LOS ANGELES (Top40 Charts/ Luck Media & Marketing) - After releasing two well-received EPs, Boomerangs & Seesaws (2007) and Paris Can't Have You (2008) on her own independent label Saint Cloud Records, singer-songwriter Shannon Curtis (www.shannoncurtis.net) was starting to live the dream that every DIY artist aspires to.
The multi-talented performer the Los Angeles Times once called 'a beautiful piano player who sounds like the love child of Fiona Apple and Norah Jones' had her song 'Before The Sun' placed on MTV's hit show 'The Hills.' She was also building an immense following by playing shows all across the U.S. In 2008 alone, she did 125 gigs and racked up 40,000 miles on her VW Jetta.
Curtis has become a must see live attraction in cities like L.A., San Francisco, Boulder, Washington, D.C. and her longtime hometown of Sacramento, where she launched her career as the lead singer of the pop group Paradigm.
No matter how far she had gotten on her own, she had visions of finally breaking through to wider scale success when Grammy winning producer Charlie Peacock called and said he wanted to helm her next recording.
The Nashville-based Peacock, who has worked with everyone from Switchfoot and Amy Grant to Sixpence None The Richer and Audio Adrenaline, heard her bittersweet ballad 'Boomerangs & Seesaws' on MySpace and told her he loved it.
This unexpected connection led to the recording of her latest EP, Why Don't You Stay? which was produced at Peacock's studio with some of Music City's biggest session musicians and mixed in L.A. by renowned mixer Joe Zook (One Republic, Modest Mouse, Katy Perry).
Strapped for cash, the ever resourceful artist decided to take a bold step and put out the word to her friends, family and finally, her fans (including her 3,000 strong email list) that she needed their help to finance the project; ultimately, she raised close to $5,000.
Curtis will be performing over 30 dates this summer everywhere from L.A. to Nashville, Memphis, Cleveland, Chicago and New York City.