Shane Harper

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Shane Harper
Harper in July 2011
Harper in July 2011
Background information
Birth nameShane Steven Harper
Born (1993-02-14) February 14, 1993 (age 27)
La Jolla, San Diego, California, U.S.
  • Actor
  • singer
  • dancer
Years active2006–present
  • AMI
  • Deep Well

Shane Steven Harper (born February 14, 1993) is an American actor, singer, songwriter, and dancer. He is known for playing Spencer on Good Luck Charlie as well as Josh Wheaton in the independent Christian film God's Not Dead. His self-titled debut album was released on February 14, 2012.

Early life[edit]

Harper was born in La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego, California, the son of Tanya (née Michaelson) and Scott Harper.[1][2] He is of Austrian, German, Jewish, and Scottish descent.[3] He has an older sister named Samantha, also a professional dancer, and a younger brother named Sullivan, a model. Harper began dancing and acting at the age of nine, and was involved in community theater and competitive dance. He also started singing and playing guitar and piano at the same age. He is trained in ballet, hip-hop, lyrical, jazz, and tap.[4] He also studied martial arts between the ages of four and 12, and obtained a black belt in Karate. In the spring of 2006, a talent agent on the judging panel of a regional dance competition offered Harper an agency representation.


Harper performing in July 2011.

Acting career[edit]

Harper had minor roles as a principal dancer in various shows and movies such as High School Musical 2, Re-Animated, and Dance Revolution before becoming one of the lead dancers and the youngest (the Nick 6) on Nickelodeon's Dance on Sunset.[5] He landed on dance roles in 2006, including lead dancer for the music video Step Up with Samantha Jade, and Cartoon Network's Re-Animated and the Saturday morning kid's competition, Dance Revolution.[4] In 2010, Harper got his first two movie roles in the films My Name is Khan and Flipped, as a minor character in each.[6]

Harper also began his recurring role as Spencer Walsh on Disney Channel's Good Luck Charlie, playing alongside Bridgit Mendler, and guest-starred on an episode of Wizards of Waverly Place.[7] He also guest-starred as the musical guest on So Random!, singing his single, "One Step Closer".[8] He's also starred in 7 episodes in MTV's TV series Awkward as Austin Welch.[9]

In March 2014, he starred in the Christian-based film, God's Not Dead, where he plays the main character, college student Josh Wheaton, who has to prove to his atheist professor that God is not dead while this professor is declaring that he is.[10] For this movie, Harper finished writing his song called "Hold You Up", a song that encourages Christians to stand for their faith. The song peaked at number 1 on Billboards Hot AC/CHR charts, and has so far peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Hot Christian Charts.

He starred as Brandon in the musical film Dance-Off co-starring Kathryn McCormick.[11] The movie is about two cross-town rival dance teams go head to head for the National Nationals Championship. Next, Harper starred as Ian Chandler in short lived MTV series Happyland co-starring alongside Bianca A. Santos and Katherine McNamara.[12] In 2015, he starred as Stephen in the family film Lift Me Up.[13]

He played the role of one of the disciples in the musical TV special The Passion, which was released March 20, 2016 on fox.[14] In 2017, Harper played the role of Robbie, a charming waiter at the resort who woos and then cheats on Baby's older sister, Lisa, in the TV movie Dirty Dancing for ABC.[15] He played the role of Sam Grover in the indie film Flock of Four.[16] He also guest starred in the CBS dramas Code Black and Wisdom of the Crowd.[17][18]

In 2018, Harper starred as Josh Wheaton in the third film in the franchise God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness.[19] He also starred as Tom Paxton in the PixL original movie The Time Capsule alongside Penelope Mitchell.[20]

In 2020, Harper starred as Junior in the Starz series Hightown.[21]

Music career[edit]

Harper's first single, "Dance with Me", was released on March 30, 2010. The music video was released a couple of weeks prior and features Harper dancing and playing guitar. In 2011, Harper signed to AMi Records.[22] In 2011, he released "One Step Closer", the second single from his debut album. The self-titled album was released on April 12, 2011.[23] The third and final single released off of the album was "Rocketship".[24] Also in 2011, Harper opened for Greyson Chance and Cody Simpson on their Waiting 4U Tour in addition to opening for Miranda Cosgrove on her Dancing Crazy Tour. The deluxe version of his debut album "Shane Harper" was released on February 14, 2012 at Target stores nationwide and features four bonus tracks. In 2012, Harper released Dancin in the Rain EP.[25]

In 2016, Harper announced that he has signed a record deal with Capitol.[26] April 29, 2016, Harper announced on his Twitter that he would support Jacob Whitesides on his The Lovesick Tour, which begun in May and ended in October.[27] On May 27, 2016, Harper released an EP titled "Like I Did."[28] On August 11, 2016, he released a music video for "Like I Did".[29]

Personal life[edit]

Harper was in a relationship with actress/singer Bridgit Mendler in May 2011.[30] However, at the beginning of November 2015, Mendler officially announced that they had ended their relationship.[31]

Harper is a devout Christian.[32]


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Re-Animated Dancer
2007 High School Musical 2 Dancer
2010 My Name Is Khan Tim Tompson Bollywood film
2010 Flipped Matt Baker
2011 Game Time: Tackling the Past Sean Tate
2014 God's Not Dead Josh Wheaton
2014 Dance-off Brandon
2015 Lift Me Up Stephen
2016 An Apprentice The director Short film
2017 Flock of Four Sam Grover
2018 God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness Josh Wheaton
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Dance Revolution Supporting dancer
2007 Zoey 101 Tenth Grader "Drippin' Episode" (Season 3, episode 18)
2008 Dance on Sunset Himself / Contestant Season 1
2009 So You Think You Can Dance Supporting dancer Season 6
2010–14 Good Luck Charlie Spencer Walsh Recurring role
2011 Wizards of Waverly Place Fidel "Three Maxes and a Little Lady" (Season 4, episode 5)
2013–14 Awkward Austin Recurring role (Season 34)
2014 Happyland Ian Chandler Main role
2016 The Passion: New Orleans Disciple Television film (Fox)
2017 Dirty Dancing Robbie Gould Television film (ABC)
2017 Wisdom of the Crowd Jason Forde "Trojan Horse" (Season 1, episode 6)
2018 The Time Capsule Tom Paxton Television film (PixL)
2020 Just Add Magic: Mystery City Ian Maddox
2020 Hightown Junior Main role


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak

Shane Harper[34] 17
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak

Dancin' in the Rain[36]
  • Released: August 14, 2012
  • Formats: Digital download
  • Label: Deep Well
Like I Did[37]
  • Released: May 27, 2016
  • Formats: Digital download
  • Label: Virgin Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart



"Dance with Me"[41] 2010 Shane Harper
"One Step Closer"[42] 2011
"Rocketship"[43] 2012
"Dancin' in the Rain"[44] Dancin' in the Rain
"Hold You Up"[45] 2013 21 29 1 God's Not Dead
"Like I Did"[46] 2016 Like I Did
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"We Need a Little Christmas"[47] 2011 Non-album single

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director
"Dance With Me" 2011 Cam Hassman[48]
"Rocketship" 2012 N/A
"Dancing in The Rain" Billy Rainey[49]
"Flat World" N/A
"Like I Did" 2016 Steven Taylor

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result
2014 K-Love Fan Award Film / Television Impact Actor God's Not Dead[50] Won

Concert tours[edit]

Opening act


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