Although Marty Shannon has never quite liked talking about himself, he has agreed to write this biography in the third person. Indeed, the youngest of 4, he was raised humbly in a little swath of beach paradise in South West Florida called Sarasota. His parents fed and watered his love for music with legends like Al Green, Sam Cooke and Bill Withers. His eldest brother was in an Orlando based band which is how Marty got his first guitar. Not by right, however. When his brother would leave the house, he would steal his guitar and do the best he could to make sounds. “There was nothing quite like it.”
A few years later, around the age of 15, Marty got his first listen to men like John Mayer and Jason Mraz and that, as he says, was “all I needed.” He began gigging at any place that would have him: Starbucks, restaurants, bars, garage sales, and even a spay and neuter cat benefit auction.
Now, perpetually in his 20’s, Marty resides in Los Angeles, California and has a slightly better resume: National tours with Singer-songwriter icon Ron Pope, including venues like the House of Blues, Hard Rock, The Roxy, Whiskey A Go Go, The Troubadour, The Viper Room, and countless others. With the successes of the first two albums under his belt, Marty has been recording his third studio album with Kenny Carkeet from the monstrously huge band, AWOL Nation, and the insanely talented lead singer of Eve6, Max Collins, in what is sure to be his best album yet. And although he has seen a large amount of notoriety in the last year, yes ladies, he still loves playing spay and neuter cat benefit auctions.
His love for classic RnB legends and current pop icons shines brightly in his music. With a little persistence, and a dash of perseverance, he is on the fast track to shine just the same.
How was that? Good? If it were up to me, I would have said something like “if you’re interested in reading about my life and how I became the man/musician that I am, then I cant ask for much more. That means more to me than you know and is what keeps me going: Wholeheartedly and truly. Thank you.”