A neo-soul vocalist & multi-instrumentalist embarking on her career as a solo artist, Toronto-based Shannon Chapman’s debut single What You Do is out now!
Shannon’s brand of neo-soul features lush & satisfying jazz harmony, relateable lyrics and head-bobbing horn lines reminiscent of her influences Steely Dan, Moonchild, and Icelandic soul group Moses Hightower. Bringing vocals, keys and woodwinds, Shannon makes smooth, melancholy and refreshing soul centered on themes of love, hindsight, self-contemplation and breaking bad habits. Honesty and vulnerability are an essential part of Shannon's practice.
“Shannon Chapman brings the 90’s hip-hop/R&B like it’s never left. And her biggest (so far) contribution is to make that sound updated and so very delicious to listen to... demure and sweet voice...” - Come Here Floyd
After opening for the smooth & hypnotic LA neo-soul trio Moonchild with her band at The Drake Underground on June 4, 2017, Shannon has focused her efforts on writing and self-producing her solo releases in partnership with Maisonneuve Music.
Shannon Chapman is an instrumentalist, vocalist, educator, composer and songwriter based in Toronto. She holds two degrees in jazz saxophone performance (B.Mus and M.Mus) from Brandon University, having studied with professors Greg Gatien, Michael Cain, Eric Platz, and Dr. Wendy McCallum. Since completing her studies in jazz, her musical focus has expanded to include singing and keyboard, and her influences R&B, hip hop, and soul.
AS A MUSICIAN, Shannon is the bandleader, composer, songwriter, singer and keyboardist in her self-named original project. Her original music centres on lush jazz harmony and satisfying grooves, shuttling the listener from soulful verse to driving chorus with ease.
At once tender and soulful, funky and driving, her songs combine raw, honest lyrics with a sonic palette influenced by the sounds of jazz, neo-soul, R&B, and pop.
She is also involved as a side person in various other projects in Toronto, including an Amy Winehouse tribute, big bands, wedding bands, motown, R&B, blues singer-songwriter, folk-rock, reggae, and hip hop.
As a leader and sideperson, Shannon has performed on many respected stages in Toronto, including the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the Beaches International Jazz Festival, the Drake Underground, the Dakota Tavern, the Silver Dollar Room, The Cameron House, The Paddock Tavern, the Cavern Bar, the Cadillac Lounge, The Revival Bar, Lula Lounge, and the historic Palais Royale. She has also performed at the Cube Stage, the West End Cultural Centre, and the Park Theatre in Winnipeg, and at the Bassment in Saskatoon.
Throughout the early years of her career, Shannon was involved in several projects assembled by jazz pianist Michael Cain, including a 2014 tour of Midwestern Canada. She also performed as a vocalist in the Latin band INDESTRUCTIBLE and culminated her long involvement with the Brandon University Big Band as a guest vocalist and conductor.
AS AN EDUCATOR, Shannon has been teaching since 2008 and is available for private lessons on saxophone, piano, voice and flute for ages 6-60. She recently completed a year of teaching at the undergraduate level at the Brandon University School of Music, where she devised and taught Aural and Keyboard Skills (Jazz Stream), along with Saxophone Pedagogy and Small Jazz Ensembles.
Along with performing and educating, Shannon is also available for session recording, arranging, transcribing, composing, and more. See her Lessons & Services page for more info.
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