"Shannon's music is the perfect combination of authentic worship and masterful vocal ability. Each song she sings ushers the listener into the presence of God and into a deeper understanding of who He really is..." (read more)
"Shannon is one of my all time favorite singers. She has the gift, the voice, the heart, and above all, she lives the life she sings about. Every time I have had the privilege to worship with her, in a concert setting or in the studio, I am inspired to love God more. She is the real thing." (read more)
Shannon's Bio (the long version)
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If you asked Shannon if there was ever a time she could remember when she didn’t love to sit down at the piano and worship the Lord, she would say she doesn’t recall it. It feels like music and worship have always been a part of her heart and her journey, and for this she is most grateful.
Just prior to Shannon beginning piano lessons, Shannon’s Mom (Barbara) surrendered her life to the Lord and led the rest of the family to Christ. Her Mom and Dad, both musical, put Shannon in piano lessons with their church pianist. God’s faithful hand of providence was at work, indeed.
Most afternoons, beginning around six years of age, you could walk into the living room of Shannon’s house and find her feet dangling off a piano bench. Yes, she was practicing scales, Bach & the classical favorites, but she was also extremely blessed to have a piano teacher who was also a worshipper at heart. Her teacher began to show her how to improvise, play and create by ear and to flow in worship from the very first lesson. They began with the simple song “God Is So Good” and learned it in every style, version and key imaginable. They did that with song after song....and the rest is history. God was beginning to birth and grow the heart of worshipper and songwriter in Shannon.
Though Shannon was a bit shy by nature, by the age of 11 she was up front playing piano for her church praise team and writing and singing her first worship songs. Her family also started paying regular visits to a nursing home in their area over dinner hour, singing for the elderly – a precious & most gracious audience. It was Shannon on the piano, her Mom on guitar, and her Dad, brother, Mom and herself on vocals. Through all of these experiences, God was preparing Shannon for what He had in store for her– ministering to the Lord as He saturated thirsty souls with His presence.
At age 12, a difficult turn of events took place, in that Shannon's parents got divorced. It was a painful and confusing season - so heartbreaking.
Gratefully, as she and her family trudged through the aftermath and the dark murky waters of what life now looked like, the Lord continued to lead her back to the piano and to a place of worship. It was during this season that the Lord first began to teach her more about what worship really is, and how to find Him in the middle of the deepest, darkest place. As the Lord met Shannon here, this proved to be training ground and preparation for the days ahead.
Shannon continued ministering on her praise team at church throughout high school until she moved to Texas to attend Christ for the Nations at age 18. Her passion for worship grew as she attended Christ for the Nations and began writing, playing piano and leading worship for their annual worship recordings and morning chapels. As a student, she also traveled several summers with CFNI's 'Living Praise' - a music ministry group - and later went on staff in CFNI's music department, arranging and writing for their recordings and directing their praise band. Shannon's years at CFNI proved to be an environment that would deepen her desire to be used to lead others to worship the Lord through the gift of music. CFNI was also where she met her husband, Mark, who had served in the U.S Army prior to becoming a student! After CFNI, they each attended and graduated from Dallas Baptist University as well. They were married in 1993.
Since that time, the Lord has opened the door for Shannon to minister at many churches, women's conferences, and worship events around the world. She has also been a member of the Maranatha! Praise Band with Paul Baloche and taught as a clinician for their Worship Leader Workshops. She is grateful to have had the chance to write and record four worship albums of her own ("I Have a Song," “Faithful God,” “Story of My Life,” & “Shades of You”), a Christmas album ("Love Came for Me"), as well as to have written for and/or recorded with many other individuals and ministries including: Paul Baloche, Ross Parsley, Jared Andersen, Scott Krippayne, The Desperation Band, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, PBS, Day of Discovery, Lifeway Worship, Integrity Music, Christ for the Nations, Discovery House Music, Revive Our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Kim Hill, Matthew Ward, Sheila Walsh, Sandi Patty and others. God has also given her success at inspirational radio through such songs as "I Have a Song," "Faithful God," “Count It All Joy,” “All Your Promises Are True,” “You Are My Refuge" and “In the Waiting." Her worship songs have been featured many times on Worship Leader Magazine's Song DISCovery – a musical resource for Worship Leaders around the world.
Grateful for the journey, Mark and Shannon have walked through their share of challenging seasons, followed by miracles. After a 10 year struggle with infertility, they were given the gift of adopting their son Christian (read their journey to parenthood in Shannon's blog). And in 2009, Mark had a catastrophic motorcycle accident (with a truck that ran a stop sign) going 55 mph and flying 40 feet, leaving him with 23 broken bones, 4 surgeries, and metal implanted into many limbs and joints! Still, they are so grateful that he had no head or spinal injury. Though they would've never chosen this accident as a part of their story, God has been using it to deepen their faith and dependance once again. (read more about Mark's accident in Shannon's blog pages)
Shannon, her husband Mark, and their son Christian, make their home in Colorado, along with their two orange cats. With the exception of a few overseas trips here and there, Shannon ministers a couple weekends a month in the US and in her home church, preserving time for family, friends and the stuff of life! She is still most at home behind a piano, worshipping the Father, and is grateful for the chance to bring others along.