11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Shannon Quinn

Shannon Quinn

Warning! There are two Shannon Quinn’s in the music biz. While one hails from Halifax, the other is here in Music City helping keep the spirit of Lower Broadway alive. Singer-songwriter Shannon Quinn is an acoustic performer Downtown at AJ’s Good Time Bar on Broadway and has now recorded and released five singles that are all streaming in the usual places for your listening pleasure.

Her latest is “Hate You.” Shannon told “Broadway World” this about her latest Country ballad: This song was written during quarantine, a time when I think a lot of artists had time to really sit with their feelings and do their best work.  The song came to me from feelings of betrayal. I was so angry and hurt, but I couldn’t stop caring about this person.” It’s a sincere reflective song that your main inspirer (Taylor Swift) will undoubtedly admire.

Thanks, Shannon, for stopping by 11 Questions and keep the music coming and don’t give up on the theater!

Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?

I’m originally from Saint Thomas, PA (super small town). After I graduated college with a BFA in Vocal Performance, I moved here to pursue music. I had always loved Nashville and I knew I’d end up here someday.

What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital?

I think the first record I bought was Taylor Swift’s Fearless album. I think I got the CD for Christmas, but my sisters and I always shared our music. The last record I bought was digital and it was actually Avril Lavigne’s Love Sux album.

First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?

The first concert I went to see was Taylor Swift when she was on her Speak Now tour, and the most recent was when my dad and I went to see The Rolling Stones when they came to Nashville back in October 2021.

Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?

Willie Nelson, for sure!

Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?

Honestly, I go to Dunkin’ the most. I know I should find a local place. If I go to a local place, it’s probably Frothy Monkey and I go to Five Points Pizza.

What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?

Anything Alan Jackson!

Where’s the best place to eat late at night after a show?

Taco Bell.

The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.

I’d pick Kylee Stone, Caroline de Lone, and Zach Wyatt.

What are your favorite music venues to play in town?

I love Alley Taps. I’m a local acoustic act at AJ’s Good Time Bar on Broadway and Belcourt Taps was always fun!

Finally, what’s in your musical future?

Hopefully more song releases! I have four more songs that are getting finished up and I’m excited to see what becomes of them. I’m also very likely to get back into Classical and Opera. I didn’t realize how much I missed performing in shows until I was out of college. Maybe you’ll see me at the Nashville Opera House or on Broadway…who knows!


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