Shanna "Songbird" O'Brien has been singing since a young girl. She
was a featured soloist in her church choir and her family and friends
would insist that she sing at functions and gatherings. Her wonderfully
rich tone has always been "music to the ears."
Shanna's influences are traditional folk music as well as Elvis, Bob
Dylan, The Beatles, Annie Lennox, Ella Fitzgerald and many more.
The '80's found her living in the Bay Area playing her guitar and original
songs at the Sleeping Lady Café in Fairfax, The Resh House in Mill
Valley and many of Marin's music festivals. During this period she
studied voice with the renowned vocal coach, Judy Davis, located in
Eventually she recorded sessions with the "master synthesist,"
Patrick Gleeson as well as Michael Cotten and Prairie Prince from The
Tubes, Greg Douglass, former guitarist with the Steve Miller Band and
Cory Lerios of Pablo Cruise. Greg Douglass agreed to be featured on
her album of original music entitled "Timeless." In the '80's she also
opened for Journey at the Old Waldorf and went on to have her own
show at the MGM Grand in Reno as well as at the Mandarin Hotel in
Singapore. (Some of you who might want to check on these references
should know that at that time Shanna was known as Sandy Welch.)
During the 90's, Shanna's path took a turn away from a music career
and into film distribution as well as painting and caring for a loved one
who became ill. She worked for Medallion TV Enterprises on Sunset
Boulevard in West Hollywood for 10 years and was appointed president
of the company after her boss passed away in Cannes, France while
they were attending an international film convention.
Throughout these trying years, Shanna continued to write songs and
play her guitar for friends in her living room. She calls it a stroke of
"divine intervention" that in the year 2000 she teamed up with veteran
musician / producer Terry "Bear" Cano and she credits "Bear" for
helping her, to once again, pursue her musical aspirations. Her
"Timeless" CD is ready for purchase!