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Shawn James

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Ain't No Sunshine Shawn James 02:57
Through the Valley Shawn James 03:40
Orpheus Shawn James 03:58
Burn The Witch Shawn James 04:08
The Guardian (Ellie's Song) Shawn James 05:13
Through The Valley Shawn James 04:04
Rake Shawn James 04:18
That's Life Shawn James 03:50
Burn The Witch (Acoustic) Shawn James 04:10
There It Is (Acoustic) Shawn James 03:32

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Biography

Shawn James comes by his blues bona
fides honestly, he was born on September 23, 1986 in Chicago, Illinois. He was
raised on the city’s South Side, a place that produced such legendary figures
as Bo Diddley, Junior Wells, Willie Dixon, and many others. He learned to sing
as a boy, taking lessons in a variety of styles. A capable multi-instrumentationalist,
James began his solo career in earnest in 2012 with the release of his solo LP Shadows,
a collection of songs that revealed his talent for emotional vocals and playing,
as well as his debt to the history of blues and soul. He put together a regular
backing band, The Shapeshifters, and would release five albums with them
between 2013 and 2015. He returned to solo billing with 2016’s On the Shoulders
of Giants
. He toured extensively, easily racking up over 200 dates a year. His
music has appeared on a variety of television shows, and he had an unexpected
viral hit in 2016 when “Through the Valley”, a track from Shadows,
was utilized in an ad for an upcoming video game and led to a sharp spike in
streams for the track. He took a three-year break from albums before issuing
2019’s The Dak & The Light and he started the next decade with 2020’s
The Guardian Collection.