Two things this girl can do well: fingerpick and tell a good story. "....One of the most wonderfully gifted singer/songwriters I've ever heard..." says Eric Lichter of Dirt Floor Recording Studio, who produced Shawnee’s second album, Second Hand Dress, in 2009. "She connects with her songs, like a punch in the stomach, but the pain is beautiful and you want more..." Shawnee embodies an innocence and wonder and appreciation of the world that “grown-ups” often tend to lose, yet her music radiates a spirit of infinite wisdom and unconditional beauty. An old soul, one might say....
Recent years have found her sharing the stage with the likes of Justin Townes Earle, Anais Mitchell, Jill Sobule, Mark Erelli, Jeffrey Foucault, and Eliza Gilkyson. She received an honorable mention from Indie Music Review for the Top Indie Acoustic Artists of 2012, and her song “The Very Best of Me” was nominated for Indie Music Channel’s Best Folk Song of the year, as well as “Be My Valentine” for Best Music Video (under $5000). In 2007 "Driving By Your House" won 3rd place in the prestigious Gig Harbor Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter competition, while that same year the radio follow up to the Soundoff Summer Music Festival awarded Shawnee the unofficial title of the person most people fell absolutely in love with.
People who know her best would say that part of Shawnee’s gift of writing is to take the situations and life around her and weave them into an effortless tapestry of empathy and grace. She can take an entire relationship, boil it down to only its rawest essence, and humbly present it in the soft closing line of a gentle melodic journey.
“Shawnee’s in my very highest category of songwriter: Those whose next song I can’t wait for them to write.” ~Danny Schmidt
She is currently living in Austin, Texas, working on her fourth studio album.