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Shannon Corey: Press/Reviews


Boston-based pop singer/songstress Shannon Corey and indie twister Jared Salvatore are touring together. Both showcase strong individual musical identities but are complementary, a chemistry born out of playing together on previous gigs. 

Shannon's voice and piano-based rock tunes are rounded out with cheery guitar lines, creating a distinct sound infused with soul, while Jared contrasts Shannon's sound, but does so seamlessly, flirting with darker tones and expanding his arrangements with an ambient feel and steady percussion. 

They are touring together, but performing separately, although they may take the stage for a duet here and there. Or not. You'll just have to go see 'em and see what happens. 

Tour Dates: 

Monday, April 29th: Las Vetas Lounge, Fairfield, CT

Tuesday, April 30th: Van Gogh's Ear Cafe, Union, NJ

Wednesday, May 1st: Richard Stockton College, Pomona, NJ

Thursday, May 2nd: The Lizard Lounge, Boston, MA

Friday, May 3rd: The Roots Cafe, Providence, RI

Saturday, May 4th: Radio Bean, Burlington, VT 

Monday, May 6th: Slainte Wine Bar, Portland, ME

Tuesday, May 7th: The Bitter End, New York City, NY

Did you dig the sounds that Shannon + Jared make individually? Then go see them together! As we said, they might play a song or two together, but they perform separate sets. Get more info on Shannon and Jared and go see some live music!

— Maggie Pannacione


Shannon Corey is the WINNER at Boston's Lizard Lounge Open Mic Challenge!!

...Pat’s pick for the 324th open mic was “Overdue” so to speak. This lady has been in our room plenty. She’s absolutely amazing and a consummate pro, always working on the craft, always inspiring co-writes, multi-act shows and rehearsing fresh material constantly. Whenever she’s at our Monday night show it always seems to be “one of those” nights, where the talent is spectacular up and down. She’s the type of person that makes you step up your game because she’s in the room. ??That being said, she had not won our contest yet. She’s consistently been in our final three but I think she’s such a ringer that many a judge, including myself on one particular night have gone with another artists, assuming that this lady wins every time she walks in the room. It’s borderline unfair to have a contest with her in it.

That being said, it sincerely warmed my heart when our judge Pat McCann, one of the most talented members of our community picked Shannon Corey, another one of the most talented persons in town to be the 324th LLOMC winner. Bang... zoom... done. Thanks everyone!!!

Tom Bianchi - Lizard Lounge Open Mic Challenge (Feb 18, 2013)

PHILLY HAPPENING FEATURE posted a feature promoting my WORLD CAFE LIVE show in Philadelphia which stirred a bunch of great comments and responses!

NYC BLOG "SHORT AND SWEET NYC" REVIEW of OVERDUE Shannon Corey's lushly toned vocals together with the openness of perceptively strong lyrics makes Overdue masterful and fresh. Layered in a wicked vibrancy of bright pop piano adds nicely to lyrics dealing with the tussle of modern romance and all the drama and joy that comes with it. It's a pleasure to hear Corey sort it all out on Let Me Out. The tune lights up like a neon city song of a lonely girl frustrated by an underwhelming, slowly ending relationship. The build of piano and smashes of drum add to the emotional turns of constant hope and residual failure. Within the simply structured yet thriving soundscape of the rest of her band, there's a bit of a riotous and slightly punk nature. Sunday Morning is full of intimacy, Corey observes, "I'm memorizing all the marks on your body, isn't it amazing what some free time allows". Visual and escapist, Shannon Corey embodies a young and talented soul. Hints of genius shine through every track. She perfectly captures moments and isolates them between keys of her piano with her mid-range voice. The soulful life of lyrics and piano makes Shannon Corey stand out from anything else one thinks they may know about a girl and her piano. A beautiful voice and an engaging melody will take you anywhere.


New York City-based songstress Shannon Corey’s latest release, Overdue, is the follow-up to her 2007 debut, Unsaid. While Corey is a classically trained pianist, she’s spent years honing her clean, crisp sound in a host of NYC’s sultry nightclubs. This album is the marriage of these styles - delicate and reserved yet sensuous and vibrant. One has the feeling of being torn between a dark and smoky lounge and a sunlit cloister.

Corey’s lovely voice and deft piano will keep you transfixed throughout Overdue. However, it is the singer-songwriter’s endlessly impressive ability to fully inhabit the lyrical landscapes she creates that makes the EP so compelling. Her subjects – vulnerable, powerful, reflective and resolute – are fully formed and presented with an alluring authenticity.

And so, while some of the album’s themes travel well-worn paths, when Corey sings something like “I don’t know why we’re constantly fighting, I don’t know why,” you believe her. What’s more, you suddenly want to find out why nearly as much as she does. In this manner, Corey imbues these ideas with a fresh resonance.

The title song, “Overdue,” seamlessly transitions from pulsating vivacity to hushed intimacies to a big, rich sound supporting soaring vocals. “Sunday Morning” offers a glimpse into an introspective isolation punctuated by subtle strings and album standout, “Let Me Out,” rises and falls with tumultuous contemplation.

While Overdue is no doubt a strong sophomore effort – and highly recommended – its five tracks are but a brief sampling of what Shannon Corey has in store.

Those in the New York area can catch Shannon Corey at Sullivan Hall Thursday, April 15th.

The music industry is littered with female singer-songwriters, but Shannon Corey is far more talented than her more well-known coworkers such as Sara Barellies and Vanessa Carlton.

Corey's album Unsaid is a beautiful collection of melodies and lyrics that blend together to put her on the level of classic singers like Fiona Apple, who she lists as an influence along with Ben Folds. Corey has been playing piano since the age of three, and it shows. Her songs are well-written, but don't seem to be lacking anything, even though most of them consist of her playing the keys; drummers and guitars come in every now and then, but the songs are so focused on Corey's playing that you hardly notice.

Corey's lyrics are simple, yet eloquent. “What face should I paint?” she asks in “Fate”, followed by “Is it wrong to always want to be right?/Or should I give up this fight?”. Some of her lyrics could be cheesy, but because of the beautiful way she sings, it doesn't really matter. Her voice seems effortless, as though she's not even really trying at all, or like she could sing twice as high or low as she is but chooses not to. The entire CD could come off arrogant, but because of Corey's delicious DIY attitude (the CD is packaged adorably in a brown paper lunch bag), she comes off humble and meek.

Corey is beautiful, talented, and deserves more than most of the females out there making music. Her music is refreshing, even in a world full of women who try to be like her.


Hailing from New York, U.S.A, Shannon Corey combines sugar sweet vocals with deeply personal lyrics and has created one the most emotional EP's of 2009.

We begin with title track "Overdue". A song with some of the most heartbreaking vocals of this year. The first half of the song begins with a staccato piano riff which will attach itself to your memory and refuse to let go. Lyrically we are fooled into thinking that it is standard love song (albeit a high quality one). The chorus tells us of the deep love the narrator has for her lover. Then at about 2:37 the song completely changes and Shannon Corey's gifted voice then reveals a different meaning to the song - her lover has left her and she is simply reminiscing about the times they spent together. The lyrics will render deep with heartbroken listeners. "Let Me Out" features some of the best piano work this reviewer has heard. Shannon Corey's vocals are even better on this song. Lyrically it describes the end of a relationship and they delivered with such emotion, it may just bring a tear to your eye. "Sunday Morning" is a 'slower' track. The majority of the song is a stripped down affair featuring just Shannon Corey's piano and vocals. Lyrically it describes the ideal Sunday morning for the narrator – laying in bed with your partner and simply enjoying being in love. Of course Shannon Corey's vocals are excellent and the piano is played with the right subtlety as to not overpower the vocals. The final track on the EP "Guitar Song" is the weakest. The music is repetitive and bland and the lyrics are nonsensical. However Shannon Corey's vocals are quite beautiful. It's just the rest of the track provides a disappointing end to an otherwise excellent EP.

This EP was well on its way to a 10/10 before the finale left a sour taste in this reviewer's mouth. However it was easy to wash away that taste by listening to the rest of the songs which are excellent. To conclude I highly recommend buying the EP as soon as possible because put simply it's absolutely brilliant.

One of the cool things about my line of work is the wide variety of artists and music I’m exposed to. I briefly met Shannon Corey during a photo shoot last summer. Afterward I started to check out her songs and videos posted online. The music from her debut album, unsaid, was very impressive. Corey has a great sense of meter and phrasing with a unique voice and songs that are instantly catchy and charming.

It’s no surprise that her new EP, Overdue, released on September 10, exhibits the same characteristics, but Corey’s skills have not remained static. There’s a discernible maturity in how she now approaches her songwriting and vocal performance. She’s really become quite good at not just simply knowing which notes to sing, but knowing how to sing them to accentuate the meaning and emotion of the music. Hopefully Shannon Corey will be an artist we can watch for a long time to come.
Shannon Corey - Overdue
2009, Inner Voice, LLC

Born in New York City and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, Shannon Corey was introduced to music at a young age. Classical piano lessons started at three years and continued into high school when Corey began writing her own material. Corey pursued a degree in musical theater in New York City before tossing herself into the local music scene there. In 2007 she released her debut album, unsaid. That material got her noticed by the right folks, as some of her songs were recently featured on an episode of MTV's The Real World: Cancun. Corey spent two years on the road promoting unsaid, but now returns with a brand new EP entitled Overdue. Overdue finds Corey writing from a deeper well than just two years ago, and her voice has evolved in that time. The result is a collection of five complex and emotive Piano-Rock tunes.

Corey opens up with Overdue, a song about avoiding the obvious in a relationship that's stalled out. The narrator here recognizes the problems that exist but is avoiding them. Corey's musical theater background shows through some here, particularly in the quieter moments of the song. Let Me Out is built on a piano part that's strongly influenced by Tori Amos. Let Me Out picks up where Overdue left off lyrically, dealing with another relationship where distance has come between the pair. Sunday Morning is a romantic tune about one of those perfect moments that couples share at times. This is a non-traditional mix-tape tune and is very well written. Corey goes from 88 strings to 6 for The Guitar Song, a mournful tune at the realization that a relationship isn't working out. If any of you have ever heard or seen the musical The Last 5 Years, you'll be able to imagine Sherrie Renee Scott singing this tune in her role there. Corey closes out with a radio edit of Overdue that cuts out about 45 seconds of the original.

Shannon Corey has a full, rich alto voice that's highly emotive and warm. Her compositional style is complex, playing with time signatures and chord constructions within the realm of Pop/Rock tunes that walk a fine line between esoteric and Pop oriented. Shannon Corey is a great listen and very much worthy of your time and attention. If there's anything Overdue here it's accolades.

Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)

Posted on 08 September 2009

It’s an impressive feat for a seemingly timid woman with an electric piano to win the attention of a bar full of college students on a Friday night. The headliner for the College Union Board’s (CUB’s) female Singer/Songwriter Night at the Rathskeller pulled it off with a smile.
In spite of the sleepless night before her performance she spent waiting on the delivery of her newest EP, “Overdue,” singer/songwriter Shannon Corey embraced Friday night’s Rat crowd with a bright burst of energy and excitement. Her 90-minute set rang with lyrical sincerity and all the sounds of a thoughtful mind at work.

Shannon Corey performed a number of covers and originals last Friday at the the Female Singer/Songwriter night in the Rat. (Brittany Oldewurtel / Staff Photographer)
Corey attended to an eager audience with her catalog of intelligent original works and a cross-section of rock and pop covers.

“Winter,” a song featured on MTV’s “The Real World,” projected a pictorial message of sympathy and understanding. Her lyrics, set in the form of a thought-provoking parallel, depicted the inner struggles of a friend in the context of shifting seasons.

Her playful nature onstage, however, belied the more serious attitude of some of her songs.

Corey prefaced one of her best compositions with an anecdote about dressing her little brother like a girl. But the songwriter dressed “I Miss Home,” in funny-turned-serious lyricism, Through her arching piano progressions, Corey meditated on her decision to leave her childhood home in Rhode Island for the artistic gateways of New York City.

Corey, a classical pianist since she was 3 years old, powered her lyrics with smart and shining keyboard structures. Her high-flying persona blended a musical theater background with a variety of influences in popular music.

She performed an array of cover songs including a flawless rendition of Ingrid Michaelson’s sharp-swinging “Breakable,” and well-done, stripped-down versions of songs by Cold War Kids, Foo Fighters and Kings of Leon. For the rock covers, friend and album artist Sean Carmichael accompanied Corey on acoustic guitar.

Later, Corey gave The Police’s “Message in a Bottle” a creative twist. The “S.O.S” refrain sounded more like a transmission of confidence than a song of desperation.

Both her covers and originals were intimate but comprehensive and demonstrated the transformative power of attitude and technical creativity...

Part Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles, and Fiona Apple, New York piano-woman Shannon Corey brings smoky vocals and strong piano chops to 'unsaid'. "I Miss Home" is warmly nostalgic, while "Fate" rides on an energetic arrangement of piano and strings. Assured and nuanced, Shannon's keyboard work speaks of both classical study and a great sensitivity to what any given songs needs rather than how many notes it can hold before exploding. And though the song isn't featured on 'unsaid', you must visit Shannon's webpage to listen to her cover of the Police's "Message in a Bottle." A deft and thoughtful reworking, Shannon makes the classic her own with nothing but elegant vocals and piano, a storm cloud atmosphere, and a subtle, wistful sexiness.

Shannon Corey is living the dream.

Once she was old enough to do so, Corey, who once called Providence, R.I. home, decided to pack her bags and head to New York City where she could pursue her dreams of becoming a successful musician.

“I moved to New York City in 2000 for school. I worked at Birdland Jazz Club in Times Square and would play their grand piano before my shift started. The owner caught me one night and said I should play and sing at their open mic on Mondays,” she said. “After playing a couple of times at the open mic, I booked my first show at The Bitter End in NYC with the help of a co-worker who also had steady gigs at The Bitter End. You do what you can to get your foot in the door in that city!”

Some nine years later, all of Corey’s dreams are finally coming to fruition as she just released her debut album, UNSAID, last fall. The EP was produced by Charles Newman of Mother West Records (The Magnetic Fields, The Bowmans), and it tells the universal story of a young woman coming into her own.

“Everything I do is very emotional and you would not walk away without feeling something,” she said of her new release. “A lot of bands today are great to listen to in the background while you drink and hang with your friends, but my music really draws people in to listen and allows you to connect to something. I would say the album could fall under piano pop-rock-classical genre. UNSAID is available for purchase on iTunes.”

Also coming fresh off the heals of her first national tour, Corey felt that one of the best moments from the road was when she came back to Rhode Island and played before her home crowd.

“I was on a national tour at the beginning of this year with the band Rally For One and there is nothing like playing a home show,” she explained. “Those are always the most memorable. I played at The Wheel House on the water in Narragansett and it was the first home show I had played in years. There’s nothing like family and friends to keep your spirits up as you travel!”

Things are most definitely looking up for Corey as she just found out that she was being endorsed by Yamaha. Being endorsed by such a powerful company will obviously have a positive effect on her career.

“I was recently endorsed by Yamaha which has been opening up a lot of doors! After the next E.P. (Overdue) is released sometime this year, I will be heading to Nashville to try and land a publishing deal and to write some more for the next album. Writing is the big thing right now. In October, I am heading out on a College tour with my violinist, Susan (Aquila), and then hopefully California to play and shop the EP.”

According to Corey, having an accomplished musician such as Avila right by her side while touring is such a treat.

“She is my violinist. She is also on tour with Billy Joel and one hell of a musician. I can always count on her to play,” said Corey. “She loves it just as much as I do. We recently put a set together of just the two of us and will be playing a college tour in October. I like the intimacy of our sound because it really showcases the songs and their intricacies.”

If you would like more information about Shannon Corey, please feel free to check out her web pages at or

While a few touring musicians swing by both Stamford and Danbury or Danbury and Bridgeport, three Fairfield County events in two days seems a bit much to ask of even congressional contenders Chris Shays and Jim Himes. One singer/songwriter dares to do it: the very talented (and very cute) Shannon Corey. Born in Providence and schooled in New York City, the starry-eyed and apple-faced Corey packs a wallop on the piano. Her classical training, rich sound and proclivity for random cover songs (she wraps Message in a Bottle around her finger) makes for easy comparisons to Tori Amos, although her subdued feistiness is more in line with Fiona Apple. The Yahama-endorsed pianist will play songs from her debut Unsaid tonight in Danbury and twice tomorrow in Fairfield. Billy Baloneys, 6 Ives St, Danbury. 8 p.m. $10. Chef's Table, 1561 Post Road, Fairfield. 1:30 p.m. Free. (203) 255-1779. Las Vetas Lounge, 1462 Post Road, Fairfield. 8 p.m. Free. (203) 255-1958.
- Fairfield Weekly (May 29, 2008)
- YAMAHA ARTIST (May 18, 2008)

Shannon Corey - Unsaid - This sounds a bit like a blend of Fiona Apple and Sarah McLachlan on vocals. Cindy, my wife, said that Shannon sounds so much like one of her favorite bands, Fairground Attraction, that it's scary. Regardless it's very well played female singer songwriter indie folk rock with catchy melodies and excellent execution. Shannon Corey is an amazing vocalist and her voice blends so well with the instrumentation that every song just glides. The piano playing is along the lines of Tori Amos, but a bit more subdued and the addition of strings on many tracks brings out the full emotion in each creation.

Lakeland Records, Ltd. has released SUNDAY MORNING on their promo compilation CD this past Nov.

I have also been chosed to be a featured artist on the Lakeland Records Ltd website! You can find the feature under ARTISTS 01 at
HEAR/SAY Magazine Review

Who: Shannon Corey

What: Really good café music that Starbucks would sell. She’s a very talented pianist and lyricist.

On the Web:

Sounds Like: Regina Spektor and Tori Amos

Stand Out Single: “Sunday Morning”

Grade: A-
Providence Journal online listing and Promo Page
- Providence Journal (Jul 15, 2007)


If you took a chick Ben Folds and added in a bit of Fiona Apple and Tori Amos, you'd get Shannon Corey. Originally from Rhode Island, Shannon moved to NYC in hopes of pursuing a career in music. For the past two years, this classically trained pianist turned contemporary singer/songwriter has been plugging away at the New York City music scene, playing various venues including The Knitting Factory and late great, CBGB's.

The band consists of piano, bass, drums, electric guitar, cello, viola and violin; all contributing to a pop-rock-classical sound.

Shannon's debut album unsaid, produced by Charles Newman of Mother West Records, is due out at the end of January. The CD release party will be held at the Canal Room on January 31st. For more info, visit

unsaid can be found at CD Baby and on iTunes by Feb 1st.
- High Times Magazine (Jan 20, 2007)


...Unsaid, her debut album is a collection of ten original, heartfelt songs that showcase her instrumental skills as well as her enchanting and seductive voice. The band consists of piano, bass, drums, electric guitar, cello, viola and violin which help to create a unique, classical inspired pop-rock sound that is very warm and welcoming...

...Shannon Corey is a genuine artist with a sound that is contemporary yet familiar and will appeal to a wide range of music fans.
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