The Light

by Shannon Hurley

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Toni Koch thank you, Shannon, for your music that inspires, relaxes and opens my heart to a more positive vibe. highly recommended for all music lovers who enjoy quality production, smooth sounds, and crystaline emotion filled vocals to compliment the thoughtful and provoking lyrics. high five. Favorite track: Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft (Klaatu Cover).
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Album Review from "The Daily Album":

Indie rock, singer songwriter, alternative pop? Not quite sure how to label this, but if any of those genres appeals to you, Hurley’s latest will be sure to please.
Today’s artist has seen her share of successes over the past six or seven years. After being named one of Rolling Stone’s best 25 artists on MySpace following her 2007 debut Ready to Wake Up, Shannon Hurley has published two more LPs prior to The Light. Hurley’s songs have been featured on a plethora of television series, including: American Idol, The Lying Game, 90210, and So You Think You Can Dance. She is also 1/2 the electronic duo Lovers & Poets with husband Ben Eisen.


Her latest release, The Light follows in the pop-rock, singer-songwriter style of her previous efforts. The writing and composition is solid from start to finish, without a weak track in this collection of ten new pieces. Hurley ups her production level, with an album that is increasingly polished without going over the top in an effort to achieve a mainstream sound. Just catchy enough to draw you in and pay attention to the metaphor-driven lyrics. Which, by the way, are one of the highlights of the album.

Hurley begins with the powerful and hopeful title track, and between the simple, hypnotic piano work and Hurley’s airy vocals, there is little not to like about this tune. The bridge offers a nice change from the pounding key-driven beat, and Hurley’s message comes across loud and clear. It’s no wonder that Shannon’s music makes it to the screen with such frequency; this is exactly the type of music that producers fall in love with. Pleasant on the ear and with a nice bell-curved emotional scheme. As the tune draws to an end, it’s like a nice, gentle crescendo.

Hurley takes a page out of Enya’s new age playbook with “Silver Lining”, an ethereal piece that is based more on a vision than on a distinct emotion or situation. Hurley plays well with metaphors and with figurative language in general, toying with ideas of expression rather than hammering things out bluntly, and on tracks like this, her lyrical prose is a nice complement to the instrumentation. Though Hurley imparts a seriously ambient and downtempo feel on “Silver Lining”, I feel that this one is ripe for an EDM mix. Just sayin’.

In stark contrast to the mood of “Silver Lining”, Hurley presents “Never Been In Love” and “Paradise Has Fallen”, which rely a bit more heavily on electro and dance elements, though to say that they are EDM would be a mistake. Really, they draw more on funk, r&b and disco, mixing melancholy and motion — sad songs that make you want to dance. I think ABBA had some luck with this idea, and Hurley finds success here as well, though her more pensive pieces are the strongest of this collection. “Angelyne” is a beautiful tune that one senses is a bit more first person than the lyrics let on. The most intriguing song, however, is the extra-terrestrial tune “Calling Occupants”. Channeling The Beatles and Radiohead, Hurley pushes the boundaries of this album far beyond what you’d expect from the title track. Kudos to Shannon for including this track and closing with a curious but awesome present.

Hurley has seen her share of good and bad, and her experiences are worth a read — you can check out her bio over at her website. It’s obvious that her travels and her encounters with life have shaped her songwriting, especially over the past few years. Hurley stays close to what she knows works with a few tracks but also pushes the envelope on quite a few tracks. Indie rock, singer songwriter, alternative pop? I’m not quite sure how to label this, but if any of those genres appeals to you, Hurley’s latest will be sure to please.

CREDITS

The Light (Written by Shannon Hurley) Vocals, keys, programming: Shannon Hurley. Bass: Ben Eisen. Guitar: John Isaac Phinney. Drums: Darren Augustus. Recorded by Shannon Hurley & Michael Woodrum.
Here Right Now (Written by David Brownstein, Logan Heftel, & Shannon Hurley) Vocals, keys, programming: Shannon Hurley. Guitar, bass: Ben Eisen.
Silver Lining (Written by Shannon Hurley) Vocals, keys, programming: Shannon Hurley. Bass: Ben Eisen.
Never Been In Love (Written by Shannon Hurley) Vocals, keys, programming: Shannon Hurley. Bass: Ben Eisen.
Breaking Me Slowly (Ft. Dax Bauser) (Written by Andrew Wilson, Shannon Hurley) Vocals, keys, programming: Shannon Hurley. Vocals: Dax Bauser. Bass: Ben Eisen.
Won’t Hold Me Down (Written by Adrian Broekhuyse, Raz Nitzan, & Shannon Hurley) Vocals, keys, programming: Shannon Hurley. Bass: Ben Eisen. Arrangement by Adrian Broekhuyse, Raz Nitzan, & Shannon Hurley.
Shape of Things to Come (Written by Shannon Hurley) Vocals, keys, programming: Shannon Hurley. Bass, additional programming: Ben Eisen.
Angelyne (Written by Shannon Hurley) Vocals, keys, programming: Shannon Hurley.
Paradise Has Fallen- Shannon Hurley Vs DJ Trotsky (Written by David Brownstein, Shannon Hurley) Vocals, keys, programming: Shannon Hurley. Arrangement by Shannon Hurley, DJ Trotsky, & DJ Akal Dub.
Calling Occupants (Written by Terry Draper, John Woloschuk) Vocals, keys, programming: Shannon Hurley. Vocals, bass: Ben Eisen. Guitar: Steve Cunningham. Arrangement by Shannon Hurley with special thanks to Klaatu & The Carpenters!

All songs mixed and produced by Shannon Hurley.

TRACK LISTING

The Light
Here Right Now
Silver Lining
Never Been In Love
Breaking Me Slowly (Ft Dax Bauser)
Won't Hold Me Down
Shape of Things to Come
Angelyne
Paradise Has Fallen-Shannon Hurley Vs DJ Trotsky
Calling Occupants

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released January 1, 2014

The Light (Written by Shannon Hurley) Vocals, keys, programming: Shannon Hurley. Bass: Ben Eisen. Guitar: John Isaac Phinney. Drums: Darren Augustus. Recorded by Shannon Hurley & Michael Woodrum.
Here Right Now (Written by David Brownstein, Logan Heftel, & Shannon Hurley) Vocals, keys, programming: Shannon Hurley. Guitar, bass: Ben Eisen.
Silver Lining (Written by Shannon Hurley) Vocals, keys, programming: Shannon Hurley. Bass: Ben Eisen.
Never Been In Love (Written by Shannon Hurley) Vocals, keys, programming: Shannon Hurley. Bass: Ben Eisen.
Breaking Me Slowly (Ft. Dax Bauser) (Written by Andrew Wilson, Shannon Hurley) Vocals, keys, programming: Shannon Hurley. Vocals: Dax Bauser. Bass: Ben Eisen.
Won’t Hold Me Down (Written by Adrian Broekhuyse, Raz Nitzan, & Shannon Hurley) Vocals, keys, programming: Shannon Hurley. Bass: Ben Eisen. Arrangement by Adrian Broekhuyse, Raz Nitzan, & Shannon Hurley.
Shape of Things to Come (Written by Shannon Hurley) Vocals, keys, programming: Shannon Hurley. Bass, additional programming: Ben Eisen.
Angelyne (Written by Shannon Hurley) Vocals, keys, programming: Shannon Hurley.
Paradise Has Fallen- Shannon Hurley Vs DJ Trotsky (Written by David Brownstein, Shannon Hurley) Vocals, keys, programming: Shannon Hurley. Arrangement by Shannon Hurley, DJ Trotsky, & DJ Akal Dub.
Calling Occupants (Written by Terry Draper, John Woloschuk) Vocals, keys, programming: Shannon Hurley. Vocals, bass: Ben Eisen. Guitar: Steve Cunningham. Arrangement by Shannon Hurley with special thanks to Klaatu & The Carpenters!

All songs mixed and produced by Shannon Hurley.

TRACK LISTING

The Light
Here Right Now
Silver Lining
Never Been In Love
Breaking Me Slowly (Ft Dax Bauser)
Won't Hold Me Down
Shape of Things to Come
Angelyne
Paradise Has Fallen-Shannon Hurley Vs DJ Trotsky
Calling Occupants

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Shannon Hurley Los Angeles, California

Shannon's music can be heard on "Young & The Restless", "Scorpion","90210", "American Idol", "So You Think You Can Dance". She is also 1/2 the electronic duo Lovers & Poets. She collaborates with top trance producers and has songs supported by Armin Van Buuren & Paul Oakenfold. Shannon's 5th solo album, New Day, is out June 30th. ... more

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Track Name: The Light
The Light

I want freedom in this world that I know
But it’s hard to let go
It’s hard to let go
I’ve been bleeding but my courage is strong
The pain doesn’t show
Yeah the pain never shows
And I’m tied to the track
To the trail
That leads me back
And tied to my faith

In the shadows
All I see is light
All I need is a little hope
All I see is light (2x)

I cross the river, confronting every fear
I am stronger just for standing here
I will stay here and prove that I care for you this way
I’ll hold my head up, and light up the night and with the
First light of day
I will learn to find my way
Every step that I take


CHORUS

I’ll hold on tight on stand my ground
Nothing else can keep me down

CHORUS
Track Name: Here Right Now
HERE RIGHT NOW David Brownstein, Logan Heftel, and Shannon Hurley


All my life I have felt behind
Just once I want to feel like I arrived
On time
Lately I don’t know
Where I am or where I’ll go

Thought I would be there by now
But I guess I’m here right now
Wanted to be there by now
But I don’t know where I’m bound
Perfect sky in front of me
Wonder where I’m meant to be but I’m here right now
Guess I’m really here right now

So close, yet so far away
Wish I could hold you
Hope it’s not too late
I lost you and
Lately I don’t know
I need someone to call my own

Thought I would be there by now
But I guess I’m here right now
Wanted to be there by now
But I don’t know where I’m bound
This great big world in front of me
You’re where I really want to be but I’m here right now
Guess I’m really here right now

They say the world is small
Why can’t I see it all
It all

Thought I would be there by now
But I guess I’m here right now
Wanted to be there by now
But I don’t know where I’m bound
Perfect sky in front of me
Don’t know where I’m gonna be in a year from now
But I guess I’m here right now
Starting to see clearly now
Darling can you hear me now
Thought I would be there by now
But I guess I’m here right now
Wanted to be there by now
But I don’t know where I’m bound
Guess I’m really here right now
Track Name: Silver Lining
Silver Lining


I can see a new horizon coming through the dawn
We’re gonna find a new beginning in all that’s come and gone
Say goodbye to cloudy Mondays say goodbye to rain
I’ll hold you in my arms until we both feel safe again

Somewhere I know
There’s a silver lining
Somewhere I know
The light is shining through
We’ll keep on searching
Up in the gray sky
Somewhere I know
There’s a patch of blue

Sometimes it can be hard to see beyond the distant past
But we can’t walk forever on this broken glass
I know that you’ve been hurt before and baby so have I
We gotta learn to keep on living, learning to survive

Somewhere I know
There’s a silver lining
Somewhere I know
The light is shining through
We’ll keep on searching
Up in the gray sky
Somewhere I know
There’s a patch of blue

Everything’s gonna be alright
You can’t give up, you can’t move aside
I’m with you for the long ride
Don’t say it’s over
Never close your eyes

CH
Track Name: Never Been In Love
NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Music & Lyrics by Shannon Hurley

Holding you
Feels so right
Don’t wanna let go
Keep my sun
Burning bright
After the glow

Show me what it’s like to feel the fire
Will you take the time to lift me higher
Will you let me down, can we keep this alive
Can I count on you as days go by

NEVER BEEN IN LOVE
NEVER BEEN IN LOVE
NEVER BEEN IN LOVE
NEVER BEEN IN LOVE

If I Stay, will this change
How far can we go
If I should walk away
Then I’ll never know

Show me what it’s like to feel the fire
Will you take the time to lift me higher
Will you let me down, can we keep this alive
Can I count on you as days go by

NEVER BEEN IN LOVE
NEVER BEEN IN LOVE
NEVER BEEN IN LOVE
NEVER BEEN IN LOVE



If I let my walls come down
Will the world keep spinning round
Every time we touch will it be too much
When my feet don’t hit the ground
Track Name: Breaking Me Slowly
Breaking Me Slowly Music & Lyrics by Andy Wilson & Shannon Hurley




You hold me so softly
You kiss me so sweetly
You move me so deeply that my heart has come undone
You're breaking me slowly

You have me completely
You give my life meaning
Wherever you lead me, believe me
I will always go
There's nothing I'm hiding with you here beside me

It took sometime for me to find you
I thought that I was fine alone
Now I feel your love unfolding
You're breaking me slowly
You're breaking me slowly

This is something better than we ever could have dreamed
We're standing on the edge and now I'm starting to believe

You're breaking me slowly
You're breaking me slowly...

It took sometime for me to find you
I thought that I was fine alone
A love like this just keeps on falling
Keep breaking me slowly
You're breaking me slowly
You're breaking me slowly
Track Name: Won't Hold Me Down
Won’t Hold Me Down Lyrics by Shannon Hurley

I’ve seen rain enough to flood this town
I’ve seen wind enough to chase my doubts around
I’ve been to hell and back, I’ve hit the ground
But that won’t hold me down
That won’t hold me down
That won’t hold me down
That won’t hold me down

The stories change but I’m still the same
You knock me over but I feel no pain
You start a fire but I don’t fear the flame
No that won’t hold me down
That won’t hold me down
That won’t hold me down
That won’t hold me down

Did you say I’d never get over you
You’re wrong again, my friend
With every step I’m further away from you
And in my mind
I’ve finally reached the end

That won’t hold me down
That won’t hold me down
That won’t hold me down
That won’t hold me down.
Track Name: Shape of Things to Come
Shape of Things to Come Words and music by Shannon Hurley

I’m tired of dreaming
I wanna make it real
Can you see it
I wanna know how it feels

We can build it up
They’ll never tear us down
We are made of love
I feel it all around
Baby we can take this life and turn it into what we want
Maybe we can make this feeling into something beautiful
It’s beautiful
I see it clearly in your eyes
I see the shape of things to come

Our hearts are willing
Now it’s our time to move
The sun is shining
Let’s see what we can do

We were born to win
They’ll never tear us down
We are made of love
We fell it all around

CH

You just wait and see what we overcome
With a little clarity and a whole lot of love

CH
Track Name: Angelyne
ANGELYNE Music & Lyrics by Shannon Hurley

They say you are the billboard queen you know
The stars are in your eyes and there is glamour all around you
You came here from a small town long ago
You hoped you’d be discovered now the world has finally found you
Though it may not be the way you planned

Angelyne, Angelyne
Was there ever any doubt
Angelyne, Angelyne
Did you ever feel so proud as when you’re driving down the streets at night
Walking past the city lights that shine for Angelyne

You step out of a bus into the world
You try to find a romance but the camera loves you better
Suddenly you’re everybody’s girl
But you can’t always count on them to bring you sunny weather
It’s not quite how you wanted to be known

Angelyne, Angelyne
Was there ever any doubt
Angelyne, Angelyne
Did you ever feel so proud as when you’re driving down the streets at night
Walking past the city lights that shine for Angelyne

You break hearts with your smile
You turn heads, that's your style
But deep down
Something is missing
Where do you draw the line?

I see you walking down the Boulevard
Everybody knows you there is no way they’ll forget you
Looking down, your name is in a star
You built this place yourself and all the stories that surround you
Your fantasies came true in real life

Angelyne, Angelyne
Was there ever any doubt
Angelyne, Angelyne
Did you ever feel so proud as when you’re driving down the streets at night
Walking past the city lights that shine for Angelyne
Angelyne, Angelyne
Angelyne, Angelyne

Angelyne, Angelyne
Did you ever feel so proud as when you’re driving down the streets at night
Walking past the city lights that shine for Angelyne.
Track Name: Paradise Has Fallen-Shannon Hurley Vs. DJ Trotsky
PARADISE HAS FALLEN
By David Brownstein/Shannon Hurley


I used to think you were the special one
You told me so
But tell me now is this love?
Out on the freeway I'm alone again
The setting sun my only friend in the dark

BEHIND THE SCENES
THE BROKEN DREAMS I KNOW THIS MEANS
ANOTHER LIFE IS CALLING
THE WORLD I KNOW IS FAR BEHIND
ANOTHER PLACE
PARADISE HAS FALLEN

We move like strangers, we don’t talk the same
We hold the pain, we put the blame somewhere else
We change the subject and we walk away
With empty souls, I just can’t take anymore, anymore

BEHIND THE SCENES
THE BROKEN DREAMS I KNOW THIS MEANS
ANOTHER LIFE IS CALLING
THE WORLD I KNOW IS FAR BEHIND
ANOTHER PLACE
PARADISE HAS FALLEN

I'll survive the very darkest days
I'm not afraid, I know it's time to be strong
Because I've got exactly what it takes
My heart is brave, this battle's meant to be won
I’m moving on

BEHIND THE SCENES
THE BROKEN DREAMS I KNOW THIS MEANS
ANOTHER LIFE IS CALLING
THE WORLD I KNOW IS FAR BEHIND
ANOTHER PLACE
PARADISE HAS FALLEN
Track Name: Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft (Klaatu Cover)
Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft (The Recognized Anthem of World Contact Day)

(John Woloschuk / Terry Draper)

In your mind you have abilities you know
To telepath messages through the vast unknown
Please close your eyes and concentrate
With every thought you think
Upon the recitation we're about to sing

Calling occupants of interplanetary craft
Calling occupants of interplanetary, most extraordinary craft

Calling occupants of interplanetary craft
Calling occupants of interplanetary craft
Calling occupants of interplanetary, most extraordinary craft

You've been observing our earth
And we'd like to make a contact with you

We are your friends

Calling occupants of interplanetary craft
Calling occupants and interplanetary ultra-emissaries

We've been observing your earth
And one night we'll make a contact with you

We are your friends

Calling occupants of interplanetary craft
Calling occupants of interplanetary, quite extraordinary craft

Please come in peace we beseech you
Only a landing will teach them
Our earth may never survive
So do come we beg you
Please interstellar policemen
Won't you give us a sign
Give us a sign that we've reached you

With your mind you have ability to form
And transmit thought energy far beyond the norm
You close your eyes
You concentrate
Together that's the way
To send the message
We declare World Contact Day

Calling occupants of interplanetary craft
Calling occupants of interplanetary craft
Calling occupants of interplanetary, most extraordinary craft

Ahhh

Calling occupants
Calling occupants
Calling occupants
Calling occupants
Calling occupants of interplanetary, most extraordinary craft