We recently conducted an interview with up-and-coming music artist, Shannon Magrane, who is also a former contestant on the popular American Idol show.
She graciously took some time out of her busy schedule to answer a couple of questions. We discuss life during and after American Idol and her new EP.
Let's dive right in!
How was your experience on American Idol being only sixteen years old and making it to eleventh place?
Ever since I was little, I had a list of goals that I actually remember writing out sitting in the middle of my closet floor. It’s crazy to think that the first goal on my list was to be on American Idol! It was such a great stepping stone for any aspiring artist and I was so grateful to have met and worked with some of the industry’s best musicians and artists like Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, and Randy Jackson. The thing I remember most was the very first season of the show and watching the impressive voice that Kelly Clarkson had and thinking “Oh my gosh! This is what I want to do when I grow up”. Being on the show gave me a great platform and a loyal fan-base who I am so appreciative to have.
Doing that must have been extremely nerve racking, what was it like performing on live television in front of millions of people?
It’s crazy because I actually thrive in front of a big audience environment. For me, it’s actually small crowds of people that make me super nervous. My family always used to give me so much grief because I hated being put on the spot to sing at the family gathering and holiday parties in front of my friends. Everyone knows that no one loves you more than your family members but they can also give you the most critique so I used to always ask everyone to look away because it made me nervous to see everyone in the room looking and judging me!
Which artist inspires you the most?
This is always a hard question for me to answer since I’ve always grown up listening to musicians and artists of every genre. As a creator, I’m always trying to reinvent my style and music, therefore, I’m constantly pulling little bits and pieces from other artists putting my own flare to it which is why I am the artist I am today. I’ve always been inspired by Etta James, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Adele, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, and Sia just to name a few.
What type of music can listeners expect from your upcoming EP?
My debut EP ‘WHO CARES’ features a collective pop 80’s sound with a soulful modern twist. I was going through a wild relationship ride through creating the EP and I think a lot of that is what sparked my writing ideas for this record. As for the music, I collaborated with a producer friend of mine from LA, who helped add so much color and style to each track.
Were there any challenges you had to face creating this album?
Yes! I’ve actually been working on this new music for the past five years. It’s been a bit of a long journey since I wrote my first song at age 16. I think since I was going through the teenage transition years and discovering who I really was while beginning to write my EP, it was a little difficult to pin down an exact authentic sound and writing style. Now that I’m older and I’ve experienced life a little more, the traveling back and forth to LA and Nashville, writing, producing, recording, releasing new singles, doing radio tours, and creating almost over 200 songs make this long journey all worth it to get to the top 5 songs that I really love and feel like is the best representation of who I am today as an artist.
Where is your favorite place to write music?
My favorite place to make music is definitely in the studio. I find myself most creative when I’m around other artists, friends, creators, and mentors. I love to bounce ideas and lyrics around while being able to collaborate on the development of a track. I also enjoy writing alone in my music corner in my bedroom but I usually do that late at night because it’s my quiet time when I can really spend time being vulnerable with my lyrics and feelings.
When can we expect your EP to be released?
My EP ‘WHO CARES’ is set to release this summer of 2017.
What’s your favorite FRESHeTECH product?
I LOVE my FRESHeTECH Bluetooth Splash Tunes shower speaker. I used to always have to put my iPhone into a plastic bag and bring it with me into the shower. I love that I can now stick my speaker to the wall and still jam to my music twice as loud and without having to control my playlist off my phone.