Singer-songwriter Shannon Dooks’ latest single chronicles the post-breakup blues
It’s the eating straight from the cereal bag. It’s the steering wheel slam. It’s the glow-up, the girlfriends, and the goblet of red. Moment by moment, Oshawa-born, Toronto-based singer-songwriter Shannon Dooks delves deep into “Doubts” and those post-breakup blues with her official video for the song.
Released ahead of this year’s forthcoming release, Do It Again, Shannon said “we wanted to capture the very private moments of a woman going through a breakup, and how she copes with it all… We wanted to weave through some relatable, light-hearted moments, as well as underlying tones of realness.
“Ultimately, the video embodies how I work through my own self-care after cutting ties with someone who consistently let me down.”
The video was shot and directed by Nick Posthumus (Midnight Vesta), and Shannon said she loved the joys and creative sparks of working among friends on the project.
“Nick is a long-time friend of mine, and we frequently collaborate, write, and perform music together,” she said. “Evan Henderson edited the final cut and also worked all the VHS and vintage elements of the shoot. Morgan O’Grady did my makeup, as well as for Alyssa Giddings, Rosemary Moore, and herself for the ‘ladies’ portion of the shoot.”
The song was penned by Rosanne Baker Thornley and produced by UK-based producer Will Schollar.
Everything from the innocent piano intro to the mellow rhythm sections that follows conveys the notion of a fond farewell wrapped in a melodic package. The message within is signed, sealed and delivered by Shannon Dooks’ harmonious and smooth vocal style.
A follow-up to her 2014 self-titled debut EP, Shannon Dooks, that has over 150,000 streams on Spotify alone, her sophomore album, Do It Again, is set for release later this summer.
Also this season? She’ll be heard singing with Juno Award-winning R&B singer-songwriter Daniel Caesar in “Meaning,” an addition to their previous collaborations, “Violet” and “Dream a Little Dream of Me.”
Her YouTube channel is sprawling with live-off-the-floor funkified renditions of classics such as Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” and her songwriting and vocal feature credits also extend to Canadian singer-songwriter Raff Pylon’s “Christmas in California,” featuring Snoop Dogg.
Do It Again is being recorded at Kensington Sound with producers Ben Pelchat and Earl Powell, and singer-songwriter and mentor, Rosanne Baker Thornley.
“Doubts” is available now.