Born and raised in Iowa, Shannon Janssen began playing a small electric organ when she was very young. She has very few memories of it, but her parents remember Shannon making up tunes at a very early age. When she was seven, formal piano lessons began. Her Austrian piano instructor was strict, requiring Shannon to practice only classical pieces. After mastering the lessons her teacher would give, she would spend additional time at the piano learning pop songs, and working on her own compositions. Shannon continued lessons through high school then studied piano with a passionate pursuit that led her through the years. In the late 80’s, she began teaching a neighborhood child and within a year she had 40 students per week.
At the request of people who wanted to take Shannon’s music home with them, she recorded her debut album, “Heart Journey”. Within a few years, she recorded two more albums “Piano Paintings” and “The Keys of Christmas”. With Shannon’s original pieces and her interpretations of her favorite Christmas Carols, all of her CDs have been a success. After performing several concerts, she has realized that smaller venues were more to her liking.
Shannon has been performing professionally for many years in a variety of different venues. She has been a church pianist since she was very young and continues teach private piano lessons today. Please contact her if you or your child would like to be on her waiting list.