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Chin Up EP (2014) by Tolan Shaw

Chin Up EP (2014) by Tolan Shaw

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ABOUT TOLAN

 

Tolan Shaw has risen in the San Diego music scene as a pop/soul singer-songwriter who will stop at nothing to build a career with his original music. Both a solo acoustic troubadour and the frontman of his four-piece band, Shaw’s music is catchy and soulful, bluesy and melodic, funky and sincere. 

After winning 1st place at the 2011 and 2013 San Diego County Fair Singer-Songwriter Contests, and 1st place at the 2012 San Diego Songwriters Guild Contest, Shaw took 8 months to travel Central and South America, writing many of the songs on his SDMA nominated debut self-titled album, released in June 2013.

In 2014, Shaw has focused heavily on songwriting and performing locally, releasing single songs and quality music videos which have gained the attention of radio and industry ears. He was nominated for “Best Singer-Songwriter” at the 2014 San Diego Music Awards, had national and international radio play for his song “Eyes,” which also made 91X San Diego's list for best 91 songs of 2014, and had songwriting placements with various TV networks, including ABC Family, TLC, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. With an EP due out in early 2015, Shaw is gearing up for an exciting year of touring (Mexico and the Western U.S.) and promoting new music.

While some people are saying Shaw is the next Jason Mraz or Jewel to emerge from San Diego, one thing seems certain: the future looks bright for Tolan Shaw. 

The buzz alone around Tolan Shaw demands a closer look under the hood. Shaw’s a master craftsman of the simple, clear, compact little stories within each song, and there’s a lot to be said for that lost art. A singer/songwriter with a power-pop band that’s hip enough for 91X, the high soul index within Shaw’s soaring vocals sets the hook.
— Dave Good, San Diego Reader, 2015

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