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article imageInterview with Shanna Henderson: 'A Well' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Sep 25, 2013 in Entertainment
Up-and-coming country artist Shanna Henderson has a debut single out entitled "A Well." She was a part of the Oxygen series "The Glee Project 2."
"I recorded that song as a demo. They were pitching it to Kelly Clarkson. They needed somebody that could belt really high and I fell in love with the song as I was singing it. When Kelly didn't record it, I asked if I could have it for myself," she said.
Shanna noted that she is in the process of looking for songs to record for an upcoming project and she has been writing with a wide range of songwriters. "We are working on getting together all my songs and we are talking to producers now," she said. "We are ready to get in the studio and I am excited."
On being a part of "The Glee Project 2," she remarked, "It was amazing and one of the best experiences ever. It was great working with all of these amazing artists, which are musicians, actors and dancers. It is really cool to see how everybody was a family. I got to meet Lea Michele who was my mentor in one of the episodes."
Shanna was raised by her grandparents, whom she dubs as her "saving grace." "My grandparents and my aunt were very inspirational in my life and they taught me responsibility, commitment and hard work. They were awesome and I am really indebted to them," she said.
She listed Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Reba McEntire as her greatest musical influences in life. "My grandfather played piano like Jerry Lee Lewis and I have a big heart for musicians that can play a lot of piano. I have a big heart for story songs as well," she said.
Her dream duet choices include such names as Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire. "I would absolutely love to do some big belt numbers and rock some people's faces off," she said.
She is also drawn to such male artists as Eric Church and American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. "Eric is just raw and real and I love his music so much," she said. "Phillip is on my running play-list and he is awesome too."
Her main goal for the future is to open for major country artists, and eventually someday have her own headlining shows. "I want to get out on the road and perform and tell my stories to people and hear their stories," she shared.
For more information on rising country songstress Shanna Henderson, visit her official website.
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