Shannon was Born and raised in the small town of Hazel Green, KY, and grew up with a great appreciation of music. He expressed that appreciation both vocally and by playing various musical instruments throughout his life.
Feeling an urgency to serve his country after Desert Storm, he joined the United States Navy in July of 1994 and trained as a Fleet Marine Force Hospital Corpsman. He served in in two combat deployments in Iraq and to help relieve the stresses of combat and deployment felt by both him and others in his unit, he would play guitar and sing during his down time, when he began to write his own music about his experiences. In 2010 he retired with seventeen years of service to the United States Navy, with both Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and symptoms from traumatic brain injury (TBI).
He is working on a complete collection of original songs reflecting his time in combat, injuries (both physical and emotional), and living with the aftermath of war. He hopes his music will help to educate military families and civilians, as well as help to heal those that have shared in some of the same experiences. He was the lead vocalist/lyricist and rhythm guitar player for the band Vetted. He joined Operation Encore to help him write a new chapter of his story. One that involves God, family, hope, happiness, healing, respect, love, and music