Shannon Johnson began studying violin at the age of three and quickly demonstrated an exceptional ability. She has won classical violin and fiddling awards at national and international levels. Shannon began performing professionally at the age of eight, wowing music fans and critics with her strong, pure playing and
exceptional improvisational skills. As a lead vocalist, her sweet jazz-influenced style adds a rich texture to The McDades hip, global sound.
Within The McDades, Shannon has found the ideal vehicle for composing; blending classical, celtic and Canadian, she has created a completely new and powerful genre of label-bending music. Shannon has become one of Western Canada’s most in-demand record producers, her special understanding of acoustic
music and global styles can be heard on a number of award winning CDs.
“Shannon Johnson’s superlative violin work…stunning and very intense…” (Sing Out)