On Shannon Labrie’s debut album Just Be Honest, she kicks off the proceedings by staring down her demons and admonishing her biggest fears with “Secret,” a retro-R&B influenced song laced with vibrant horns. The young songwriter comes by her fears more honestly than most, battling a serious (and ongoing) illness at age 9 and losing her father at 14. She grew up fast, at first rebelling, then spending several years on a curious solo journey across the country studying philosophy, theology and writing songs. Now in Nashville, she’s readying her 12-song February 5, 2013 release with plenty of industry buzz, receiving compliments from The Lefsetz Letter, M: Music and Musicians, Kings of A&R and more.
Adept on the piano and guitar, the singer/songwriter says she was “raised on James Taylor and Lauren Hill. Music Connection has named her as one of the “Best Unsigned Artists of 2012,” and Labrie will be part of the iTunes Nashville Indie Spotlight including Brooke Waggoner, Matthew Perryman Jones, Katie Herzig and Mindy Smith.”
Perhaps the song that has gotten the most attention is “I Remember A Boy,” backed by soulful guitar tones that hint at Daniel Lanois. “…This track affected me. Made me believe like the great singer-songwriters of yore, maybe this woman has something to say. That in this crazy, mixed-up, shook-up world she can illuminate her story and people can relate.” Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter
The title track is a lush and rich plea that would fit alongside a playlist that includes Carol King and Norah Jones. “Gettin’ Tired” showcases her penchant for jazz, a gift from her father who, “played original, complicated and beautiful songs regardless of the fact that he was never professionally trained,” she shares. In “Heartache of Love” Shannon showcases not only her talent on piano but also reveals her more intimate side, reveling in the feelings of love and loss.
Despite many of Labrie's hardships, she has managed to find the good side in her infectious song “Love Somebody.” “When I am in my darkest moments of loss, doubt and pain, I am shown what it looks like to love someone and to be loved. My closest friends didn't run, didn't give up, and didn't let me sink. They stuck with me and brought me to the other side. I can only hope to bring that same message to anyone.”
Labrie’s original song, “You Found Me,” was recorded exclusively as a pivotal song in the movie (and on the soundtrack) for the major motion picture “Make Your Move” out Sept of 2013. She will be performing select dates in January with Malcolm Holcombe, playing solo at LA’s House of Blues Voodoo Lounge January 24th, SXSW week in March and performing at the annual NON-COMMvention in May.
“Thick guitar tones, a rich voice and sophisticated song craft are just the beginning for this artist, who won us over with her warm, fully realized recordings…strong vocals in every area and an appealing Grace Potter essence. It’s the song ‘I Remember A Boy’ that kills…devastating and beautiful.” Music Connection
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