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, clubs, coffeehouses, weddings, corporate events, house concerts, art fairs, you name it.
I’ve had the great pleasure of opening for the Gin Blossoms, 10,000 Maniacs, and Donavon Frankenreiter, 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 LGBTQ 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 Fort Lauderdale with my family, where I was introduced to open mics and folk music festivals. I found out that 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.
The following year I enorlled at Emerson University in Boston MA as a communications major, later transferring to Stetson University in Deland FL to pursue a business degree. Still feeling unclear about my direction, I moved to Chicago for a bit, taking a job as an assistant manager of a clothing store. 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 it was clear what I needed to do. 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.