Shawn McDonald

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Shawn McDonald
Shawn McDonald in 2011
Background information
Birth nameShawn Michael McDonald
Born (1977-09-04) September 4, 1977 (age 41)[1]
OriginEugene, Oregon, United States
Years active2000–present
LabelsSparrow Records

Shawn Michael McDonald (born September 4, 1977) is a Contemporary Christian music (CCM) singer, songwriter and guitarist.


As a child, McDonald lived with his grandparents because his parents could not take care of him. Not really understanding the situation, he became rebellious. He would sneak out of the house, drink alcohol, get intoxicated, and later use drugs.[2] He ended up living on the streets where he grew up and sold drugs for money.

After getting in trouble with the law, McDonald wanted to get his life in order and a boy named Chris and his grandmother started inviting him to church. He did not attend church, but one day as he was sitting, he picked up a Bible that his grandmother had given him and read a scripture which talked about cleaning out the demons in your house. Relating "demons" to his drugs, he decided to get rid of all his drugs. A couple days later, the police came to his home with a search warrant but did not find anything.[3] This caused him to really get his life back on track and he asked Chris to bring him to church.

Some of his influences have been attributed to his travels to Israel and Zimbabwe.[4]

Musical career[edit]

After a difficult and rebellious childhood, Shawn McDonald found God[5] and began to clean up his act. He also started writing songs that combined his faith with elements of contemporary pop/rock, which led to a contract with Sparrow Records and a string of album releases. Simply Nothing marked his debut in 2004, followed by a handful of live releases and studio efforts.[6]


McDonald married Kate, older sister of Christian singer Bethany Dillon, on May 28, 2005. Their son, named Cohen Reid McDonald, was born in April 2007.[7] The couple divorced in April 2010.


Studio Albums
Year Title
2004 Simply Nothing
2006 Ripen
2008 Roots
2011 Closer
2013 The Analog Sessions
2014 Brave
2018 The Search[8]

See also[edit]

  • Jones, Jennifer E. (April 26, 2005). "Redemption Songs: The Music and the Journey of Shawn McDonald (Interview)". CBN.


  1. ^ Shawn McDonald [@ShawnMcDonald] (4 September 2010). "I am officially old! Aweeee!!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ "Shawn McDonald Biography". Archived from the original on 2009-04-09.
  3. ^ "Shawn McDonald Testimony".
  4. ^ "Shawn McDonald Bio". Christian Music Lighthouse. Archived from the original on 2008-12-29.
  5. ^ "Shawn McDonald Testimony".
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Shawn McDonald Bio". Christian Music Lighthouse. Archived from the original on 2008-12-29.
  8. ^ "PledgeMusic". PledgeMusic. Retrieved 2018-01-13.

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