"Shannon Roszell has been turning heads with her powerful and distinctive voice that elicits memories of the late, great Cranberries front-woman Dolores O’Riordan. And like the Cranberries, Roszell’s music offers an expansive spin on rock and roll."
-Canadian Musician Magazine
A powerhouse performer, Shannon Roszell is a singer-songwriter from the Kawartha Lakes, northeast 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.”
Produced by Frank Gryner (A Perfect Circle, Rob Zombie, Trent Severn, Emm Gryner, Tommy Lee), Roszell's single "Lullaby (For the Lost & Living Dead)" (January 28, 2022), attempts to embody the experience of depression and anxiety: the rumination, the ongoing worry, the lack of joy and feeling of worthlessness. The song presents a landscape where time has slowed down, every tick of the clock, every drop of water out of the sink is noticed and every thought, overanalyzed.
"This song is quite literally a lullaby to everyone who, like me, has ever experienced the crippling effects of depression and anxiety. I remember just telling myself to hold on, that I’d feel better again. I hope listeners will be comforted by 'Lullaby,'" says Roszell.
Roszell’s single, “Day of the Dead” (October 29, 2021), was written shortly after Lou Reed’s passing in tribute to his life and work. The song is a meditation on mortality, a questioning of just how long we have on earth and what we will have left behind when we die.
Roszell’s single, “My Escape” (August 13, 2021), is a surrealistic, summer requiem inspired by Canadian poet, Alden Nowlan’s I, Icarus. It’s all about escape: escape from a heatwave, escape from suffocating city life and ultimately, escape from the loneliness of a broken heart.
Roszell’s single, “Science Experiment” (May 2021), digs at the insecurities of opening yourself up to another person. “This song rings especially true right now as we deal with Covid restrictions and lockdowns. It really is about loyalty and lifting another person up even when it’s damn hard,” says Roszell.
An outspoken environmentalist, Roszell is a supporter of the Music Declares Emergency movement. She donates 15% of profits to Ecojustice, Canada’s largest environmental law charity. Roszell’s 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.
Roszell’s debut album, Within the Shimmering Darkness (Fall, 2022), is rich with sonic landscapes as expansive as the view out her farmhouse studio window. Earshot-Distro named Roszell the Artist of the Week and said, “Combining airy, even partially experimental backing with passionate vocals, the alt-rock singer-songwriter makes a strong and enduring impression.”
Canadian Musician Magazine (Sep-Oct, 2021) featured Roszell writing, “Singer-songwriter Shannon Roszell has been turning heads with her powerful and distinctive voice that elicits memories of the late, great Cranberries front-woman Dolores O’Riordan. And like the Cranberries, Roszell’s music offers an expansive spin on rock and roll.”