INTERVIEW: Shannon LaBrie

Hi Shannon, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been hanging in there. Trying to let optimism reign and think outside the box. I have been really thankful for my health and time to write and, of course, beyond excited to release the new record! 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Firewalker”?

Firewalker has become my own personal anthem for this year. This song was written in the fire, and every time I sing it, I feel a little stronger. I’m hoping that anyone who hears it feels the same!

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

It was a multitude of things. I wrote this song with Tia Sillers and Joe Robinson, who had both recently been in the “flames” if you will, and all three of us were feeling a little nostalgic. It’s really a good feeling when you realize you came out the other side a little stronger. For me personally, I’d say this song wraps up the past five years of my life. 

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Nothing like a first time experience. It was extremely important to the team that we keep everything COVID safe and socially distanced. As a result, it ended up just being me, my manager, and the brilliant Roger Pistole. I’m a massive nature hippie, and we thought it might be cool to capture some outdoor footage. Honestly, when I look at this video, I think, “wow, that’s exactly who I am.” 

The single comes off your new album Building – what’s the story behind the title?

The title track “Building,” is about building a life with the people you love. The song has taken on much deeper meanings as this year has trudged on. We are all in the process of building and re-building our lives right now, which, I find inspiring in many ways. 

How was the recording and writing process?

This record is, by far, my favorite recording experience to date. It was me, Nir Z on drums, Ryan Madora on bass and Joe Robinson on lead guitar. All in a room together, recording live and straight to 2” tape. It’s hard to explain the thrill of recording live and the pressure of putting your soul into a moment. I can hear little bits of each of our personalities on the album!

For more information on Shannon LaBrie, visit www.ShannonLaBrie.com and follow her on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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