2017 Kerville New Folk Finalist
2017 WSM radio Roadshow Finalist
The journey that brought Shawn from Connecticut to Nashville led him through Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music where the self-taught musician learned that formal instruction wasn't in the cards. Several garage bands, a near death experience and a stretch living and working with special needs kids at the Perkins School for the Blind brought Shawn to the conclusion that if he was to make music his life then he would need to take the plunge and go where music and creativity can permeate an aspiring artist's life. A place where living masters of their trade share songs and licks in famed clubs such as the Douglas Corner and the Bluebird Cafe.
In fact it was in 2003 that the Bluebird Cafe found their new dishwasher. Shawn scrubbed lightly as to not drown out the songs being shared just beyond the kitchen wall by some of Nashville's most successful songwriters. During this time Shawn honed his writing and playing skills and not only became one the town's most sought out guitar slingers but also became an in demand demo singer working on sessions for Mark Knopfler, Mary Gauthier, Gary Louris and Kristen Hall under the guidance of Grammy winning producer Nathan Chapman.
Byrne has a seemingly endless list of accomplishments since scrubbing dishes at the Bluebird. He has shared the stage with some of Country Music’s finest including Rodney Atkins, James Otto, Ashton Shepherd, Kelleigh Bannen, Mark Collie and many others; he has played legendary venues like the Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman, Nissan Stadium during CMA Music Festival; performed in front of former president George W. Bush for his homecoming celebration in Midland, TX and has been a part of countless songwriters festivals.
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"You will absolutely LOVE Shawn Byrne, and I guarantee after hearing our interview, you will always think of him when you hear 'Jack & Diane!'" - Debbie Mazella, Magic 98.3 New Jersey
"Shawn is a true musician with an artistic outlook on life. He values the people around him as much as the music they inspire him to make." - Shannon Livewell, Blogger for
"We sat down with Shawn Byrne to visit about his recent trek and the new project he has that is garnering attention from some of Music City's biggest supporters." - Bev Moser of Digital Rodeo. Watch the interview here!
Shawn stopped by 30a Songwriter Radio for an interview with Josette Rhodes. Watch it here!