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Shanna Carlson

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How would you describe your music?

Love to sing jazz that swings, also enjoy lush ballads, good story songs, reworking of the standards with different tempos, different phrasing, etc.

What is your role in your band? In the studio? In business or marketing decisions?

Depending on the project, if its my band, I'm the leader, handle most of the business and/or marketing decisions. In the studio I'm usually a co-leader.

Describe your gear.

"Prefer acoustic pianos to play, have a Yamaha P120...88 weighted keys Shure Dynamic Mic AXS2"

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Do you think being a woman and a musician is different from being a man and a musician? If so, how? Was there a moment that made a difference clear to you?

I think years ago there was a much different atmosphere, but now as far as I can tell, if a woman knows her music, is prepared, there generally is a mutual respect and cooperation.

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

Perhaps the women of the younger generations are a bit more "at home" with their music and gender. Of course, I think of women like Mary Lou Williams, for instance, who was writing and playing for and with "the boys" YEARS ago, had a long and wonderful career.

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Did anyone ever give you any valuable advice about making your way in the music industry? What advice would you give to a woman musician just starting out?

I think the best advice is to know what you want and hear inside, practice till you can communicate that to other musicians, don't back down from YOU...be yourself. But, if you don't fit where you are, start your own music...solo, or group. Be convinced in your own heart that you are presenting what comes from deep inside.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

Started out in church and piano player was needed. Everyone sang, some, like me, were able to sing solo, duet, etc. without shaking like a leaf...it seemed natural.

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