June 29, 2005


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Can’t slow down the Stack
Country singer Shana Stack and her debut CD
By Richie Victorino  rvictorino@hippopress.com

When she was younger, Shana Stack didn’t want anything to do with her grandmother’s taste in music.

“She used to try to get me to listen to Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash and I just was not interested in it,” Stack said.

Shortly after college, however, crossover country acts like Shania Twain caught Stack’s attention. Soon after, Stack, a longtime musical theater performer, started to dabble in country music.

She used to work at a nursing home and started singing to the elderly residents there.

“Of course I’d have to sing what they wanted to hear, so I ended up learning a lot about Cline and old country,” Stack said.

Years of drilling country music into Stack’s mind worked for Stack’s grandmother, who, Stack said, is proud to have a country singer in the family.

“She’s not one to compliment you to your face,” Stack said. “But she’ll tell all her friends about me.”

Old country music is what inspires Stack. It’s evident in her first studio album, Can’t Slow Down.

The “late 20s” singer took a while in making her first album.

“Not many people know the finances of putting together a quality CD,” Stack said. “I’ve been trying to do it for years but it’s so expensive. But then my mother just said,‘Let’s do it,’ so we did.”

Stack sat down with producers and decided which songs she wanted to sing for her album.

“I sat down and listened to boxes of demos. As I listened to each one I noticed I was picking up beat fast songs,” she said. ‘When I liked a sad, depressing song I said to myself,‘Maybe that won’t fit the mold.’”

Can’t Slow Down does, in fact, maintain an upbeat feel, while staying true to old country, the style of music Stack remains in love with.

Stack’s choices in songs, and her style of singing, have done her well. Can’t Slow Down was voted CD of the Year by the New Hampshire Country Music Association (NHCMA). She can add that to her many other NHCMA awards, including 2004 female vocalist of the year and 2004 female entertainer of the year.

But the Keene resident isn’t just popular in New Hampshire. Last year she was voted the most promising entertainer of the year by the North American Country Music Association, International.

“I try to put on a show,” Stack said, explaining her recent success. “A lot of singers just stand around, but I like to move around, plus I have a full voice.”

Stack has been able to perform more often since adding a country band to her repertoire. She met Jonathan Scott (who is under the same production label as she), and the two hit it off musically; they’ve been voted duo of the year in 2005. Jonathan Scott and Fast Lane now perform with Stack.

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Can’t Slow Down is available at www.urbanexpressprod.com.
Shana Stack has one public summer performances scheduled so far (though she’s always looking for more gigs): Friday, Aug. 4 at the Cheshire Fair in Keene.