Canadian native Shawn Hook has enjoyed great success as a musician at home, and earlier this year released “Sound of Your Heart,” in the U.S. The song, already platinum in Canada, received a huge response and Hook’s following is now international.
#Boom recently got to chat with Hook ahead of his St. Louis PrideFest debut on the Bud Light Main Stage on Sunday, June 26 at 5 p.m.
What do you have in store for PrideFest in St. Louis this summer?
It’s a secret!
I know you are a part of the 2016 Nashville Pride and St. Louis PideFest, have you been a part of any other pride festivals before?
This is my first pride!
What drew you to start performing on the pride circuit?
I love the energy and I love what pride stands for.
When you’re writing music, what do you come up with first, the lyrics, the music, or some combination of both at the same time?
I usually start with melody or music. I need to feel the mood of the music before I come up with song titles and concepts. Lyrics usually come last for me. I spend most of my time crafting lyrics. It’s the hard part but I love it when it all comes together.
Your sound has changed since your first releases, how would you describe your most recent music?
I feel like my sound evolves in with my inspirations. When I first started writing I was really into Coldplay, Radiohead and John Mayer. My sound was more organic and singer/songwriter driven. The last few years I’ve been listening to indie electronic music. Flume, Big Data, Phantogram, DJ Snake, M83, Mike Snow, etc. I love it and I find that more songs from that genre are crossing over into pop. Personally, I want to write songs that have a timeless feel but are still sonically current and fresh.
Tell me about your charity, Live to Give.
It’s currently on hold as I have not had time this year to focus on the initiatives that we started with when we created the Charity. Our goal is to help those in need. Our first campaign was a food drive / Concert. I toured high schools in Canada and the admission to my shows was a non perishable food item. We raised 5,000 LBS of food for the food banks in a 2 week span. We’ve also helped raise funds for a computer lab in Guatemala by putting on a concert in Victoria with all proceeds going to the school. My goal is to take it to the next level and incorporate it into my next tour. For now, it’s on hold until I finish my new album.
What has been your experience since the re-release of “Sound of Your Heart” and the success it has had in the U.S.?
It’s been a great ride. From the conception of the song over a year and half ago to now seeing it climb the radio charts in America, has been amazing. I’m thankful that people have connected to this song because it’s opened up a lot of doors for me. There were no viral video’s or celebrity endorsements that brought this song into the light. It’s a song that’s proven itself and now has over 40,000,000 streams on Spotify. I was always considered a domestic artist in Canada but the success of Sound Of Your heart has changed that perception and I’m excited to put out my next single.
Do you have anything coming up or that you’re working on that you’d like to share?
I’ve been working on a new album. I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with some of the best writers in the business; Ryan Tedder, Noel Zancanella, Julia Michaels, Ammar Malik, Kara Dioguardi, Mitch Allen, Lindy Robbins, Jason Evigan, Evan Bogart, Jesse Shatkin, Monsters and Strangers and more.
What does PRIDE mean to Shawn Hook?
I’m proud of the diversity amongst my community of friends and fans. One of the beautiful things about music is that it is a universal language. Regardless of gender, religion, race or sexual orientation music transcends and brings people together. I’m proud to make music that brings people together and it inspires me to continue.