Shannon Bryant | Oceano

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by Shannon Bryant

Intimate vocals with Pop, World and Jazz rhythms diving boldly into the emotional waters of love and self-discovery.
Genre: Easy Listening: Adult contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Breathe
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2. Oceano
4:09 $0.99
3. Born Innocent
4:18 $0.99
4. Calm Rivers Flow
4:57 $0.99
5. Little Samba
3:15 $0.99
6. Heaven Knows
6:23 $0.99
7. More Of Who You Are
4:19 $0.99
8. Losing Faith In This Love
4:09 $0.99
9. For All I know
4:28 $0.99
10. Fragile Leaf Lullaby
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Album Notes
When Shannon was asked after graduating from University, “what the heck are you going to do with a Philosophy degree? Bryant might have guessed that she would write thought provoking lyrics over soaring and infectious melodies. This was her future.

Shannon had strong musical influences while growing up in her native London, Ont. Most notably, her grandmother’s cousin, Francis Henry, was one of the original members of the Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians Band.

Her own musical journey kick-started in Dublin Ireland during a "find yourself" backpacking trip. She cashed in her return ticket home to Canada and started working and singing in a restaurant-piano bar in Dublin. The experience cemented her decision to pursue a career in music and when she returned home six months later she joined her first band, the eleven piece R&B group, "Midnight Soul Revue".

Shannon grew up getting lost in the world of pop music on the radio. She was inspired by classic songwriters and performers such as Carole King and Marvin Gaye, as well as soaking up the contemporary music of her day. She later found herself exploring Brazilian music and falling in love with the beautiful melodies and rhythms. In her songwriting, Bryant has managed to merge her influences into her own compelling pieces of universal themes over contemporary melody and rhythm.

In March of 2004 Shannon headed to the San Francisco chapter of the Recording Academy with her demo in her hand and became a member. As fate would have it, that very day she was selected to perform on stage with Carlos Santana in a tribute to Mickey Hart for the 2004 Recording Academy Governor's Awards. Shannon has also performed at SunFest World Music Festival, London Ontario Symphony Orchestra, Yerba Buena Gardens, SF, Larkspur Theatre Café CA, San Francisco State University, Jack Adams Hall, Aeolian Hall in London, Ontario, and Union Square Park, San Francisco.

Shannon released her debut Album, Oceano in 2007. Oceano aired on CBC Radio across Canada and was one of Mark Rheaume’s top picks for 2007 on CBC’s, “Fresh Air”. Shannon’s single, “Open Your Eyes” has aired on the PBS television show, “Roadtrip Nation”.

2015 anticipates Shannon’s upcoming album which was mixed by renowned mixer/producer, Joe Chiccarelli, (Beck, U2, Tori Amos, Melissa Etheridge, Rufus Wainwright, Carole King, Michelle Branch, Brian Wilson, The Shins, Jane Siberry).



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Brian Ball

Music Editor, WomensRadio
Imagine yourself standing at the edge of the world—amidst crashing waves and cooing gulls, feeling enchanted and free. Now imagine if you could just switch this scenario on at any given time. That is exactly what happened when we pressed play on Shannon Bryant’s 2007 release, Oceano. In this intimate fusion of jazz, pop and adult contemporary styles, Ms. Bryant takes the listener to the shores of the human soul for a spiritual awakening unlike any other.

One of our favorite songs on Oceano is the poetic and enlightening song, “Born Innocent”, which fills the room with an eastern vibe similar to Ravi Shankar (think George Harrison of the Beatles in the 60’s) and offers an underlying and unspoken infinite knowledge found through meditation or sensory deprivation.

Another notable song is “Little Samba”, in which Shannon creatively demonstrates her background in Brazilin and Latin jazz. The notes seem to jump right off of the disc and begin to dance around the listener in a charming and playful manner. Shannon’s good-humored vocals speak of the way music is able to magically take hold of her while sitting in front of a piano and playing her “Little Samba”.

In “More of Who You Are”, Shannon brings a dark and mysterious vibe to the album with tight percussion and descending lyrics. “Go down into the well / drown with me / dissolve all your defenses / unlock the fences for me” she sings as the listener has no choice but to surrender to this epic sound.

Closing out Oceano, Shannon brings an enchanting and foreboding element to her music with “Fragile Leaf Lullaby”. Cradling the listener like a newborn babe and offering intimate lines like, “I’ll rock you oh so softly / I’ll stroke you oh so gently / I’ll treat you like a fragile leaf”, this extraordinary indie artist tells a story of all the beauty that is to come—both in the world at large and in her own musical journey.

“On her 2007 release, Oceano, Shannon Bryant offers a tender tale of incredible voyages that course from familiar waters of the heart to distant shores of the mind.” –Brian Ball, Music Editor

Joe Armenta

Sensual flowing Brazilian vibes - lujurioso!
Shannon merges original tunes with luscious arrangements, and top-drawer musicians, providing for an unforgettable listening experience.