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 53)
Spokane, Washington, US
OriginSeattle, Washington, US
Years active1991–present
LabelsEpic (Sony) & Redline Entertainment (Brad & Satchel)
Sub Pop (Pigeonhed)
818 Music & Establishment Store
Sound Vs. Silence/Gator Records[1] (solo albums)
Associated actsSatchel
The Diamond Hand
From the North
Forever Breakers
Power of Wings
related acts:
Pearl Jam
Mother Love Bone

Shawn Smith (born 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]

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meaning "From the North" in German; whereas this actually reads "vom Norden" or "aus dem Norden").[5] Hagar has since been replaced by Seattle drummer Mike Hommel.[citation needed] The band changed its name in July 2008 to All Hail the Crown and plans to release new music under this banner.[6]

Solo discography[edit]

Brad discography[edit]

Satchel discography[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.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 May 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b ArtistDirect bio of Shawn Smith
  3. ^ Australian Channel V radio interview Archived 12 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Interview with Robert Pally Archived 12 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ interview with Kevin Wood
  6. ^ The Shawn Smith Collective Archived 14 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine

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