Shaun Barrowes

Shaun Barrowes

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"A sophisticated blend of jazz-pop, balladry, and big-band theatrics; while his music is clearly a nod to a rich musical past and an appreciation of its wide-screen cinema, his pop leanings give it a contemporary framework; the songs are both a longing glance backward and a running jump forward."

Biography

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As the digital revolution continues to force the music industry to evolve, more and more independent artists – musicians who don’t have and, more significantly, don’t need, the support and control of the erstwhile music making machine – are finding their own way to success. One of those artists is singer, pianist and songwriter Shaun Barrowes.

Barrowes may be best known for his recent climb up the American Idol ladder, but his brief foray into the pop culture trenches is actually among the least of his accomplishments. While he did make it into the Final 48 during Hollywood Week of the show’s 7th season, Barrowes says that losing probably did more than winning could have done to help move him toward crafting his new CD, Big Bang Theory.

“American Idol basically allotted me five months of ‘vacation time,’ during which I got back in shape, fine tuned my vocal and piano skills, and read up on the changing music industry, preparing my mind for what was to come. I recharged my batteries, as I was a little burnt out from a 6 month tour I had booked and promoted myself,” he explains.

That tour, which took Barrowes to 23 cities and helped to further increase his dedicated fan base, was just one of the milestones Barrowes has achieved in the past few months as a result of his exceptional combination of talent and drive. In May, he won first place in the Slice the Pie competition, which has provided him with a financial windfall that will allow him to move his career to an even higher level. He’s also recently recorded a new single for the Brazilian market, and composed music for an animated children’s TV show and for a big, upcoming video game.

Barrowes’ release of Big Bang Theory is a significant milestone for this gifted artist, who has been working towards this goal practically since he was a toddler. “I’ve been performing since I was three years old and writing songs since I was 15. I’ve been making music since I was 16, when I cut my first album…I spent a few years in Los Angeles writing for other artists and playing keyboards in a rock band (Spankbaby) for Sony Records,” recaps Barrowes.

Big Bang Theory is a solid cross-over CD that bridges the musical span between jazz and pop sensibilities. Featuring 12 original compositions, Big Bang Theory emphasizes Barrowes’ talent at crafting songs with engaging melodies and affecting lyrics which reflect the confluence of influences that Barrowes claims as significant to the formation of his own, original style: Billy Joel, early Michael Jackson, Sting and Gershwin. “Sting gave me a new appreciation for song development, new arrangement styles and lyrical depth, and Michael Jackson's passionate singing and dancing were very inspiring and still help to fuel my own passion,” says Barrowes. “Gershwin was a brilliant songwriter and composer and his style has rubbed off on me as well.”

Barrowes’ approach to playing piano was greatly influenced by Billy Joel, who, he says, “inspired me to keep pounding on the keys. Because I'm such a hard hitter (I’m known as ‘Hammer Hands’) the phrase ‘tickle the ivories’ really doesn't apply to me.”

Big Bang Theory’s tunes range from energetic, swinging numbers (“Hop, Skip and a Jump”) to poignant ballads (“In My Back Pocket” and “I Still Loved You”) to such romantic offerings as “When I Take Your Hand.” During a recent appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show, Celine Dion, who is certainly no stranger to well crafted songs, said that hearing “When I Take Your Hand” made her want to renew her wedding vows. And while music critics have begun to draw comparisons between Barrowes and Jamie Cullum, another hard-hitting pianist and vocalist who stylistically rides the pendulum that sways between rock, pop, and jazz, Barrowes’ style is just as close to Coldplay and John Mayer as it is to Cullum or Michael Buble´.

Comparisons and influences notwithstanding, the one thing that is certain that Shaun Barrowes is an artist whose career is fueled by equal parts style, substance and smarts, and who knows exactly where he is headed. “I want people to realize that I'm a versatile songwriter, and that I'm very passionate about my music. I'm not just a jazz singer, or a piano/rock artist. I'd compare my music to the light that's refracted through a prism. It comes out in a variety of patterns and colors, but all derives from the same prism and same light source.”

Lyrics

Fade

Written By: Shaun Barrowes

Fade
(Shaun Barrowes)

I can’t ever find the reasons
Why the world is fading in my
Eye—even my tears don’t seem to
Cry like they used to, and

Where do I go to breathe the
Air that gives life it’s rightful
Flare, and convinces me that I should
Care about what I go through?

And you—do you even have the slightest clue?
What should I do?

Don’t let me fade away!
I don’t wanna say goodbye today
Because my world’s a mess—
It’s all my fault, I confess—
But I still don’t want my life to fade

Don’t let me fade away!
I don’t wanna say goodbye today
Because my world’s a mess—
It’s all my fault, I confess—
But I still don’t want my life to
Fade away

Take another chance to
Fake a little love for my
Sake because my heart’s about to
Flake when I need it and

See! Is this as good as it gets for
Me? Is this how it’s all meant to
Be—oh, another boulevard of broken
Dreams and I feel cheated!

I can’t fade away
I can’t fade away
I can’t fade away
I can’t fade

Hop, Skip and a Jump

Written By: Shaun Barrowes

Hop, Skip, and a Jump
(Darren Reid/Shaun Barrowes)

Baby
I’ve been missing you for weeks
I Said, Baby
I’ve been missing you
I’ve been calling on the phone
And wondering if your home
So I’m going to get there fast

A hop, skip, and a jump—I’m with you
A hop, skip, and a jump—and I’m there
A hop, skip, and a jump

Baby
We’ve been far apart too long
Baby
We’ve been far apart
I’m worried that you’ll find
Someone else is on your mind
So I’m going to get there fast

A hop, skip, and a jump—I’m with you
A hop, skip, and a jump—and I’m there
A hop, skip, and a jump

Please believe me when I say
That I’m right on my way
And to show you that I care

A hop, skip and a jump
A hop, skip and a jump
A hop, skip and a jump—yeah!

Please believe me when I say
That I’m right on my way
And to show you that I care

It’s a hop, skip, and a jump—I’m with you.
A hop, skip, and a jump—and I’m there
A hop, skip, and a jump
Baby!

A hop, skip and a jump!

When I Need You the Most

Written By: Shaun Barrowes

When I Need You the Most
(Shaun Barrowes)

Vs. 1
You give me reasons
To sing from my soul
You speak of a love I’ve
Never known
Now I know what I’m missing
Even though all I did was listen

Vs. 2
You told me something
Long ago
Just before you decided
To hit the road
Give me something I can feel
Give me love that I know is real

Chorus
There’s a hollow
On all sides of me
I need to fill with
Your company
Where do you go
When I need you the most?

Every time I
Hear them bells
I look around for
My wishing well
But they’re always ringing
For somebody else

Vs. 3
You give me reasons
To sing from my soul
You speak of a love I
Wanna know
‘Cause I know what I’m missing
So why did I have to listen

Where do you go?
Where do you go?
Where do you go?

Where do you go
When I need you
‘Cause I need you
The most

Light of the Day/Dark of the Night

Written By: Shaun Barrowes

Vs. 1
I jumped through all shades of grey
No rainbows where my winds blow
My hand still holds the right to blame
The high road I crawl down

Chorus
Oh—what’s the price you pay
For the all the ones you try
To save
Why walk the lonely road
Where all the heroes die
Before long

Vs. 2
With all the soles of shoes worn thin
Let’s stop this hot coals nonsense
I’m losing face with my own heart
How do I bring back the

Bridge
Light of the day/Dark of the night
Light of the day/Dark of the night
Light of the day/Dark of the night
La da da da la da da da
La da da da

Chorus Repeated

Bridge Repeated

Last Chorus
Yeah—I’ve taken all the shots
I’ve given everything
I got
Wait! I still have life to live
And that will set me free
In the end
The end—Oo

Discography

Big Bang Theory
You're All My Reasons (single)
Light of the Day/Dark of the Night (single)
Live or Die (single)

Set List

Set length: 45-90 minutes

Ain't No Sunshine
When I Need You the Most
Fade
When I Take Your Hand
Hop, Skip and a Jump
In My Back Pocket
Separate Trains
Somebody Like You
I Love You Today
Like There's no More Love to go Around
I Still Loved You
Never for My Sake
Hey Jude