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Singer-Songwriter Shawn D. Stoddard has been playing instruments since the age eight, when he received his first set of Candy Apple Red Remo PTS drums. A left handed drummer Stoddard played drums in various local bands throughout his adolescent years. When Stoddard turned 21-years-old, he switched gears and started playing guitar, as well as writing his own music.
For the next eight years, Stoddard took his talent on the road as both a full-piece band and a solo act, entertaining fans in clubs, bars, coffee shops, and private parties throughout New Hampshire, Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, Maine, Vermont, and Niagara Falls.
In September of 2002, Stoddard won the Battle of the Bands competition that was held at SUNY Canton with his original song "Talk about it.” This win made it possible for his music to be featured on several area radio stations throughout St. Lawrence County and Canada. Over the next three years, this particular win also paved the way for Stoddard’s original music to take first place in two more Battle of the Band competitions held at the Turning Stone Casino, as well as three first place runner-up prizes at competitions held at The Turning Stone Casino, the Penny Arcade in Rochester, and the Penny Arcade in Buffalo.
In August of 2012 Stoddard released “Are You Out There” with accompanying guitarist Roman Salas from his debut acoustic cross-over album "Further Down That Road." The title track “Further Down That Road” was released September 2012, followed by “Feels Like Love” in January 2013 and “Now She's Gone” in July 2013.
The release of songs from “Further Down That Road,” have garnered Stoddard several new fans, as well as rave reviews and media recognition. Between print and radio interviews, as well as live performances, Shawn Stoddard is making his presence known in the local music scene.
In March of 2013, “Feels Like Love” starting airing on 95.3 The Wolf. Stoddard was also ranked #5 in the top 10 most viewed profiles on The Texaco Country Showdown website for the week of July 12-19, 2013.
Stoddard donates all song sales to charity with 50% going to Love Hope Strength, an international, music-centric cancer charity and the other 50% going to The Fender Music Foundation, a music charity funded by people who want to change the state of music education.
“I am very fortunate to be able to have a profession that I love,” said Stoddard. “By donating a portion of the proceeds to Love Hope Strength and The Fender Music Foundation, I will be able to give the gift of music to somebody else and maybe even save a life.