Shawn Smith

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Shawn Smith
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Shawn Smith in NYC
Background information
Born (1965-10-28) 28 October 1965 (age 49)
Spokane, Washington, US
Origin Seattle, Washington, US
Years active 1991–present
Labels Epic (Sony) & Redline Entertainment (Brad & Satchel)
Sub Pop (Pigeonhed)
818 Music & Establishment Store
Sound Vs. Silence/Gator Records[1] (solo albums)
Associated acts Satchel
Brad
Pigeonhed
The Diamond Hand
From the North
Forever Breakers
Power of Wings
related acts:
Malfunkshun
Pearl Jam
Mother Love Bone
Website shawnsmithsinger.com
Notable instruments
singing, keyboards, guitar

Shawn Smith (28 October 1965)[2] is a Seattle-based songwriter, vocalist and musician in several bands (Brad, Satchel, Pigeonhed) and also as a solo artist. He was born in Spokane, Washington.[2]

Smith has cited Freddie Mercury, Prince and KISS as early influences.[3] Other influences he has noted are Steven Tyler, Bon Scott, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Andy Wood and Chris Cornell.[4] It is easy to hear the impact of all of these varied performers in Smith's various projects.

In 2005, Smith unveiled a musical project called "The Diamond Hand" involving many musicians. He also has worked with Thaddeus Turner (formerly of Maktub and many other projects including Brad) under the name Forever Breakers.

"From the North" is Shawn's newest band with core members of Malfunkshun (Regan Hagar, Kevin Wood, Cory Kane) and the lyrics left by the late Andrew Wood. Since 2006, the band has also been billed as "Power of Wings" and "Von Nord" (allegedly meaning "From the North" in German; whereas this actually reads "vom Norden" or "aus dem Norden").[5] Hagar has since been replaced by Seattle drummer Mike Hommel.[citation needed] The band changed its name in July 2008 to All Hail the Crown and plans to release new music under this banner.[6]

Shawn is to set out on a solo tour of the UK in April/May 2015 and also visit Dublin for the first time.

2015 UK and Ireland solo tour[edit]

Date Venue Town/City
Thursday, 23 April 2015 Railway Inn Winchester
Friday, 24 April 2015 Bristol Folk House Bristol
Sunday, 26 April 2015 Hare and Hounds Birmingham
Monday, 27 April 2015 Sound Control Manchester
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 Classic Grand Glasgow
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 Voodoo Rooms Edinburgh
Thursday, 30 April 2015 Whelans Dublin
Friday, 1 May 2015 Newcastle Student Union Newcastle
Sunday, 3 May 2015 Glee Club Nottingham
Tuesday, 5 May 2015 Bush Hall London

Solo discography[edit]

  • Let It All Begin (1999)
  • Live at the Point (2000)
  • Shield of Thorns (2003)
  • The Cedarwood EP (2007)
  • The Diamond Hand (2008)
  • Sunshine (2011)
  • SKELETON KEYS - A Collection of Home Recordings And Non-Album Tracks 1989-2003 - Vol. 1 (2011)
  • SKELETON KEYS – A Collection of Home Recordings And Non-Album Tracks 1989–2003 – Vol. 2 (2011)
  • SKELETON KEYS – A Collection of Home Recordings And Non-Album Tracks 1989–2003 – Vol. 3 (2011)
  • SKELETON KEYS – A Collection of Home Recordings And Non-Album Tracks 1989–2003 – Vol. 4 (2011)
  • SKELETON KEYS – A Collection of Home Recordings And Non-Album Tracks 1989–2003 – Vol. 5 (2011)
  • SKELETON KEYS – A Collection of Home Recordings And Non-Album Tracks 1989–2003 – Vol. 6 (2011)
  • SKELETON KEYS – A Collection of Home Recordings And Non-Album Tracks 1989–2003 – Vol. 7 (2011)

Brad discography[edit]

Satchel discography[edit]

Pigeonhed[edit]

Compilation[edit]

Television[edit]

"Shake It (Like You Just Made Bail)," a song that remained unreleased until Shawn Smith made it available in digital format in 2007, was featured in the background of the cocaine scene of the "Proshai, Livushka" episode of The Sopranos (third season, 2001). "Leaving California" and "Wrapped in My Memory" from Smith's solo album Shield of Thorns were both featured prominently on the "Long Term parking" episode of The Sopranos (fifth season, 2004). Yet another Shawn Smith related song has been featured on the show: Pigeonhed's "Battle Flag" appeared on the "46 Long" episode (first season, 1999) and was later included on The Sopranos: Peppers & Eggs: Music from the HBO Original Series.

"Battle Flag" has also been featured in a season six episode of NBC's prime-time medical drama ER, season three episode eleven of Showtime's drama Queer as Folk US, as well as a season one episode of The WB's Smallville. It has also been featured in the film Coyote Ugly and the trailer for Charlie's Angels.

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