Ashmatic Kitty artist Shannon Stephens, who years back was in the band Marzuki with Sufjan Stevens, first came to our attention in 2010 with the long awaited release of her self titled debut. This was originally due to be released in 1999 but coincided with an epiphany for Stephens. Quite simpy, she decided, family life with her husband, daughter and vegetable patch in Seattle was far more important than travelling across the US from radio studio to venue hawking the darn thing.
It took her a few years to get back into the music business again. Bonnie Prince Billy’s cover of her track I’ll Be Glad, from her debut album, helped revitalise her musically and in 2009 she recorded her second album Breadwinner.