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Shannon Butcher


Shannon Butcher (vocalist) is a Toronto based vocalist, composer, and bandleader. Born in Mississauga, Ontario, Butcher began singing at the age of six. Influenced by her record collection, Butcher began studying jazz at Cawthra Park Arts High School, inspired in part by a school visit by Diana Krall.

Butcher pursued classical music studies at the University of Toronto. She also took vocal lessons with Jo-Anne Bentley, Elaine Overholt and Micah Barnes, as well as piano lessons from Frank Falco. In the late 1990s, she formed Swing Rosie, an Andrews Sisters-styled trio formed with Kira Callahan and Chantelle Wilson.

Butcher has released a number of recordings under her own name. Her debut album, Words We Both Could Say, was released in 2008. It features an eclectic selection of cover tunes from a variety of composers including Henry Mancini, Tears for Fears, and Jimmy Webb. Her 2010 album, Little Hearts, included tunes by Burt Bacharach, Bryan Adams, Irving Berlin, as well as a number of original compositions.

In 2011, Shannon released a duo recording with bassist Ross MacIntyre entitled How Sweet It Is. This recording includes songs composed by James Taylor, Steve Miller, Sting, Annie Lennox, and the Beatles.

Butcher’s released Butcher Sings Baker in October 2013. It features Shannon singing songs from the Chet Baker songbook with a quintet featuring Rebecca Hennessey, trumpet; Mark Kieswetter, piano; Ross MacInture, bass; and Maxwell Roach, drums.