Indie music tells stories from real people you and I know. This week’s indie music review focuses on Oklahoma City-native Shauna Marie. She used to live her life in the background. Although she worked diligently to help other independent artists pursue their dreams, she allowed a chronic illness and a lack of confidence to keep her from doing the same for herself. However, sometimes when we stick our necks out just a little bit, things happen that make it impossible for us not to let go of our misgivings and go all-in.
That is exactly what Shauna Marie says happened to her, and how she ended up going from trying to get other people to record her songs to releasing her debut solo EP, He Heals the Broken. (Read more about her story here.)
Shauna Marie has certainly given her all to creating the music included on the EP, and her passion and willingness to try something new has resulted in a debut that is both emotionally honest and musically interesting. The EP’s title track “He Heals the Broken” is perhaps the best song of the lot, displaying the most maturity in her songwriting, and best balancing her robust vocals with the other musical elements. The other stand out is “Stay”, which draws the listener in with a combination of intriguing piano lines and a dance sound. Despite the fact that these are the two most divergent tracks on the project, both showcase best Shauna Marie’s potential as an artist, and demonstrate her commitment to making encouraging, God-centered music.
Like most recordings from fledgling artists, He Heals the Broken has a couple of weak places, but, overall, the EP does a good job of introducing us to this burgeoning new artist. Given that time and experience will undeniably help Shauna Marie hone her craft, it will certainly be exciting to hear what she releases next.