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"Blistering, Bold, guitar-driven sounds!" - Vanity Fair, Nov.03


"But what separates Shafer from the huddled masses of hook-heavy riff-rock is his gripping ability to balance guttural grit and soulful melody, often delivering both in the same lyric. There is a good bit of Motown beneath his hard rock shell, a fact proven by his upbringing�Shafer has a knack for writing fly paper hooks that make a permanent home in your head." - Gusto, Dec.04


"Pleasing guitar that gives way to Shafer's agreeable vocals. He naturally has that deep sound guys are emulating to get on the radio but instead come off sounding laughable. Not Shafer. His voice is deep, clear, a bit rough around the edges and quite charming." - Toni Ruberto, Freelance writer, Sept.03


"Singer/Guitarist Fred Shafer has a commanding voice that's equal parts Motown and Metal!" - Bufalo News, Sept.04


Discography

2002- "7500 Miles" (klear)
2004- "Makin' Noise" (klear)
2006- "Truth or Dare"
2008- "The Fred Shafer EP"
2010- "Resistor"

-Sold approximately 17,000+ records as of 6/08. (Fred Shafer EP-08, Truth or Dare-06, Klear- 7500 Miles, Klear- Makin' Noise)

- "It's All On Me"(7500 Miles, 2002/2004) Added to more than 30 commercial radio stations nationwide. Reached #1 on 103.3 Rock Radio(Buffalo, NY) and 92.9 WBUF(Buffalo, NY) and remained Top20 on both for 2 quarters.

- "Same Old Song"(7500 Miles, 2002) Added to 103.3 Rock Radio(Buffalo, NY) and 92.9 WBUF(Buffalo, NY) and charted for 12 weeks.

- "Picture"(Makin' Noise, 2004) Top20 on both 103.3 Rock Radio(Buffalo, NY) and 92.9 WBUF(Buffalo, NY) and remains as of 1/05.

-"Mr. Cracker"(7500 Miles, 2002) Appeared in multiple episodes of The "Ultimate Fighting Championship".

- "Comeback"(7500 Miles, 2002) Appeared in a 2004 episode of the Emmy Award winning FX drama, "The Shield".

- "Beautiful End"(7500 Miles, 2002) featured in Miramax Film's 2003 hit, "The Station Agent", which received Top awards at The Sundance Film Festival.

- Mike Mushok (Staind) featured in music video for "Going Blind".

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Original. Authentic. Honest. These are just some of the words used to describe Fred Shafer's music. Paired with his insatiable work ethic and blue-collar attitude, Fred has gained a reputation as not only an passionate showman, but also a dedicated road warrior. Spending most of his time on tour, Fred has developed a large and fiercely loyal fan base. Collaborating with producers Brian Sperber(Moby, Hinder, 3 Doors Down) and Mike Mushok(guitarist from the band Staind) on his last EP, Fred is poised to release his Jamey Perrenot(LeAnn Rimes, Taylor Swift) produced, "Resistor" in 2010.

At age 27, Fred Shafer is an old soul. Born in Las Vegas, raised throughout the Southwest and Texas, Fred ultimately made roots in the Mid-West. His fatherless, nomadic childhood provides a template for his lyrically driven melodies and emotionally accessible songs. With a voice that harkens to the days of Joe Cocker, Al Green, and Sam Cooke, Fred delivers these heartfelt songs with unparalleled sincerity. In a time of cookie cutter performers and gimmick bands, Fred relies on the only proven recipe for success: talent combined with good old-fashioned hard work.

In 2008, Fred collaborated with producers Brian Sperber(Moby, Hinder, 3 Doors Down) and Mike Mushok(guitarist from the band Staind) to record, "The Fred Shafer EP". The acclaimed EP became the basis for Fred's NEW record, "Resistor"(2010). Standout tracks like "Letting You Go", "Why Your're Gone" and "Into the Ground" only further showcase Shafer's uncanny ability to move between rock anthem, classic ballads and catchy pop...all the while, continuing to sound soulful, modern & fresh. Shafer composed all of the songs that appear on "Resistor", some co-written with friends and other Artists, some with Grammy Nominated Writers. Producer Jamey Perrenot(LeAnn Rimes, Taylor Swift, Paul Brant), Grammy Award Winning Mixer Rob Burrell(Michael W. Smith) and All-Star backing band help Shafer deliver his best work yet!

With over 17,000 records sold and his music heard in movies like Miramax's, "The Station Agent" and television programs like "The Shield" and "Ultimate Fighting Championship", Fred has also been featured in Vanity Fair's 2003 Music Edition, Billboard Magazine, and Hit Parader, as well as had a music video in rotation on RAGE TV. In addition, several of Fred's songs have been added to the play lists of over 50 commercial and college radio stations: "It's All On Me" reached 1 on two of these stations. These songs, together with his emotional and charismatic performances, have afforded Fred the opportunity to share the stage with major acts such as Chuck Berry, Kid Rock, Journey, Goo Goo Dolls, Staind, Collective Soul, Gov't Mule, Saliva, D12 and many more, all independently. Recently, Fred has these skills to writing songs for Kelly Clarkson, Autumn McEntire, Canadian Idol and Pop Stars.

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