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Shannon LaBrie: War & Peace

Music by Nashville chanteuse Shannon LaBrie defies genre and brings to life insightful stories of a woman who remains true to herself in a life where uncertainty is certain. The Lincoln, NE native instantly became a favorite among music fans and critics alike with her powerful 2016 album War & Peace. With lead singles, "Alcohol," and "It's Political" the independent release reached inside the Top Ten on iTunes, Spotify's US viral chart and Triple A Radio charts. Famed music blogger Bob Lefsetz wrote, “This track affected me. Made me believe like the great singer-songwriters of yore, maybe this woman has something to say. That in this crazy, mixed up, shoot-up world she can illuminate her story and people can relate.”

Tracked live at Nashville’s House of Blues Studio D with producer Tom Michael, War & Peace is an emotionally-charged collection of deep Americana soul that gives voice to the love and loss LaBrie experienced throughout her life. 

The title track "War & Peace," is inspired by the unwavering love and commitment she experienced while dealing with a tragedy that continues to shake LaBrie’s heart to this day. “I feel very fortunate that I made it through the past five years.” LaBrie continues to explore love in the stirring rocker “It Took My Whole Life.” The smooth and steady “Crumble” addresses how consuming love can feel, and the soulful “Ain’t Just a Feeling” captures the solace love provides. “There was a time when love was a far-off dream,” she says. “Feeling good, feeling like a woman, feeling beautiful wasn’t something that came easily. ‘Ain’t Just a Feeling’ came from a moment when I was able to step out of the sadness and just be happy.”

LaBrie calls out American politicians in the fiery opener “It’s Political,” while “American Dream,” celebrates feeling thankful to live in a country that offers its citizens a life of endless possibility as a basic human right. Anchoring the soul of the album are the deeply emotional “Alcohol” and "Heaven Crashed Down.” “Alcohol” is a moving ballad about trying to save a loved one from a life of addiction, but in trying, only kills the savior. In “Heaven Crashed Down,” LaBrie gives a visual account of the painful loss of her father to cancer when she was only 13. 

Rolling Stone, compares LaBrie, to the great late Jeff Buckley saying “her songs unfold with style and subtlety, coasting over the albums lush arrangements via LaBrie's gorgeous voice. It's as if Jeff Buckley and Norah Jones started a band that went a tiny bit country."  CMT says "She's part Tom Petty, part folk goddess, with Dylanesque lyrics." 

With over 6 millions streams on Spotify and Apple Music, she has toured over 500 dates. Amongst those she has opened for Gabe Dixon, Phoenix, ZZ Ward, Billy Bob Thornton, Rayland Baxter, Robert Randolph, The Head and the Heart, The Wild Feathers, Michael Franti and Valerie June. Her résumé now includes her first album cut, which is the lead single on Robert Randolphs newest album "Got Soul." The album just received a Grammy nomination for "Best Contemporary Blues Album."


Tour Dates

  • SEP13 12th and Porter-Nashville
  • SEP18 Eddies Attic-Decatur, GA
  • SEP21 Goose Island @Wrigleyville-Chicago IL
  • SEP24 Rockwood Music Hall- New York City
  • SEP27 Driven Music Conference-Atlanta GA
  • SEP28 Velvet Underground-Atlanta GA
  • OCT1 Hotel Cafe-Los Angeles CA
  • OCT4 Doyle's Cedar Hill, Murphy, NC
  • OCT10 CBGB Festival-The Living Room-New York City
  • OCT12 Austin City Limits Music Festival-Austin TX — Austin TX
  • OCT18 Soho Bar, Columbus, GA
  • OCT19 Hal and Mal's- Jackson, MS
  • OCT29 Hotel Indigo, Nashville, TN
  • NOV1 Do317 Indianapolis, IN1
  • NOV2 Artists For Autism -Washington DC
  • NOV3 Artists for Autism, Washington, DC
  • NOV9 Hangout, Mobile, AL 
  • NOV15 Higher Ground-Burlington, VT(With Carbon Leaf)
  • NOV16 The Sinclair-Boston MA(With Carbon Leaf)
  • NOV 21 Moonlight On The Mountain-Birmingham AL
  • DEC 5 Birmingham Mountain Radio Aniversary Show 
  • DEC14 Christmas in Nashville, TBA — Nashville, 

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