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Portrait of Sara Shansky
With a voice compared to "human silk", Sara has sung on over 100 stages from Boston, MA to Skagway, AK, and everywhere inbetween since 1996. She studied piano from an early age, but fell in love with the guitar when she started playing in high school. While in college outside Boston, Sara joined up with the Danielle Geihs Band as the guitarist and back up vocalist. During that time she recorded her first album, "Stamp Mileage". In the winter of 2000, upon the release of her debut album, Sara was invited to be a guest lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's "Women, Songwriting, and Performance" class.

The following fall, Sara moved to Portland, OR where she teamed up with Californian singer/songwriter Steven Pile, among several other local artists. Steven and Sara performed as Lillian's Sister (they later changed their name to Billy No. 9) and spent the summer of 2002 with drummer Justin Shannon touring southeast Alaska and the Yukon. After a few years in the Pacific Northwest, Sara took her music to San Francisco where she performed solo for a year while working on her second album, "Inertia", which was released January of 2005.

Sara moved again in the fall of 2004, this time to Austin, TX where she performs with a quartet, sings with doo-wop/rock group Rich Restaino and the Obits, and teaches art and music. Sara was nominated a 2005 finalist in the Rising Star Songwriting Competition for the Live Oak Folk Festival in Nacogdoches, TX.
 
 
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