Acoustic "fingerstyle" guitar wizard Shaun Hopper is at first glance an unassuming presence, a true southern gentleman whose humility stands in sharp contrast to the prodigious talents he unveils on stage. Merging complex melodic lines, harmony and bass lines along with a one-of-a-kind percussive technique, he mesmerizes everyone within earshot. His original compositions and pop covers are infused with a cutting edge resonance and flavor found only in the new breed of You Tube virtuosos, yet he remains loyal to his roots. His overall approach to guitar remains inspired by the legends; Andre Segovia, Tommy Emmanuel, Michael Hedges, George Benson, Martin Taylor and Chet Atkins. The final result is a "signature style" which crosses over the full range of musical genres, including; Folk, Classical, Celtic, Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues and Percussive-New Age.
Shaun's stagecraft is equally impressive. Weaving in humorous tales from his small town Georgia roots along with an occasional glimpse into his "backwoods" upbringing, he stirs his audience with both laughter and introspection. Moving thematically through his repertoire, Shaun takes his audience on a global tour from Celtic Imagery and Classical Medley to Soulful Ballads and Jazzy Improvs, all of which he counters with a cliffhanging Nashville "hot licks session" or 70's pop song. Expect to hear threads of Beethoven, Bach, Beatles, George Benson, Sting, Segovia, Queen, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Dave Matthews and a host of neck-popping originals ....all selectively placed to captivate. Shaun Hopper is, without question, one of the finest guitar players and solo performing artists in the country.
Shaun has made his mark opening for acts like; "B.B. King", "The Gipsy Kings", "The John Jorgenson Quintet" (Elton John), Bobby Yang, Pierre Bensusan, G. Love, Muriel Anderson & Tierra Negra and The California Guitar Trio. He has toured with Tim Reynolds (Dave Matthews Band), co-written songs with Tommy Emmanuel and headlined the "All-Star Guitar Night" at 2012 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. Shaun was hand-picked by Chris Martin (CEO - C.F. Martin Co.) to be a Martin Guitar Clinician, with a Shaun Hopper "signature series" guitar under development. Shaun was recently signed to Steve Vai's Favored Nations/Digital Nations label (Fall 2010). He has held several Guitar Clinics through Sam Ash and has received sponsorships and endorsements from Martin Guitar, Larivee Guitars, Maton Guitars, AER, Keeley Electronics, TC Electronic, Radial Engineering, Elixir Guitar Strings, L.R. Baggs, Voodoo Labs and Zaolla Instrument Cables.
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Shared Stages/Touring Experience
The John Jorgenson Quintet (Elton John)
The California Guitar Trio
Tim Reynolds (Dave Matthews Band)
That 1 Guy
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Best Musician on the Rise
Walnut Valley Festival
1st Place Best Instrumental
Eddie's Attic Singer/Songwriter Shootout