Shawn Wilder
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Shawn Wilder

Westfield, New York, United States | SELF

Westfield, New York, United States | SELF
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"Westfield's Shawn Wilder Becomes Sixth Chautauqua Lake Idol"

Shawn Wilder's performances during the final night of Chautauqua Lake Idol were emotional for the audience and impressive for the judges, as the Westfield native was crowned the competiton's winner Monday.
In front of a packed crowd on the shoreline at the Floating Stage in Bemus Point, Wilder took off his trademark cowboy hat, nodded and took a humble bow after being named the sixth winner of the competition.
"Short and sweet: thank you very very much," Wilder said. "It's a dream come true."
Wilder was chosen from finalists Kira Chadwick and Steve Davis, who along with Wilder performed any two songs they wanted, not having to fit into a specific genre as in previous weeks. This resulted in some original songs, as well as classic covers.
For his first performance, Wilder sang Craig Morgan's "Almost Home," which he said was one of his favorite songs.
"I always sang it," he told the audience before his performance. "It's a little funny song, it gets everybody to giggle a little bit."
After the song, all four Idol judges gave him positive reviews.
"It amazes me someone your age can sing with the wisdom of someone much older who has gone through many more life experiences than you have," judge LouAnn Dobmeier told the 22-year old Wilder. "You gave me goosebumps and I think so many people in the crowd felt the same way."
"You have never sang a bad note for me from your audition until now," said judge Sarah Malinoski-Umberger. "Every single song that you sing I can feel that it comes from deep inside you, and that is a gift."
From a light song to an emotional one, Wilder chose to perform a song that he wrote for some close friends who gave birth to a stillborn last year. While singing "Hailey's Grace," many audience members and some of the judges were wiping away tears.
"I went through 'Hailey's Grace' all day," Wilder told The Post-Journal after he was crowned the 2009 Idol. "I couldn't get through it without getting really emotional and I was worried that was going to happen again. I really wanted to bring my passion in. I really happy I did get through it."
After the performance, he again received positive reviews from teary eyed judges.
"Music, to me, is all about telling stories," judge Mike Quimby said after Wilder's second song. "You told us a story tonight, and you told it well."
- CHautauqua Lake Living

"Touched My Heart"

"This song really touched our hearts, our daughter Olivia Grace was born 4 months premature. Olivia weighed only 1lb. 6ozs. and required mechanical ventilation and many IV medications to sustain her for the two weeks we were privileged to have her here with us. After many set backs while in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), we held Olivia while her heart beat for the last time. I really felt like the Lord led you to calling me that day. When my wife and I listened to your song we wept like that song was written for us. It was perfect!!! I wish we had this song in 2001 to have played it at Olivia's funeral. She is now a precious angel and we have her twin brother here with us. We often look at him and wonder what Olivia would be doing now and what she would look like. You are truly gifted!"

Thanks so much for your beautiful song, we will never forget it!

Daniel Covey and Family

Olivia Grace Covey
Born February 3, 2001, went to be with the Lord February 17, 2001

- Daniel Covey and Family


Wilder and Peck Recorded by Johnny Lee Schell and Produced by M. B. Gordy

"The Beginning" Recorded and Produced by Anthony Brown of Graphite Sound Warren Pa. 2009



In the past year, Wilder shared the stage with such artists as Kenny Rogers, Sean Patrick McGraw, Stella Parton and Hall of Fame Songwriter, Jerry Foster. Shawn’s first album, Wilder and Peck, was produced by M. B. Gordy and recorded by Johnny Lee Schell. Gordy, world renowned percussionist and former drummer of the Doobie Brothers. Schell, professional guitarist, vocalist, engineer, composer, and producer who contributed to 8 Grammy Award winning albums and worked with such artists as B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, and Buddy Guy.

Wilder tapped the creative talents of some other like-minded musicians for the release of his first full length album, The Beginning, January 2, 2010. Anthony Brown, owner of Graphite Sound based in Warren, PA recorded and produced the album. Shawn considers Brown to be one of northwestern Pennsylvania’s best kept secrets. Brown’s extensive resume includes having four songs listed on AC Billboard charts, producing music for the Hallmark channel, the comedy sitcom My Name Is Earl, two feature films, Red Eye and The Breed, as well as recorded and mixed the 25th Anniversary Album for 10,000 Maniacs. Brown also contributed to Shawn’s album with keyboards, guitars, and backing vocals. Rich Alcorn, nephew of Gene Johnson of Diamond Rio, guitarist/songwriter of Gotham Rose performed guitars, bass and backup vocals on Shawn’s most recent album. Alcorn has shared the stage with such artists as Patti Loveless, Trace Adkins, Toby Keith, Diamond Rio, George Jones, and Neal McCoy. Contributing fiddle on The Beginning is 2008 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion Lydia Byard of Mayville, NY. Rad Akers, drummer of national touring band, Big Leg Emma, contributed studio drum tracks. The synergy of all the artists involved with The Beginning provides tremendous dimension to Shawn’s album.

United Refining Company, through its Kwik Fill / Red Apple Convinience store chain, has appointed Shawn Wilder as their Featured Artist for 2010 Kwik Fill Driving America Tour and Sweepstakes. Shawn will be given considerable exposure through television and radio commercials as well as promotions throughout 296 of United Refining Company’s Kwik Fill Stores located throughout Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania. Wilder will is scheduled to perform such events as; Taste of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY; Taste of Syracuse, Syracuse, NY; Rochester Lilac Festival, Rochester, NY; Lake Erie Speedway, Erie, PA; Holland International Speedway, Holland, NY, and many more.