Shawna Russell hails from Okemah, Oklahoma, the home of Woody Guthrie. And like the legendary figure, Shawna has spent a good deal of her life writing songs and travelling the roads of America performing her music. Forging a musical sound that combines Country, Rock, Folk and Americana, Shawna has built a reputation as a powerhouse singer who also knows how to play a mean slide guitar. Her music has received critical acclaim from COUNTRY WEEKLY, BILLBOARD.COM, CMA CLOSE UP, MAVERICK (UK), MUSIC ROW, ROUGHSTOCK, DREAMWEST (France), THE OKLAHOMAN, TODAY’S COUNTRY MAGAZINE, OKLAHOMA GAZETTE and others. Her songs have charted in the U.S. on the Texas Music, Billboard “New and Active” and MusicRow charts, and internationally on the Hotdisc and New Christian Music charts.
Shawna released her self-titled sophomore album on Way Out West Records in 2011. Recorded in Oklahoma City and Nashville, and co-produced by Julian King (Grammy-winning engineer for Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith), along with Clif Doyal and Tim Russell, the album reflects her growth as an artist and a maturity of her song crafting skills. Shawna wrote, or co-wrote, the 10 songs on the project and they provide the listener with a deeper personal connection to her varied influences and artistic expression. From the guitar-driven Country Rock sounds that have become her trademark to mandolin-tinged traditional Country and Americana stylings, ‘SHAWNA RUSSELL’ presents the Oklahoma songbird at a new creative pinnacle.
Shawna first came on to the national and international music scene with the release of her debut album, GODDESS (Way Out West Records), in 2008, for which she co-wrote 12 of the 13 songs. Critical acclaim followed: the CMA named her “Who New to Watch,” and top music critics weighed in with praise for her debut. Chris Neal of COUNTRY WEEKLY gave GODDESS a 3 ½ star review, MUSIC ROW’s Robert K.Oermann bestowed a “DISCovery Award,” his highest compliment to a new artist, and rave reviews followed from CMA CLOSE UP, MAVERICK (UK), NASHVILLE MUSIC GUIDE, DREAMWEST (France), THE OKLAHOMAN, MUSIC NEWS NASHVILLE, COUNTRY STARS ONLINE and others.
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