Shannon Stephens w/ The Marrying Type
Shannon Stephens was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the daughter of a hymn-singing mother who played the piano with high heels and a hootenanny-hosting father with red pants and a sonorous Roy Orbison voice. She learned to play the acoustic guitar during the particularly boring summer of 1992. She moved to Michigan shortly thereafter, and met Sufjan Stevens at a concert. She became the voice of the band Marzuki, a Celtic-inspired folk-rock ensemble comprised of Shannon, Sufjan, Matthew Haseltine and Jamie Kempkers. Marzuki played a lot of shows in Michigan, and a few ill-fated shows in New York City. They released two albums in the five years that they were together, all out of print.
After Marzuki disbanded, Shannon began to play local venues on her own, releasing her self-titled debut LP in 2000, the same year she moved to Seattle and shared the stage with the likes of Denison Witmer, Rose Thomas, Jason Harrod and Damien Jurado. But by the time the new album had come back from the manufacturer, she had realized that all this music stuff was a lot of work. The boxes went into her garage and collected dust for nine years while she got married, read copious amounts of books, had a daughter, and did lots of hippie stuff like growing potatoes, canning preserves, and making kombucha. Eventually she began to see that her love of music needed to have a place in her life again. In 2008, one of her songs ("I'll Be Glad") was covered by Will Oldham (aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy) on his album Lie Down In The Light.
In 2009, Shannon released her second album, The Breadwinner, which Rachel Carson at Exclaim! describes as ...a spectacularly beautiful and fiercely compelling sophomore album and Sufjan Stevens calls ...a joyful, heartful collection of quiet, gorgeous songs about family, friends, work, love, and the beauty of the world at large.
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