My name is Shane, born and raised in New Jersey and began playing piano at the age of 4. I studied piano under renowned concert pianist Ramondo Marquez, Dir. at Settlement School of Music in Phila. By age 14, I won 1st place in a Nat'l Talent Competition in the US, cut a record with Capital Records and was awarded a monetary music scholarship from Julliard School of Music in NYC. In New York, I honed my talent as a Singer/Songwriter, and was an accepted member of the AGAC American Guild of Actors & Composers in NY, of which I am very grateful. I continued writing, recording music, performed in off-Broadway theater productions, put together a top-40 band & sang in various clubs, casinos, etc. Soon, I recorded with top producers at Phila. Int'l Recording Studios. However, due to the drastic change in the music industry, the money I received in the music business was not enough to pay my mortgage, bills in a single home in New Jersey. I changed careers and became a NJ State Correction Officer & entertained the sick in hospitals & nursing homes on my days off.
The Colleges I attended were La Salle University in Philadelphia and Camden County College. My studies included Industrial Relations, Corporate Communications, Contract Compliance, Psychology & Law; and earned highest honors Golden Key & Phi Theta Kappa & PSI Beta.
In 2001, I was a crucial part of the Urgent Response to NY on 9/11 as Team Leader of C.I.S.M.'s Int'l Critical Incident Stress Mgt Team (I was personally requested and dispatched out of New Jersey for four long grueling months). As a result, I underwent my own brutal recovery & intense therapy needed to restore my own health due to life threatening assignments & intense exposure to bio-hazardous & deadly toxins. The only thing that brought temporary relief was listening to and playing music.
I began recording songs with Grammy Award winning Producer Andy Kravitz, & fiercely jumped back into my music career with a new defiance and conviction. Andy helped bring out my most beautiful & orchestral rock sounds from deep within my soul & out into his studio in NJ. I recorded with the Hooters' Band with Producers John O. Senior & Rob Hyman & cut my 1st album "SHANE and THE HIGH COMMAND".
Presently, I am a member of the Nat'l Academy of Recording Artists (NARAS) & Voting Member with the professional Grammy Assoc. One of many high points in my career was the release of my song "Arise". This was a blessing from God. It is a strong ballad about Faith, Hope, Love & Achievement! It is an Anthem for Survivors and Peace Makers around the world. I'm very thankful to have worked on this project with great Award-Winning Producers and Artists, namely: David Longoria, Robert Eibach, Michael Lazarus, Andy Kravitz, John O. Senior, Blue Eagle, Angela Falco, and Billy Lindsey.
My message to the world is this: LOVE ONE ANOTHER NO MATTER WHAT... AND ALWAYS HELP EACH OTHER NO MATTER WHAT! Smile more... Love more... Sing more... and Dance more...
SHANE ("Songwriting Shane")
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