Shannon Rugani is a woman who has so many choices, her talents have brought much recognition and rewards. Beginning with ballet as a child, she soon excelled as one of the youngest company members in history to join the San Francisco Ballet.
As her first entrance into show biz, Shannon was chosen to star in the Tony Award winning show “An American in Paris” on Broadway.
What can you do after the Broadway show closed? Shannon seemed to want new challenges and was ready for change.
Shannon awakened her other talents as a singer and songwriter with music for a short film “Freefall” directed by Luke Willis (2012). She also choreographed and stared in the short film “PRIMA” premiering at the 2012 TriBeCa film Festival. Shannon continued as she choreographed and performed in a sort film “American Overture” by John Williams that won first place at the International Film Festival in Poland.
Moving up to her first single as a solo artist “Lovely I Am” was released April 12, 2019.
Shannon was ready for change with a new exciting image campaign as the EMPRESS, a stage name that carried messages- Be the Empress of your life, Build your own crown, and everybody can decide what they want for their own personal crown. Shannon wants to inspire others with those messages!
After wearing a tiara for years during her ballet performances, she wanted to continue her message. Shannon worked with GRAMMY nominated producer Bart Schoudel on her latest debut EP, the title track from her debut EP “We Own This Crown”.
The large emerald stones brightened Shannon’s crown heralding her message.
A clever technique, Shannon has been photographed in different settings you wouldn’t usually see and I included a few of those in my article.
Shannon’s website is interesting and features her photos, music, and her life. www.empress-music.com
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