A powerhouse performer, her voice is reminiscent of Natalie Merchant and Dolores O'Riordan with vibrato described as “beautiful and distinctive.”
Shannon Roszell is a
singer-songwriter and performance artist from the Kawartha Lakes, north-east of Toronto. Her sound is best characterized as symphonic indie rock, fusing orchestral voicings with searing electric guitar and vocals.
Roszell has been likened to Joni Mitchell for her sense of melodic freedom and the direct connectivity of her lyrics. A powerhouse performer, her voice is reminiscent of Natalie Merchant and Dolores O'Riordan with vibrato described as “beautiful and distinctive.”
Her first single, “Gonna Love You” (March 2021), is a post-apocalyptic love song to our damaged earth. “It’s about the constancy of love set in the landscape of environmental decline,” explains Roszell.
“Before COVID-19, there was a surge in environmental activism that has taken a backseat to the pandemic. With this song, I wanted to remind people and governments of the positive actions we can take alongside dealing with the pandemic. We need to build back better, healthier and greener.”
An outspoken environmentalist, Roszell has created performance art pieces in protest of the tar sands pipelines. She donates 15% of profits to Ecojustice, Canada’s largest environmental law charity.
Working in collaboration with producer, Frank Gryner (A Perfect Circle, Rob Zombie, Trent Severn, Emm Gryner), Roszell’s debut album, Within the Shimmering Darkness (Dec 2021), is rich with sonic landscapes as expansive as the view out her farmhouse studio window.