Trained as a chemical engineer, Shanon has previously worked as a journalist and a credit risk analyst. He is also passionate about human rights advocacy, especially as a trainer and facilitator.
He focuses on issues relating to gender, sexuality, HIV/AIDS and Islam. Shanon also writes for theSun, and has written for print and online publications such as the New Straits Times, Kakiseni.com and MuslimWakeUp.com (an online Progressive Muslim magazine).
In 2003, Shanon won the Mandarin Oriental Fan of the Arts Most Promising Artist Award at the 2nd Annual Boh Cameronian Arts Awards. Three years later, he went on to win his first Anugerah Industri Muzik award for best male vocals.
In 2007, he entered the Ikon Malaysia televised competition which searches for an icon among existing artistes.
He also often performs as a duo with fellow singer-songwriter Azmyl Yunor and with his backing band the Cintas.
Shanon Shah is also a playwright. His play Air Con is produced by the Instant Cafe Theatre Company's Firstworks programme.