Who is Shannon Lauren Callihan?
Born in a small Kentucky town, Callihan moved to Nashville in 2016. In Music City, she found the inspiration to make a career of her playing. “I’ve always been into music,” she said, “but never saw myself being an artist. Maybe it was growing up in a small town, but Nashville pushed me to explore that side of me.” Alongside her skills on guitar, she’s a singer and multi-instrumentalist.
What is she up to now?
Aside from working as a session player for all things keys, vocals and guitar, Callihan keeps busy recording her own solo material, and sharing her skills with fans on Instagram.
What’s her style?
Her style blends the more traditional approaches of artists like Anita Baker, George Benson, D’Angelo and Lianne La Havas with Callihan’s own approach to neo-soul and R&B. In terms of playing, this translates to laser-precise melody work, with lead and rhythm lines intertwining thanks to some skilled hybrid picking.
What are her essential tracks?
Take a look at her live session for Ain’t Got No Money below, which alongside her vocal talents showcases her tasteful, articulate rhythm and lead playing – as well as her extraordinary songwriting.
Another stellar example is her impressive live collaboration with Jude Smith on the song, Treat You Better. It features some live looping of guitar, keys and vocals to create a fully produced track on the fly.
You can also listen to her studio material below, along with a couple of live sessions recorded for live session series OurVinyl.
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What will she be doing at Guitar.com Live?
Shannon Lauren Callihan is a guest speaker for the panel on building an artist brand in the digital age, where she’ll share tips on cultivating a fanbase and maintaining an online presence.
Guitar.com Live is a first-of-its-kind virtual guitar show set to take place across 2-4 October. Alongside Callihan, heavyweights the likes of Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Angie Swan will appear at the event.
Register now for early access and advance updates at guitar.com/live.