"Every Thought" was chosen as one of the TOP CD's of 2005 by Collected Sounds!
"Her acoustic piano-driven music is very stream of consciousness, emotive and moving. Its power calls for your willingness to suspend thought, to free-float on this stream of thick beautiful sound and let it take you as it wills. Even when the lyrical intention is clear, Burns deliberately chooses to phrase the words in such a way as to strip them of conventional meaning, challenging you again to let go, to follow her down a mad rabbit trail of melodic sound, free-falling into your own mind. Wild, I know, but fresh, fearless and free." - Kevan Breitinger, Indie-Music.com
"There is no doubt that Every Thought contains a dynamic energy in its complex blend of sounds and striking lyrics. Shauna has a unique style of singing, and combined with her virtuoso piano instrumentals, she has put together an album that is moving and intense." - Musical Discoveries
"... The instrumental passages really demonstrate what a lovely instrument the piano is. This album is a stellar debut for the gifted Burns." - Anna Maria Stjarnell, Collected Sounds
"Beautiful cascading piano keys drip on the opener and then Shauna's ethereal vocals come forth like a brimming cup of coffee. ...Shauna Burns allows her singing voice do the talking as she whisks us away with wispy and insightful lyrics. Pouring the emotions out on the table she casts a magical net... for a new fangled fusion that will ignite a spark that will be hard to replicate. Perfect." - Smother.net
"'Every Thought' is a gorgeous album and I shout-out with praise in recommending it. I truly look forward to following Shauna Burns's career." - Lynda Dale MacLean, The Celebrity Cafe & Platterpicks
"[A] brilliant debut: delicate, lush instrumentals combined with haunting and emotional lyrics. Shauna Burns' songs are the kind that can stand alone without the vocals, or you could just read the lyrics as great poetry -- but put the two together and you have high-Ecto. Get this CD if you want to have your soul touched." - Give CDs.com ~ Female Vocalists
"...with spectacular piano arrangements and clear and melodic vocals. Her voice shows great diversity throughout the album at times breathy and wistful, at others strong and emotive. Her melodies are mesmerizing and hauntingly memorable and, after just one listen, you'll find them playing themselves over and over in your head." - Kristin Dreyer Kramer, Nights and Weekends
"There are a small number of artists who are able to convey pure emotion and inspire through an intense passion that emanates from his or her voice, Shauna is one of those artists. She draws you in, embraces you, and makes you feel as if you are apart of the journey of which her songs create." - Emma, Fanbolt.com
Every Thought was picked Best of the Batch at the mi2n ~ Music Industry News Network! And their editor's pick is Toes!
Bio and Press Releases:
The debut album from Shauna Burns, "Every Thought" showcases her inspired songwriting and intense, complex sound. Sometimes soothing, sometimes haunting, her songs stir emotions and draw images clearly in the listener's mind.
The singer was born in Miami, where her mother's love for the piano permeated her soul before she headed west for college and found consistent success on the coffee house circuit in Salt Lake City. Influenced heavily by the desert and mountain landscape around Nevada and Utah, her music creates a mood easily accessible to the listener.
While frequent comparisons to artists like Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, and Sarah McLaughlin are not off base, it's clear that she transcends typical boundaries of pop music. Her music is easy to connect with, but is not crafted generically or according to traditionally accepted measures to increase consumption.
Burgeoning record label Red Rock Music (www.redrockmusiclabel.com) has made a commitment to highlight her talents without compromising her artistic vision. The album is comprised of a delicate mix of upbeat, piano driven melodies and instrumental laden epics, as well as a variety of compelling, atmospheric compositions.
Visit www.myspace.com/shaunaburns or www.shaunaburns.com to hear how Shauna's passion and dedication to the piano has taken her from coffee house entertainer to virtuoso artist, capable of making waves in the music world.
Red Rock Music, LLC Releases Shauna Burns' Debut Album 'Every Thought'
Singer/Songwriter Mixes Rock, Folk, Piano for a Sound All Her Own
It has been too long since a singer/songwriter came down the pike with something to say - and a haunting, crystal-clear voice in which to say it. With her debut album "Every Thought," 30-year-old Shauna Burns (http://www.shaunaburns.com) pulls the listener into her world with a fusion of alternative rock, Celtic and folk sounds, intertwined with Burns' complex piano compositions. The result is infinitely easy on the ears, suggesting Shauna Burns is here to stay.
Co-produced by Burns and Red Rock Music, LLC (http://www.redrockmusiclabel.com), "Every Thought" showcases Burns on vocals and piano. The album also features James Clark on drums; Ryan Tilby on bass, guitar, mandolin and banjo; Steve Lemmon on guitar; Caroline Kemper on Celtic harp; and Rick Kemper on Irish whistle.
At once intense and soothing, "Every Thought" is the result of a lifetime of music. Burns, inspired by her mother's love of the piano, began playing as a small child. By the time she was 15, she had discovered her own talent as a singer and was already composing.
"Music has always been there for me," Burns explained. "It's really been a close friend and teacher, drawing me in like this unexpected force, pulling me. It's the journey, how I view everything around me. When the window is foggy, the music makes it clear in my mind. It comes from the most pure place I've ever known."
With "Every Thought," Burns has drawn on her own life experiences to produce a collection of songs filled with raw emotion and melodies that echo long after the music has stopped. Emotional vampires are examined in "Ghosts & Vampires," a sister's love is sweet in "Toes," clarity dawns in the nine- minute piano ballad "Nonsense," endurance triumphs over torment in "Camelot's Waiting," and jealousy is revealed in "Maryland." The album's other seven tracks are equally compelling.
"'Every Thought' is about every conscious thought - coming from an unconscious place to a conscious one," said Burns. "Each song is a piece of the puzzle. For me it's about realizing your own potential, what is in your hands. We all have this power to harness our own ability. I truly believe music is, at its core, a subconscious energy speaking. Sometimes it takes a while to understand what is being said, but at the end of the day I try to break it down one molecule at a time, to find its meaning, to discover what is trying to be said. These are the questions I ask myself every day as a songwriter."
Holding the balance of riveting expressionist and soothing songstress, Shauna Burns invites us to her table.
a little biography to start with...
Inspired by her mother's love of the piano, Shauna Burns began
playing as a small child in her native home of Miami. By the time she
was 15, she had discovered her own talent as a singer and was already
After moving west for college, Shauna found a whole new level of
inspiration in the high deserts and mountains of Nevada and Utah. She
poured her emotions into her music and began playing regularly at a
coffee house in Salt Lake City. Shauna's unique fusion of alternative
rock, folk and Celtic sounds soon won fans and rave reviews.
The die was cast: After graduating, Shauna began concentrating on her
music full-time. After a year in Europe putting together her first
collection of songs, she recorded "Every Thought." The debut album,
released under the record label Red Rock Music, LLC, is both intense
and soothing, a complex blend of sounds and lyrics that resonates
within the listener.
"Music has always been there for me," Shauna explains. "It's been a
close friend and teacher, drawing me in like this unexpected force,
pulling me. It's the journey, how I view everything around me. It
comes from the purest place I've ever known."
and of course, dessert thoughts...
Shauna Burns' music is refreshingly unconventional and breathes deeply to it's own harmonious beat. Shauna Burns stunning debut album entitled Every Thought is a free flowing enchanting musical work. Her sensational, artistic piano and vocals secure this music's organic roots and draw the listener in, keeping you immersed at every unexpected turn. The intense, personal lyrics are thought provoking and wrap around you like a whirlwind then delicately whispers in your ear. These haunting images rest hand in hand with the beautiful melodies and enriched rhythms. Always earthy and natural, the songs evoke and entice the senses. Shauna Burns is a passionate artist leading us through her world.
Shauna Burns long awaited debut album is entitled Every Thought
Released 2005 Red Rock Music
All songs written by Shauna Burns
Produced by Shauna Burns & James Clark
Published by Waving Wand (ASCAP)
Piano & Vocals: Shauna Burns
Drums & Percussion: James Clark
Bass & Guitar: Ryan Tilby
Percussion & Guitar: Steve Lemmon
Celtic Harp: Caroline Kemper
Irish Whistle: Rick Kemper
For full album info and lyrics visit:
Red Rock Music, LLC