Connecting to the world through music

2011-12-16 00:00

WRAPPING up what has been a “dream-filled year” for her personally, Shannon Hope will be launching her new album Fight A New Day and performing three nights at the Catalina Theatre in Durban from December 22 to December 24.

Hope calls the album “chapter two” in her solo career. “I wanted to maintain the same style and authenticity that I captured on my first record, but with a slightly more upbeat and positive sound,” she says. “I think it’s the natural progression of what comes next, both in content and sound.”

Hope has being touring and ­promoting her debut album STILL ­full-time since 2009, and launched the follow-up Fight A New Day at the ­Fugard ­Theatre in Cape Town last month.

The album has been a work in progress over the past year. “I worked on ­pre-production for about two months before going into studio, working through about 60 tracks that I’d written over a period of time, narrowing that down to the 11 that best capture what I wanted this record to represent.

“Once those tracks were finalised, I started working on instrumentation with Dave McMillan (guitar), Ray Goodfellow (bass) and Tim Rankin (producer/drums). I’ve been very lucky to work with the team that I have on both albums because they understand exactly where I’m going ­musically, and it never takes a lot of effort to get there. We then recorded the album in 10 days at T-Time Studio in Cape Town.”

Hope says the goal with this album is two-fold: telling her own personal story, while building a sustainable ­career.

“That is all I’m really doing at the end of the day, telling a story to connect to the world, and the response to that honesty has created some very meaningful connections along the way.

“I have goals and dreams for my business that I hope are facilitated in some way by what this record ­represents and the commercial potential that I believe it has, but I’m an artist and my main goal is just to be heard.” • All the shows start at 8 pm. CDs will be on sale at the venue and from all Look & Listen outlets. To book, phone the theatre at 031 305 6889 or visit

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