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Shawn Bandz

Shawn Bandz is a Rap/Hip-Hop artist based in Columbus, OH. He began taking music seriously at 17 years old when he was a senior in High School. At 24, he’s done shows all across Ohio and has opened up for a few major label acts throughout the years. Since his debut mixtape (New Year, New Money, 2008) was released, he has passed out 5 more projects in Columbus and has done numerous shows. He has been featured on the local radio station, has thousands of YouTube views and is also featured on ESPN for his record “Columbus Crew” (also known as Yellow Swag). His latest mixtape (BandzUP) is featured on in the independent section. He was born Delshawn Walker, July 23, 1989 in Warren, OH. His parents are Samuel Walker Jr. and Crystal Blakely, both of African/Native American descent. Living on the West Side of Warren, OH, his parents split when he was only 3 years of age. Shawn’s mother took him and their possessions, and proceeded to move to Columbus, OH. From age 3 until present day Shawn has been living in the East Columbus area. Primarily living in the ghetto most of his childhood years, at 14 he moved into a not so ghetto environment on the Far East Side. Since moving to Columbus, his teachers all suggested that he move to an alternative school and be enrolled in gifted and talented programs. In those schools he was in choir and played the drums and marimba. Between both parents, Shawn has 4 brothers and 1 sister, all of which he is very close to. His musical influences range from many different artists/genres. His favorite childhood rapper was LL Cool J. He’s also said to like Canibus, Nelly, Bone Thugz N Harmony, 2pac, El DeBarge, Michael Jackson, Master P, Ja Rule, Usher, Marvin Gaye, T.I., Roger Troutman, Kanye West and many others. He is most inspired by his feelings, as well as other artists who make music. Shawn has also said that other people’s inspiration and passion drive him tremendously. The thing about Shawn that separates him from other artists is that he’s always trying new things and making new types of music, he goes through many phases and picks and chooses between his favorite of the sounds he creates. He never stays in one bubble and always looks for the new thing to bring to the fan’s attention. Beginning in 2006 from a phone call made by his high school teacher, he was contacted by a independent record company and asked to come join them for the next year. He spent a year doing artist development and out of town shows. After the end of the contract, he decided to leave the label and do things on his own. Since then he’s been networking over the internet and dropping a new project every year for his fans/listeners. In mid 2013, he founded DreamLyfe Records and began making music under that emblem. He’s released a project called “BandzUP” and has taken it throughout Ohio for the listeners to have. He’s known in other states for music as well, including California, Georgia, New York, The Carolinas, Nevada and Arizona. Shawn’s current goal is to build his fan base across the country and network with industry connects to build his brand in the industry. Not necessarily looking to sign with a major label, he works on making his label name known and is willing to create a partnership with a major label in order to expand.