Shawn Hook’s last album, 2012’s Cosmonaut and the Girl, was out of this world, yielding three Top 20 hits, “Every Red Light,” “So Close” and “Two Hearts Set On Fire,” and setting him up for a promising career. His electro-injected dance-pop earned a Juno nomination for Breakthrough Artist, a national tour with Midway State, and a dedicated fan-base proudly named Hooksters. The accomplished singer-pianist has now finished working on his new album for Universal Music Canada, due June-2015.
The first single, “Million Ways,” shows the Vancouver native moving even further from his acoustic roots. The song is a mix of pop, disco, soul, R&B and electronica and showcases Shawn’s enviable falsetto.
“I’ve been listening to a lot of indie electronic music since I put out Cosmonaut and the Girl — like Phantogram, Capital Cities, M83, Empire of the Sun and Disclosure,” says Shawn of his new influence. “It’s still electronic, but not dance. It has old school synths, cool programmed beats and some real instrumentation mixed in.”
For the past two years Shawn has been non-stop writing music with A-listers Jeff Trott (Sheryl Crow, Jason Mraz), The Fliptones (Jason Derulo, Jake Miller), Jimmy Harry (Pink, Hedley), Todd Clark (Phillip Phillips, Serena Ryder, Lucy Hale), Stephen Kozmeniuk (Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Nelly Furtado), his Canadian peers from The Midway State, Mike Wise and Nathan Ferraro as well as finding confidence in writing on his own.
Highlights on Shawn’s new album include the electronic R&B-styled “Analog Love,” faster dance-pop “Bad Girls,” 90s house-vibe “In Over My Head,” and, of course, current chart topping smash single “Sound of Your Heart.” Over 8 million streams and counting for “Sound of Your Heart” on Spotify worldwide.
“My last album was a stepping stone, but I’ve evolved a lot and become a lot more comfortable with how I write and how I sing,” says Shawn. “I’m more self-assured. So moving forward with the new record, these songs are fresh and new.”