Seven Questions In Heaven With Shannen Nicole

Today we're spending Seven Questions In Heaven with Shannen Nicole!

Describe your music for our readers who may not be familiar with you.
My music is more than a compilation of sound, rather, an expression of emotion. Each instrument, lyric, and tone stands for the individuals voice I've written from. I hope my music can transcend the realm of time and serve as a refuge.

Who are your musical influences and idols?
I chose not to be influenced by the music I listen to, rather the experiences around me. But, a few musicians whose live concerts have elicited a sense of magic into the room are: Vance Joy, Ed Sheeran, Of Monsters and Men, Coldplay, and Banks.

What was the first album, cassette, or CD you bought with your own money?
I bought a John Mayer vinyl of Continuum, one of my favorite albums.

What was the strangest gig you've ever played?
Freshman year, I was at the Junior Olympics for ski racing in Montana. It was the banquet, so about 1000+ in a huge room eating dinner. There was a stage with a jazz band playing, as I was eating, a few of my friends went up and asked the Jazz band if I could perform. They were hesitant but said yes. So a few of us ran back to the hotel room, grabbed my guitar (I bring my guitar, Stella Blue, everywhere with me) and before I knew it I was on stage in front of my competitors, friends, and coaches. I sang "Captive." It was pretty new to me because it had just been created. It was wonderful. Oh how I love spontaneity.

What is your current favorite guilty pleasure?
Shopping, eating way too much Chantelle cake. I started watching the series Lost last night and the next day am already on episode 17.

If they named an ice cream flavor after you, what would be the name and why?
That's tough. Well first, the flavor would be peanut butter, chocolate, and Oreo. But the Oreos and peanut butter wouldn't be fully blended because it's best that way. I took credit for creating this flavor, that is till I was at an ice cream shop a few miles North and found it. But the name would be "Summer Daydream," yeah a little cheesy. But that's my experience with it. Those flavors are a taste of summer, they take me back to a day of ease when I sat on a dock engulfing them.

Final question: You're the opening act of a music festival. You can get any five artists, living or dead, to perform on the bill with you. Which five do you choose and what song do you all perform as the final jam?
John Mayer, Arctic Monkeys, J. Cole featuring. Notorious BIG, Lana Del Rey, and Grateful Dead. We'd perform "Yellow," Coldplay. This was the first song at a live show that caused me to grasp the infinite. It makes me smile. And I would love to reinvent it with these artists. That would be cool.

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