Talented singer-songwriter Shannon Curtis will make her third appearance at William Woods University in less than a year when she returns Oct. 19. Curtis will perform in the McNutt Campus Center at 8 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.
Curtis grew up with a love of music, and became the lead singer of the rock band Paradigm. Recently, she has rediscovered the joys of being a solo artist.
This is what Curtis has to say about herself on her website, www.shannoncurtis.net: “The short version: I play the piano and sing love songs. The long version …When I was 5, I danced and sang along to my dad playing 40s-era standards on our family’s baby grand. When I was 7, my classical piano teacher told me I played like a boy. When I was 9, I sang into my hairbrush pretending to be Amy Grant. Just out of college, I shirked my pre-med biology degree and made an earnest effort as the lead singer in a guitar-based rock band.”
She added, “Three years ago I found my piano again, started writing love songs, and quit the band. Since then it’s been like walking around in an old, comfortable pair of shoes – playing the piano and singing songs about love.”
The Los Angeles Times has described her as “… a beautiful piano player who sounds like the love child of Fiona Apple and Norah Jones.” Her song “Before the Sun” was featured on MTV’s The Hills in December 2008.
Her debut extended play (EP), “Boomerangs & Seesaws,” was released in July 2007, and her second EP, “Paris Can’t Have You,” was released in March 2008. Her third EP, “Why Don’t You Stay,” was produced in Nashville by Grammy-winning producer, Charlie Peacock and released in July 2009.
Her latest recording, a full-length titled “I Play the Piano and Sing Love Songs,” came out in March 2010. All her recordings have been on the Saint Cloud Records label.
“I tour constantly, and I’ve started to get a few placements in TV and film, and so I’ve started to have a little following across the country. The shows at William Woods were among my favorites from the whole tour – I really, really enjoyed playing for and felt a great connection with the students talking and hanging out after the show,” said Curtis.
For more information about the event, contact Eric Qualls in the Student Life office at (573) 592-4212 or Eric.Qualls@williamwoods.edu.