- Dallas Smith, co-manager/Steelhead Music
With over 2.5 million streams to date, Shawn Austin has worked tirelessly to cement his place in the Canadian country music landscape. Following the meteoric rise of "Paradise Found", which landed him as one of the Top 10 most played Canadian Country artists on radio, the Vancouver based singer/songwriter was offered the opportunity to perform nightly as a surprise guest on Platinum-selling country star Dallas Smith’s wildly successful 27 date "Side Effects Tour". This past spring, he hit the road for a handful of dates with Gold-certified US country artist Chris Lane and an Ontario run with ACM nominated sibling duo High Valley.
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."