- Dallas Smith, co-manager/Steelhead Music
With his debut single Paradise Found blasting its way into the Top 10, there's little doubt Shawn Austin has found his place in the Canadian country scene.
Now, hot on the heels of a number of appearances on Dallas Smith's Side Effects Tour, the Vancouver-based singer/songwriter has dropped his much-anticipated follow-up single, Get Me There - solidifying what fans will come to expect from this exceptional artist.
Currently signed to superstar Smith's SteelHead Music, Austin's success hasn't come overnight, but after years of dedication, performing in local clubs and bars, crafting his smooth and sultry, laid-back sound.
Though his style may often be compared to that of Grammy-winning icon John Mayer and country heavyweight Brett Eldridge, it was more than Austin's chill vibe and honest lyricism that first caught Smith's attention.
"I came across Shawn's powerhouse voice when a close friend (and Shawn's co-manager Barry Jorgens) sent me the music demo Shawn was working on," he explained. "It was an instant... 'who the hell is that?' moment."
It's the same kind of magnetism that has made Austin one of the Top 10 most-played Canadian artists on country radio, and why Smith and partners Alex Seif and Scott Cooke knew he was a perfect addition to the team.
"We started this company with the idea of giving exceptional artists a multi-faceted home in which to develop and thrive," shares Seif. "Shawn is a perfect example of the type of artist we had in mind. He has a genuinely soulful talent, a desire to succeed, and a drive we have only seen in the rarest of artists. We are overjoyed to welcome him to the roster."