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“as she started to play, I instantly pictured her on a dark stage, lit by a single spotlight in an auditorium filled with thousands of fans…” Fiona Gordon, Cue, National Arts Festival Review, June 2010.

Award-winning pianist, vocal artist and motivational performer, Shannon Hope, has been tugging on South African heart strings since the release of her debut solo album in 2009, with her intriguingly powerful heart songs. In only the first six months of launching her solo career, Miss Hope had recorded and released her debut solo album, gained playlisting on radio stations across the country, and embarked on national promotional tours, performing on some of the country’s premier music platforms with some of its most revered artists. Two independent albums and countless national tours later, she launched her international solo career with a debut tour to London in April 2013, and in July 2014 was named amonst the Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans 2014 for Arts & Culture, in recognition of her passion and commitment to not only “living the dream”, but living who you truly are.

Her debut solo endeavour, entitled S T I L L, is a mature and remarkably honest eleven track studio album, co-produced with Tim Rankin at his Cape Town studio, and recorded in a mere five days. Released independently on 1 April 2009, this delicately moving album delivers the thoughtfully personal and often heart-wrenching sincerity of an artist whose music forces you to feel, with a voice impossible to ignore.

Having secured a full endorsement from world-renowned Japanese piano masters, Kawai, joining the ranks of artists such as One Republic and Muse’s Matthew Bellamy, Hope returned to the studio in 2011 to record the much-anticipated follow-up to her debut album, and released “Fight A New Day” worldwide on 31 October to critical acclaim. Lyrically-focussed and piano-based, her music falls within the vocal / singer-songwriter genres, with some elements of pop rock captured more evidently on this record, and in keeping with the style and honesty of her first album, Hope delivers a slightly bigger, more driving and positive sound. “Essentially, this record is about being brave enough to believe in yourself and your truth, and being brave enough to wake up to fight every new day despite what that day might hold,” explains Hope. “I’m very proud of this record and everything it says about where I am, where I’ve come from, what I believe in and what I’ve achieved.”

Hope’s extensive musical journey over the past decade through various musical incarnations has seen her grace the esteemed stages of The Fugard Theatre, The Barnyard Theatre, Splashy Fen Festival, Woodstock SA, The White Mountain Festival, Oppikoppi, Music at the Lake, as well as The Metro Theatre in Chicago. Her brief sojourns in America in the early days of her music career earned her the opportunity of recording a five track EP in 2004, with Chicago’s high profile producer, Bjorn Thorsrud (of Smashing Pumpkins and Zwan fame).

Awarded a Standard Bank Ovation Award by the National Arts Festival for her nine show run in July 2011 – in recognition of “artistic innovation, excellence, the exploration of new performance styles and the courage to open new conversations in the arts” – Hope shares this honour with the likes of Chris Chameleon, amongst others who were recognised for their work on the festival fringe.

With appearances at nearly every major festival around the country, including The National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, The Hilton Arts Festival, Aardklop Nasionale Kunstefees and a furious countrywide touring schedule, she has earned a reputation as one of the hardest-touring self-managed artists on the national circuit, delivering an intensely honest personal commentary in a vocal epic that has mesmerised audiences countrywide. “With a sound charged with emotional intensity, Shannon Hope’s performance brought goose bumps to my skin. The powerful combination of her singing and song-writing is sure to leave any audience captured.” Isabel Rawlins, Cue, National Arts Festival Review, June 2010. In April 2013, Miss Hope embarked on her first solo tour to London, a showcase-style tour that saw her performing on stages that have hosted the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, and KT Tunstall, to name a few, a tour that laid the initial groundwork for an exciting international career.

“What you see when you look at her is rock ‘n roll, but what you hear when she plays is heart and soul.” Kgomotso Moncho, Tonight, July 2010.

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