ABOUT LITTLE SHRINE
Little Shrine is the music project of songwriter, vocalist, and bassist Jade Shipman, working in collaboration with guitarist Tony Schoenberg, violinist Ryan Avery, drummer Andrew Griffin, and keyboard player Garrett Warshaw.
Best described as indie pop folk, the 5-piece San Francisco band began as a trio with spacious, organic, and hopeful tunes, with sparse instrumentation. Yet, as the band evolved, a more rock and roll sound arrived, along with drums and keys. Little Shrine’s sound is driven by melodies and pairs Jade’s emotionally revealing lyrics with music that is warm, driven, and sometimes fiesty.
Little Shrine’s first release, an intimate, 8-song mini-album called “Wilderness” produced by Ben Bernstein was released on Oct 20th, 2017. A full-length album called “The Good Thing About Time“ is slated for release in Summer/Fall 2019.
Little Shrine began informally in 2014. The group came together to work on some vulnerable and personal songs, born out of a challenging time in Jade’s life. Though each of the musicians is active in other bands, these songs didn’t fit the style of their prior collaborative projects. They decided to find a new sound, with the instruments thoughtfully supporting the lyrics and intentions of the songs.
The name Little Shrine was inspired by the ways people cope with losses, sometimes by creating small shrines to their loved ones. Jade was moved by the meditative nature of these strange assemblages, which commemorate the beings we have loved in all their complications, silliness, sadness, cheer, and everything in between.
Other projects by Little Shrine’s members include The Saucy Jacks, Felsen, Unknown Jordans, The Crazies Will Destroy You, Chance’s End, and Emily Zisman. Tony and Jade have been collaborating musically since 2006 after meeting through Craigslist. Ryan and Jade met in 2007 over a shared love of dance and eventually realized there was a musical connection as well. When it came time to work on their 2019 record, Andrew and Garrett linked up with the group to form the current lineup.