Based: Cape Town
Award-winning Pianist and Vocal Artist Shannon Hope has been tugging on South African heart strings with her intriguingly powerful heart songs since the release of her debut solo album in 2009. Hope’s extensive musical journey over the past decade through various musical incarnations has seen her grace some esteemed stages, including The Fugard Theatre, Barnyard Theatre, 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 & Zwan fame).
Within six months of launching her solo career, Shannon Hope had independently recorded and released her debut solo album “STILL”, gained play-listing on campus and regional radio stations (charting on East Coast Radio), and embarked on national tours, performing on some of the country’s premier music platforms with some of its most revered artists. Both the media and the public have been mesmerized by the unique sound that Hope offered the industry.
Having secured a full endorsement from world-renowned Japanese piano manufacturer Kawai Pianos, thus 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. “Fight A New Day”, an eleven track full studio album, was released worldwide on October 31st to critical acclaim, with a climactic performance at The Fugard Theatre in Cape Town. “This record is about being brave enough to believe in yourself and your truth, and being brave enough to get up and fight a new day despite what that day might hold,” explains Hope.
Hope was 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 through the arts” – sharing this honour with the likes of Chris Chameleon, amongst others. With appearances at nearly every major festival around the country, including the National Arts Festival, Hilton Arts Festival, KKNK, Aardklop and Oppikoppi, and a rigorous national touring schedule, she has earned a reputation amongst industry professionals and audiences alike, as one of the hardest-touring, self-managed solo artists on the national circuit, delivering an intensely honest personal commentary in a vocal epic that has mesmerised audiences countrywide.