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Holly Stephey with Sheila Swift "The Shape of Things''

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Rock-star-in-waiting Sheila Swift makes no bones about a few things: she’s from Houston, which she’ll proudly announce at the top of her live set even when playing at worlds-away venues like the cat club and the whiskey a go go on the Los Angeles strip.  She’s evolved into a full fledged rock singer, largely leaving behind the pop-rock leanings of her previous work in favor of a more pure rock sound, which shines through on the new material that she and her band debuted at a pair of shows in LA this March after a stop-off in Austin at SXSW And despite taking the serious-seeming move of turning up all the knobs on her music of late, she likes to laugh. Sheila Swift recently ventured on 5 week tour in Germany and the Netherlands. On her European tour, Swift gave audiences renditions of her new songs which manage to maintain the resonance of her earlier work while flexing a new found rock edge. Ecstatic European fans described Sheila as a mix of Gwen Stefani and Neil Young.  She’s got the kind of offstage affability to lightheartedly joke around about the fact that she shares a last name with country star Taylor Swift (no relation, for the record), and enough whimsy to have named her twin baby girls “Dylan” and “Marley” after the two greatest Bob's in the history of music. After several years in progress and a recent tour in Europe, her new anticipated EP album, "The Striving is Over", is ready to be released on August 13th in the US.  In this new album, Sheila sings songs inspired by personal, yet inspiring experiences of her life, transmitting a positive and uplifting message. But that's not it! Following "The Striving is over", Sheila Swift has more musical endeavors up her sleeve. Swift plans a vinyl album release, by the end of the year, incorporating tracks from the latest EP.

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