February 12 2016

StrongWriter On the Radio: (Episode 69) “Frank Shiner – My Wonderful Spark Plug”

One of my most cherished guests is New York-based singer Frank Shiner, because he is so approachable and genuine in our interviews.  Today’s episode is bonus footage of our most recent talk, and I saved it for Valentine’s Day, because Frank gets the opportunity to talk lovingly about his wife in this one!  Their teenage daughter is also is subject of discussion, and it’s crystal clear where Frank’s top priorities are – his family!  You’ll still get to grab some wisdom and inspiration from this fantastic entertainer, so listen in on our conversation for a good smile or two!


Featured Guest:   Frank Shiner

In the early 2000s, Frank Shiner’s wife Suzanne began a battle with cancer “a truly life altering experience that changes your perspective on everything.” The deepness of the couple’s relationship courses through nearly every song on The Real Me. Suzanne went through hell, which makes her prodding of her husband that night at the bandstand in 2010 even more moving and climactic. She pulled on his heartstrings saying it would bring her great joy if he would sing. Only that got him up on the bandstand.

When Tony the bandleader rushed out to the parking lot afterwards to collar Shiner before he disappeared, it was the start of a beautiful friendship. Shiner grew to love this new character, who would not take no for an answer, and he even came to Shiner’s office over a period of months to spend time with the singer on a campaign to recruit him. “Frank,” Tony said, “music heals the soul.” The singer took the advice to heart, with all that he and his wife were going through with her illness.

“I call her my spark plug!”
– Frank Shiner

Visit Frank Shiner’s website:

A very special THANK YOU to Frank Shiner for the use of his images and music! © 2014 Bakerson/Pyramid Records

The Real Me, his debut album produced by Gary Katz (Steely Dan) includes the top 5 hit Feels Like Home and the new top 12 single The Real Me.  Available Now

“Frank Shiner sings these songs as if he wrote them. He sings with a maturity and a truth that comes from living and loving deeply and fully.”

“His music is generating a buzz across the country.” – The Journal News

“The Real Me is a beautifully delicate and articulate whisper from the very core of a true artist.” -AXS.com

“Frank Shiner’s The Real Me resonates with the rich, lush soul of enduring honesty.” -Songwriter’s Monthly

– Winner of 2 LA Music Critic Awards: Best CD Male & Best Song, Feels Like Home.

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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)