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"Corn fed" are not the two words that pop into your head when you see Shannon Brown. But the message communicated to country audiences by such phrases lets them know Shannon comes from exactly the same place they do. Shannon got her start in the heart of the midwest, a little town called Sprit Lake, Iowa. This little resort town was where her mom and dad owned several clubs and restaurants. Says Shannon, "I would go with my mom when she was cleaning the disco and I would dance on the dance floor with the lights going. I was always onstage, I was always performing, whether it was for me or my pretend audience. I was that typical kid with the hairbrush, always singing in the mirror or bathtub, just a little ham."

Shannon didn't take her dream of being a recording artist seriously though she sang in pageants and choruses. She adds, "There has never been a time when I didn't sing. But I was never the girl who looked in the mirror and said, "I'm going to be a superstar one day.' I lived in a little town in Iowa and I just truly never thought it would be a possibility.

That outlook changed when Shannon was 17, She began to sing karaoke nights every Thursday at her parents' club. One night her father asked her to sing so the crowd would wake up and get going. After a few shows her showmanship started to draw more people into the club. Shannon says, "One night, my dad came up to me and said, "You could do it. You could be a professional singer. I think you have what it takes."

Her parents believed their daughter had what it takes to be successful in country. They decided to dedicate their lives to getting her career off the ground. For 6 years her father rand the sound and her mother handled lights as she performed nearly 180 one nighters annually.

Shannon came to Nashville in 1994 and began to sing demos for songwriters. Up until 1996 she would work in Nashville for two weeks. Then she would hit the road for the 15 hour drive to begin a three week tour. She would do the whole thing over again right after the tour. She signed a record deal in 1997. Shannon's rockin' country vocal style became a hit with industry locals. This didn't help her, though, in an industry used to turning people into something that fits a corporate mold. Her unwillingness to compromise her artistic integrity didn't really delay her career as much as it brought it into focus. In fact, her willingness to stay true to herself met with success when she met up with John Rich and Big Kenny at the 2004 CMT Flameworthy Awards. Shannon and the boys were in the wrong seats for the awards. But this meeting proved to be the foundation for several of Shannon's successes. She says, "I call it divine intervention. By the end of the night, we were nose-to-nose intensely talking about going into the studio together and just doing something great together. When I heard the song "Turn to Me" the next day, it blew me away."

Shannon's experiences have all found their way onto her new CD, "Corn Fed". Of the 12 songs on the album Shannon co-wrote 7. If you're looking for hard-driving country tunes sparked with a serious rockabilly influence, Shannon delivers this to her audiences. Her country sound is definitely corn fed and ready for market.

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