Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shawn James discovered the power of soul in music he experienced while growing up on the south side of Chicago. His blend of blues, folk & 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, The Discovery Channel 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.
The Twin Cities-based rock/Americana band Swallows have been described as a “complex combination of American roots and Old World folk music” (Minneapolis City Pages), “Atmospheric Americana” (Curious North), “rootsy punk” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) and “a little prog rock, a little classical, a little old Sabbath-type metal, a little Old World folk” (Hymie’s Vintage Records). Swallows’ current line-up features Jeff Crandall (guitar, vocals, keys, piano), Aaron Kerr (cello, bass), Justin DeLeon (drums), Mike Nordby (mandolin, percussion) and Brett Hansen (guitar). Swallows’ alum Tyson Allison (guitar, vocals, keys, marimba, melodica, percussion) also rocks out with the band whenever possible.