Singer-songwriter Shawna Russell hails from Okemah, Oklahoma, the home of Woody Guthrie. And like the legendary figure, Shawna has spent a good deal of her life writing songs and travelling the roads of America performing her music. Forging a musical sound that combines Country, Rock, Red Dirt, Folk and Americana, Shawna has built a reputation as a powerhouse singer who also knows how to play a mean slide guitar.
Her music has received critical acclaim from COUNTRY WEEKLY, BILLBOARD.COM, CMA CLOSE UP, MAVERICK (UK), MUSIC ROW, ROUGHSTOCK, DREAMWEST (France), THE OKLAHOMAN, TODAY’S COUNTRY MAGAZINE, OKLAHOMA GAZETTE and others. Shawna’s radio singles have included “Goddess,” “Should’ve Been Born With Wheels,” “Fire In The Desert,” “Get Right Or Get Left,” “Everybody’s Got A Story,” “Waitin’ On Sunrise” and “Sounds Like A Party.” Her songs have charted in the U.S. on the Texas, Billboard “New and Active” and MusicRow charts, and internationally on the Hotdisc and New Christian Music charts.
Shawna released her self-titled sophomore album on Way Out West Records in 2011. Recorded in Oklahoma City and Nashville, the album was co-produced by Julian King (Grammy-winning engineer for Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith), along with Clif Doyal and Tim Russell. Shawna wrote, or co-wrote, the 10 songs on the project and they provide the listener with a deeper personal connection to her varied influences and artistic expression. From the guitar-driven Country Rock sounds that are her trademark to mandolin-tinged traditional Country and Americana stylings, ‘SHAWNA RUSSELL’ presents the Oklahoma songbird at a new creative pinnacle.
Shawna first burst on to music scene in 2008 with the release of her critically acclaimed debut album, ‘GODDESS." Shawna co-wrote 12 of the 13 project which was recorded in Oklahoma City and co-produced by Tim Russell and Ted Curtis. Leading up to this well-received debut was an incredible amount of hard work and years of perseverance. Shawna first sang in public at age 7, and always loved performing. “I knew that I wanted to sing as a profession when I was 13,” Shawna recalls. “That summer, my dad and I would sing at this little restaurant and play acoustic sets for tips and then we would get a free meal afterwards. I just remember thinking that was the greatest job in the world!” At 17, she joined her Uncle Tim’s band, which was already successful on the club circuit across the Southwest. This gave Shawna a training ground to hone her vocal chops and skills on acoustic rhythm, electric slide and lead guitar while touring across much of the U.S. Later, she spent three years fronting and playing acoustic guitar in fellow Oklahoman, Ty England’s band (former Garth Brooks’ guitarist).
Shawna currently performs a busy schedule of concert dates at casinos, clubs, fairs and festivals, traveling with her band in a bus formerly owned by Willie Nelson. With her admirable resume and even more extraordinary musical and vocal talents, she is indeed a force to be reckoned with. Retro and rockin’- to country and contemplative - Shawna Russell stakes her claim with a power that will not be denied.