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Frank Shiner
Hometown: Wilkes-Barre, PA
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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.
The Real Me
, Frank Shiner’s aptly titled debut album on Bakerson Records is a blues-jazz
program. It concentrates on a new breed of standards, from the “deliciously jazzy” simplicity
of Elvis Costello’s “Almost Blue,” to the “cool, sexy” rhythms of Tom Waits’ “Temptation.”
Taken together, the songs each describe chapters in Shiner’s thirty year love affair with his wife

Suzanne. A cancer survivor, her illness led Shiner to rekindle his career which he had
abandoned twenty years before, when he set out on a successful business career to support his
family. Recording these near-biographical songs with producer Gary Katz was the realization
of a dream that only resurfaced three years ago in 2010. Katz, best known for his work with
Steely Dan, has also produced for Harry Connick Jr., Laura Nyro, Joe Cocker, and others.
Shiner met the challenge of the recording process with the same straightforward resilience that
sent him up to the bandstand during an open mic night at a small suburban nightspot in 2010.
After half a lifetime of dreams deferred, Shiner’s mind was flooded with thoughts of his father
telling him thirty years before, “Follow your heart

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