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My name is Kerri Shannon and music feeds my soul. My music career started at age
5 when I first learned how to play piano. After a few years tapping my fingers on the
ivories, I decided to start singing and I was hooked! Around age 12 years I started
singing in karaoke competitions, from there I was accepted into vocal jazz in high
school. Throughout high school I competed in many jazz competitions and this led
me to getting accepted to college, I started out studying jazz however I took a detour
and opted to a career in phlebotomy. That has lead me to a day job I love, serving
patients at Lifelabs.
After a brief hiatus from music, a band named Time – an epic and diverse group of
musicians paying tribute to Pink Floyd, picked me up. I did back up vocals for many
years with Time and loved playing to sold out venues all over Vancouver Island.
While in Time I decided to try out for a local production, “A Closer Walk with Patsy
Cline” and I landed the lead role as Patsy!
When Time took a break we decided to form a new band, My Generation where we
pay tribute to the many amazing artists that played at Woodstock. I am currently
still singing with this band and love paying tribute to Janice Joplin and Grace Slick as
well as backups.
I have had many amazing highlights to my career so far, including 9 sold out shows
with my run as Patsy Cline, playing at almost all the theatres on Vancouver island
with both Time and My Generation, and just generally being apart of these bands
has been an amazing growing experience for me. I have learned so much just being
around all of these talented musicians.
Many artists have influenced me over the years because of all the genres I have been
fortunate to sing in. This diversity has influenced my style of singing into many
areas, just to name a few favorites; Doris Day, Etta James, Linda Ronstandt, Patsy
Cline, Fleetwood Mac, Cher, Bob Marley, and Led Zepplin. These artists have all
influenced me in some way with there amazing eclectic styles.
In the last couple years I have learned how to play the ukulele, which has branched
me into writing music… which brings me to my latest project. I am currently
embarking on a solo project with two amazing musicians; Jim Kraneveldt and Graham White. Our friendship and respect for our individual andcollective artistry has us writing relevant, soulful and creative music that captures
our synergies. Our band, The Kerri Tales is a collaborative effort of all original music
that offers glimpse into our life journeys set to interesting lyrics and incredible