Shawn James

Performing 1/22 @ 2:45 & 1/23 @ 2:45

Born in Chicago in 1986, singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist Shawn James discovered the power of soul in music he experienced while growing up on the south side. His blend of blues, folk and soul music is full of contrasts – dark and light, anger and joy, earthy and airborne – while remaining gritty and real. 
Since releasing his first album in the fall of 2012, his music has reached millions of people. His songs have been featured on CBS, HBO and most recently in Sony Playstation’s trailer for their upcoming blockbuster game The Last of Us 2.

Shawn James brings extreme passion to his music. You feel it in the imaginative, highly nuanced songwriting and see it in the powerful live shows where there’s never the slightest hesitation and nothing is held back. And, most importantly, you can hear it resonate in Shawn’s most powerful instrument: the unique, soulful voice that sounds like it is literally being torn out of his heart…and it is something you won’t soon forget. 

"...sparse, solemn, acoustic based songs, classic gothic Americana really, with a strong natural and mythological bent…in James we have a singer who can strip paint from the walls with his enormous, wounded bull roar…" –This Is Not aScene

"Shawn James has soul. It’s in the haunting baritone that rises from deep within him. It’s in the way his guitar pick hits the strings, a little hard, a little soft, but always complementing the song. It’s a musical style he’s been shaping since his childhood, singing from the church pew." –Idle Class Mag

"…brilliantly compelling…" –Maximum Volume Music Blog


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