March 18 2014

StrongWriter On the Radio: (Episode 05) “Get To Know Frank Shiner”

A legend in the making!  And I got to interview him at the beginning of his meteoric rise to stardom.  (Let’s speak it into existence!)

Just wait until you hear from the man himself!  My guest today on StrongWriter On the Radio tells a great story of what happens when your dream takes a hiatus, and then returns, stronger than before!   Life, love, music…it’s all there, and sounds terrific.

Featured guest:  FRANK SHINER

Frank Shiner Feels like home










Frank Shiner is a unique singer whose vocals evoke a certain gracefulness that is associated with the old school American Songbook era. But all comparisons end there, as is clearly evident on Shiner’s debut album, The Real Me set for release in June, 2014.

On the first single from his debut album “Feels Like Home,” Shiner takes a breezy romantic approach to the Randy Newman song. “I chose the song because it is the quintessential love ballad which is absolutely brilliant in its simplicity. It tells the story of a man who felt lost and alone, until a woman came and changed his life. This is such a relatable feeling to me, and I believe it is to anyone who has experienced true love. It touched me deep inside and my favorite line in the song is ‘I never thought I’d love anyone so much’.”

Shiner’s decision to chart a new course for the Standard Songbook follows through on The Real Me. With Katz establishing the well-crafted moods for which he is known, Shiner has succeeded in establishing himself as a modern singer in the genre of the Grobans and Bublés of the world. “The idea,” Shiner says, “was to combine the attitude and musical values of the music that inspired me – the era of Sinatra and Darin – with a more contemporary body of material. “The selections, many of which have distinct blues overtones, are lyrically rooted in the generation that belongs to Paul Simon, Tom Waits, Van Morrison, and Randy Newman, just a few of the contemporary composers whose work is showcased on Shiner’s album.

Shiner’s creative story got off to a promising start when he came to New York City after college and immediately started to land roles on television and the stage. His discipline as a trained actor earned him SAG, AFTRA and Actors’ Equity credentials. He played more than fifty theatre and television roles including multiple musicals. He also spent six years in a small traditional Shakespeare theatre company.

“I go about life from my heart,” says Frank Shiner. “I love hard, I suffer from anger, I suffer from loving too much, I suffer from worry, but it’s all from my heart, it’s all real. Sometimes it’s a rollercoaster, but I don’t think you experience life without that part. A lot of people just kind of skip over the top of the water but I can’t. I gotta dive deep.” Frank Shiner wears his heart on his sleeve for all to see.

“Feels Like Home” will be available on iTunes and all other digital media on
March 25, 2014.

“Get To Know Frank Shiner”

For more information, go to Frank Shiner’s website!

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DEAN OLSON is a songwriter and executive producer of the weekly radio show "StrongWriter On the Radio." The popular program airs Fridays on Amazing Men Of Power and Music Day (AWOP / Raven International Network)