Tara Shannon is a Canadian award-winning singer and songwriter from Russell, ON. In 2017, Shannon launched her longly-awaited album Unfinished, which received praise and critical acclaim in Ottawa, Montreal and most notably Nashville where she also performed in the legendary radio station, 650 WSM AM. The album was followed by her single “Love Me Loud” which ranked number 8 in Indie downloads on the DMDS/Yangaroo charts in Canada during the first week after the release, surpassing hit artists Major Lazer.
Alongside her natural talent and dedication to her musical craft, Shannon is also well known for supporting and giving a voice towards local and national charitable campaigns. In 2017, Shannon was presented with the opportunity to write the theme song for BeYou 2017, a campaign made in partnership with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Canada and Morguard. The opportunity came after seeing Shannon’s involvement with the Butterfly Child project in 2015, a song she made to raise awareness and funds for Jonathan Pitre, a young Ottawa boy suffering from Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). Using Shannon’s song as a soundtrack to his cause, Pitre’s incredible story went viral across Ottawa,
For both her musical and charitable endeavors, Shannon has been featured in media across North America including Etalk, Global’s The Morning Show, CBC’s All in Day, CP24 Breakfast, Sirius XM’s Ward and Al, and many more. Shannon also got the opportunity to host American hit TV show Country Fix in 2017, a CJM Production that airs in more than 100 million households worldwide on networks including Heartland, The Family Channel and more.
Apart from her music, Shannon is a wife and mother to seven children. After taking time off of recording to raise her family and run their companies (Groupe TIF Group Inc) with her husband Dan, she has now returned to music full-time with a mission to produce songs with a purpose in hopes to empower and inspire listeners everywhere. Tarashannonmusic.
Tara Shannon, partner and co-owner of one of Canada’s largest trucking organization, TIF Group, has been taking Canada by storm in the music industry for the past three years now. Recently diagnosed with Lyme Disease, Tara is back on her feet managing performances across Canada, along release new music, still part of the TIF Group and running a large family with her husband (she has 7 KIDS!) – along with successfully leading teams in both companies.
The award-winning singer, songwriter and entrepreneur is excited to announce the release of brand new single ‘Someone Who Understands (Remix)’. With additional lyrics by Cody Coyote, this new track is a testament to the talent that can be found within Ottawa’s thriving music scene. Combining new sounds of hip-hop and rap to Tara’s powerful single ‘Someone Who Understands’, this new single connects different generations of music lovers.
What is your official title? Do you have one?
My official title is Vice-President and CFO of the TIF Group of Companies. But the title under that that I love the most is Founder of Willow Sound Records, one of the companies inside the group. I love this title the most because of the consulting work that I get to do with indie artists – music is something I am most passionate about.
Is this a job you attained or did you create it for yourself?
It is something that I created for myself. My husband and I started our first company together where he was the mechanic and I would do the paperwork and more administrative tasks. Over time, that company grew into a group of companies with 90+ employees and presence in seven cities across North America!
How did you get into your current line of work? Did you go to school/get training for your dream job?
I had absolutely no training! I have always had an entrepreneurial mindset and I had a lot of motivation. We have seven children and they really like to eat so I was driven to succeed for them. The ongoing joke in our household has been that in high school, I subject I struggled the most with was accounting. I’ve always excelled academically, I was Valedictorian and Class President, but always had trouble with accounting! Now I am a Chief Financial Officer. Life is funny that way!
What achievement are you most proud of?
Easy. Being a mom. Even though I feel less confident in that role, when I spend time with my children or see them interacting with the world – I am so proud of who they are as people. They are incredibly kind, loving and compassionate. I don’t think I can take all the credit – but I like to believe that it’s because along the way they must have felt loved and seen kindness. That is the best feeling in the world.
AUGUST 2018 – Maritime tour (TBA)
SEPTEMBER 2018 – Be You Campaign (TBA)
OCTOBER 25 – Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre
DECEMBER 7 – Ottawa, ON – St-Brigid’s Centre for the Arts