Shannon Roszell is a musician, songwriter and performance artist with a fiercely expressed world-view who divides her time between the Kawartha Lakes (Central Ontario) and Toronto.
Roszell’s songwriting has been likened to Joni Mitchell for its sense of melodic freedom and the direct connectivity of her lyrics. St. Vincent, The National, Neko Case, and the Weakerthans are among her other influences.
A powerhouse performer, Roszell combines the irreverence of Patti Smith with a quick wit and lightheartedness. Vocally she is compared to Natalie Merchant and Dolores O'Riordan of the Cranberries with a vibrato that’s described as “beautiful and distinctive.”
“I absolutely love performing live. I love that direct connection with the audience – sharing moments together, storytelling and for a brief time, being connected,” explains Roszell. “It’s one of the few times I feel a sense of community these days.”
Roszell is currently recording her debut album with producer Frank Gryner (Rob Zombie, Perfect Circle, Trent Severn, Emm Gryner). The first single will be released summer 2019.
“I’m so excited to be working with Frank. His scope and vision is unstoppable and he’s turning my little songs into these cinematic, expansive sonic landscapes. Florence and the Machine fans are going to have some new music to put on repeat.”
Roszell has played Toronto venues including: The Horseshoe Tavern, the Cameron House, Hugh’s Room, C’est What?, Cadillac Lounge, Free Times Café, Tranzac Club, the Tennessee, Graffiti's Bar & Grill, Magpie Taproom, and various shows in the Kawartha Lakes.
In 2013, while living in Vancouver, Roszell began collaborating with Pete Lutwyche of the electronica band, Perfume Tree, who released five albums with Zulu Records. Lutwyche’s music has appeared in film and television including Dr. Who and Weirdsville.
At the same time, she was a performer with Granville Island’s Busker Program and she played at a number of Vancouver venues including: The Naam Restaurant, Displace Hashery, Charqui Grill and LanaLou’s.