Shannon Day - Bio - as taken from ArtistDirect.com - updated December 2012
Dallas-native keyboardist Shannon
Day began his musical career in the legendary Dallas neighborhood of Oak
Cliff in the mid-60's, where his brother, drummer Mike Day, played in the group
Liberation, featuring a
15-year-old phenom Stevie
Ray Vaughan on guitar. Shannon began keyboards at 6, and at age 11 would
acquire the first Minimoog synthesizer sold in Texas, as well as the prototype
Helpinstill acoustic piano pickup.
As one of the pioneers of multi-keyboarding, Day would move on to playing progressive rock in Texas' larger venues. Carrying a 13-keyboard arsenal on the road at one time (including a Hammond B3, Hohner Clavinet, Kawaii upright grand, a Fender Rhodes, 2 Mellotrons, 2 Minimoogs, and assorted string machines), Day performed with dozens of Dallas' finest local artists.
Earlier acts included First State Bank, Blaze, Angel, Phrenz (in Los Angeles), Wish, Mantis, a Yes/King Crimson/Gentle Giant tribute act, and Dallas-based Non-Fiction, whose first LP was produced by Jerry Marcellino, of Michael Jackson fame.
From 1980 on kept Day busy touring and recording with Shroom Records artist Hands, Mega Records' Non-Fiction, and national acts like MCA (now Geffen) recording artists Point Blank. Some of Day's bandmates have included bassist Chuck Rainey (Steely Dan), sax master Brandon Fields (The Rippingtons), guitarist Jimmie Macon (Natalie Cole), bassist Pat Kinsey (Bloodrock), and guitarist Dewayne Phillips (George Jones ). Shannon has written, recorded, toured, and produced numerous rock, pop and concept album projects, jingles, and progressive music ventures in the last 40 years, and is writing his first solo CD with a collaboration of some fine colleagues.
Shannon was performing with The Fugitives from 1995 until their breakup in April 2007. After a short stint in Las Vegas in 2008, he returned to Dallas and worked with The Exploding Chihuahuas and Gunpoint. Until April 2011, he played with veteran progressive rockers First Rush. The 6-piece band has been around since the mid-70's and was signed with Polydor Records. 2 new projects are underway for early spring 2012, along with more live shows around Dallas-Fort Worth. Since April of 2011, Shannon has been filling in on keys with Big Mike's Box of Rock, performing all classic rock covers to Mike Richardson's wide and appreciative fan base. New shows with Big Mike began in March 2012, and are scheduled thru June of 2013. Completed a Christmas CD for Aaron Ave Records in Arlington, which released in December of 2012.
Work on a new Hands Reunion CD is nearly complete in the studio, and is slated for an early 2013 spring release.
Stay tuned for updates!
Shannon can be found at http://www.shannonday.net. Also,visit Shannon on FaceBook, Twitter, or MySpace.