My name is Shauna Sweeney; I’m a singer, songwriter, guitar player and percussionist. I’ve performed almost 2000 shows across the Eastern U.S., Canada, the Bahamas, and the U.S. Naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I’ve shared venues with Dave Matthews Band, Matt Nathanson and the Backstreet Boys. I’ve collaborated with Grammy-winning musicians to independently produce and release 3 original EPs, in 2005, 2006 and 2010. My songs have been featured by USA Today, Kotaku.com and the Miami Sun Sentinel. I’ve performed at events for the Miami Dolphins, Miami Marlins, Tom’s Shoes, the PGA Tour and the Brothers in Arms Foundation. I’ve performed at coffeehouses, house concerts, bars, clubs, coffeehouses and street fairs. Each of these shows and experiences has been a unique and special honor.
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!