Shannon Labrie Shows Strength in “Slow Dance”


Shannon Labrie is making a name for herself in the Nashville music scene, thanks to her stylish look and sultry delivery. She tells CMT Edge her brand new video for “Slow Dance” conveys the femininity and strength in the song’s sensual lyrics.

“I wanted the video to illuminate the true meaning behind the song,” she writes in an email. “I wanted it to be beautiful, strong, honest, vulnerable and true. That’s what this song is about. It’s about being a woman who wants to be deeply known. It’s about being vulnerable and unafraid. A confident and true woman.”

Labrie worked with director Fairlight Hubbard on the provocative imagery of the video.

“At first, I was a little unsure about the water treatment, but throughout our conversation, it became evident that Fairlight truly understood what the song was/is about,” she explains. “It’s not about sex. It’s about life. She wanted to use water because it’s the ‘strongest element.’ I wanted it to be simple. Just me. We both agreed to keep it black and white.”

She adds, “Some videos can be distracting from the song. I personally feel like the video accentuates the song and complements it, rather than distracts.”

Labrie will appear at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on Saturday (Oct. 12) for an early afternoon set on the BMI stage. Asked what she hopes listeners will take away from her performance, she replies, “I hope they love it. I hope they tell all their friends about it. But deep down, I always want my audience to feel a human connection to my songs. My songs are about life, and I hope my fans and audience are reminded that they aren’t alone in life and that they are cared for.”

Enjoy the CMT Edge premiere of Shannon Labrie’s “Slow Dance.”