12.16.2008

TMG Artist Spotlight: Shannon Hawkyard

This week, I want to introduce one of our TMG artists from the West Coast, Shannon Hawkyard. I had the privilege of working with her on her album artwork and we had a blast! I've asked Shannon some questions regarding the music biz and she has happily agreed to share her side of the story: being a new artist out there in the world, just wanting to get her voice heard. She shares her story and advice here on the TMG Design blog.

Enjoy!

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1. When did you begin singing/performing?
I was 4 years old when I started singing, and I was on "The Sunshine Kids" T.V. show when I was 7, so that was my first performance.

2. What inspired you to begin singing/performing?
I was so young...I only remember just loving the way it felt to open my mouth and sing!

3. What kind of hurdles, if any, did you have to go through to be where you are today?
I think fighting off discouragement and also pride at times...thinking I can do this on my own and not relying upon the Lord enough! Or wanting to know the plan and not feeling discouraged when things don't seem to be going the way I feel they "should" LOL!

4. What would you tell other aspiring artists about the music/recording scene?
Try not to compare yourself or your music to anyone else's. Keep your eyes and mind on the Lord and what HIS plans are for you. Try not to be lured by the things of the world, as they do lead us astray. Stay true to the One who gives you all the opportunity and gifts you need to be used by Him. And try not to think of things in terms of when you "make it big" so to speak. Whether you're playing/singing to 30,000 people or 3 people-the Lord wants to use you right where you are. It's not about doing this until something better comes along...it's about allowing the Lord to use you to be a blessing to others and trusting Him with the details! I need to remind myself to just rest in the Truth that He has everything in place already. I just need to be willing and obedient!

5. How would you describe your musical style?
Honest, heartfelt, uplifting, and easy to listen to.

6. What has been your most embarrassing moment singing/performing in front of an large audience?
Haven't had anything too earth-shattering happen yet, thank God! I have forgotten the words to my own songs once or twice-that was pretty embarrassing!

7. Do you prefer the studio or the stage? Why?
I actually prefer studio as far as sound quality because I have more "control" and don't ever feel nervous there. But the stage is where the Lord is able to do His work and (hopefully) minister to people. Being able to perform in front of an audience is a gift. But I do feel nervous and self-conscious there. I try to remind myself that the Lord's grace is sufficient for me, though, and that through my own weaknesses (and insecurities!) He makes me strong!

8. Have you started writing your next album?
I've had a few songs come to me and I feel like music is always bouncing around inside of me...we'll see what happens with that!?
9. Do you have any gigs lined up in the near future? If so, where?
Yep: churches, homeschooling conventions, a women's retreat. Adding new appearances as often as I can!

For dates of appearances, visit
www.shannonhawkyard.com.

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Thanks, Shannon!


Listen to a song sample of Shannon's debut album, My Life Story, here and be sure to pick up a copy at your local store or at tatepublishing.com!

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