Durban’s award-winning pianist and vocal artist, Shannon Hope, released her much-anticipated second album, Fight A New Day, independently on 31 October 2011. Having secured a full endorsement from world-renowned Japanese piano manufacturer Kawai Pianos, Hope returned to T-Time Studio in Cape Town in January 2011 to record the next instalment of honest heart songs on an eleven track full studio album.
Like her 2009 debut solo album, S T I L L, the album is produced by well-known Cape Town engineer/drummer Tim Rankin, and again features Dave McMillan on guitars and backing vocals, and Ray Goodfellow on bass and backing vocals; with additional guitars by Henry Steel Jr. and additional backing vocals by Candice McMillan.
In keeping with the style and honesty of her first album, Hope promises “a slightly bigger, more driving and positive sound, with one or two cheeky fun tracks to mix it up a bit. Essentially, it’s about being brave enough to believe in yourself and your truth, and being brave enough to wake up to fight a new day despite what that day might hold.” The first single from the album, Believe, a song written soon after taking the “fulltime” plunge, captures this message poignantly. “I’m very proud of this record and everything it says about where I am, where I’ve come from, what I believe in and what I’ve achieved during the course of the last two and a half years since going fulltime.”