, as well as airplay on KMTT in Seattle; KINK in Portland, Oregon; KSGR in Austin, Texas; and KBCO in Denver.

Chronologically listed, some highlights of Shana's career follow: Since 1996, Shana has participated in benefit concerts for Oakland's American Legends Foundation. Paying tribute to and playing for artists such as Brownie McGee and Charles Brown, Shana has shared billing with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, and Dr. John. She has also played for festival audiences on the main stage both at the Guinness Fleadh in New York in 1997, and in San Francisco in 1999. In 2000 Shana performed at the San Francisco Blues Festival, the Ottawa Blues Festival, and the Edmonton Folk Festival. Recently she has had the type of exposure she deserves, opening shows for Lyle Lovett, Joe Cocker, Michael MacDonald, John Hyatt, Keb 'Mo, and Bob Weir.

Shana's international exposure includes a live broadcast for the BBC's Kelly Show and an appearance at the BRIT Awards in 1996, when her father was presented with a lifetime-achievement award. This has been broadcasted on A&E in America several times since. She also participated in a VH1 Father's Day special and was featured in People in 1997, Rolling Stone in 1999, and in Interview, as well as on the Oxygen channel's Pure Oxygen, and on The Howard Stern Show in 2002.

Since 2002, the band has been busy with tours across the United States, Germany, Italy, Ireland, and the UK, playing radio shows, clubs, theaters, and festivals, most notably playing the Warfield in San Francisco, the Viper Room in Los Angeles, the House of Blues in Cambridge, the Bottom Line in New York, Meinisfree Open Air in Germany, the Arezzo Wave Pop festival in Italy, the Borderline in London, the Cork Jazz Festival, the Galway Arts Festival, and The Late Late Show in Ireland.

2006 through 2008 saw Shana singing beside Van Morrison again during his U.S. and U.K. tour dates. Twelve years have passed since her beginnings singing duets with Mr. Morrison in his infamous Rhythm and Soul Review, which featured artists such as Jimmy Withersoon, Junior Wells, and John Lee Hooker. Since her first foray into recording on the Van Morrison releases A Night in San Francisco (1994) and Days Like This (1995), Shana Morrison has grown as a singer, a songwriter, and an artist. Her self-produced 2007 release, the R&B-flavored CD That's Who I Am, is on Belfast Violet Records. Joyride, produced by Kim McLean, was released in April 2010, also on Belfast Violet Records. Both albums are available online at iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby.


Music

Joyride

Joyride

  1. Joyride
  2. Gone for Good
  3. I Am a Rose
  4. Tomorrow's Eve
  5. Blue Angel
  6. He Won't Send Roses
  7. Means to Me
  8. Heart Shaped Tattoo
  9. No More Mrs Nice Girl
  10. Ten Thousand Things
  11. One Less Monkey
  12. Makin Love
  13. Good Enough for God

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That’s Who I Am

  1. Strong On You
  2. You Don't Own Me
  3. Wo Wo Wo
  4. Right or Wrong
  5. Will the Circle Be Unbroken
  6. Seven Years
  7. Drive
  8. Simple
  9. Jupiter Jones
  10. More Than I Need
  11. Punchline

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7 Wishes

  1. I Spy
  2. Smoke In Bed
  3. 7 Wishes
  4. A Song for the Broken
  5. Mother
  6. Would I Could
  7. Day After Yes
  8. Naked in the Jungle
  9. St. Christopher
  10. Cherry on Top
  11. Sometimes We Cry
  12. God Must Love Me
  13. Bonus Track: Connection

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Caledonia

  1. I Spy
  2. Yes, Yes, Yes
  3. House of Mirrors
  4. My Reason
  5. Can't Hold On
  6. Gladys
  7. Sweet Thing
  8. Mile 14

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Everybody’s Angel

  1. Molly O and Dog Boy
  2. Joey
  3. You Choose
  4. Nothing Left to Lose
  5. Here We Go
  6. Mate of Fate
  7. Hello Stranger
  8. Therapy
  9. Amy Sky
  10. Playin the Fool
  11. Lover's Moon
  12. Everybody's Angel

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Upcoming Shows

Date Location Venue Details
Aug 3 Cambridge, United Kingdom Cambridge Folk Festival With Van Morrison
Aug 30 Kansas City, MO Kansas City Irish Festival 5:30 p.m.
Aug 31 Kansas City, MO Kansas City Irish Festival 5 p.m.
Sep 27 Lake Tahoe, CA Private Event
Sep 28 Folsom, CA The Powerhouse Pub 3 p.m.
Oct 4 Monte Rio, CA Private Event
Oct 18 Half Moon Bay, CA Pumpkin Festival 1:30 p.m.

Press

“Lyrical and vocal strength abound on 7 Wishes. If any project is poised to bring Morrison to a widespread audience, this is it.”

—Billboard Magazine

“With a smooth, elastic voice and a style that lands between jazz chanteuse and rock chick, Morrison has won an enthusiastic following.”

—Rolling Stone

“A catchy, varied, and crisply performed CD, showing a command of the blues, country, and soul.”

—Los Angeles Times

“This fascinating new solo album unveils a strength and maturity Shana has only hinted at before. She co-wrote 11 of the 13 tracks, and they are filled with integrity and wisdom. Everything resonates truthfully here, and without pretension.”

—The Boston Globe

“Shana does solid work on 7 Wishes, including the thoughtful title track, the upbeat 'I Spy' and the beautiful 'Sometimes We Cry.'”

—Chicago Sun-Times

“Shana has a wide range voice that is both powerful and pure. Her material is eclectic and impressive, with country-rock roots on which her marvelous, sometimes magical lyrics comfortably ride... a delightfully entertaining mix.”

—San Francisco Examiner

“A powerful voice and an assured, fluid writing style. Morrison makes her case as a formidable, fully formed talent on 7 Wishes. 3 1/2 stars (out of 4)”

—The Oakland Press

“Shana has a clear connection to American blues and soul. That's evident in the breezy funk and soul of "I Spy" and rootsy pop of "Smoke in Bed". Throughout 7 Wishes, Shana's artful, agile singing is surrounded by gorgeous production from Grammy-winner Steve Buckingham.”

—Baton Rouge Advocate

“Shana combines clean, strong vocals, sophisticated melodies, and genre-bending hooks for an impressive album. Live, Morrison's vocals are even stronger and more emotion-packed then on her CD. Her robust, sensual vocals and her strong stage presence is captivating, infectious and charming.”

—GoGirlsMusic.com

7 Wishes is a vibrant album that succeeds with its own blend of rock, blues, folk, and pop. One of Shana Morrison's wishes was surely answered with this gutsy, self-assured album.”

—BarnesAndNoble.com

“Her style is bold and aggressive. Her set showcases her versatility...everything from rock and Blues to Country and Celtic. Morrison has spunk to spare and a hell of a voice.”

—Cleveland Scene

“Shana Morrison is her own singer, her own muse, her own woman. All sides of her were in proud profile throughout the dynamic performance she gave at Manhattan’s Bottom Line.”

—Irish Echo

“Morrison’s vocal abilities encompass a mosaic of interests and influences, and her country and rhythm and blues inflections in particular make one mindful of such early west coast discoveries as the pre-megafame Janis Joplin. With a thoroughbred voice, Shana Morrison can wail with the best of them.”

—Common Ground

“Four stars (out of 4); Morrison’s tunes are heartwarming and head-rushing on 7 Wishes.”

—Focus Magazine

“Shana has proven herself as a highly original and talented songwriter/vocalist. If 7 Wishes gives voice to Shana Morrison’s determination to be considered solely on her own terms, it’s a damn solid start.”

—Pacific Sun

“A powerful, soulful voice. A rising star.”

—East Bay Express

“Unabashedly indulging in a rootsy eclecticism... she has the powerful voice and integrity to pull it off.”

—Bay Guardian

“An utterly beguiling pop production that unfurls skillfully layered vocals from Morrison, engulfing the listener in a wistful, moody atmosphere.7 Wishes has an impressively strong and unique identity.”

—Contra Costa Times

7 Wishes puts Morrison’s powerfully soulful voice in a thoroughly modern context.”

—San Francisco Gate

“Shana Morrison has developed into a singer of great purpose, strength and conviction, of amazing subtly and scope. Not so much rock-and-roll diva or darkly haunted Blues-wailer or solitary balladeer as she is an amalgamation of each. That's Who I Am is an album marked with the sharp confidence that only long experience behind the microphone brings.”

—Electric Review

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