The Shana Stack Band - Biography

Winner of Band of the Year by the New England Music Awards and Country Artist of the Year by the Limelight Magazine, The Shana Stack Band is one of the leading entertainers in New England.

Winner of the Independent Country Music Association's Country Band of the Year and Fans Choice Award, Winner of the New England Music Award for Country Act of the Year, and World's Best Indie Band by Wiles Magazine and most recently winner for Band of the Year by the New England Music Awards and winner of Country Artist of the Year by the Limelight Music Awards, The Shana Stack Band excites their audience with their high energy, high impact show. The Shana Stack Band features multi-national award winning vocalist Shana Stack, and Nashville Songwriter's Association International member, Ed Leavitt, the male vocalist and songwriter of the group.

The Group focuses on current country, and original music written by Ed Leavitt. One of Ed's songs, "Let it Go", has been featured in the movie Compliance which was released nationwide in the summer of 2012 by Magnolia pictures.

The Shana Stack Band has opened for such mega stars as Reba McEntire, Sugarland, The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts, Chuck Wicks, as well as performing before Travis Tritt on the Main Stage at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway before the Nascar Sprint Cup Race. The band has performed shows all across New England at a variety of venues including Turning Stone Casino, Lake Sunapee Yacht Club, Manchester-by-the-Sea Bath & Tennis Club, Tupelo Music Hall, Meadowbrook Pavilion, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Toby Keith's Bar & Grill and the Big E Fair!  In September the band opened for the Vocal Group of the Year by the Country Music Association, Little Big Town and later in the month opened for Craig Morgan and Aaron Parker at the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. The band also opened for Toby Keith and Aaron Lewis on the Main Stage of the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion. They will be performing on the Magic Hat Stage at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion to support the Brad Paisley, Kane Brown and Dan Tyminski concert in August 2018.

The Shana Stack Band released their second full-length original CD, "What You See Is What You Get" summer 2012, which was nominated for Album of the Year by the Independent Country Music Association and their third album, "Every Now and Then", released in June 2013.  The band's fourth album "Then and Now" was released at the end of July 2014.  The band returned to the studio in April 2017 to finish working on another music project. In late 2017 the band released their first official music video to their original song, I Need A Day, written by Ed Leavitt and Pat Kelley.

Without a doubt, The Shana Stack Band hits the stage with one goal in mind…To engage their audience and leave them wanting more.

Shana Stack, Lead Vocals

Multi-National Award winning Shana Stack has performed throughout the East Coast and into Canada and has opened for the likes of Reba McEntire, Sugarland, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Little Big Town and Travis Tritt (Nascar Cup pre-race stage at the NH Motor Speedway start/finish line).  Most recently she and the band had the honor of performing on the Main Stage at Bank of NH Pavilion opening for legend Toby Keith.  They also had a blast performing on the main stage opening for Craig Morgan at his Stadium show. Shana and the band have released 4 original CD's and are currently working on their 5th!  Their songs are getting airplay not only on US radio, but also over in Europe. Shana has performed on national television while having the honor of singing both the Canadian National Anthem as well as our National Anthem before Nascar and Indy races at NHMS.

Ed Leavitt, Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Songwriter

Ed Leavitt is a singer/songwriter originally born and raised in VT, currently living in southern NH.  Ed has shared the same venue with a number of top country artists: Tracy Byrd, Mark Wills, Billy Arnold, George Jones, Chuck Wicks, Reba McEntire, Sugarland, Travis Tritt, Rascal Flatts, the Band Perry, Little Big Town, Toby Keith, Craig Morgan and Aaron Parker.  He has worked with Nashville producer, Bruce Allen. Ed-co-wrote (along with Pat Kelley), More Than Just a Farm; demo engineered in Nashville by Galen Breen, sung by rising country star, Craig Campbell.  More Than Just a Farm was also, recorded by popular Indie artist Doug Briney on his album, It's All Country. 

You can listen to some of Ed's work by visiting his songwriting page at http://www.ourstage.com/profile/edleavitt.  Ed has songs published by Buried Treasure Music in Nashville.  Ed's song, Let It Go, is featured in the Indie movie, "Compliance" that was released in spring 2012 at the Sundance Film Festival and was picked up by Magnolia Pictures for national release. 

Ed is a member of NSAI (Nashville Songwriter's Association International) and has his own publishing company, (Kenzy Linn Productions) through ASCAP.

Kurt Ekstrom, Drums

Kurt started playing drums at the age of 11 and has been influenced by artists from The Doors and Van Halen to Buddy Rich and Dave Brubeck with everything in between! Since the age of 20, he has played at numerous locations around the New England area. In his last band the October Sons, he had the pleasure of opening for such acts as Rick Derringer, John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band as well as an all star band consisting of former members of Boston, Steely Dan, Extreme and others. Playing all styles from rock and blues to jazz has given Kurt a broad vocabulary of musical styles which has afforded him the opportunity to contribute to multiple CDs with varied artists. Kurt is a collector of Ludwig drums  from the 30’s to present.  Kurt also endorses Kelly Shu internal bass drum microphone systems and Rich Sticks

Peter Henault, Lead Guitar

Peter was born into a musical family. His dad was a well-known jazz musician who played all over northern Vermont and Canada and his mother sings. It was only natural that Peter followed in their footsteps. Peter has been playing guitar for as long as he can remember and played his first gig at the age of 14. He had to borrow his friend’s older brother’s ID so he could play in clubs. The band Tank was his first semi-pro band and it was made up of childhood friends. The band played all over New England and New York for six years. Tank still gets together to play benefits in the St. Johnsbury area. Peter’s played all over New England and Canada with other bands: Tank, Maximum Bob, Little Memphis, Zee, and Frydaddy to name a few. He’s also shared the stage with bands such as Orleans, Black Oak Arkansas, and the Fools. Peter also enjoys recording and has recorded with punk rocker G. G. Allin, Pete Merrigan, Tank,, as well as others.

Peter has been playing guitar for over 40 years. He’s a self-taught musician who has been influenced by many different players including Ronnie Montrose, Alan Holdsworth, Brent Mason and many others. In addition to playing the guitar, he enjoys building and repairing the instrument as well.

Gene Kossakoski, Bass

Gene has been playing bass for decades. Early in his career, he recorded an album with Earth Opera in Florida, followed by a US Tour. He also toured the US and internationally with Bold N' Brassy, a 6-piece horn band. Born in NH, he played with various rock bands and a jazz trio in New England the first five years of his career.

Living in Denver for a year saw Gene playing with Fortune, another jazz band and Cleetus a funk band. He also recorded commercials and demos at American Recording Studios.  Moving to Cleveland for four years, he performed and recorded with Lefty, a local rock band.

Relocating to Los Angeles for 20 years enabled Gene to tour and record with many different acts. Recording with Trial By Fire led to a tour of Bolivia. He also recorded and played with Sons and Lovers, The Barking Spiders, among others. His ability to provide a great feel for many musical genres has kept him in demand.