Best of 2009:
Collected Sounds : Best of 2009 ~ Anamnesis
Sonic Jive : Top Songs of 2009 ~ "Driving Far" #6
Paul Franco : Best Music of 2009 ~ "Wind" and Anamnesis
"Anamnesis, which means recollection, is a five-song EP that offers an introspection into the five physical senses. Marketed as sequel to her previous release, The Moon And The Fire Circle, Anamnesis is an excellent achievement and a wonderful continuation. Fans of Tori Amos, Kate Bush and Amy Lee of Evanescence may find similarities but Burns fuses cascading piano and a dynamic voice to come across as slightly more uplifting while remaining genuinely sincere. There is a semblance of broodiness and the lush arrangements to be expected of fans of her peers, but Shauna Burns stands ably on her own and this EP is a definite five-star recommendation. Give it some alone time and immerse yourself in it and realize just how special Anamnesis is." - Brooke Horrocks, SonicJive.com Music Reviews
"The creative process of Shauna Burns is fascinating, and her newest EP, Anamnesis, which means "recollection" or "remembrance," is set to hit the music market on April 14, 2009. Though this is a short collection of works, Anamnesis can be seen as having depth and layers, and develop a more structured and contemplative sound, complete with various other instruments and electronic loops added by producer Steve Lemmon. Some things are just sweet when they are short. This particular EP happens to be one of those." - L Anne Carrington
"We here at Collected Sounds have been following Shauna Burns for years. What’s really cool is to see an artist evolve from record to record. In my review of her last record, The Moon and Fire Circle I mentioned that her songs sounded similar to each other. But when it’s gorgeous I don’t mind. However, on this EP, she really stepped out of her comfort zone. These songs are not samey at all. I think you’ll like this one even if you loved her previous records, it’s different but no less enchanting. I mean, it’s still Shauna right? Oh and did I mention her hottie new look? Yeah." - Amy Lotsberg, Collected Sounds
Anamnesis is pianist/singer/songwriter Shauna Burns' next work released under Red Rock Music in April 2009. This 5 song EP is the continuation of The Moon and the Fire Circle and the next step in her musical journey. Anamnesis, which means 'recollection' or 'remembrance', focuses on the senses that live in our memories. 'Music is a trigger for things we remember,' Shauna explains. 'Each of the songs on Anamnesis represents one of the senses.' The first song on the EP is titled 'Smell' ...its reference is obvious. 'A Letter' embraces the gift of sight, 'Wind' references touch, 'Driving Far' taste, and 'So Tell Me...' our sense of hearing. The new album is full of Shauna's trademark piano and vocals, James Clark on drums and percussion, Steve Lemmon on guitar and bass, Ryan Tilby on mandolin and dobro, Kiley Astle on violin and Steve Nelson on cello.
Shauna's latest release in 2008, The Moon and the Fire Circle, was a fusion of the dark and light sides of the soul. It was a journey from the light to the dark and back to the light again. The Promise Live cheers: 'With her ethereal voice, spacious arrangements and lots of piano, you can't help but become enchanted with The Moon and The Fire Circle.' And Southwest Blend acclaims that 'Shauna Burns is a phenomenal talent, and the music on this album will take any listener on a journey that will connect one's inner soul to the universe.' The journey continues...
Shauna's ethereal vocals and beautiful piano developed while growing up in Miami, Florida. Inspired by her mother's love for the piano, her songwriting thrived and when she headed west for college her music met cheers and enthusiastic recognition. After receiving a bachelor's degree in Anthropology at the University of Utah, Shauna spent a year in Europe preparing her debut album. Released under Red Rock music in 2005 Every Thought was the foothold that lifted this talented pianist and singer to critical acclaim. 'Beautiful cascading piano [and] ethereal vocals, a new fangled fusion that will ignite a spark that will be hard to replicate. Perfect.' States Smother.net. Shauna's songwriting extension to Every Thought was her 2006 follow up EP release entitled, Desert Tune.
Shauna has embarked on multiple vigorous tours since 2006 with over 75 shows and appearances stretching from coast to coast in the U.S. and the U.K. More tour dates will be announced for 2009.
'Around You', the first single from The Moon and the Fire Circle, reached number 7 on the FMQB AC Chart, was one of WCH Radio's 'Top Songs for 2008' and reached number 1 on 'Song Vault Radio'. The Moon and the Fire Circle was selected 'Best of 2008' by Collected Sounds and The Promise Live. Radio Crystal Blue also chose Shauna as one of the 'Top Recording Artists of the Year 2008'.
Shauna's debut CD, Every Thought was selected as one of the Top CD's of 2005 by Collected Sounds and the single, 'Pink Girl', was chosen as the number 1 single from the MAACP show. The album was chosen for 'Best of the Batch' from the Music Industry News Network and featured on TowerPod.com, Billboard, VH1, Artist Direct, AOL Music, Fox TV and countless others.