Ben Shannon – a Bio
With a poet’s grace and tenacity, Ben Shannon takes on a range of perspectives and topics in his songs. With assertive yet tender vocals, fluent acoustic guitar work, and transcendent stage presence he continues to win faithful listeners in his home base and beyond. Winner of the 2015 Rocky Mountain Folks Fest songwriter showcase and a 2013 ASCAP L.A. Lester Sill resident songwriter, Ben is a bonafide troubadour.
Ben Shannon is a dynamic performing and recording songwriter. Born in Nashville and based in Pittsburgh, Ben Shannon draws inspiration for his characters and stories from his family and the community he lives and works in. As a result, many of his songs have their foundations in the struggle for social justice and human dignity.
An ASCAP LA Lester Sill Songwriter in 2013 and the 2015 winner of the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Songwriter Showcase, Ben Shannon is an artist to watch out for. He has released two studio albums, Move On and Farewell Mountain with tracks featured in the independent documentary short film Our Way Home and songs to appear on the soundtrack of a forthcoming feature documentary film by the producers of Dogtown and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Shannon finds unexplored cracks and crevices in the well worn singer songwriter genre by taking on a wide variety to topics from unexpected perspectives. With collaborators spanning both coasts, he's written with emerging artists as well as hit makers like Grammy nominated writer Steve Diamond who penned tunes like "I Can Love You Like That" and Eric Clapton's "I've Got A Rock n Roll Heart." Ben has also shared the stage with acts like The Decembrists, Kathy Matea, and Darlingside.
With a poet’s grace and tenacity, Ben Shannon takes on a range of perspectives and topics in his songs. With assertive yet tender vocals, fluent guitar work, and overall sense of musicianship he continues to win faithful listeners in his home base and beyond. If you have a chance to experience Ben Shannon in concert, be prepared to be moved. In his own words: “I try to write the songs that I’ve wanted to hear, the ones that make you laugh or bring you to tears and move you with great stories and characters. Those are the songs aspire to write.” It’s that sort of inspiration that keeps Shannon walking the border lands and singing from the heart.