My name is Shauna Sweeney and I’m a singer, songwriter, guitar player and percussionist. Over the last 12 years I’ve performed at thousands of events – at arenas, music festivals, weddings, corporate events, coffeehouses, house concerts, bars, clubs, and street fairs. In a variety ways, every one of these shows has been a unique and special experience.
I’ve had the great pleasure of opening for the Gin Blossoms and for 10,000 Maniacs, and sharing venues with Dave Matthews Band, the Backstreet Boys, Natasha Bedingfield, and Matt Nathanson. I’ve toured the eastern U.S. and performed in Canada and the Bahamas, including events for the Brothers in Arms Foundation, Tom’s Shoes, the Miami Dolphins, the Miami Marlins, Animal Aid, the Harvest Drive and LGBT support groups. 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 some Grammy-winning) collaborators I’ve independently released 4 original EPs. The latest was 2017’s “Supposed to Be” which was the first for my newest musical 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 grew apart.
I attended Emerson University in Boston MA as a communications major, then transferred to Stetson University in Deland FL as a business major. Still feeling unclear about what to pursue, I moved to Chicago and became an assistant manager of a clothing store for a bit. One night in Chicago I went by myself to an open mic night and performed for the first time in years. It felt like being called home, and that night I realized music was what I needed in my life. I moved back to South Florida, started hitting open mics and sitting in with local bands, and six months later I was making my living making music and performing full-time. With over a decade in this “job”, I’ve learned a lot of interesting lessons, and still learning every day. Makes for plenty of lyric material!
These days I’m enjoying life in Ft. Lauderdale, traveling to some fantastic places, writing songs and performing, working with people I admire, and hopefully encouraging others to pursue their own passions and imaginations.
Thanks for caring enough to read my bio. 🙂 If you have a song, a project, or an event you’d like to work on together, I’d be happy to hear from you, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.