Although Marty Shannon has never quite liked talking about himself, he has agreed to write this biography in the third person. Indeed, the youngest of four, he was raised humbly in a little swath of beach paradise in South West Florida called Sarasota. His parents fed and watered his love for music with legends like Al Green, Sam Cooke and
Bill Withers. His eldest brother was in an Orlando based band which is how Marty got his first guitar. Not by right, however. When his brother would leave the house, he would steal his guitar and do the best he could to make sounds. "There was nothing quite like it."
A few years later around the age of 15, Marty got his first listen to men like John Mayer and Jason Mraz and that, as he says, was "all I needed." He began gigging at any place that would have him: Starbucks, restaurants, bars, garage sales, and even a spay and
neuter cat benefit auction.
Now at the age of 23, Marty resides in Los Angeles California and has a slightly better resume: House of Blues, Whiskey A Go Go, the Viper Room, the Roxy and countless other venues. He just recently released his debut E.P. "Before The Love Goes" on iTunes and, yes ladies, he still loves playing spay and neuter cat benefit auctions.
His love for classic R&B legends and current pop icons shines brightly in his music. With a little persistence and a dash of perseverance, he is on the fast track to shine just the same. If you're interested in reading about my life and how I became the man/musician that I am, then I love you.
Wholeheartedly and truly,
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