Shannon Wright

Shannon Wright moved from New York to Chapel Hill, NC in 1998, and while in Chapel Hill, Wright started writing songs and playing them for friends. With their encouragement she sent a 4-track cassette tape to a friend of a friend who started Overcoat Records. They released her first 7" A Tin Crown for the Social Bash. Later that year, Wright signed with Touch and Go Records in 1999 from Chicago, releasing six albums. Wright signed with Vicious Circle (France) in 2003 and continues to release records with them. In 2012, Wright signed with Ernest Jennings and released Secret Blood and In Film Sound in the States.

Shannon Wright
Wright at the Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona 2007
Background information
BornUnited States
GenresIndie rock
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano
Years active1999–present
LabelsTouch and Go, Quarterstick, Vicious Circle Records

Shannon Wright is an American singer-songwriter.

Recording career

FlightSafety Wright's first record received critical acclaim for her lyrics and songwriting abilities.[1] FlightSafety consists of simple guitar and piano chord progressions with vocal melodies. Wright plays almost all the instruments on this release and all other releases following FlightSafety.

Maps of Tacit Recorded with Andy Baker and Steve Albini. "Overall, Maps of Tacit finds Wright growing more adventurous both as a composer and performer; it's a dark and challenging work, yet it isn't off-putting or overly harrowing, and its bracing experimentalism and originality suggest even greater things to come." - AllMusic review by Steve Huey.[2]

Perishable Goods was a limited mini-album compiled of appearances by: Alan Sparhawk of Low,[3] Crooked Fingers, and Rachel Grimes and Christian Fredrickson from Rachel's.

Dyed in the Wool, recorded with Andy Baker and Steve Albini.[4] Appearances on the album include label-mates Shipping News, Rachel's and Heather Macintosh.

Over the Sun recorded with Steve Albini; although Wright had recorded with Albini before on several different occasions (Maps of Tacit & Dyed in the Wool), this was the first time Wright and Albini completed a full-length record together.[5] This album comes closest to capturing her raw live-performances.

Yan Tiersen and Shannon Wright; Sharing 50-50 songwriting credits with Yann Tiersen - (Amelie)

Let in the Light recorded with Andy Baker.[6] Wright moves back to her slightly simpler instrumentation and recording styles, exploring experimental and unorthodox piano melodies with a bit of classical influence. "Shannon Wright is an example of that shocking, spooky thing: a natural." - New York Times

Honeybee Girls Piano, organ, guitars, violin, cello with indistinct tones.

Secret Blood

In Film Sound recorded in 2013 with Kevin Ratterman in Louisville, KY. Recorded mostly live as a 3-piece with Todd Cook on bass and Kyle Crabtree on drums.[7] "It's emblematic of the tense, discomforting oeuvre Wright favors from terse noisy bursts of guitar to moody minor key elegies." - Creative Loafing

Division - 2017 album recorded in Paris and Rome at KML Studios with David Chalmin. "Wright's songwriting reaches a new perfection in the most tenuous murmurs, where it is still a tear that works, an evil that clings, a fermenting poison. The nuances are all here: less guitar and more piano give the impression of chamber music - but flooded - or aquarium - but overturned. This frightened indecision, this trouble of the eyes too wide open, is the very art of Shannon Wright, very pure singer, too rare." - Les Inrocks Paris, France


Other works

Album Discography

  • Flightsafety (1999)
  • Maps of Tacit (2000)
  • Perishable Goods (2001)
  • Dyed in the Wool (2002)
  • Over the Sun (2004)
  • Let in the Light (2007)
  • Yann Tiersen & Shannon Wright (2007)
  • Honeybee Girls (2009)
  • Secret Blood (2010)
  • In Film Sound (2013)
  • Division (2017)
  • Providence (2019)


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