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Ozarks Life: The music of Shaun Munday

The solo artist has a second album planned for this summer.
Published: Feb. 25, 2022 at 5:22 AM CST
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Anyone who’s picked up a guitar has had the dream of standing on stage, singing an original song, and then hearing the crowd applaud.

A Springfield artist is realizing that right now in the middle of his 2022 tour. Shaun Munday also has a second album planned for release this summer.

For tour dates, and how to buy his albums, you can visit his website by clicking here.

With Munday you don’t just see a performer - you feel his emotions. It’s part soul, R&B, funk, and even gospel that Munday mixes into an unforgettable arrangement.

“Get to play and perform and share music and share experiences with other people; it’s amazing,” Munday said.

Shaun is enjoying his sixth year on the road as a solo artist. But his journey started many years before that.

“My mother and father kind of shoving a little Mickey Mouse ukulele into my hands before I can really walk,” Munday joked. “My father plays all kinds of instruments. My mother sings beautifully. My brother’s a musician as well and a multi instrumentalist.”

“(Music) was kind of more or less a second language, if not a first language,” Munday said about his childhood.

At Central High School, Shaun was in the band and choir. That opened the way for him to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.

‘The growth that came from that,” Munday said about attending Berklee, “just getting to interact with people and other musicians from all over the world was huge.”

While at college Shaun fell in love with the bass. Shaun’s dad played it so it was familiar and yet foreign.

“It always seemed like just the perfect, most well-rounded instrument from a solo aspect that hadn’t been really fleshed out or explored,” Munday said.

Bass in hand, Shaun is hitting his groove. He’s working on a second, full album while also seeing the nation. ‘Thankful’ is a word he used many times during our talk.

“Just to be on stage and the lights and just myself in a theater,” Munday said, “and people are looking at you and we’re interacting and sharing this music and making that connection. It’s a huge thing.”

As far as what’s next? The same thing - only bigger.

“More countries, more people, and to just hopefully, be a positive light in this world,” Munday said. “So that’s probably my goal.”

Munday has many performances in Springfield this spring and summer. You can see his schedule at his website by clicking here.

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