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Meet Paige Shannon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Paige Shannon.

Hi Paige, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I am a singer/songwriter, born and raised in The Valley. I grew up in a very musical family – my dad was a professional songwriter for years and my mom dabbled in it as well. I’ve been singing since I can remember, and I first picked up a guitar around age 11 or 12 (a pink Daisy Rock acoustic, of course). I started writing songs shortly after that, inspired by Taylor Swift and the country, folk, and singer/songwriter music that I grew up hearing at home. When I was 13, I wrote, recorded, and released my first EP and released a live EP the year after that. I spent the years between 14 and 21 (the age I am now) writing, recording, and gigging all around LA in an attempt to find my sound and establish my voice as an artist. My last two releases, my EP “Boxes” and my latest single “Keep on Running,” are the first that I’ve felt truly confident in. I am sitting on a lot of music right now that I can’t wait to put out! Throughout all of this, I’ve also been in college and writing frequently for a music blog. I’m currently a third-year student studying Music History and Industry at UCLA and a contributing writer at The Wild Honey Pie. I’m immensely interested in the business of music and all facets that it has to offer.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I feel like pursuing a career in the arts is rarely ever a smooth road, at least for most people. I’ve struggled with a lot of insecurity, anxiety, and feelings of inadequacy. I’m also very shy, which makes networking harder for me, but I’ve gotten a lot better at it recently thanks to the internet. That being said, though, I don’t have tons of followers or streams, so I feel like it has been harder for me to get people to take me seriously. It’s a shame, too, because I’ve discovered a lot of incredible music due to the fact that I try to let the music, not the followers or streams, speak for the artist. With all of that being said, though, I’ve been blessed with extremely supportive family and friends who have helped me find the strength to keep moving forward in spite of the difficulties.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I take pride in being a songwriter. My music is a blend of Americana, folk, and pop. Some of my songwriting heroes are Joni Mitchell, Taylor Swift, Patty Griffin, Jason Isbell, and John Prine – meaning lyrics are very important to me. My music is raw and heartfelt – I do my best to dig deep and bring everything to the surface, even the darkest of feelings. I write about life, love, loss and relationships. I believe in honesty and empathy, and I think that having these qualities at the forefront of my musical world is what sets me apart.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
My dad has definitely been my biggest mentor. Because he was a songwriter himself, he taught me to play music and how to really listen intently to it as well. He always pushed me to be better as a songwriter and as a vocalist, and though it annoyed me as a kid, I can’t thank him enough for it now. He’s still my favorite person to talk about music with (though I will talk about music to literally anyone who will listen). My best friend Rebecca has also been incredibly supportive since we were sophomores in high school. I don’t think she – or her family – have missed a single show of mine since that time.

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