My name is Shauna Sweeney; I’m a singer, songwriter, guitar player and percussionist. Over the last 12 years I’ve performed at thousands of events including weddings, music festivals, coffeehouses, grand openings, house concerts, bars, clubs, corporate events and street fairs. In various ways, each of these shows have been unique and special. I’ve had the great pleasure of opening for 10,000 Maniacs and of sharing venues with Dave Matthews Band, Natasha Bedingfield, and Matt Nathanson. I’ve performed over 2000 shows in the U.S., Canada and the Bahamas, including events for the Brothers in Arms Foundation, Tom’s Shoes, the Miami Dolphins and the Miami Marlins. My songs have been featured by USA Today, Kotaku.com, the Palm Beach Post and the Miami Sun Sentinel. And with help from incredibly talented (and sometimes Grammy-winning) collaborators I’ve independently released 4 original EPs. The latest was 2017’s “Supposed to Be” which was released under the name of my newest project, Young Trees.
A little of my backstory – I grew up in Connecticut in a nice little white-picket-fence town. I wrote my first song at age 6, an upbeat tune called “A Long Time Ago”. I was lucky to attend excellent public schools with unique and wonderful arts programs, where I was encouraged to be creative and to express myself.
At age 14 I moved to Ft. Lauderdale. I started going to folk concerts and local music festivals. I saw how writing songs is not just for kids. A friend showed me 4 guitar chords, and at 15 I was hitting the open mic circuit. At 16 I joined a dedicated local band, Never Enough. We recorded an EP together but then grew apart.
I attended Emerson University in Boston MA as a communications major, later transferring to Stetson University in Deland FL as a business major. Still unclear about what to pursue, I moved to Chicago and worked for a time. It was at an open mic night in Chicago that I realized music was what I needed in my life. I moved back to South Florida, started singing with a couple local bands, and soon was making my living performing full-time.
These days I’m living in Ft. Lauderdale, writing songs and performing, working with people I admire, and hopefully encouraging others to pursue their own passions and imaginations.
Thanks for reading!