Who is Official Shannon?!
Official Shannon is an English independent female singer/songwriter and music artist from Chingford, East London whose soulful tones and empowering lyrics capture all things honest and heartfelt. Official Shannon creates and shares confronting original songs through cleverly crafted alt-pop production as well as acoustic and live band performances. She has incredible infectious energy on stage as well as in the recording studio and collaborates creatively with producers for her original music.
Official Shannon has been performing for over a decade and has a very theatrical background. She grew up training to be a theatre performer at prestigious institutions such as The BRIT School and The University of Chichester Conservatoire but during the rise of the Covid-19 pandemic, Official Shannon turned her focus to creating and recording her own original music from home. Since the return of live music, she has already put on a countless amount of shows touring the London circuit and formed an incredible live soul band that occasionally supports her at bigger shows. After many air plays and an exclusive live session and interview for the BBC, she had finished her first year of music releases by being picked as one of The Best Live Sessions of 2021 alongside Dodie and Sam Ryder.
Official Shannon aims to promote authenticity, and self belief through her music, so others can feel enabled to pursue their passions and feel empowered to be themselves. "Official Shannon has been constantly on the rise for the last two years. Recognized many times by BBC Music Introducing and specialized press" as well as more recently making the 2023 longlist as an emerging artist to perform at Glastonbury Festival, "her powerful, evocative and dynamic vocals have made sure she could build an artist name that calls for respect and admiration." - Gabriel Mazza, Mesmerized.
In 2021, Shannon founded and curated a London live music event series called "Under The Radar" @undertheradarldn to showcase independent women in music and female creatives in London. This continues to run with events scheduled throughout 2023.
Quotes about Official Shannon's lastest single, Dress To Please:
"Official Shannon is a London-based alternative pop artist who has caught my attention through her empowering new anthem. It’s called Dress To Please. In Dress To Please, pop merges with funk and soul to create something that feels both classic and modern. Shannon’s vocals are the star of the show – passionate, powerful and charismatic. The lyrical message is a simple but important one: dress how you want and don’t worry about the comments, cat-calling and harassment it might provoke. We can all take note. Shannon has been releasing music since 2020 and very early on caught the attention of BBC Radio Essex. It’s easy to see why with such strong song-writing and assured performance skills. She’s one to watch." By Graeme Smith, York Calling
"Official Shannon has never shied away from telling the truth. Her eagerly-anticipated new single, Dress To Please, is out now and addresses some of the most serious issues women face on a daily basis: cat-calling, sexual harassment, and unnecessary vulgar comments. By speaking out against these issues in such a public way, Shannon is helping to raise awareness and start the conversation about how we can make things better for women everywhere. We applaud her for using her voice to make a difference and encourage others to listen to her song and join the fight against unacceptable behavior." By Louis, Founder of Lefuturewave
"Dress To Please’ is an empowering and uplifting song, which begins with a smooth and delightful intro before the tempo gets kicked up a notch and the infectious melodic hooks and catchy vocals come out to play." By Boulent Mustafa, Music Crowns
Quotes about Official Shannon - For Now:
"The lyrics advocate for self-care while the instrumentals strip the weight from your shoulders with the blissful tones and compassionate melodies" - A&R Factory
"Make its sound effortless! Shannon displays a rollercoaster of her vocal range. She can really put energy into a performance but tone it back aswell to give an endearing feel to her latest record" - Jake Peach, BBC Music Introducing in Essex.
Official Shannon started off 2022 having organised and founded her first ever live music event series 'Under The Radar' which aims to showcase undiscovered UK female artists in the music industry in London. Official Shannon and her team look forward to putting on further events, creating more opportunities for female creatives to shine!
You can find more information about UNDER THE RADAR here: https://www.instagram.com/undertheradarldn
You can keep up to date with Shannon's incredible music journey on Shannon's website: www.officialshannon.com or the social media handle @officialshannonuk