Shannon McNally Biography


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Shannon McNally (born in Hempstead, Long Island, March 17, 1973) is an American singer-songwriter. While studying anthropology at Franklin and Marshall College, McNally began singing and playing guitar in clubs. After graduating and honing her skills on the streets of Paris as a busker, McNally secured a deal with Capitol Records in 1997.

McNally was intent on making an acoustic record and entered the studio with studio professionals including Jim Keltner, Benmont Tench, and Greg Leisz. The resulting album “Jukebox Sparrows” was not released at the time.

In 2000, McNally issued the holdover EP “Bolder Than Paradise.” Capitol finally issued “Jukebox Sparrows” in January 2002. In late 2002, she released the “Ran on Pure Lightning” EP, a collaboration with songwriter Neal Casal.

In 2005, McNally returned with the country, blues, and soul influences on the album “Geronimo.” The album's June release was accompanied by a summer's worth of live dates. Early 2006 saw the release of McNally's third album, “North American Ghost Music.” Tour dates with Son Volt also coincided its release.

McNally took off most of 2008 and 2009 after the birth of her first child. She has resumed performing and recording and toured with Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women. In 2009 she released the album “Coldwater” with her band Hot Sauce. In 2010 her album, “Western Ballad” was issued.