About the Author
Shaun Barrowes was a Top 30 Contestant on American Idol, Season 7, received an Emmy Nomination for his song, "Army of Kings", and has performed with Janelle Monae, Imagine Dragons, Lindsey Stirling and many others. He recently worked with Jackie Chan when he wrote the theme song for Jackie's USA Green Heroes tour. His original song released in 2019, "Being Awesome", has received over 380 Million views on YouTube.
Shaun Barrowes' ludicray journey began when he launched his debut album, Big Bang Theory, a bombastic, jazz-fusion album. After years of rejection in Los Angeles, commonly known as "paying your dues", Shaun Barrowes found new purpose with his music when he wrote the love ballad, "When I Take Your Hand". This became the anthem for many weddings across the nation as brides flew Shaun to their weddings to perform for their first dance.
This kickstarted a new phase in Shaun's career, as he hit the pavement and toured the USA. His small but growing audience encouraged him to audition for American Idol, a brand new TV show at the time. It took seven seasons before Shaun Barrowes was finally convinced. He auditioned and made it to the Top 30 before being cut and seeing his Idol journey come to an end. But this validation from the three original judges only stoked the fire, as Shaun immediately returned to the road with new opportunities.
He went on to write the theme song for Epic Games' Shadow Complex, one of the games they released before their famed Fortnite. He then won the Slice the Pie songwriting contest for his original, I Still Loved You. During his touring, he had the privilege of performing with Janelle Monae, Brian McKnight, Lindsey Stirling, Imagine Dragons, the Doobie Brothers, and many others.
His Live for Music Tour in the 2010s brought his music to hundreds of high schools across the US and Italy, as tens of thousands of choir and band kids performed his songs. He was the featured guest performer at Drum Corps International in Indianapolis, and again for Bands of America and the Fame Show Choir National Championship.
In 2018, he produced the Reel Sessions series that eventually took him and a dozen artists to London to record at the world-famous Abbey Road studios.
Shaun worked with Jackie Chan in 2019, writing the theme song for his Green Heroes US tour, and then with the Ninja Kidz, writing and producing their theme song, Being Awesome.
For four years, 2018-2022, Shaun Barrowes has been hard at work writing his very first novel, a young adult fantasy series, The Paradise Planets. A musical series with a 9-song album and a graphic audiobook featuring 25+ voice actors, this proves to be the most ambitious project of Barrowes' career. The book is slated to release in the Fall of 2022.