FRANK SHINER biography
The arc of Frank Shiner’s musical artistry swings in that special place where his lifetime of experiences in singing and acting are able to breathe together and tell a story. “As a student of Shakespeare,” Shiner explains, “as a student of language, the song is a play, and the lyric is the most important thing to me. If a pretty sound comes out after that, it’s a bonus, never the goal.”
Shiner is that rare performer whose delivery evokes a certain classiness associated with Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, and Mel Tormé. Yet Shiner is lyrically rooted in the generation that belongs to Paul Simon, Tom Waits, Van Morrison, and Randy Newman, just a few of the composers whose work is showcased by the singer.
Shiner’s debut single, “Driving Home for Christmas,” is a holiday evergreen from the pen of Chris Rea, British singer-songwriter. The song is producer Gary Katz. Shiner is donating all proceeds from iTunes and Amazon sales of the single through Christmas Day 2013 to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.