When Shana Morrison was a teenager, she didn't dream of becoming a professional singer, because she thought it would only serve to fulfill other people's expectations. Now, with the April 2 release of
When Shana Morrison was a teenager, she didn't dream of becoming a professional singer, because she thought it would only serve to fulfill other people's expectations. Now, with the April 2 release of her Vanguard album "7 Wishes," Morrison -- the daughter of legendary musician Van Morrison -- has fully come into her own as an artist.
"I've always liked to sing, and I'd write my own songs," Morrison says, "But I always got annoyed when people said, 'Oh, you're going to be just like your dad or your mom [who is also a songwriter].' What teenager wants to be like their parents? But it turned out that I really enjoyed it."
That enjoyment is evident on "7 Wishes," an eclectic mix of pop, rock, and blues. In addition to Morrison's original compositions, there are two tracks penned by her father.
On "Smoke in Bed," the first single, the artist passionately sings about a romance that defies logic. The song has a catchy hook that's accompanied by strong guitars and percussion.
A special treat on the project is "Sometimes We Cry," a Van Morrison song that features the icon on backing vocals and harmonica. While the recording of the track and the inclusion of Morrison's father was truly last minute, the result is a stunning collaboration.
Morrison says of the track, "We finished recording ahead of schedule one day, and [producer] Steve [Buckingham] and I had been talking about the song earlier. He said, 'Let's just try it today and see what happens.' We decided to keep it. I love [my dad's] songs, and he thinks it's cool that I sing them."
Morrison got her start as a musician when her father asked her to join his 1993 Rhythm and Soul Revue tour as a featured artist. From there, she went on to form the band Caledonia and focus her energies on Bay Area club dates.
The group released a self-titled album in 1997 on Morrison's Belfast Violet label. The project was reissued by Monster Music in '99. Between these endeavors, she also collaborated with blues slide guitarist Roy Rogers on 1999's "Everybody's Angel" (Roshan Records).
Morrison is planning to do a six-week tour surrounding the release date. In June and July, she will tour overseas. She will likely do another U.S. tour this summer.
Excerpted from the March 30, 2002, issue of Billboard. The full text of the article is available in the Billboard.com members section.
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