Anamnesis is pianist/singer/songwriter Shauna Burns’ next work to be released under Red Rock Music in April 2009. This 5 song EP is the continuation of The Moon and the Fire Circle and the next step in her musical journey. Anamnesis, which means “recollection” or “remembrance”, focuses on the senses that live in our memories. “Music is a trigger for things we remember,” Shauna explains. “Each of the songs on Anamnesis represents one of the senses.” The first song on the EP is titled “Smell” …its reference is obvious. “A Letter” embraces the gift of sight, “Wind” references touch, “Driving Far” taste, and “So Tell Me…” our sense of hearing. The new album is full of Shauna’s trademark piano and vocals, James Clark on drums and percussion, Steve Lemmon on guitar and bass, Ryan Tilby on mandolin and dobro, Kiley Astle on violin and Steve Nelson on cello. Shauna’s latest release in 2008, The Moon and the Fire Circle, was a fusion of the dark and light sides of the soul. It was a journey from the light to the dark and back to the light again. The Promise Live cheers: “With her ethereal voice, spacious arrangements and lots of piano, you can’t help but become enchanted with The Moon and The Fire Circle.” And Southwest Blend acclaims that “Shauna Burns is a phenomenal talent, and the music on this album will take any listener on a journey that will connect one’s inner soul to the universe.” Now the journey continues… Shauna’s ethereal vocals and beautiful piano developed while growing up in Miami, Florida. Inspired by her mother’s love for the piano, her songwriting thrived and when she headed west for college and her music met cheers and enthusiastic recognition. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology at the University of Utah, Shauna spent a year in Europe preparing her debut album. Released under Red Rock music in 2005 Every Thought was the foothold that lifted this talented pianist and singer to critical acclaim. “Beautiful cascading piano [and] ethereal vocals… a new fangled fusion that will ignite a spark that will be hard to replicate. Perfect.” States Smother.net. Shauna’s songwriting extension to Every Thought was her 2006 follow up EP release entitled, Desert Tune. Shauna has embarked on multiple vigorous tours since 2006 with over 75 shows and appearances stretching from coast to coast in the U.S. and the U.K. More tour dates will be announced for 2009. “Around You”, the first single from The Moon and the Fire Circle, reached number 7 on the FMQB AC Chart, was one of WCH Radio’s “Top Songs for 2008” and reached number 1 on “Song Vault Radio”. The Moon and the Fire Circle was selected “Best of 2008” by Collected Sounds and The Promise Live. Radio Crystal Blue also chose Shauna as one of the “Top Recording Artists of the Year 2008”. Shauna’s debut CD, Every Thought was selected as one of the Top CD’s of 2005 by Collected Sounds and the single, “Pink Girl”, was chosen as the number1 single from the MAACP show. The album was chosen for “Best of the Batch” from the Music Industry News Network and featured on TowerPod.com, Billboard, VH1, Artist Direct, AOL Music, Fox TV and countless others.
A cross between Tori Amos and Evanescence with vividly descriptive lyrics and haunting melodies. Great piano accompaniment and appropriately subdued vocals.
— PopCulture Guy (Jul 13, 2011)
Fans of Tori Amos, Kate Bush and Amy Lee of Evanescence may find similarities but Burns fuses cascading piano and a dynamic voice to come across as slightly more uplifting while remaining genuinely sincere. There is a semblance of broodiness and the lush arrangements to be expected of fans of her peers, but Shauna Burns stands ably on her own and this EP is a definite five-star recommendation. Give it some alone time and immerse yourself in it and realize just how special Anamnesis is.
— Jivewired.com (Jul 13, 2011)
Ethereal. Not a common word in my vocabulary, but that’s where the music takes me. Delicate, floating on another world. Subsequent hearings start to bring out the language and allow me to hear the story with more clarity as I float higher and higher.
— Eartaste (Jul 13, 2011)
Her brilliant piano playing on tunes like 'Tumbleweed' and the softness of 'Magic' prove that she destined for stardom. Her soft voice floats with the music like clouds in a perfect blue sky. I highly recommend this album for all music lovers.
— Celebrity Cafe (Jul 13, 2011)
Shauna Burns is one of those artists that not many people know about even though they're so talented that it's ridiculous. Tori Amos is the most obvious comparison, but Shauna sets herself apart with almost flawlessly composed instrumentals that give her music an intensity that you don't find with most singer-songwriter types.
— Audioclash: Live Music (Jul 13, 2011)
Shauna surrounds herself in the studio with the familiar scents and sights of home, where she composes most of her music. In front of the Yamaha C7 grand piano at Spiral she places photos of loved ones, pets and places. Shauna believes that every song has its own unique frequency... a frequency that is partially formed through her own creative process and partially transmitted through her, as a property that belongs to the song itself.
— Spiral Studios Interview (Jul 13, 2011)