Hello, my name is Shane.
In 1999, I moved to Colchester to do A levels in music, music technology and philosophy. I lived with my granny in the country and, because the drums all had to come over on a ship, I spent most of my time bashing her piano and writing songs.
I formed my first band, Magic Joe, at college with a few musical friends – first gig was a local heat of the Essex County Bands Competition. We ended up winning the whole contest and recorded our first CD OneEightSixNineNine as a prize.
I studied music at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Whilst there the band Baby Ingrid was formed from the remnants of Magic Joe. We recorded the EP “Stand Sit Lie” which quickly sold out and began to record our first album together.
Whilst completing that album, I released my first solo project, an EP entitled “Beautiful”. The Album with Baby Ingrid “I’ll Repair Your Mistakes” was released in April 2005.
As well as a degree, university gave me the chance to meet some great people. On hearing my music, acclaimed song-writer Guy Chambers said “I wish I’d written that song”, and Sir Paul McCartney enquired “Was that about a girl?”
After university, I stayed in Liverpool and for the next year wrote, recorded and released a new song every week in what I called Project 52. I formed a new band to play the songs live and spent time in London recording demo’s with the band.
My next release was the EP “Heavy Clouds“. Teaming up with guitarist and songwriter Stu G, we wrote and recoded the songs together at his place on the south coast. The EP was released first digitally, then also physically in a limited edition CD, copies of which have now sold out.
In 2011 I released “Tel Aviv“, a suite of six short songs from the spring. The micro-album/song cycle received favourable support from The Guardian and led to a short film being made by Ross Vernon Mcdonald.
On Dec 31st 2012, I released the single A NEW YEAR. It is 365 beats long and received generous radio support from both BBC6 music and BBC Radio 2..
I am currently promoting my new EP entitled “TIME”, it was released on 2nd June 2014 via SB records and Kudos distribution. Time is ‘A song about the moon, a song about a miss, a song about a tragedy, a song about the next day.’