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Professional snowboarder turned songwriter, Shawn Owen performs 300+ shows per year as a solo performer and fronting the Shawn Owen Band, sharing the stage with national acts such as The Wailers, Slightly Stoopid, G. Love and the Special Sauce, Dropkick Murphys, Passafire, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Donovan Frankenreiter, Larry Keel, Dirty Heads, The Aggrolites, Iration and many more, bringing their distinctive reggae/jam/ska/party vibe throughout the east coast from upstate New York to southern Florida and all in between. Their debut full length LP "Make Money" is scheduled for release June 2015 with national tour to follow.
Chill. That’s Shawn’s style and sound. That’s the best way to describe it... His versatility and passion are undeniable in every performance. Shawn is lightly finger picking and singing a beautiful falsetto one minute, then violently strumming and screaming with aggression at a defenseless microphone the next. Watching Shawn perform, you will go through these emotions with him: relaxation, energy, love, aggression, peace and struggle. Then later, you'll be singing his original tunes in your head for days.
Owen released his debut album as a solo artist in early 2012 at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg, WV. In this 6 song acoustic EP, Shawn writes about life, love, pain, joy, loss and other topics that relate to all our lives. Leicester Bangs says "assured writing is delivered with a solid, distinctive voice." TAXI describes the album as "catchy reggae styled groove. Interesting & clever lyrics..."
Bob Marley, along with Sublime and Jack Johnson, are acknowledged as Shawn’s biggest musical and dispositional influences. Along with many other inspiring artists, these icons have helped shape Shawn’s unique sound.
Shawn began his professional music career by forming Stolen Element in 1999, playing a home brewed style of punk-rock reggae music while manning guitar and vocals over a ten year span. As the band dissolved, Shawn took to the solo route and has excelled in Annapolis, MD where he now calls home.