Shannon Wickline

Shannon Wickline's Biography

Shannon began his musical journey at the age of 4 on his mom's pots and pans. Born to musician parents, drums quickly became a huge part of his life until he took an interest in his mother's piano. He found a basic chord book in the bench of his grandmother's old organ and began to teach himself to play.

By the age of 12, Shannon's interest in piano was evident to his family. His grandmother gave him his first tool of the trade, a Yamaha portable keyboard, and Shannon's path was set.

By the age of 15, Shannon was playing a Yamaha SY77 in cover bands and eventually writing and recording his own music with the help of a Yamaha MD4 digital recorder. His love affair with recording was born. He started playing guitar, brushed up on his drum chops, and began playing in studios and making demos for songwriters at the age of 17. Studio engineers often referred to Shannon's services to their clients as "the band."

Shannon later relocated to Chattanooga, Tennessee, located between Nashville and Atlanta. Both cities, known for their music scenes, afforded Shannon with a wonderful opportunity to participate in all styles of music and kept him very busy in both the studio and on stage.

Shannon was working full-time in a recording studio in the metro Atlanta area when he got the call from one of Nashville's most successful singer/songwriters and acclaimed guitarist Mark Selby. In 2002, Shannon began touring with Mark all across the United States and some of Europe. While with Mark, Shannon was exposed to many other successful artists and producers. When Mark wasn't touring, Shannon also toured with country music star Rodney Atkins.

Throughout his career, Shannon has opened for or shared the stage with many great artists including B.B. King, Delbert McClinton, Dr. John, Jon Cleary, Amos Lee, Gretchen Wilson, Trace Adkins, Phil Vassar,Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Wynonna, Keith Harling, Collin Raye and Keni "Cornbread" Thomas, just to name a few. Shannon has also played on hundreds of sessions over the years.

Currently, Shannon is on tour with James Otto. When he's off the road, he spends much of his time working in his Nashville-area home studio as well as other studios, composing, writing and arranging music, and providing piano and piano and keyboard over-dubs for his clients.