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Shannon Brown Biography


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Shannon Leigh Brown was born in Spirit Lake, Iowa on July 23, 1973 and is an American Country Music singer. Despite recording three albums in her career to date, only one of these albums, 2006's “Corn Fed” was released. Brown's highest charting single on the Billboard Country Charts was her 2002 cover of Deborah Allen's "Baby I Lied," which peaked at #40. Brown also wrote the song "Half a Man" for the 1998 soundtrack of the film “Happy, Texas.” After several years of touring the Midwest with her father running the soundboard and her mom running lights, Shannon decided to make the move to Nashville, Tennessee. Brown's vocal stylings and industrious approach to her career did not go unnoticed, and eventually paid off when Arista Records came knocking at her door.

Brown's childhood was filled with singing and music; it was no secret that she wanted to sing and perform from an early age. By her late teens, Brown was singing in the nightclubs that her parents owned and ran for a living. She had a flare, and a passion, for Country Music: her musical delivery was infused with a soulfulness born from hours and hours of listening to Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles. Brown's first recording contract was with Arista Records in Nashville in 1997. A year later, she began work on her debut album: “A Tour of My Heart,” which was never released. As a result, in 2001, Brown left Arista for the BNA label. While on BNA, she began work on a second album, from which two singles were released: "Baby I Lied," which was a cover of Deborah Allen's Top 5 hit single from 1983, and "Untangle My Heart," which also charted. Brown's second album also remained unreleased, and she exited BNA not long afterward.

Despite her lack of success with her first two albums, Brown signed with Warner Bros in 2005, who released her third album, “Corn Fed.” The album allowed Brown to showcase who she is musically which featured a collection of songs more synonymous with her all-American roots, rather than fulfilling a corporate image. Two singles were released off this album, when the second single, "Pearls," failed to chart, Brown and Warner Bros. parted ways