As an artist, Tara Shannon’s music has been described as soft rock/inspirational with plenty of soul “I believe to write and sing from your soul, you must be in touch with your soul as well as the souls of others. Tara is that, hence she is this." ~ Doug Johnson, Songwriter - ACM & CMA Song of the Year - Three Wooden Crosses) with a voice to be heard "Tara Shannon is definitely a voice that matters and she is a voice that deserves to be and must be heard." ~ Alan & Georgia Morissette.
Her latest single "I Know Who I Am" speaks to the power of coming through a difficult time and discovering a strength you didn't know you had. Written by Greg Barnhill, Joanna Cotten and Melissa Manchester, this anthemic piece tells the story of a woman finding out what she is made of after enduring incredible challenges. "As a songwriter, I like to record songs that I have written but in this case, I don't know that I could have told my story as well as these writers have...it's still too fresh for me...and I am so appreciative of their gift of this song" says Shannon.
Other projects include, “SAY”, in partnership with Advance Care Planning in support of Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association showcases her work as a sought-after songwriter with a talent to capture the essence of a message. Previous campaigns such as The Butterfly Child, in partnership with DEBRA Canada for her dear friend Jonathan Pitre and Be You Girl, in partnership with Morguard Investments and Big Brother Big Sisters, have showcased Shannon’s gift as a songwriter and reveal a philanthropist's heart.
Her previous single “Mutha”, a song Shannon co-wrote with Roxie Dean (Reba McEntire, Faith Hill, Jamie O’Neal) about her eventful life as a mother of seven children, garnered more than 1 million video views, debuted at #2 on most active indie downloads and reached Top 50 on the Music Row Country Breakout chart in the US.
“I think anyone in a nurturing role sees and hears themselves in this song,” says Shannon in a candid interview about the inspiration for the song.
“Where The Light Comes In”, Shannon’s EP released in November, 2019 with a performance at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa featured the first single, “Freedom” released to US radio in April, 2020 made the PlayMPE Top 20 Streams first week out and features the band WesternBoy from Nashville, TN.
As a celebrated entrepreneur and co-founder of the TIF Group of Companies, Shannon has been a guest speaker at notable events such as the G20 Summit and won awards such as the BMO for Woman Community and Charitable Giving. Shannon seeks to encourage and empower the artists on the label she founded, Willow Sound Records, and the writers at the publishing company she co-founded with Nashville’s Debbie Zavitson, Syndicut Music Publishing, with the same entrepreneurial mindset.
In partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ontario, Shannon developed "The BIG Tour", a tour model which features the artists she mentors to raise awareness and funds for the agencies, promoting the importance of mentorship in the growth and development of young people.
Notable performances include Ottawa Bluesfest (main stage), National Arts Centre, Canadian Tire Centre (Tim Horton’s Roar of the Rings), Inspire Awards (Saint-John), Amazing People Gala (Ottawa), CMA Fest (Nashville), United Way National Conference (Hamilton), Canada Without Poverty National Conference (Ottawa), Russell Arena (with Andre Philippe Gagnon), City Folk (Ottawa), Saying Goodbye (Johnny Reid, Don Amero, Carolyn Dawn Johnson).
For both her musical and charitable endeavours, Shannon has been featured in media across North America including Etalk, Global’s The Morning Show, CBC’s All in Day, CP24 Breakfast, Sirius XM’s Ward and Al, and many more. Shannon also had the opportunity to host American hit TV show Country Fix in 2017, a CJM Production that airs in more than 100 million households worldwide on networks including Heartland, The Family Channel and more.
Shannon divides her time between Ottawa and Nashville and lives with her family in the village of Russell.
Label: Willow Sound Records (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Management: Peter Strickland (email@example.com)