Shannon McNally: Sexy Songbird


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Shannon McNally is one of those dual talented singer-songwriters whose folk-blues, country-rock songs conjures up images of thieves, redeemers, ghosts, heroines and lovers.  Although not as popular as the hot twin Shannon sisters or actress Elizabeth Shannon, this Shannon is an earthy beauty.  Shannon was born and raised on Long Island, New York and began singing and playing guitar in clubs while attending Franklin and Marshall College. After graduating with a degree in Religious Anthropology, she pursued singing as a career. Shannon performed as a street musician in Paris to hone her skills and in 1997, signed a deal with Capitol records. She made an acoustic album called Jukebox Sparrows that that wasn’t released until January 2002 due to a disagreement with her record company. Rolling Stone Magazine gave the record 3 1/2 stars and the single, “Now That I Know,” appeared on the soundtrack of the Reese Witherspoon film, “Sweet Home Alabama.” After touring all around the U.S., Shannon settled into the New Orleans music scene but was one of the many victims of Hurricane Katrina. Shannon relocated to Holly Springs, Mississippi and in August 2010, embraced the true independent artist spirit by raising over $23,000 in Kickstarter campaign to fund her next album, Western Ballad which was released in March 2011. Pleased with the fan support, she said an interview, “I was very, very amazed at people’s enthusiasm and their generosity and sort of their support and their eagerness to participate.” Since her debut on the music scene, Shannon has performed with such stars as John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams and Stevie Nicks.  Shannon’s latest debut is as one of the victims of the celebrity nude photo leaks that started to spam the internet first on August 31, 2014 and continued until early October 2014. She joined a luminary list headlined by Jennifer Lawrence as one of over 50 women whose iCloud accounts were hacked and their private nude photos unleashed on the net, creating a PR and legal nightmare for the victims called The Fappening #2.


Since Shannon has been with her husband, drummer Wallace Lester for over ten years, chances are the pictures were for Lester who also doubles as her tour manager.  Shannon met Lester after she moved to New Orleans seeking a change of scenery from L.A. where she had been embroiled in a battle with her record label, Capitol Records.  Shannon said Capitol wanted their female artists to sound and look a certain way, “They had an idea of the way women make records. They’re old-school gangsters and wanted something kind of trite and shrill with the sex quotient over the top. They couldn’t see me for who I was.” Shannon felt L.A. was toxic and wanted to get away, “I was ill from being in L.A. I was skinny and depleted and fried and musically malnourished,” she said. “I needed to go commando and be underground and be somewhere I couldn’t feel them.” In 2001, she went to visit New Orleans and met Lester who was the former drummer of Boulder band Zuba. “I got a major dose of New Orleans,” Shannon said, “That was it, really. I knew I was supposed to be here.” Shannon credits Lester for turning her on to musician Bobby Charles, “Wallace gave me a Bobby Charles record. I was a really big fan of The Band, and he said, ‘If you like The Band, you’ll love this guy.’ He was right.” Shannon eventually covered a collection of Charles’ songs on her album,  Small Town Talk. The couple are parents to a daughter, Maeve.

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On September 26, 2014, another round of leaked celebrity photos were released by hackers called the “Fappening 3.” On October 5, 2014, the fourth round hit the web and among the victims of “Fappening 4,” was actresses Winona Ryder, AnnaLynne McCord and Victoria’s Secret model Erin Heatherton. The first male photos were hacked belonging to wrestle Hulk Hogan’s son, Nick Hogan.  Just four days earlier, entertainment lawyer Marty Singer who represents a number of the celebrities involved in the leak threatened to sue Google for $100 million claiming the search engine refused to remove the nude photos even after Singer had initially requested they do so. Singer claimed, “Google knows that the images are hacked stolen property, private and confidential photos and videos unlawfully obtained” but didn’t take enough action to ensure all the stolen images were removed. Google responded through a spokesperson who said the internet giant did delete “tens of thousands of pictures” and “closed hundreds of accounts.” No further legal action was taken by Singer. Although the FBI has investigated into the matter, there have been no arrests made since authorities haven’t been able trace the crime back to anyone person. The FBI official statement is the agency is “aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals and is addressing the matter.”

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