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Shannon Hurley

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Shannon Hurley is an American singer and songwriter. She was born in South Bend, Indiana and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She was voted by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the top 25 artists on Myspace in 2006. Since 2010 she has been performing and recording as one half of the duo Lovers and Poets. Her second full length solo album California, was released in July 2011.

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Hurley began studying music and singing at an early age. Her grandmother was a performer in vaudeville and her mother and aunt sang in several local bands. Shannon learned piano at age 8. Her family moved to Colorado Springs while she was a teenager. She took up trombone and enrolled at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she earned a degree in music composition. While a student at CU, she composed and published a sonata for piano and trombone. Shannon became the stage manager for Boulder’s Fox Theatre, working with such artists as Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson and Julian Lennon. Shannon studied songwriting under Patrick Leonard, who wrote many hit songs for Madonna, such as “Live To Tell” and “Like A Prayer”. During this time, Shannon began playing in bands around Boulder, including a folk trio named Frieden and the jam band Jyemo, who toured the midwest and mountain region throughout the 90’s and 00’s.

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